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Sounds like an awesome day. I enjoyed the park, the rides, the crowds, etc much more than expected. There isn't really anything to not like about SWO, can't wait to eventually go back.

 

Also as far as the Mako front/back seat debate up above, front right hand side all the way.

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AMEN!!! It's so dumb to me that a company (Premier) which made headlines and won awards and praise from all of us for taking OTSR's OFF of rides that didn't need it is now needlessly putting OTSR

Is this like spanking the monkeys?

The Ice Breaker animated POV looks pretty good, I think it will have a good amount of airtime and may be a surprise hit! With that being said can someone PLEASE explain to me why Premier insists on pu

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SeaWorld Orlando has sent us a press release announcing Sesame Street will be coming to the park in Spring 2019 along with the park's first ever parade!

 

Today, SeaWorld Orlando shared exciting details on a brand-new themed land, opening Spring 2019. Families will be able to walk down Sesame Street for the very first time as Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando brings the world famous street to park guests, connecting them to all of the fun, laugher and learning of Sesame Street.

 

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“We are excited to transport our guests into the colorful and creative world of Sesame Street through immersive theming, character interactions and interactive play,” said SeaWorld Orlando President Jim Dean. “Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando is an amazing addition to our park, providing more unique and memorable experiences for the entire family.”

 

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Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando Highlights:

  • Explore: Guests will explore the iconic neighborhood as they walk through Abby Cadabby’s garden, visit Mr. Hooper’s store, stop by Big Bird’s nest, sit on the famous 123 stoop and meet their favorite friends from Sesame Street including Elmo, Cookie Monster and Big Bird.
  • Celebrate: Elmo and his furry friends, along with parade dancers will invite guests to join the party on Sesame Street daily during SeaWorld Orlando’s first-ever parade.
  • Play: The immersive area will feature exciting rides, wet and dry play areas and interactive experiences designed to entertain the entire family.

 

“In partnering with Sesame Workshop, we are creating a land for guests to make an authentic connection that can only be found in hugging a furry friend or reading a book with Big Bird,” shared Amanda Trauger, Experience Design Manager for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment.

 

Construction on Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando is currently underway. The new themed area will be located on the south end of the park, where Happy Harbor currently stands.

 

For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.SeaWorldOrlando.com. Follow SeaWorld on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest event details and information.

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Looks like from the picture, Shamu Express will be painted dark purple, and get a different train with different color cars...I'm guessing the Oscar Wacky Taxi theme will replace Shamu.

I bet you're wrong and it's Air Grover.

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Great addition to the park. 2019 is going to be a MASSIVE year in central Florida. Harry Potter coaster, Terminator 2 replacement, Sesame Street area and parade, Galaxy Edge, Mickey and Minnie's Railway, a new coaster being rumored for Busch Gardens and I am sure something significant at Legoland. Man the crowds are going to be over the top. I also think Fun Spot will try and get a piece of the pie as well.

Plus there could be a new water park with the Margaritaville Resort opening next summer as well.

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Hey hey hey, lookie here! Did not expect to see an announcement this soon, looks like an awesome improvement over Happy Harbor.

 

One thing that does strike me weird is that they didn't put any theming into the area that's related to the park. Not a complaint by any means, but it does kind of stick out to me. I mean, BGT has the Safari theme, BGW has the forest/kingdom/whatever theme, and the other two SeaWorlds (San Antonio and San Diego) have Bay of Play... what stopped them from just doing an ocean theme? I'd imagine that they could also save a ton from keeping some existing structures if they took that route (i.e. the ship and the Sea Carousel). Again, not complaining, but it does feel a bit odd to me.

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This expansion sounds great but it's kind of a bummer that they have to close Shamu Express and the train ride from now until 2019. Wish there was a way to work around it and keep them open for the summer season.

 

(I'm pretty sure I read they were closing, neither ride is currently listed on the website)

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SeaWorld Orlando has sent us a press release announcing Sesame Street will be coming to the park in Spring 2019 along with the park's first ever parade!

