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We frogs feel right at home in this tropical paradise of a theme park that features animal attractions, exhibits, aquariums and shows. While there are some world-class rides at SeaWorld® Orlando, it is the animal shows that most people come to see. Show times are staggered throughout the day, typically starting in the late morning and ending in the late afternoon. During Summer Nights and Christmas Celebration, the park is open later and features additional shows and a fireworks finale. We recommend arriving at least 20 minutes prior to show time for the best seats.
The longest waits in the park can be found at Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin®, a mostly tame family ride that ends inside in the spectacular 30-degree penguin habitat. (There is a separate entrance to the penguins if you'd rather skip the ride.) The viewing area allows guests to see the penguins up close in a natural habitat and watch them above ground or underwater!
Nearby Journey to Atlantis®, a combination dark and water ride, sees its wait times spike during the hottest months. Manta® and the brand-new Mako™ are not to miss if you are a coaster fan—they are some of the best in Florida! The fear factor keeps many away, but you'll still find the lowest waits within the first and last two hours of park operation.
We recommend arriving at least 20 minutes ahead of official park opening. Guests are typically allowed early entry but held in the main entrance area until official opening. Planning a day at SeaWorld® Orlando is largely dependent on the number of available shows and show times. For this reason, we’ve included the following list of park priorities.
For those of you who don't plan to arrive at park opening or want more flexibility than a park plan, our general map is the easiest way to determine at a glance the best times to visit SeaWorld® Orlando's attractions.
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