Entries from A Mom and The Magic tagged with 'SeaWorld Orlando'

SeaWorld Orlando's Discovery Cove launches shark swim

In honor of Shark Week, here’s some news out of Discovery Cove, SeaWorld’s dolphin park in Orlando. Guests to the park now will be able to have hands-on encounters with sharks during a new program. The Shark Swim program...

SeaWorld Orlando launches new Killer Whale Up Close Tour

SeaWorld Orlando has introduced a new tour designed to give guests even more interaction with its animals. The Killer Whale Up Close Tour just debuted, and already fans of the park are giving it positive reviews on social media...

SeaWorld Orlando's Aquatica to host World's Largest Swimming Lesson with Olympian Rowdy Gaines

It’s not too late to join the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, which will take place Thursday morning at Aquatica, SeaWorld Orlando’s water park. U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame member and three-time Olympic gold-medal swimmer Ambrose “Rowdy” Gaines will lead...

Pass member preview: SeaWorld Orlando's Kraken Unleashed virtual reality overlay

SeaWorld Orlando has just revamped its Kraken roller coaster to add a new dimension for riders – the 3D Virtual Reality option. The new Kraken Unleashed opens to the public tomorrow (June 16), but my 12-year-old daughter and husband...

SeaWorld Orlando pass members: Sign up now for extra summer perks

SeaWorld Orlando pass members should be receiving notices by mail and/or email about a host of summer offers just for them – and most are free! Many experiences require the pass member to reserve a space online, so if...

SeaWorld Orlando announces it will build Sesame Street-themed land

Oh, what my children would have given to step into Elmo’s World when they were little! They, like countless other little ones, were just obsessed with the adorable red puppet. Elmo’s widespread appeal – and that of his furry...

SeaWorld Orlando announces Infinity Falls water rapids ride and Pop bubble show

SeaWorld Orlando is doing it again – promising to thrill its visitors with the tallest drop on yet another new ride. This time it is Infinity Falls, a water rapids ride scheduled to open in time for the Summer...

SeaWorld Orlando's 2017 summer camp registration is open

I have written a lot about the unique experiences that SeaWorld Orlando offers children at its summer day and resident camps, and for the last two years my dolphin-loving daughter has experienced the fun for herself. She loved every...

SeaWorld Orlando's Dolphin Days show debuts with focus on trainers, education

On Saturday, SeaWorld Orlando officially debuted its new dolphin show called Dolphin Days, and of course my dolphin-loving daughter and I were in the stands to watch. Dolphin Days focuses squarely on bottlenose dolphins and the education of the...

SeaWorld Orlando to debut new Dolphin Days show, plus Discovery Cove deals

SeaWorld guests have two new dolphin experiences to look forward to soon at the Orlando theme park. Plus, a new deal at Discovery Cove gives SeaWorld and Aquatica pass members the opportunity to experience an all-inclusive day with a...

Review: Seven Seas Food Festival is worth a trip to SeaWorld Orlando

Looking for a fun way to feed the family today? SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival is back for another Saturday with more than 55 dishes from global coastal markets plus craft beer and wine pairings. The markets around the...

Sneak peek: SeaWorld Orlando's new Seven Seas Food Festival

Last weekend, I was invited to join SeaWorld Orlando pass members at a sold-out preview of foods and beverages that will be served at the upcoming Seven Seas Food Festival. Beginning Feb. 11 and continuing on Saturdays through May...

Get a glimpse of Universal Orlando's new water park, Volcano Bay, opening May 25

One of the perks of being an Orlando resident is the opportunity to go regularly to the fantastic water parks that are associated with our three big theme parks. With two children who swim like fish, I have enjoyed...

Tips for enjoying cold weather at SeaWorld Orlando, Walt Disney World

Attention, theme park visitors: Floridians will be celebrating winter beginning Friday. That’s because Orlando temperatures actually are going to dip into the 60s during the day and into the 40s at night for an entire week. Break out the...

SeaWorld Orlando unveils food, performers, pass member deals for new Seven Seas festival

SeaWorld Orlando has just released more details about its brand-new Seven Seas Food Festival – and there is a lot to look forward to, including special deals for annual passholders. Beginning Feb. 11 and continuing on Saturdays through May...

