When it comes to Orlando, most people think Disney World or Universal Studios. But there is also SeaWorld Orlando. It’s really a huge aquarium hidden in an amusement park. That’s why it is absolute fun as well educational to teach people all about marine life. Orlando Ticket Connection has put together the Top 8 Reasons SeaWorld Orlando Rocks!
1. Interaction With the Animals
Guests can get up close and personal with the animals, from walking next to flamingos on parade to feeding dolphins, sea lions, and stingrays. The Dolphin Nursery is a designated area for mothers and their newborn calves, who are especially playful for the audience. You can see orcas and mantas underwater as well as a dedicated shark encounter. This has one of the world’s largest underwater viewing tunnels and a touch pool where you can learn all about sharks from SeaWorld’s experts. Guests can glide through a glass tunnel completely surrounded by sharks. Outside is a tank filled with beautiful and exotic rays, like the leopard whipray.
2. Animal Rescue Animal rescue is also a significant focus of SeaWorld. Over the last 50 years, SeaWorld has helped rescue more than 26,000 animals, including sea turtles, dolphins and manatees from right here in Central Florida.
3. Experience the Thrill Rides
SeaWorld Orlando is home to some of the most-thrilling roller coasters in town as well as fun rides for the entire family. Mako, the fastest, highest and longest roller coaster in Orlando. Manta and Kraken are two roller coasters already at the park, both of which have been named among the best coasters in the country by roller-coaster fanatics as well as The Travel Channel. Kraken Unleashed has undergone a complete redo packs a G-Force rating of 3.9 with seven inversions and two vertical loops. Manta comes in a close second with a G-Force rating of 3.7 with four inversions and two inline twists, not to mention passengers are riding face-first. SeaWorld has promised a new ride, Infinity Falls that has yet to open but rumors have it opening before the end of the year. Rush the rapids on SeaWorld’s all-new river ride Infinity Falls. Explorers are wanted for the next expedition through Infinity Falls, coming to SeaWorld Orlando
4. Attend the Special Events
Throughout the year, SeaWorld hosts special events, concerts and food festivals, from the Halloween Spooktacular and SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration to Summer Nights. With the return of Praise Wave, guests can also celebrate Christian fellowship and fun at SeaWorld Orlando. Halloween Spooktacular is especially fun for children as the park dresses up in a carnival-like theme complete with games, costumes and trick-or-treating. During select weekends in November, enjoy over 100 craft beers on draft from breweries across the state of Florida, during the During the Christmas Celebration, the park comes alive with thousands of lights—especially lovely in the Sea of Trees—and special attractions for kids like The Polar Express, visits with Santa and a Sesame Street “Countdown to Christmas” stage show.
5. SeaWorld’s Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin
This rides shows you Antarctica through the eyes of a penguin named Puck. This family ride is suitable for younger children and you can select a ‘mild’ or ‘wild’ version of the simulator experience. The best part is when the ride is over you will exit straight into the penguin colony, where you will see hundreds of penguins in their icy habitat.
6. Shamu’s Happy Harbor
Kid’s need a place just for them and Shamu’s Happy Harbor is just that, with lots of water spraying activities and kiddie rides. Shamu’s Happy Harbor has a four-story tall network of nets and tubes that kids can climb and crawl through. It’s called Pirate’s Nets and kids can spend hours and oodles of energy exploring this tubular world. Although this has made the list, the entire area is under construction and is slated to open sometime in 2019. Make sure when you visit next year with your kids this is one you don’t pass up!!
7. SeaWorld’s All-Day Dining
SeaWorld has the best dining plan out of any park! One full meal every hour, including dessert, all day long! If you eat just twice, you’ll get your money’s worth. Adults can redeem 1 entree, 1 side OR 1 dessert & 1 regular sized non-alcoholic beverage & Children (Ages 3-9) can redeem Kids meals once per hour in the park. Guest can not only enjoy an exciting day full of great food and fun at SeaWorld Orlando but at Aquatica and Busch Gardens also. Pay once and dine up to once per hour all day until the published restaurant closing times. Orlando Ticket Connection is offering an incredible deal that can’t be bought at the gate! Enjoy the best dining value during your day of fun in the sun at SeaWorld, & Aquatica or Busch Gardens with the SeaWorld Parks CHOOSE 2 Parks with Dining Ticket.
8. There’s More Than One Park Why not visit all four of the SeaWorld Parks in Florida and save money when you purchase combo tickets! Swim with the dolphins or take an underwater walking tour in Discovery Cove. Alternatively try a Serengeti Safari in Busch Gardens, where you can hand-feed giraffes. On a hot day visit SeaWorld’s waterpark, Aquatica. Guest can enjoy the sun as well as have fun and some amazing water rides!
