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SeaWorld Orlando & Electric Ocean: What Are They Like Right Now?

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A Caucasian female wearing a pink baseball cap and black tank top stands near the lighthouse in SeaWorld Orlando.A Caucasian female wearing a pink baseball cap and black tank top stands near the lighthouse in SeaWorld Orlando.
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Kelly Nelson

Kelly is the social media manager at Holiday Inn Club Vacations. She’s got a passion for travel and viral videos, two things that help make her job so fun. When she’s not scouring the internet for the latest Instagram trends, she’s probably out for a run, headed to the beach or basically doing anything else outdoors. She’s an Orlando local and can probably recommend some of the best foodie or coffee spots in the Downtown Orlando area. Her absolute favorite vacation spot is Asheville, NC, and since it’s where her fiancé proposed, it certainly has a special place in her heart.

One of the biggest benefits of living in Orlando is being able to visit the theme parks whenever I want.

But there’s one theme park I have seriously been neglecting over the years … until now!

I recently had the chance to go to SeaWorld Orlando® with my fiancé, James, and we had an amazing time.

I’m so excited to share all about our favorite rollercoasters, exhibits, attractions and more that made this trip to SeaWorld Orlando one to remember.

A Caucasian male wearing a grey t-shirt, black cap (left) and a Caucasian female wearing a pink baseball cap and black tank top (right) sit in bleachers in SeaWorld Orlando.
Hi, I’m Kelly, and this is my fiancé, James.

As the Social Media Manager at Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, one of my favorite perks of my job is getting to share all about the fun things to do in Orlando, which also happens to be where our flagship Orange Lake Resort is.

If you’ve ever been to Orlando, you know there’s a long list of ways to have fun in the Florida sun, and I’m here to tell you why SeaWorld Orlando should be at the top of it!

Why Should You Visit SeaWorld Orlando?

Some major Orlando theme parks are all about thrill rides, while others are mainly focused on exhibits or shows.

SeaWorld Orlando is one of the only theme parks that I feel truly has it all. There’s such a wide variety of things to do for people of all ages and interests!

In fact, we were there pretty much from the opening of the park until close just because there was so much to cover.

A Caucasian male wearing a grey t-shirt, black cap (right) and a Caucasian female wearing a pink baseball cap and black tank top stand near the SeaWorld Orlando sign icon.

If you’re someone who loves thrill rides but doesn’t love spending their entire day on them or waiting in lines, trust me — this is the perfect theme park for you.

My favorite thing about this park was being able to go on a ride and then walk around some of the exhibits for a bit to stretch my legs before getting on another ride.

And when we got tired of walking around, we were able to go to one of the educational presentations, which would be a nice 20–30-minute break for our legs.

What is SeaWorld Orlando Like Right Now?

We did a little research beforehand and found that SeaWorld Orlando was no longer enforcing masks in the park, both inside and outdoors, for fully vaccinated guests. However, we packed ours just in case we needed them.

Throughout the park, you can see they still have social distancing markers for the lines and crowded areas.

I will say that there were some areas with more crowds, so if that’s something you’re not comfortable with right now, I would just make sure you’re prepared to take your own social distancing precautions while there.

Several guests walk under the entrance queue of SeaWorld Orlando with signage that reads ‘Park Entrance’ with green and blue hues.

Overall, though, we were pleasantly surprised at how respectful other people were of our space from the moment we arrived, as well as seeing most people in the park still keeping their distance.

SeaWorld Photo Spot: When you first arrive, be sure to snap some pics at SeaWorld’s best photo spots, which are right at the front of the park!

The SeaWorld Lighthouse is iconic and there’s a beautiful underwater mural for you to grab a pic in front of, too.

(Since taking Insta-worthy pictures is a big part of my job, I’ll be sharing even more SeaWorld photo spots throughout this story, so you can easily find them, snap, post and treasure your trip.)

Left: A Caucasian male wearing a grey t-shirt, black cap (right) and a Caucasian female wearing a pink baseball cap and black tank top stand near the lighthouse in SeaWorld Orlando. Right: A woman poses with a wall mural of a coral reef.

What is Electric Ocean?

Through September 6, SeaWorld Orlando has a special summer event going on called Electric Ocean.

Vibrant neon colors light up the park and they have special activities that all families and friend groups can enjoy.

Left: A Caucasian male wearing a grey t-shirt, black cap and grey shorts stands near a sign that reads, ‘Electric Ocean’ at SeaWorld Orlando. Right: A decorative ‘Electric Ocean’ sign made of plastic bottle caps as a message to recycle, reduce and reuse.

Some Electric Ocean activities include:

Rescue Tails

An educational presentation that teaches you all about SeaWorld’s commitment to animal care and rescue. This has specific showtimes, so be sure to plan your day around the time you’d like to attend.

Elmo Rocks

What could be better than an epic rock party with Elmo and all his closest friends?!

This is a must-see for families with young kids. Again, there are specific showtimes for this, so definitely plan ahead.