SeaWorld's 2016 Christmas Celebration sparkles with Rudolph, expanded Sea of Trees and return of Clyde and Seamore

SeaWorld Orlando kicked off its Christmas Celebration this past weekend with new characters Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends, new features added to its Sea of Trees light show and the return of Clyde and Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas...

Shop for SeaWorld Orlando's 2016 Blue Friday deals from home

SeaWorld Orlando is preparing to celebrate "Blue Friday" (its version of Black Friday) and is offering quite a few deals to save you some green. There are a number of Buy One, Get One offers, and new for the...

Don't miss: Last weekend to experience 2016 SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular

Residents and visitors alike have just one more weekend to enjoy SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular before it disappears for another year. This gentle celebration is perfect for the youngest of trick-or-treaters, but all ages are invited. Here are some...

What's new and next at SeaWorld Orlando for 2017

SeaWorld Orlando has announced eight new ways it plans to take visitors under the sea and inspire them with marine life in 2017. Perhaps the most-talked-about addition is the Virtual Reality experience that will be added to Kraken in...

What's it like to volunteer for a SeaWorld beach cleanup?

For years, SeaWorld has organized beach cleanups in Florida and California, and pass members are invited to join team members at some of these community events. This past weekend, my family and I were able to participate in such...

Discovery Cove deal gives Florida residents more time at SeaWorld and Aquatica

This week, Discovery Cove announced the return of one of its best Florida resident deals. My family and I took advantage of this offer several years ago, and we definitely recommend it. Through the end of the year, Florida...

SeaWorld Orlando hosts Summer Soak Party, Jack Hanna Weekend

It’s summer in Orlando, which means temperatures in the 90s every day -- and locals and visitors alike searching for relief. SeaWorld Orlando has introduced a new way to beat the heat this summer with its daily Summer Soak...

Island Nights and other new summer offerings at SeaWorld's Aquatica water park

Beginning tomorrow (July 8), Aquatica will stay open an extra hour for its Island Nights presented by Coca-Cola on Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 6. SeaWorld Orlando’s water park will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for...

Tween reporter's first impressions of SeaWorld Orlando's new Mako roller coaster

My 11-year-old daughter has not yet met a roller coaster she didn’t enjoy, and SeaWorld Orlando’s Mako hypercoaster is no exception. She rode it several times during a media preview day and again the next day with her dad....

What SeaWorld Orlando's ride designers want you to know about Mako hypercoaster

SeaWorld’s new Shark Wreck Reef and Mako hypercoaster are designed for high-speed thrills and all-out fun for theme-park guests, but there also are a lot of educational aspects to the realm, as well. Riders can get a firsthand lesson...

SeaWorld Orlando's Summer of Mako begins Friday with coaster's grand opening

SeaWorld’s newest roller coaster, Mako, opens tomorrow (Friday, June 10), and the theme park is also kicking off a host of related activities and entertainment called “Summer of Mako.” Through Aug. 7, the new event celebrates Orlando’s tallest, fastest...

Artist and conservationist Guy Harvey partners with SeaWorld Orlando, paints mako shark mural

This week, visitors at SeaWorld Orlando had a rare opportunity to observe renowned artist and conservationist Guy Harvey at work in the theme park. Harvey was painting a mural depicting a mako shark surrounded by fish in the new...

SeaWorld Orlando opens Manatee Rehabilitation area to all visitors

Much of SeaWorld Orlando’s rescue and rehabilitation work is housed beyond the theme park in a 5-acre Rescue Center that is not part of most visitors’ daily experience. However, that is changing with the company’s new focus on showing...

Buy SeaWorld Orlando annual pass, get Aquatica annual pass for free

SeaWorld Orlando fans looking for a deal have one month to claim the theme park’s latest offer – and it’s perfect spring break and summer. Visitors who purchase a SeaWorld annual pass receive a year’s admission to Aquatica for...

SeaWorld Orlando's Bands, Brew & BBQ event starts today, honors military

SeaWorld Orlando kicks off its annual Bands, Brew & BBQ event today, and like last year, it is partnering with USO Central Florida to honor members of the military with special activities and discounts. The event, which runs Saturdays...

More students eligible to apply for SeaWorld Orlando's 2016 Environmental Scholarships

SeaWorld Orlando is aiming to help more local students pursue careers related to the care and conservation of animals and the environment with its 2016 Environmental Scholarships. Now in its second year, the program has undergone some changes. Students...

