With the opening of two new coasters in Ice Breaker and Pipeline, SeaWorld Orlando started promoting itself as the “Coaster Capital of Orlando”, trending itself away from it’s former marketing as an animal theme park.
Even though SeaWorld offers an amazing lineup of roller coasters and thrill rides, it still has a significant amount of rides and attractions that are considered to be “family friendly” and more applicable for small kids. There is even one specific area of the park in Sesame Street Land that is completely designed and themed for kids.
In this article we are going to outline the Family Friendly Rides & Attractions at SeaWorld Orlando.
Sesame Street Land
Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld Orlando officially opened in 2019 in the area formerly known as Shamu’s Happy Harbour. This exciting new land brings the popular children’s television show to life with a number of highly themed rides and attractions as well as interactive play areas and meet-and-greet photo opportunities.
Along with the rides and attractions, there is also the fun and upbeat “Sesame Street Party Parade” which features some of your favorite characters including in Big Bird and Elmo.
Rides and attractions at Sesame Street Land include:
- Super Grover’s Box Car Derby
- Bird Bird’s Twirl ‘N’ Whirl
- Cookie Drop!
- Elmo’s Choo Choo Train
- Sunny Day Carousel
- Abby’s Flower Tower
TurtleTrek is a very unique attraction at SeaWorld Orlando where the guests start off by viewing huge aquariums of turtles, manatee and a host of other creatures from the sea.
The main part of the attraction is located within a 360 degree dome projection theater where guests will follow the trials and tribulations of “Naya”, a baby sea turtle. This seven minute 3D show is a wonderful experience that shows the trials of life as a sea turtle.
The Orca Encounter first opened in late December 2019 and is SeaWorld’s newest version of the new killer whale experience. This version of the “Shamu Show” is structured as 30-minute educational presentation about the orca’s as the ocean’s most powerful predator.
According to SeaWorld’s web site, the “Orca Encounter will leave you with a deeper understanding of these magnificent animals and will inspire you to care even more profoundly for the wonders of our natural world”.
SeaWorld’s current dolphin show is called “Dolphin Adventures” which is a very fun show that runs several times a day. Several bottlenose dolphins provide plenty of entertainment while the trainers educate the audience on how dolphins survive and thrive.
Dolphin Adventures is one of our favorite shows at SeaWorld Orlando and is a must see attraction for any first time visitor.
Sea Lion & Otter Spotlight
Guests learn about the lives of California sea lions and Asian small-clawed otters in the Sea Lion and Otter Spotlight. This funny and campy show is both educational & entertaining. Offered multiple times a day, this is one of the most enjoyable shows at SeaWorld Orlando.
Dolphin Cove & Dolphin Nursery
Watch the dolphins swim and play at two separate venues: Dolphin Cove and the Dolphin Nursery. These attractions are available throughout the day but the best times to visit are when the trainers are interacting or feed the dolphins.
Stingray Lagoon & Feeding
Located in the Key West themed area of SeaWorld Orlando is the Stingray Lagoon & Feeding. Guests get the chance to not only get up close with stingrays but also to touch and feed them (three feeding trays are $10).
There are more than 100 rays in this lagoon with several babies that are located in a tank that is separate from the main group.
Guests will enjoy a walking tour through learn more about Sharks and other marine life in the Shark Encounter. After visitors first enter the attraction, guests will explore a number of aquarium tanks that hold a variety of marine species.
The best part of the attraction is the shark tank itself. Guests board a moving walkway which literally passes through a tank containing a number of different sharks.
The SkyTower is one of our favorite attractions at SeaWorld Orlando. The fully air-conditioned capsule climbs to 400 feet in height and is one the original attractions since the park opened in 1974. Visitors will enjoy get a birds eye view of SeaWorld and on a clear day you can see as far as Disney’s Magic Kingdom and EPCOT as well as Universal Orlando and downtown Orlando.
There is a small fee for the Sky Tower but annual passholders are free.