12 Essential SeaWorld Orlando Tips for Families

September 18, 2018

Visiting Orlando soon? If so, SeaWorld is most likely at the top of your vacation itinerary.

As the premier aquatic park on the East Coast, it welcomes millions of visitors each year. Not only can you get up close and personal with amazing marine life, you can also experience incredible shows and attractions designed with families in mind.  To make the most of your day at the park, be sure to use these SeaWorld Orlando tips.

SeaWorld Orlando Tips: An Insider’s Secrets

1) Buy your tickets in advance

Not only will get to save (Reserve Orlando currently has discounts of $20!) but you can skip the will-call lines and go straight to the turnstiles. Instant access to the park guaranteed!

family petting dolphin at seaworld orlando


2) Make Time for Feedings and Shows

One of the most helpful SeaWorld Orlando tips is to schedule your activities around the shows. After all, these are some of the best ways to discover more about the marine life at the park. Pick up a show schedule when you arrive at the park or browse the offerings before you arrive. I also recommend stopping by Pacific Point or Sting Ray Lagoon to get a feedings schedule, so you can feed sea lions and bat rays by hand during your day at the park.

3) Bring a Waterproof Camera

Let’s face it – you’re at an aquatic park and might get splashed a time or two.  Especially at live shows at Shamu Stadium, where the Splash Zone makes the performance even more fun.  Watching the reactions of your kids is a better memory than trying to keep a fancy camera dry. Even at other aquatic attractions a waterproof camera, disposable or otherwise, comes in handy.  You never know when the animals you’re viewing might make a splash! Note:  The splash zone of shows is the first 13 rows at Shamu Stadium.

4) Meet and Greet the Shamu and Crew Characters

They are easiest to catch between 9am-Noon near the front entrance of the park. Be sure to grab a park map to get a full list of the park’s character encounter times during the day of your visit.

5) Prepare Properly for Water Rides

Riding Journey of Atlantis?  Choose your seats carefully as the front seat of the ride will get you soaked! You’ll also get wet on Infinity Falls, but that should come as no surprise considering the name. I suggest bringing some inexpensive ponchos with you as you’ll fork over a lot for the plastic protectors at the park.


young girl in tunnel at Shark Encounter in SeaWorld Orlando, Florida, USA

6) Beat the Heat at Cool Zones

It can get hot during sunny Orlando days.  Cool off at attractions like Wild Arctic, Penguin Encounter, Turtle Reef, Shark Encounter or one of the indoor aquariums.

7) Eat Breakfast Before You Arrive

There are delicious breakfast spots located nearby.  At The Diner is a bustling, friendly option with exceptional stuffed French toast.   With a full belly, you can start your day off right and save lunch for later in the day.

8) Slather on the Sunscreen

SeaWorld Orlando tips aren’t just about saving money or skipping lines. They’re also about keeping you safe! Be sure to pack sunscreen in your bag so you can reapply as needed throughout the day.  There are shade spots at the park, but most of it is open and sunny.  Which means you’ll want to avoid a sunburn – the worst vacation companion!

9) Save on Drinks

SeaWorld doesn't allow outside food, but you can bring in outside water bottles.  Freeze some the night before to drink throughout the day.  If you’re a soda drinker, invest in a $7.99 cup you can refill throughout the day for $1.

Family looking at Sea Turtles at the TurtleTrek 360° Theater Exhibit at SeaWorld Orlando - Orlando, Florida, USA

10) Arrive Early for the Shows

To get the best seats, arrive 30 minutes early for the shows.  Especially at productions like Sea Lion High, where Clyde and Seamore perform hilarious pre-show antics.

11) Get your Hand Stamped 

Do this when you arrive at the park to ensure you can come and go from the park as you please.  The more flexibility you have with your day, the more enjoyable it will be.

12) Purchase a Quick Queue Pass

If you’re visiting the park during its peak times, such as summer or the holiday season, purchasing a Quick Queue pass is a good idea. Why? Because it allows you front-of-the-line access to Journey to Atlantis, Wild Arctic, Mako, Turtle Trek, Kraken, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin and Manta. Upgrade to the Premier Pass for reserved seating at SeaWorld shows (excluding Madagascar LIVE).

Use These Tips on your Trip!

Keep these SeaWorld Orlando tips in mind to have the best day ever at this amazing aquatic park. With these helpful hints and tricks, you can stay focused on the fun at SeaWorld Orlando, knowing you’ve got the inside track on what to do, where to go and what to see.

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