Ignite Fireworks

This show brings the brilliant colors of the sea to the skies. There’s nothing better than ending your day at a theme park than with beautiful fireworks!

Club Sea Glow

My favorite part of Electric Ocean was the family-friendly dance party at Club Sea Glow.

With a DJ and bright neon party lights, this is the spot to hit as soon as the sun goes down! There are even some lively dancers to help you get your groove on.

The dancers were so fun and energetic, and the DJ was extremely active with the crowd and played great, kid-friendly music.

A group of performers dance in various costumes and on decorated stilts with visitors at Electric Ocean in SeaWorld Orlando.

There were also some different drink options set up at bar areas all around the park. I opted for a cold beer to help beat the heat, but they’re offering other tasty and colorful drink options for a limited time, too!

An Electric Ocean vendor kiosk decorated in neon colors stands on concrete pavement in SeaWorld Orlando.

Our Favorite SeaWorld Orlando Attractions

Obviously one of the coolest things about SeaWorld Orlando is seeing aquatic animals from all around the world that you normally couldn’t get so close to.

This was by far my favorite thing about this theme park visit — I love going to places and being able to learn new things while I’m there.

These are a few of our favorite attractions where we were able to do just that.

The Aquarium

This was my absolute favorite thing to do at SeaWorld Orlando. The Aquarium was huge and there were all different aquatic animals to see.

Plus, anywhere with air conditioning in the middle of a Florida summer? Sign me up!

A Caucasian male wearing a grey t-shirt, black cap and grey shorts faces an aquarium with various sea creatures in SeaWorld Orlando.

Shark Encounter

This area was recently renovated, and this attraction was so cool and well done!

Not only can you walk through it and learn all about different kinds of sharks, but you can also see them up close at the end as you ride a conveyer belt through an aquarium to the exit!

How cool is that?!

Left: A Caucasian male wearing a grey t-shirt, black cap and grey shorts stands near an infographic about sharks in SeaWorld Orlando. Right: A tunnel through an aquarium enclosure with a conveyor belt.

SeaWorld Photo Spot: Right at the exit, there’s a huge “Guy Harvey” shark mural for you to grab a picture in front of!

A Caucasian woman with a black tank, denim shorts and white shoes stands next to a mural of a shark surrounded by fish in SeaWorld Orlando.

Meeting Manatees

While you’re walking all around the park, be on the lookout for the different animal areas you can stroll through.

I particularly loved seeing the manatees, and I was hoping they would notice my hat! 😉

Left: A Caucasian woman with a pink baseball cap, black tank, denim shorts stands near a sign that reads ’Manatee Rehabilitation’ with statues of a female and baby manatee. Right: The same woman stands near a tank enclosure containing manatees.

Seeing Dolphins

We also saw dolphins in a few different areas — at the educational presentation, “Dolphin Adventures,” and at the Dolphin Nursery, where we were able to get a much closer look.

James even got to throw a toy to one of them!

An enclosure with signage that reads, ‘Dolphin Nursery’ stands above a water tank enclosure with a dolphin catching an orange Kong toy.

Orca Encounter

Orca Encounter is probably the most well-known educational presentation at SeaWorld Orlando — they really are such beautiful creatures!

This presentation was a great mix of entertainment and education where I got to learn all about the whales.

Next time we’ll definitely have to sit in the Soak Zone so we can get splashed!

A stage shaped like an orca tail-fin with an LED panel displaying the ocean floor appears behind a live orca whale as it emerges from the water of a transparent water tank.

Petting the Stingrays

This was an amazing experience! I’ve never been so close to stingrays before, let alone had the opportunity to touch one.

There’s a team member around to help talk anyone through it if they’re feeling nervous, and to just tell you more about these animals and how they care for them.

A Caucasian man wearing a dark baseball cap and grey t-shirt extends his hand into the tank full of water containing stingrays in a touching pool at SeaWorld Orlando.

A Walk Down Sesame Street Land

I can’t say I watch Sesame Street very often these days, but we, of course, had to walk through the new Sesame Street Land just to see it!

This was such a fun section and is great for family theme park trips with young children.

A Caucasian woman with a pink baseball cap, black tank, denim shorts and white shoes stands next to statues of Elmo and Abby Cadabby at Sesame Street Land™ in SeaWorld Orlando.

SeaWorld Photo Spot: Don’t forget to grab a pic with Elmo as you’re walking down Sesame Street!

SeaWorld Orlando Roller Coasters

Like I mentioned before, SeaWorld Orlando has some epic roller coasters and water rides for anyone who’s looking for more thrills during their visit.

We were able to hit a few while we were there, and it was awesome that most of the rides only had around a 10–20-minute wait.

Manta

SeaWorld Orlando’s Manta is the park’s newest roller coaster, and it’s pretty unique because you lay on your stomach — it’s a ride that’s truly unlike anything I’ve ever been on!

I totally get the hype and why so many people go crazy for it. This ride had the longest wait at about 60 minutes.