Celebrate Halloween 2018 Orlando’s Theme Parks when they become ghostly and ghoulish this fall. The theme parks are decorated and ready for fun. Orlando Ticket Connection is your source for information and tickets to all of the deadly deals – from the fun-filled Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party to the terrifying Halloween Horror Nights and SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular®. Orlando is the perfect place to be when the bewitching hour comes upon this Halloween Season! This year, starting as early as Aug. 17 and running through Nov. 3, there’s something for everyone, from mild and family-friendly to wild and terrifying.Halloween 2018 Orlando Theme Parks
Halloween Horror Nights 28, Select Nights Sept. 14 – Nov. 3 This year visitors can expect horrors inspired by the ’80s at Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights, with a haunted house in the theme of Netflix’s mega-hit “Stranger Things,” as well as nine other haunted houses, for a total of 10 – the highest amount ever in the event’s 28-year history. The event will also run for a total of 34 nights, tied for the longest run in its history. Tickets can only be bought at the Epic Visitor’s Service kiosk in the Orlando Premium Outlet Malls.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Select Nights Aug. 17 – Oct. 31 On select nights from Aug. 17 to Oct. 31, Magic Kingdom Park comes alive with jack-o-lanterns, special characters and entertainment for the whole family. Be brave and come dressed in your scariest costumes so you can trick-or-treat throughout the park, masquerade with costumed characters at the Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, sing along at the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular and end the night with a “Boo-tacular” fireworks show.
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, Weekends Sept. 22 – Oct. 28 It’s an ocean of Halloween fun for the whole family at SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular. During this daytime event, families are immersed in an underwater “fantasea” including trick-or-treating, not-so-spooky live shows, whimsical sea creatures, and the chance to mingle with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends including Elmo, The Count, Cookie Monster and more.
Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Select Nights Oct. 6 – 31 Families will enjoy all the fun without the frights at LEGOLAND’s Brick or Treat this year. The event features trick-or-treating, the world’s largest LEGO jack-o-lantern, LEGO Halloween characters and a bewitching Halloween-themed fireworks show at Pirates’ Cove.
Orlando is the perfect place to be when the bewitching hour comes upon this Halloween Season! Orlando Ticket Connection offers the best ticket prices to celebrate Halloween at Orlando’s theme parks, so be sure to let us help you get a bewitching deal!
Universal Orlando is not limiting all of the special improvements to their 3 parks, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure & Volcano Bay, but has taken a huge step in refurbishing City Walk, the only entrance onto the property, with that the AMC Universal Cineplex 20 are the next logical choice for modernization.
Universal Orlando officially announced that major enhancements are coming to the movie theater beginning this fall, as it becomes Universal Cinemark. The grander enhancements promise to “enrich your entertainment experience, further immersing you in the action of the films in the most cutting-edge movie-watching environment available.”
The transformation of Universal’s theater will begin in September and take several months to complete. New, reclining, Cinemark Luxury Loungers with extendable footrests, cup holders and plush seating will be installed in all 20 auditoriums, so Guests can kick up their feet and enjoy the ultimate comfort while watching their favorite films.
As part of this project, the theater will receive a new Cinemark XD auditorium. XD auditoriums feature extensive wall-to-wall screens, custom-engineered surround sound with multi-channel speakers and state-of-the-art projection systems capable of delivering 35 trillion colors. The XD auditorium offers comfortable, luxurious Lounger seating, the brightest digital images, and the latest movies every week.
Guests can even increase their movie-going experience by joining Cinemark Movie Club, a exclusive monthly movie membership program offering ticket and concession discounts along with other exclusive benefits.
The theme park company did not reveal how much the renovations will cost. Reports are that just the seating replacements for similar Cinemark theaters could cost $250,000 per auditorium, which places the Universal renovation costs starting at about $5 million-plus.
This marks the beginning of Universal’s partnership with Cinemark Theatres, which operates more than 530 theaters around the world. The theater will be closed all day on Friday, September 14 to prepare for Universal Cinemark’s debut on Saturday, September 15. Then, the remodeling work will begin to implement all of the awesome enhancements mentioned earlier.
As with any of the wonderful attractions that Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando Ticket Connection’s goal is to offer some of the lowest prices and exception service. Buy online here and go directly to the parks!!
