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Sea world is one of the oldest theme parks in the Orlando area.  It is more than just an amusement park, it is and active research and marine rescue station.  Dedicated people from Sea World will travel anywhere to rescue injured or stranded sea creatures.  If it is injured, they will bring it back to their facility and try to save its life.  Once it has regained its health it is then released back into the wild.  It is also tagged and monitored to ensure that it remains in good health and to learn more about their life and habits so that they can do their jobs even better in the future.  Animals that perform at the park do so because they want to, not because they are forced to.  I have been to the park on many occasions when shows do not go off as planned because the animal just doesn't feel like performing.  The animal is not punished in any way.  They respect the animals and the animals respect them.

The parks do not operate entirely as a profit center.  Much of the important work that goes on there could not be done if it were not for the revenue that the parks provide.  Every time a guest passes through the gate with a paid admission it is like they are contributing to saving sea life around the world.  There has never been a protest at Sea World by animal rights groups because of the way they treat these animals.  So help save a whale, dolphin, manatee, or other sea creature and visit one of the Sea World parks around the world on your next trip vacation.

SEA WORLD MAJOR RIDES

 
 
1. THE KRAKEN (H)
54

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 8 AND UP

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 8

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 7

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: This ride is a high speed roller coaster with inverted loops, twists and turns.  Definitely not for the faint of heart.  A whole lot of fun if you like roller coasters.

(7) WAITING TIME: 30 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: MID AFTERNOON ON

2. JOURNEY TO ATLANTIS (H) 42

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 7 AND UP

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 8

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 8

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY:  While similar to Disney's Splash Mountain this ride is different in that it has a few surprises.  I won't go into the details but suffice it to say that it isn't over when you think it's over.  A fun and unique ride.

(7) WAITING TIME: 60 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: EARLY MORNING

3. MANTA (H) 54

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 8 and up

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 10

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 8

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: The Manta is a high speed coaster with many inversions (you go upside down).  One important twist to this ride is that while you are at the boarding station and after you are secured in the seats, they turn the seats so that you are facing the ground and your head is pointing towards the front of the coaster.  There are elastic body supports to make the ride comfortable while you are in the face down position.  While the ride is in motion you feel like you are flying (or soaring like a ray).  Your feet are also locked in place so that they do not feel uncomfortable and so they do not dangle during the ride.  This is a really great ride but if there are any delays at the station when you return it can be a bit uncomfortable hanging there waiting for the car to enter the station.  They can not rotate the seats back up until you are at the unload area.  There is also an aquarium inside the que area where you can see all kinds of rays and fish. 

(7) WAITING TIME: 60 MINUTES ON AVERAGE

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

4. WILD ARCTIC (H) 42 (R)

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 6

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 9

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: Wild Arctic is a simulator ride.  The premise of the ride is that you are taking a helicopter ride to an Arctic research station.  Lots of dips, dives, and a couple of tense moments.  Once you arrive at the station you can walk around and see Beluga whales, polar bears, and walruses.  This is a great stop on a hot day as the temperatures inside the station are near freezing.

(7) WAITING TIME: 40 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: SEE SCHEDULE OF SHOW TIMES

 

5. SKY TOWER (R)

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 5

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 7

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ***

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: This is the 400 foot tower that you see from just about anywhere in the park.  You board the tower car and it slowly rotates while it rises to the top of the tower.  At the top it stops and rotates slowly so that you can get a view of the area.

(7) WAITING TIME: 10 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

 

6. EMPIRE OF THE PENGUINS(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 4

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 8

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: This ride is a slow tour where you can get up close to the penguins.  Trackless vehicles take the people to the habitats where you can see them in their natural environment. 

(7) WAITING TIME: 60 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

 

SHAMOO'S HAPPY HARBOR

GUESTS RIDDING THE RIDES AT THE HAPPY HARBOR UNDER 48 INCHES TALL MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A SUPERVISING ADULT FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER.

 
6. SHAMOO EXPRESS (H) 38

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 4

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 5

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ***

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: A family roller coaster themed after a killer whale.  Lots of fun for children who do not meet the height restrictions of the other rides.

(7) WAITING TIME: 15 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

 

 

7. SEA CAROUSEL (H) 42

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 3

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 3

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: **

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: This ride is a ocean themed carousel.  Instead of the classic horses this ride has sea creatures that you ride and float up and down to sounds of the sea.

(7) WAITING TIME: ABOUT 10 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

8. JAZZY JELLIES (H) 42

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 2

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 3

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: **

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: Simular to Disney's Tea Cup ride, riders spin around a giant water spout

(7) WAITING TIME: 15 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

 
9. SWISHY FISHES (H) 42

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 3

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 2

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: **

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY:

(7) WAITING TIME: 15 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

 
10. OCEAN COMMOTION (H) 42

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 7 AND UP

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 2

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 3

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: **

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY:

(7) WAITING TIME: 15 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

 

 

11. FLYING FIDDLER (H) 42

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 3

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 3

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: **

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY:

(7) WAITING TIME: 15 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

 
12. PADDLE BOATS

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 3

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 3

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: **

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: The paddle boats have a flamingo theme.  Hey, this is Florida.  Paddle around the lagoon for a relaxing time.

(7) WAITING TIME: NONE

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

 
13. PIRATE'S NETS

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 3

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 3

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: **

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: This attraction will entertain small and not so small children for as long as you wish to rest.  They can climb nets and crawl through tubes to their hearts content.  A great play area for tired parents.

(7) WAITING TIME: NONE

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

 
SEA WORLD SHOWS  
14. BELIEVE (SHAMOO)

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 5

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 8

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: Believe is the name of the current show at Shamoo Stadium.  The show features several killer whales performing different behaviors.  All behaviors in this show are trained through positive reinforcement meaning that the whales are rewarded when they do something right but not punished for doing something wrong or not at all.  All of the animal shows use this type of training.  Killer whales are at the top of the food chain in the ocean.  They have no natural enemies.  The relationship that these mammals have with their trainers is amazing.  Remember, the lower section up to the walkway is a splash zone.  The lower you are in that section the more likely you are to get splashed with ice cold salt water.  Salt water and electronic devices such as cameras do not get along.  Protect your cameras from the water.

(7) WAITING TIME: NONE

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES

15. BLUE HORIZONS (WHALE AND DOLPHIN SHOW)

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 5

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 8

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: Blue Horizons is a great show.  Performers along with whales and dolphins put on a show that includes aerial acrobatics and interaction with the mammals set to music.

(7) WAITING TIME: NONE

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES

 
16. CLYDE AND SEAMORE TAKE PIRATE ISLAND (SEA LION AND OTTER SHOW)

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 5

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 8

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: Two sea lions named Clyde and Seamore along with their human partners search for hidden treasure.  A very funny show.  Keep a watchful eye on the mime during the pre-show.  He entertains the crowd and assists (?) with seating the audience.

(7) WAITING TIME: NONE

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES

 
17. PET'S AHOY (TRAINED PET SHOW)

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 5

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 8

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: Dogs, cats and even a pig are featured in this show which has a beach side town as a backdrop.  All the animals seen here are rescues from local shelters.  They are trained to do a variety of tricks and put into the show.  Don't worry about the animals that do not wish to learn the tricks.  Untrainable and retired show animals have a permanent home at Sea World where they are taken care of for the rest of their lives.

(7) WAITING TIME: NONE

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES

 
18. A'LURE THE CALL OF THE OCEAN (ACROBATIC SHOW) (R)

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 5

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 9

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: Acrobats tell a story as they amaze you with their abilities.  A very interesting and entertaining show.

(7) WAITING TIME: NONE

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES

 

 

 

 

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