A marquee in the shape of a manta ray that reads, ‘Manta’ near its namesake rollercoaster in SeaWorld Orlando.

Kraken & Mako

We also rode Kraken and Mako, which were really fun, more standard, shorter roller coaster rides.

These are great options for anyone who isn’t a huge roller coaster person or even for younger kids who are just starting to ride them.

The waits for both of these were only about 20 minutes — not bad at all!

A marquee in the shape of a giant tentacle that reads, ‘Kraken Unleashed’ near its namesake rollercoaster in SeaWorld Orlando.

SeaWorld Orlando Water Rides

When you’re in Florida in the middle of summer — water rides are a must!

We hit up the park’s two main water rides, Journey to Atlantis and Infinity Falls (its river rapids ride). Such a nice way to cool off during the day!

Pro Tip: If it ends up raining during your visit — like typical Florida weather is known to do — wait it out! Usually, it’ll pass, but if it doesn’t, enjoy it!

Rainy Orlando days tend to be great theme park days, too, with fewer crowds. And you’re already wet, so why not take advantage of all those fun water rides?

A water log ride exterior with a large drop stands surrounded by water near a guest walkway in SeaWorld Orlando.

Dining at SeaWorld Orlando

One other thing we loved doing during the day was eating (because theme parking all day can work up quite the appetite).

We ended up purchasing the All Day Dining pass — a great deal for anyone who’s planning to go for an entire day.

For $44.95 per person (plus tax), you can get food and/or a drink every hour just about anywhere in the park.

Needless to say, we definitely took advantage of this deal (as you can see, James certainly enjoyed it!).

A Caucasian male wearing a black baseball cap, grey shirt and khaki shorts holds a cheese-covered hot dog while seated in SeaWorld Orlando.
James and the Giant Hot Dog from Captain Pete’s Island Hot Dogs

Sharks Underwater Grill and Bar

One of the coolest restaurants we stopped in was Sharks Underwater Grill and Bar, which was just outside of Shark Encounter.

It had an amazing bar area, where there’s actually a small fish tank INSIDE the bar!

There’s also a massive aquarium area in the restaurant, so you can see real sharks and fish swimming around while you eat.

Left: A Caucasian male wearing a grey t-shirt, black cap and grey shorts stands near an aquarium indoors. Right: A restaurant interior with the view of its surrounding aquarium and other dining guests protected with plexiglass panels.

Lakeside Grill

For dinner, the weather was perfect to sit outside, so we grabbed a bite at Lakeside Grill. This waterfront restaurant had delicious food and beautiful views — the perfect way to end our day.

Left: A restaurant exterior with signage that reads, ‘Lakeside Grill SeaWorld’ at dusk. Right: A Caucasian male wearing a grey t-shirt and black sits at a dining table surrounded by food overlooking the water.

Shopping at SeaWorld Orlando

We also walked through some of the different shops just to browse and see the souvenirs they had. James helped me pick out some adorable stuffed animals for my nieces and nephews!

A Caucasian male wearing a grey t-shirt and black cap holds a stuffed turtle and arctic seal in a shop.
Couldn’t leave without the cutest souvenirs from Coconut Bay Traders

Where to Stay Near SeaWorld Orlando

I’m lucky enough to live where most people vacation, but if you’re someone who’s just visiting Orlando, I couldn’t recommend Orange Lake Resort and Orlando Breeze Resort enough.

Pool chairs lined up at edge of outdoor pool at Orlando Breeze Resort in Florida.
Hit up the pools at Orlando Breeze Resort and soak up the sun after your theme park day.

Both are just a short drive to SeaWorld Orlando, and there’s plenty to do right on property for the days you’re not at the park (as well as tons of nearby outdoor activities you can do aside from theme parks).

Cabana with sun chairs in North Village at Orange Lake Resort near Orlando, Florida
The cabanas in North Village at Orange Lake Resort make a great spot to kick up your feet after your underwater adventures.

It helps to live so close, but if you’re someone who will just be visiting Orlando for a short time, I would highly consider making it a priority to hit up this theme park!

Overall, we had an awesome time at SeaWorld Orlando, and I can’t wait to go back!

There are a few things we didn’t get to do, but those are just things I can add to my list next time we visit.

Who knows, maybe we’ll end up buying Annual Passes. 😉

A Caucasian female wearing a pink baseball cap and black tank top stands near the lighthouse in SeaWorld Orlando.


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Kelly Nelson

Kelly is the social media manager at Holiday Inn Club Vacations. She’s got a passion for travel and viral videos, two things that help make her job so fun. When she’s not scouring the internet for the latest Instagram trends, she’s probably out for a run, headed to the beach or basically doing anything else outdoors. She’s an Orlando local and can probably recommend some of the best foodie or coffee spots in the Downtown Orlando area. Her absolute favorite vacation spot is Asheville, NC, and since it’s where her fiancé proposed, it certainly has a special place in her heart.