Summer May Be Coming to an End, but the Party Continues at Aquatica Orlando
Aquatica Orlando announced a new Latin-inspired Fiesta taking place at the park throughout the month of September. Included with park admission, this upbeat celebration will include live entertainment, specialty menu items and beach games that the entire family will enjoy! Plus, experience thrilling water rides like the all-new Ray Rush.
Live Music and Entertainment Guests will enjoy a change in tempo everyday with Latin beats throughout the park. Every Saturday and Sunday in September will feature a live DJ and energetic entertainers on Aquatica’s sandy beaches.
Specialty Menu Items Throughout September, guests can enjoy delicious Latin-inspired treats, mixed drinks, and Sangria located in specialty food stations throughout the park and at Waterstone Grill, Mango Market, and Ke’re’s Bar. Popular food selections will include: pinchos with pigeon peas, arepas, empanadas, bacalaítos, fish tacos, tripleta and tasty snow cones with Latin flavors.
Ray Rush, SeaWorld’s new 60-foot-tall manta ray-themed water slide
The new family-friendly slide, celebrated its official opening Saturday, May 12. Ray Rush is the first in Florida to combine enclosed tube sections, a giant sphere and a drop into an open-air halfpipe. The combination of these three unique slide elements seamlessly blended into one attraction creates a ride experience that is both thrilling and family-friendly,
Buy Online and Save Fiesta Aquatica is included with park admission, giving you a chance to experience the thrills of our waterslides and dance your heart out with family and friends. Visit any day in September and save $20 when you buy online one day in advance on a Single-Day Ticket.
The best way to experience all of the amazing food offerings is by adding All-Day Dining to eat all day for only $10 more. Enjoy our traditional menu items along with some of these Latin-inspired fun eats at participating restaurants. Offer ends 8/30/18. Must visit by 9/30/18.
Fantastic Worlds is the rumored name for a fourth Universal Orlando theme park, which amps up the ongoing theme park war with Walt Disney World. A Comcast executive confirmed the company filed the name registration, when a patent application was filed last month.
Joining Universal Studios Orlando, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay, a fourth Universal property would amp up ongoing competition with Disney, which operates four theme parks, two waterparks and the Disney Springs retail complex in the Orlando area.
“In terms of a new gate in Florida we are looking at it,” said Burke speaking during an earnings call. “We’ve filed a name registration, we have a lot of great intellectual properties and we love the theme park business, which is one of our best, most consistent businesses.
“Another gate for Universal in Florida would turn Florida from a two or three-day destination to potentially a weeklong destination. We think that would be attractive.”
That same executive also went on to say, “Another gate in Florida would have the advantage of turning Florida from a two or three-day destination to potentially a weeklong destination.”
Duncan Dickson, a professor of theme park management, reported Nethe term “gate” refers to a ticketed entry to a park and says the Comcast executive was likely talking about a fourth park here in Orlando.
The name Fantastic World, itself offers the imagination endless possibilities, and quite possibly came from supposed guest survey that was sent out by Universal asking respondents, “Which of these names for a theme park is most likely to belong to Universal?” The options included Fantastic Worlds, Epic Worlds, Legendary Worlds, Legendary Lands and DreamPark.
On a recent episode of the Disney Dish podcast, industry insider Jim Hill indicated he was leaning toward the DreamPark name, since the new park will likely include multiple DreamWorks franchises. But other industry experts, including Josh Young of Theme Park University and Alicia Stella of Orlando Park Stop, both known for the accurate reporting of recent Universal rumors, point to the Fantastic Worlds name.
It had been previously reported that Universal has been acquiring hundreds of acres of land along Sand Lake Road for a possible addition to its current theme parks.
Universal recently purchased about 500 acres of undeveloped land east of International Drive. It is bordered to the north by Sand Lake Road and to the south by Destination Parkway.
Volcano Bay, Universal’s last project created a new chapter at Universal Orlando. Replacing the revolutionary, but ultimately outdated, Wet ‘n Wild on International Drive, it sits directly alongside Universal’s Cabana Beach Bay Resort hotel. The “next-level water theme park” was brought to life by Universal Creative, and gives visitors a fun-filled, hassle-free experience with their friends and family.
Will Fantastic Worlds be the project that tips the scale in the ongoing theme park war with Walt Disney World? Not sure, but it is great fun watching and reaping the exciting benefits this offers. In the meantime check out some of the lowest prices on Universal Orlando Tickets here.
SEAWORLD ORLANDO ANNOUNCES THRILL FEST RIDE NIGHT
Ride your favorite coasters at the most thrilling time of day – nighttime!
