SeaWorld Orlando is one of the biggest attractions in town and provides a fun-filled day for the whole family. Known for its massive aquariums, dolphin and whale shows, touch pools, and many exciting rides. Although guests may no longer feed the dolphins, you are still able to reach into the interactive dolphin pool and pet these beautiful, intelligent creatures. Those who want to get even more hands-on can sign up for an up-close tour with the dolphins, killer whales, sea lions, penguins, or sharks.
The SeaWorld franchise started in 1964 in San Diego, California. It was founded by George Millay, Milt Shedd, Ken Norris and David DeMott. The franchise was originally planned as an underwater restaurant, but eventually blossomed into an aquatic amusement park. In 1968 SeaWorld became a publicly traded company, which allowed for expansion into the Ohio and central Florida areas. In 1973 SeaWorld Orlando was established.
Travelers love SeaWorld’s animal experiences, heart-pounding rides and relaxed atmosphere, but some caution that food and merchandise are pricey. Keep in mind: If you want to see the famous “One Ocean” Shamu show at SeaWorld Orlando, be sure to visit soon – all of SeaWorld’s theme parks will stop offering this show by 2019.
Other special tours include a behind-the-scenes look at SeaWorld operations and tours of the manatee rehabilitation center or the dolphin nursery, where the park’s youngest dolphins are cared for. The park’s most popular thrill rides are its roller coasters, including the Mako hyper coaster, the Manta Coaster, and the Kraken Virtual Reality Coaster.
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