SeaWorld Orlando promotes animal care, conservation at upcoming Wild Days

Beginning Saturday, Wild Days return to SeaWorld Orlando for the third year. Wild Days are three themed weekends designed to showcase the park's conservation efforts and inspire guests to get involved in protecting and preserving the Earth's wild animal...

Enjoy different experiences at Walt Disney World, SeaWorld when temperatures drop this weekend

Central Floridians and those visiting the theme parks will get a taste of winter – a Florida winter, that is – this weekend when temperatures are expected to dip into the 40s and 50s overnight. Locals (like me) already...

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular returns with 'FantaSea' celebration for 2015

SeaWorld’s colorful – and gentle – brand of Halloween celebration has returned for Saturdays and Sundays in October. On its remaining Spooktacular dates (10-11, 17-18, 24-25 and 31), SeaWorld brings to life an underwater “FantaSea” that is full of...

Mama's Pretzel Kitchen opens at SeaWorld Orlando

At SeaWorld Orlando, you no longer have to settle for plain pretzels with melted cheese for dipping. The new Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen, which opened a little more than a week ago, serves 10 different kinds of pretzels and six...

Tips for planning and saving at SeaWorld Orlando's Aquatica water park

It’s summer, and for many people, that means lots of water time -- whether it’s the pool, lake or beach. For Orlando visitors and locals, beating the heat often translates to taking advantage of one of the area’s many...

Olympian Rowdy Gaines hosts World's Largest Swimming Lesson at SeaWorld Orlando's Aquatica

For the sixth consecutive year, SeaWorld Orlando’s Aquatica water park hosted a swim lesson a little different from the ones it offers all summer long. This lesson was part of an attempt to break the record for the World’s...

SeaWorld Orlando reveals new details about Mako shark-themed coaster to open in summer 2016

SeaWorld Orlando revealed this week that its #nothingfaster campaign is indeed leading up to a shark-themed roller coaster that will open in summer 2016. Mako, named after one of the world’s fastest sharks, will hit all the superlatives at...

SeaWorld Orlando to host Canine Companions for Independence graduation

On Saturday, SeaWorld will be honoring some very important animals, and park guests are invited to share in the celebration. Although these particular animals are not ones that will perform in the theme park's shows or serve as company...

SeaWorld Orando says it is building tallest, fastest, longest roller coaster to open in 2016

SeaWorld Orlando has announced that it is building Orlando's tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster. The 200-foot thrill ride is expected to open in 2016. Although few details were released in its short press release, the theme park did...

Get a sneak peek at SeaWorld Orlando's 'Clyde & Seamore's Sea Lion High'

This weekend, SeaWorld Orlando gave its pass members and some members of the media a sneak peek of its new show, "Clyde & Seamore's Sea Lion High," which is expected to debut in April. Although we did not see...

Ways you can interact with SeaWorld's dolphins now that public feedings have been discontinued

SeaWorld Orlando announced this week that it has closed its popular dolphin feedings to the public. Our family, along with many others, will miss this rare -- and affordable -- opportunity to interact with dolphins. Readers of this blog...

Last week to apply for SeaWorld Orlando's new environmental scholarship

SeaWorld Orlando is giving away $20,000 in scholarship money with its new Young Environmental Scholars Awards, and the deadline is fast approaching. Local seniors in Orange County have until March 1 to apply. That's Sunday! SeaWorld said the 20...

Registration is open now for SeaWorld Orlando's summer camps

Does your child love animals? Does he or she dream of being a marine biologist (just as my 10-year-old daughter does)? Or perhaps you are looking for a unique camp experience for your child. If you said "yes" to...

Tips for maximizing your day at SeaWorld Orlando's Discovery Cove

With the many amazing experiences theme parks in Orlando offer, it would be difficult to pick a single favorite place. But SeaWorld Orlando's Discovery Cove is among our family's top picks because of the unique and relaxing day it...

Swim with dolphins at SeaWorld's Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive theme park in Orlando that is part of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. As far as local theme parks go, it's relatively new, having opened in 2000. (By comparison, SeaWorld is celebrating its 50th anniversary...

SeaWorld Orlando invites visitors to learn about conservation at Wild Days events

Wild Days at SeaWorld Orlando kicked off this past weekend with two days dedicated to penguins, and I was invited to join the fun and informative experience. Wild Days are three themed weekends designed to showcase the park's conservation...