Just in time for National Coaster Day, today SeaWorld Orlando announces a two week promotion “Thrill Fest” culminating on August 17 “Thrill Fest Ride Night” with extended park hours. Included in admission, guests can take the coaster challenge and ride all of their favorite thrills at SeaWorld Orlando: Manta, Mako, Kraken and Journey to Atlantis will stay open until midnight for coaster enthusiasts to enjoy.
Ride Night Coaster Tech Talk—August 17 Go Behind-the-Scenes and experience an exclusive “Tech Talk” with our operations and maintenance leadership teams to see the Manta “coaster house.” This free program will be limited to 50 guests per tour and available on a first-come, first-serve basis at 1 pm and 2 pm on August 17. Guests must sign up at the Information and Reservation Counter in order to participate.
Extended Happy Hour Happy Hour at Sharks Underwater Grill and Flamecraft Bar will be extended until 11 pm on August 17 for “Thrill Fest Ride Night”.
Ride Photo Special Offer Valid August 13th through 19th including “Thrill Fest Ride Night”, guests can purchase four ride photos for $25, redeemable at Adventure Photo in the park.
Don’t forget Last Chance for Free Beer! – Now through Sept. 2 Do all of the thrills make you thirsty? SeaWorld has you covered! The free brews will be available all summer long through Sept. 2, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to one hour before park close. Complimentary domestic and seasonal beers will be available to guests 21 years of age and older. Guests can visit Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen Patio and receive up to two complimentary 7-ounce beers per visit.
The best deal for guests is to purchase a 2 for $99.99 advance purchase ticket: Choose your thrill – enjoy a full day of coaster fun at SeaWorld Orlando, then choose a second park FREE: go extreme and double your coaster miles at Busch Gardens or dive in and brave the steepest multi-drop tower in Orlando at Aquatica.
Free Beer Continues to Flow for Park Guests Through Labor Day Weekend
Just in time for International Beer Day, SeaWorld’s All New Craft Beer Festival will be celebrating the beloved bubbly beverage. Weekends Nov. 3 – 11. as the park will host their first ever Craft Beer Festival. In the meantime, park guests can enjoy free beer and a daily happy hour through Labor Day Weekend.
NEW- SeaWorld Craft Beer Festival – Weekends Nov. 3 – 11 Calling all beer connoisseurs, SeaWorld Orlando has a brand-new festival worth raising your glass over. The SeaWorld Craft Beer Festival will feature 100+ brews on draft from breweries across the state of Florida, plus a few domestic and international craft favorites. The festival will also feature 20+ unique food items designed to perfectly pair with the event brew selection. Guests looking to taste their way around the Florida craft beer scene can take advantage of SeaWorld’s sampling packages designed for the most adventurous beer fans.
Last Chance for Free Beer! – Now through Sept. 2 The free brews will be available all summer long through Sept. 2, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to one hour before park close. Complimentary domestic and seasonal beers will be available to guests 21 years of age and older. Guests can visit Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen Patio and receive up to two complimentary 7-ounce beers per visit.
Daily Happy Hour – Now through Sept. 2 Park guests are also invited to enjoy Happy Hour at SeaWorld, daily starting at 4 p.m. Happy Hour will feature buy one, get one free offers on all drink and select food items at Flamecraft Bar and Sharks Underwater Grill Bar. Both locations feature a variety of domestic and craft beer, mixed drinks and sharable appetizers.
The best deal for guests to experience the all-new Craft Beer Festival, and all of SeaWorld’s special events, is with Orlando Ticket Connection’s Discounted tickets and Combo tickets to SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens.
Plans for the first-ever Harry Potter-themed Roller Coaster at Universal Orlando to arrive at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida, was announced by Universal Orlando recently.
Dragon Challenge will close on September 5, with the last day of operation September 4., to make room for the new attraction. The Harry Potter-themed Roller Coaster promises an adventure that combines all of the incredible characters, creatures and journeys of the extraordinarily successful Harry Potter book and movie series. It is slated to open sometime in 2019.
In its announcement, Universal sited the Harry Potter-themed Roller Coaster at Universal Orlando, as one of the most “highly-themed coaster experiences” they’ve ever created. Considering The Wizarding World of Harry Potter than spans both Universal Studios with Diagon Alley, and Islands of Adventure, is already known for realistic and immersive attractions that utilizes images and technology in ways rarely seen at other theme parks.
