I finally Made it to SeaWorld Orlando!
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by #SeaWorld Orlando. I went in without any expectations and had a grand time. The park was clean and well kept. Every one of the staff members that I had an interaction with was incredibly friendly and the animals were awesome. I went before schools let out and before summer season got into spring, so not every dining location and store was open, but there was plenty of options open.
I was only able to ride 3 of the rides during my visit (left around 2, too hot to be out all day), The Manta, The Kraken and the Mako. All three of these coasters were far superior to any of the coasters offered at Disney. Don't get me wrong I love Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and Slinky Dog, but SeaWorld's coasters step it up a notch in thrill and excitement.
I think you can tell by our faces how much we liked this coaster. It did not flip you upside down, but that doesn't mean you don't leave your seat. With just a lap bard holding you in your seat the turns and drops feel a whole lot more exciting, than the usual full upper body restraints.
Wait: 10/10 (less than five minutes for us)
On-Ride Photo: Yes
This was supposed to be their virtual reality (VR) adventure roller coaster and up until September 2018 it did have the virtual reality component. I would have loved to try it with the VR headsets but alas that was a passing craze. They were removed due to maintenance costs as well as the turnaround time on loading the coaster. Imagine having to clean every headset after the coaster finishes and then having to refit the headsets on all the new guests getting on. Without the VR the Kraken is more of your standard coaster. Still a lot of fun, but not as unique as it could have been. If they add some more theming around the ride it would be even better.
Wait: 7/10 (only had one train running so the line took 20-30 minutes.)
On-Ride Photo: Yes
I can't decide if this is my favorite or if the Mako is my favorite. Either way they are both great coasters. The Manta is a flying coaster that is filled with twists, turns and loops. This is the first flying coaster I have ridden, and it was great. You experience the G-forces differently than you would on a standard coaster. The line for the Manta was almost as good as the coaster itself but in different ways. The line is surrounded by an aquarium where you can watch different rays and sharks swim by while you were for your turn to be the manta.
Wait: 7/10 (about 20-30 minutes)
On-Ride Photo: Yes
Educational Killer Whale Show
Learn more about killer whales, also called Orcas, and other species of whales during a special educational show. This interactive, 30-minute presentation teaches guests about the animals’ adaptations, habitats and behavior.
SeaWorld's signature killer whale show
Journey into the world of majestic killer whales in One Ocean
Killer whales join you on a journey into a world that drenches your senses in vivid colors, vitality, and the global rhythms of the ocean. Dancing fountains set the stage as you connect with thrilling sea creatures, feel the energy and spirit of life underneath the sea, and realize that we are all part of one world, one ocean.
Want to get splashed? Sit in the soak zone!
Located in Dolphin Theater
Dolphin Days is a festive celebration of our natural world starring the ocean’s most playful ambassador, the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin.
Dolphin Days will entertain and inspire while educating your family about dolphins and their importance to our natural world. Together with a soaring rainbow of tropical birds, sea and sky unite while guests receive an up-close look at the relationships the majestic animals have with their animal care specialists.
PhotoKey is Seaworld's version of Disney's PhotoPass. So far it has worked well, I wish it had an app instead of having to go through the web browser, but that really isn't a huge deal. I have only used it for the ride photos so far, but in the future, I plan on using it all other park.
Coke Freestyle Cup:
It was so ridiculously hot outside that I spent money on a refillable cup. The only drawback is there is only like 3 different spots that have the coke freestyle machine right now. The good thing is you can fill it up at any dining location/kiosk that has fountain sodas, but you are limited to the normal selection of sodas instead of the 100s of combinations that the machines offer, you can also fill them up with ICEEs super great for a hot day. The pricing is on par with other theme parks in the area. and the more cups you buy at the same time the cheaper they get per cup.
Preferred parking comes with my pass and man is it awesome. It really is preferred parking, like we got out of our car and the park entrance was like 200 feet away. Would I pay for preferred parking probably not but I don't mind walking a bit. Parking was fast and efficient; we didn't have to wait in any lines to get into the parking lot.