If you love animals…
Make time for feeding times: Meal time is the best time to meet some playful Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins, sea lions, and sting rays, who you can even feed by hand—but only at designated times throughout the day. Stop by in the morning to check the day’s schedule, then give yourself some extra time to get a great spot right at the water’s edge.
See what goes on behind the scenes: SeaWorld Orlando's Behind-the-Scenes Tour times aren’t listed on the park map, so they’re easy to miss out on once you’re here. An insider’s tip? Book online ahead of time, or stop by the tour desk just inside the front gate.
If you’re bringing young kids…
Bring a disposable waterproof camera: There’s wet, and there’s Shamu wet. If you’re in the Soak Zone at Shamu stadium, you’ll have a lot more fun watching kids’ reactions if you don’t have to watch out for an expensive camera. A little tip for parents? Pack a poncho—or pick one up at the gift shop. It’s a great way to keep yourself and a towel or two dry, and still get in on the fun.
Feed their imagination: Look for interactive work stations and computers located throughout the park that give kids a fun way to learn about the animals they meet. Kids can test their lung power against a walrus in Wild Arctic®..
Head to Shamu’s Happy Harbor: A great place for kids to burn off a little energy, plus plenty of shady spots for parents. Ride the family-friendly Shamu Express—a great first coaster—and imaginative rides like Jazzie Jellies and Swishy Fishies that bring out the kid in everyone.
Make an autograph book: Put together an autograph book with kids ahead of time, then catch the Shamu & Crew characters from 9 a.m. to noon near the front gate.
Catch the show before the show: Take your seat for the Clyde and Seamore show at least 30 minutes ahead of time. Late-comers miss out on their zany pre-show antics.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite…
Beat the crowd: Plan to have lunch during show performances and you’ll get ahead of the crowd.
Plan to already have a reservation at Shark’s Underwater Grill: This popular restaurant only takes priority seating requests in person — starting at 10:00 a.m — and online. Stop by early to guarantee your seat.
A few last tips from those in the know…
Choose your seats wisely: You will get drenched if you sit in the front seat of Journey to Atlantis—and we mean drenched.
Beat the heat: Temperatures can get quite high—especially in the middle of the day. Plan to take in these "cool places" when the thermometer rises: Wild Arctic®, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin™ (Opening May 24, 2013) and Nautilus Theater.
Remember the kid in you: Don’t be surprised if you find yourself choked up in the presence of Shamu. Or your arms covered with goose bumps in 85° weather as your hand touches a dolphin. There’s an incredible connection between humans and animals, one we celebrate here every day. Take a few deep breaths and drink that in when you feel that move through you, and you’ll carry that feeling home with you.
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