Orlando, Florida
September 5, 2021
SeaWorld Orlando is a theme park and marine zoological park, in Orlando, Florida. It is owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. When combined with its neighbor Discovery Cove and Aquatica, it forms SeaWorld Parks and Resorts Orlando, an entertainment complex consisting of the three parks and many hotels. In 2018, SeaWorld Orlando hosted an estimated 4.594 million guests, ranking it the 10th most visited amusement park in the United States.

SeaWorld Orlando opened on December 15, 1973 as the third of the chain and just two years after Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom. This made Central Florida a multi-park vacation destination.

SeaWorld has transitioned from a show-based park to a ride-based park. The nation's first combination roller coaster and flume ride, Journey to Atlantis, was installed in 1998. In 2000, the Kraken, a Bolliger & Mabillard floorless roller coaster, was added to the park. The flying coaster, Manta, came to the park in 2009 and won Theme Park Insider Award as the best new attraction.

Seaworld advertises that those who explore SeaWorld can: Experience the force and power of the high seas world-class coasters. Get up-close with amazing sea life. Catch live shows and a calendar full of special events, from food festivals to free concerts. Plus, find plenty of rides, shows and attractions designed with your youngest explorers in mind.

Maximizing one’s enjoyment at Seaworld Orlando requires a bit of planning. On one hand, the big draw for younger people are the park's excellent thrill rides. But the park also has some very, very good shows featuring various sea animals that are well worth seeing. These shows are scheduled. The other thing is the number of exhibits that visitors can simply walk through and spend as much or as little time at the exhibit as they desire. So the key seems to be to look at the day's show schedule, determine which of these shows you want to attend, and then determine in the time between when one particular show ends in the next desired show begins, how you can fit in a thrill ride or two or any exhibit or two. (Note: To make this work you should be wearing your running shoes on the day of your park visit.)


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