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Our family LOVES Sea World! Born in Texas, then living in Central Florida for more years than I can remember before moving to NY, Sea World played a huge role in my life. I went all the time as a child & once I was an adult, it was too “cheap” not to become an Annual Pass holder and enjoy all that the park has to offer year round! Now that I’m a mom? Ever time we make a Texas or Florida trip, Sea World is on the itinerary so my daughter can share some of those same memories I have of Sea World as a child.
Since I can literally walk through Sea World with my eyes closed, I figured I would share with you my top tips so y’all can make the best of your next Sea World trip!
1. Split Your Day Up
My favorite way to enjoy Sea World is to split the day up. If you peak at the daily show schedule,you will notice if you arrive at opening, the first show usually takes place an hour later. That will give you plenty of time to rent strollers, grab a map and figure out where you are and what you are doing! If you follow the show schedule, you can literally show & animal exhibit hop until around 1pm! At that point you will have watched all the daytime shows before they start repeating and can easily take a pool/lunch break back at your hotel. Come back to the park around 4:30 after you have cooled off and filled your tummies to enjoy all the night time shows & maybe hop on a ride or two!
2. Pay The Few Extra $$ For The Annual Pass!
$175!!!! That’s right! Only $175 for an annual pass. When a ticket is costing you around $99 online, why not splurge that extra $76 for a pass that is valid all year round if you’re a Florida resident?
3. Arrive To Night Shows Early
I know it can be a pain to sit somewhere ridiculously early when you have little ones in tow, but if your heart is set on seeing Shamu at night, that show fills up super early. You can be at Sea World on a mild crowd type of day & that last Shamu Show (they change names so often so I’m calling it the Shamu Show to keep this post relevant forever ) will reach maximum capacity. Get to the show 20 minutes early if you don’t care where you sit, 30 minutes early if you’re trying to land splash zone seats.
4. Splash Zones WILL Get You Wet!
I know, this sounds like a duh! tip, but I honestly can’t tell you how many times I have been to Se world with people who thought the splash zone was a sprinkle zone. If you’re in those first few rows, you are getting soaked! If you’re further up, you will still get wet, but 50/50 chance you will be leaving not completed drenched.
5. Flamingo Walk
Every morning around 11:00 am (times vary), you’ll see Flamingos walking through the park. Head to where the Flamingos are on your map to spot them strolling the park. This past trip to Sea World my daughter wanted to hit up the One Ocean 11am show, so we missed out on the Flamingo action, but if you have never experienced this before, It’s a do-not-miss sight to see!
6. Head To The Rides First
Visiting Sea World with older kids that have zero interest in animals? Have you already had the pleasure of watching all the shows on a previous trip & are interested in the rides more than animals? If this is you, I highly recommend hitting up the rides when the gates open! Rides like Manta & Atlantis can have waits up to 90 minutes later in the day. Save yourself a few minutes and hit those rides up first to get your thrill fix! You will thank me later!
7. Dodge The Parking Fee.
If you’re not an annual pass holder, parking will
cost you anywhere from $20-$40 depending on the day/type of parking you opt for. Dodge that fee by checking to see if your hotel offers Sea World transformation. Most resorts 3 Stars and up in the Orlando area usually offer some type of free shuttle service to and from all the theme parks, Sea World included! That’s a huge savings when traveling with the family. Heck, that savings can buy y’all lunch at Chick-Fil-a! So check out your hotels transportation options!
8. Charging Stations!
You’re reading this correctly. It’s CHARGING not changing ;-) Did your phone die due to all those epic photos you were uploading all day to the gram? Have no fear, charging station are here to save the day. Just head to the Nautilus Theater and between the Antarctica area and the Dolphin Theater. These free charging stations will having you snapping away in no time!
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.