SeaWorld Orlando opened December 15, 1973 and today is America's 10th most-visited theme park, but ranking first behind the Disney and Universal parks. In recent years, the park has added seasonal food and music festivals as it looks to boost repeat attendance from locals.
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SeaWorld's new coaster for 2021 will be Ice Breaker, a Premier Rides Sky Rocket that reaches 93 feet and 52 mph on 1,900 feet of track.
The top recommended non-coaster ride at SeaWorld Orlando is Infinity Falls, an Intamin river rapids ride with an elevator lift and 40-foot drop.
Other notable attractions include SeaWorld's Sky Tower, the Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin dark ride and exhibit, and the new Sesame Street land, with its collection of kiddie rides, including Super Grover's Box Car Derby, a Zierer Force children's coaster.
Other shows and animal habitats include Turtle Trek 360, Wild Arctic, Shark Encounter, Stingray Lagoon, Pacific Point Preserve (sea lions), Dolphin Cove, and the Manatee Rehabilitation Area.
SeaWorld Orlando is located off Interstate 4, just south of the 528 Beachline Expressway - in between the Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando resorts.
As always, plan to arrive at the park before its posted opening time in order to be one of the first inside. Then go straight to Manta and ride that coaster before heading to the back of the park for Mako. After that, go ride Kraken and Journey to Atlantis before crossing the park for Infinity Falls. That gives you all the top rides in the park with what should be plenty of time left to watch any shows or animal exhibits you want at your convenience.
SeaWorld's Quick Queue upcharge front-of-line pass is rarely needed if you want to get on all the park's top rides in one full day, but it can be helpful if you are in a rush and only have a few hours to visit.