The Dragon Challenge’s successor is being described as a ‘new generation of thrill ride’ and will feature ‘a new level of storytelling’ during the experience. This is major, considering, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” that spans both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, is already known for realistic and immersive attractions that utilizes images and technology in ways rarely seen at other theme parks. According to Universal Orlando’s Blog, the details are as follows:
• This all-new thrill ride will take you deeper into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, where you will encounter some of your “favorite characters and creatures.” • The ride will be “unlike anything we’ve ever done before” and it will accessible to “the entire family,” which implies a lower height restriction than the ride it replaces • The new attraction will be “one of the most highly-themed coaster experiences” Universal has created and will “combine a new level of storytelling with an action-packed adventure…and a few surprises along the way.” • The award-winning Universal Creative team is once again collaborating with Warner Bros. and the production design team from the Harry Potter films on the new coaster attraction. • This ride “is going to redefine the category” and be “the perfect addition to Hogsmeade.”
We are not sure of the type of coaster it will be, but Orlando Ticket Connection will keep you informed as soon as more information is available. For some of the best prices on Universal Orlando Tickets shop here!
SeaWorld has the best dining plan out of any park! One full meal every hour, including dessert, all day long! If you eat just twice, you’ll get your money’s worth. You can do so much more with the SeaWorld Parks CHOOSE 2 Parks with Dining Ticket.
Guest can not only enjoy an exciting day full of great food and fun at SeaWorld Orlando but at Aquatica and Busch Gardens also. Pay once and dine up to once per hour all day until the published restaurant closing times. Orlando Ticket Connection is offering an incredible deal that can’t be bought at the gate! Enjoy the best dining value during your day of fun in the sun at SeaWorld, & Aquatica or Busch Gardens with the SeaWorld Parks CHOOSE 2 Parks with Dining Ticket.All-Day Dining Deal at SeaWorld Orlando
Adults can redeem 1 entree, 1 side OR 1 dessert & 1 regular sized non-alcoholic beverage & Children (Ages 3-9) can redeem Kids meals once per hour in the park. Some food and beverage exclusions apply. No refunds on day of use. Park admission is required, but not included. Purchase the SeaWorld Parks CHOOSE 2 Parks with Dining Ticket which allows you entrance to 2 parks of your choosing and unlimited visits to each participating restaurant until published restaurant once per hour. The wristband is valid for 1 entrée platter, 1 additional side item and 1 soft beverage or iced tea. Wristbands MUST be worn at all times and shown at each redemption. The All-Day Dining Deal does not include equity dines such as Character Dining, Dine with Shamu, or Sharks Underwater Grill. Not valid with any souvenir products with the exception of Kids’ Meals. Sharing and take out is prohibited. Menu and prices are subject to change without notice. This convenient dining deal allows you to eat around SeaWorld® at participating restaurant locations as often as once every hour until the published closing time. Valid locations include Voyager’s Smokehouse, Expedition Café, Seaport Pizza, Captain Pete’s Island Treats, The Spice Mill, Seafire Grill, and Mango Joe’s®.All-Day Dining Deal at Aquatica
A 2-course meal every hour – 1 entree, 1 side OR 1 dessert & 1 regular non-alcoholic drink every 60 minutes. Kids meals for children (ages 3-9) once per hour. Visit your favorite Aquatica restaurant over and over again or try different places every time you feel hungry – it’s up to you. All the restaurants in the park are included in the deal! Aquatica has 3 restaurants with all kinds of mouth-watering dishes, from pizzas to pulled pork, baked chicken to hot dogs, and plenty of delicious sides and drinks to choose from too, Banana Beach Cookout, Mango Market, & Waterstone Grill.All-Day Dining Deal at Busch Gardens
Pay once and enjoy delicious meals and exclusive benefits throughout the day with the purchase of the All-Day Dine Deal. Up to one entrée, one side item or dessert and one beverage each time through the line. Exclusive Buy One, Get One Free offers on all snacks, bottled soda, beer and wine all-day long. at any of the following locations: Zagora Café, Serengeti Overlook Café, Kenya Kanteen, Sheikra Eats, Bengal Bistro, Dragon Fire Grill and Zambia Smokehouse. Child’s price includes kid’s meal entrees only.
SeaWorld Parks CHOOSE 2 Parks with Dining Ticket Details: Price does not include parking, taxes or service fees. Valid for a total of two (2) visits at any of the following parks: SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, and Adventure Island Tampa Bay. Plus, two (2) All-Day Dining Deals. First visit must be used within 365 days of purchase during regularly scheduled operating hours. Second visit and All-Day Dining Deal (if purchased) must be redeemed within 14 days of first visit. Online price not available at park.