SeaWorld Orlando announces 'Blue Friday' deals and holiday savings

It's Thanksgiving -- are you ready to hit the stores? If you're still in that turkey coma or just don't want to be pulled away from all the pigskin action, there are some great theme-park deals to be purchased...

Top 5 reasons to visit SeaWorld Orlando's Aquatica in the fall

If you've never been to SeaWorld Orlando's water park, Aquatica, fall is the perfect time for checking it out. Many families with school-age children have fall breaks this month, and Aquatica could be a great way to spend some...

Tips for families at SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular

My family and I have attended SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular event, which takes place on Saturdays and Sundays in October at the Orlando theme park, for several years and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Here is what you need to know...

Central Florida's Give Kids The World Village grants wishes for kids wih life-threatening illnesses

Last weekend, I was invited to tour Give Kids The World Village during the second annual Blogger Bash. This event was designed to educate bloggers, so they, in turn, can serve as "Awareness Angels" and help others learn about...

SeaWorld sponsors family friendly mac-n-cheese competition at Orange County Convention Center

Need a fun, inexpensive activity in Orlando for your family this weekend? Look no farther than the Orange County Convention Center, which is the location for the first O-Town MacDown on Saturday. Sponsored by SeaWorld, the competition gives professional...

SeaWorld Orlando visitors will be able to interact with killer whales in new ways in the future

On Friday, SeaWorld Entertainment announced major expansions for its three theme parks in Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego. The multi-million-dollar project will create first-of-its-kind environments for its signature killer whales. Named the Blue World Project because of its...

What will replace Clyde & Seamore sea lions show at SeaWorld Orlando?

On Sunday, SeaWorld Orlando's longest-running show, "Clyde & Seamore Take Pirate Island," sailed off into the sunset. After 15 years, the theme park decided it's time for its beloved sea lions, walruses and otters to embark on a new...

Adopt a cat or dog from a shelter and receive two tickets to SeaWorld or Busch Gardens

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is known for Shamu and thrill rides. And it's also known for its rescue and rehabilitation of thousands of marine animals during the last 50 years. The company's message of conservation is apparent not only...

Review: SeaWorld's Shamu's Celebration: Light Up The Night and Generation Nature LIVE

SeaWorld's Summer Nights kicked off Saturday -- the first official day of summer -- with two new shows. My family and I were invited to the final dress rehearsals on Friday for Shamu's Celebration: Light Up The Night and...

Take the plunge on Ihu's Breakaway Falls at SeaWorld's Aquatica

Orlando's tallest, steepest water-slide attraction opened yesterday at SeaWorld's Aquatica. Are you brave enough to give it a try? My 9-year-old daughter was -- and there were plenty of adults who wouldn't step foot onto Ihu's Breakaway Falls during...

Registration is open for SeaWorld Orlando's hands-on summer camps

Registration is now open for SeaWorld Orlando's summer camps. The theme park offers two types of camps -- day and sleep-away programs -- that are designed to allow children to interact with the marine animals as well as learn...

SeaWorld Orlando educates and entertains kids with Just For Kids festival and Generation Nature initiative

SeaWorld Orlando is focusing on kids this month -- educating and entertaining them at its theme park and inspiring them with a new conservation initiative. Beginning March 22, SeaWorld Orlando kicks off its Just For Kids festival. On Saturdays...

SeaWorld Orlando's water park Aquatica to open new attraction Ihu's Breakaway Falls on May 9

As of May 9, thrill-seekers will have a new attraction to conquer in Orlando. That's when SeaWorld's Aquatica debuts Ihu's Breakaway Falls, the tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower slide of its kind in the southern United States. During...

Shamu Up Close attraction debuts at SeaWorld Orlando, giving visitors an inside look at orcas' training and care

Most tourists who visit SeaWorld Orlando probably think of it primarily as a world-class theme park that offers an entertaining escape. But what makes the park's parent company unique is that it also focuses on educating the public about...

SeaWorld's Wild Days take visitors behind the scenes of animal care

SeaWorld Orlando has launched a new event this month called Wild Days that is aimed at spreading the company's message of conservation while giving visitors a look at what goes on behind the scenes when team members care for...

Tips for visiting Walt Disney World and SeaWorld when it's cold outside

Florida might be a subtropical paradise, but it does get cold here at times, as this week's front proves. And, though "Frozen" might be a big winter hit in the theaters right now, you don't have to spend your...

