If you haven’t been to the SeaWorld Orlando theme park in a while, you’ll be surprised to see that the number of SeaWorld Orlando Rides (including thrill rides) in addition to the animal exhibits and shows. On my recent press trip to SeaWorld Orlando, I headed out to the park on a mission to experience these rides at SeaWorld (including Manta and Kraken) for myself. Wondering what can you do at SeaWorld? Here are some of the best rides at SeaWorld Orlando.
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SeaWorld Orlando Rides
Thrill Rides at SeaWorld Orlando
I was most surprised by the thrill rides at SeaWorld Orlando. You may assume that the rides are for younger kids, but there are several that definitely will appeal more to older kids and teens.
During my trip to SeaWorld, I started at Manta, a roller coaster that was built in 2009. The coaster was designed to mimic the gliding of a manta ray, and goes very fast and upside down. You can’t bring bags on the ride, and you can’t wear sandals or flip flops, so it’s best to leave those items with a member of your party that isn’t going on the ride, or you can rent a locker at the entrance of the attraction.
There are also small baskets by the ride where you can leave items, but they aren’t secure. I wore flip flops to SeaWorld, so I left them in the basket and put my purse in a locker. Once you are seated on the ride (including the over the head harness and a restraint for your feet, the entire ride car tips so you are face down on the track.
Manta is very fast, and goes upside-down several times. I loved the ride, but it’s definitely not appropriate for little kids or anyone that doesn’t enjoy thrill rides.
Next, I headed down to Kraken Unleashed, which opened in 2000. Kraken is a floorless roller coaster, which means flip flops and sandals definitely aren’t allowed. As with Manta, it’s best to rent a locker for valuables, or give them to a member of your party not riding. There are small cubes by the ride entry area to store shoes.
Kraken isn’t quite as wild as Manta in my option, but it’s still very fast and goes upside down several times. I loved it – but again, this ride really isn’t for the faint of heart at all.
There’s also Mako, which opened in 2016 at SeaWorld Orlando. This hypercoaster is billed as Orlando’s tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster. It goes up to 73 miles per hour and up to 200 feet high.
Other SeaWorld Orlando Rides
In addition to these thrill rides, there are other SeaWorld Orlando rides that appeal to families. One of the newest rides is the Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. This indoor ride has both mild and wild versions. On this trackless journey, you’ll get to experience the South Pole as a penguin named Puck. At the end of the ride, you’ll get to see some real penguins in their habitat. This ride is cold, so be prepared!
In Journey to Atlantis, you’ll explore the ancient myth in this water ride that’s also part roller coaster. If you’ve been to SeaWorld San Antonio, this ride is a bit different from the ride of the same name there.
There’s also the newly-opened Infinity Falls, another water ride. In this ride, you can twist and turn around a “lost” river in what is billed as the tallest drop on a river raft ride.
SeaWorld also offers other rides, including the Turtle Trek 3D 360 theater showcasing sea turtles, the Wild Arctic flight simulator, Flamingo Paddle Boats, the Sea Carousel, and the Seven Seas Railway.
SeaWorld Orlando Tickets
If you are planning to visit SeaWorld Orlando, you can choose to purchase tickets in advance. Options include one, two, and three park tickets (which can be combined with visits to these other SeaWorld Parks Entertainment parks in the area – Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, and/or Adventure Island. You can also get a complimentary admission to SeaWorld Orlando if you visit Discovery Cove in Orlando, which is right down the street.
For a special day, upgrade your day options are also offered. These include a dolphin encounter, dining at Shamu stadium, reserved seats at shows, quick queue, and preferred parking. These can be added when you purchase tickets.
Where to Stay for a SeaWorld Orlando Vacation
To learn more about SeaWorld, including park hours and live show schedules, visit their website. To get more Florida vacation ideas, check out this post. You can also see things to do in Orlando Florida here.
Originally posted in 2013, updated in 2018.