SeaWorld Orlando offers plenty of cost-saving deals for the holidays

Like the other big theme parks in Central Florida, SeaWorld Orlando is a busy place during the holidays. And not only does the marine park have plenty of special experiences for guests, it also offers quite a few money-saving...

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular brings treats to theme park

Everybody knows that Shamu loves buckets of fish. And kids? Well, they love bags of candy. This month, both will enjoy their fill. SeaWorld Orlando kicked off its Halloween Spooktacular with a splash this past weekend, taking guests into...

Discovery Cove deal gives Florida residents more time at SeaWorld and Aquatica

This week, Discovery Cove announced a Florida-resident deal that really is a great value. My family took advantage of this offer last year, and we think it was worth every penny. Through the end of the year, Florida residents...

Wildlife expert Jack Hanna returns to SeaWorld Orlando in September

Animal expert and television personality Jack Hanna is returning to SeaWorld Orlando for a weekend of special appearances and shows. Hanna is the host of "Into The Wild," during which he and his family take viewers on animal adventures...

Ideas for celebrating kids' birthdays at SeaWorld Orlando

Since we began visiting SeaWorld Orlando regularly a couple years ago, my son has been fascinated with orca whales and my daughter's love of dolphins has grown. Naturally, when their birthdays rolled around last year, they wanted a celebration...

SeaWorld Orlando releases 4 rehabilitated manatees at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

On Thursday, my 8-year-old daughter and I felt like we had stepped onto the set of the television show "Sea Rescue" when we witnessed a SeaWorld Orlando team release four rehabilitated manatees into the wild. Although many people know...

Disney's Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon vs. SeaWorld's Aquatica: Who has the better after-2 p.m. pass?

As Orlando residents, my family and I have had various combinations of theme-park passes since our kids were toddlers. For several years, those included the popular water parks: either Disney's Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon or SeaWorld's Aquatica. With...

SeaWorld's Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin opens

Just as it did with Turtle Trek, SeaWorld Orlando is again educating and entertaining its visitors about a particular species by telling a story through the point of view of one animal. This time, though, the experience is more...

SeaWorld's Aquatica offers families water park fun with marine life

Walt Disney World may have revolutionized themed water parks here in Orlando, but SeaWorld has created its own unique and kid-friendly version, too, that is equally as fun. Over the last several months, my family and I have explored...

Tips for families attending SeaWorld's Just For Kids festival

SeaWorld Orlando's Just For Kids festival returns again this year on four Saturdays -- Jan. 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2. I recently spoke with Muffett Baker, the theme park's entertainment production manager, to get her thoughts on the...

SeaWorld Orlando's Just For Kids festival begins Jan. 12

SeaWorld Orlando kicks off its Just For Kids festival for the second year on Jan. 12. For four consecutive Saturdays, the theme park is offering families special entertainment and discounts on some of its popular animal experiences -- and...

Santa's Fireside Feast begins with Christmas season at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando has quite a few Christmas and holiday attractions, but if you want to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus without standing in a long line, Santa's Fireside Feast is the place to go. This special holiday dinner is...

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular brings gentle underwater fantasy to life

For our family, the thrills and chills of Halloween still are on the tame side, especially for our elementary school-age kids. Rather than the blood and gore nightmare imagery of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, we instead enjoy...

What to know before you go to SeaWorld Orlando

If you're heading to SeaWorld Orlando with kids in tow, there are a few things you might want to consider before you reach the turnstiles. Here are some tips for newcomers to help you enjoy your day to the...

Meet SeaWorld Orlando's amazing dolphins

Dolphins, dolphins and more dolphins! If you or someone in your family just cannot get enough of these adorable mammals, SeaWorld Orlando has a number of dolphin experiences to fill your entire day. My almost-8-year-old daughter's love of dolphins...

SeaWorld Orlando features fun summer-only entertainment

SeaWorld Orlando celebrates summer the way some theme parks celebrate the holidays -- with new shows and experiences, plus longer hours. Through Aug. 14, the park stays open until 10 p.m. as part of Summer Nights, and guests can...

SeaWorld Orlando's TurtleTrek takes visitors on amazing journey

Thanks to a new Orlando attraction, we now have a better understanding of some Florida wildlife that we got to see in a completely new way. TurtleTrek opened at SeaWorld Orlando just in time for the summer crowds, and...

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