 

Today, SeaWorld Orlando shared exciting details on a brand-new themed land, opening Spring 2019. Families will be able to walk down Sesame Street for the very first time as Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando brings the world famous street to park guests, connecting them to all of the fun, laugher and learning of Sesame Street.

 

[*]Explore: Guests will explore the iconic neighborhood as they walk through Abby Cadabby’s garden, visit Mr. Hooper’s store, stop by Big Bird’s nest, sit on the famous 123 stoop and meet their favorite friends from Sesame Street including Elmo, Cookie Monster and Big Bird.

[*]Celebrate: Elmo and his furry friends, along with parade dancers will invite guests to join the party on Sesame Street daily during SeaWorld Orlando’s first-ever parade.

[*]Play: The immersive area will feature exciting rides, wet and dry play areas and interactive experiences designed to entertain the entire family.

 

“In partnering with Sesame Workshop, we are creating a land for guests to make an authentic connection that can only be found in hugging a furry friend or reading a book with Big Bird,” shared Amanda Trauger, Experience Design Manager for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment.

 

Construction on Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando is currently underway. The new themed area will be located on the south end of the park, where Happy Harbor currently stands.

 

For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.SeaWorldOrlando.com. Follow SeaWorld on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest event details and information.

Um, don't quote me on this, but doesn't BGW have a Sesame Place park in the documents, that's already a lot of money spent right now. Knowing SEAS isn't doing too well financially.

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We rode the new Ray Rush water slide today at SeaWorld Aquatica Orlando! It's a very fun "family raft ride" with a few extra twists and turns! Check it out...

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What a fun looking slide. It's nice that you spend quite a bit of time in the half-pipe section as on a lot of slides you just go up and down each side then just drop out into the splash pool. It's a nice length slide and looks like a great addition to what I thought was a really nice waterpark.

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SeaWorld Orlando has sent us a press release announcing that like Busch Gardens Tampa, free beer will be offered to park guests throughout the Summer!

 

Starting this Friday, SeaWorld Orlando will be offering free beer to park guests all summer long.

 

The free brews will be available at the park starting this Friday, May 18 through September 2, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to one hour before park close. Complimentary domestic and seasonal beers will be available to guests 21 years of age and older. Guests can visit Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen Patio and receive up to two complimentary 7-ounce beers per visit. The park will rotate beer offerings throughout the summer starting off with SeaWorld’s very own Mako Red Ale. Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Light, Yuengling and more will also be featured throughout the summer.

 

Park guests are also invited to enjoy Happy Hour at SeaWorld, daily starting at 4 p.m. Happy Hour will feature buy one, get one free offers on all drink and food items at Flamecraft Bar and Sharks Underwater Grill Bar. Both locations feature a variety of domestic and craft beer, mixed drinks and sharable appetizers. Additionally, guests purchasing any pin from a SeaWorld Pin Trading location during Happy Hour will receive a free lanyard with their purchase.

 

Best Way to Play

 

The best way to experience all of the summer fun SeaWorld Orlando has to offer, along with the incredible lineup of events throughout the year is with a SeaWorld Orlando 2018 Fun Card. Pay for a day and play all year with unlimited admission and no blockout dates through December 31, 2018. Hurry, offer ends May 20, 2018.

 

For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com. Events and times are subject to change. Follow SeaWorld Orlando on Facebook and Instagram for the latest park updates and information.

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Just a quick FYI for Florida residents. Sea World/Aquatica is offering a flash sale until June 3 on their website. The deal is for 1 day at Sea World and 1 day at Aquatica for only 55 bucks! Tickets must be used by July 1st. Pretty good deal, I think.

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Had my first visit last week and because my time was limited, I decided to buy a fast pass. It was great being able to just walk on to Mako over and over again. Granted I have not ridden anywhere near the the amount of coasters that most folks here have, having only been into the hobby for two years now, but it's easily my current favorite. Front row outside provides insane airtime and it was smooth as glass from all positions.

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Had my first visit last week and because my time was limited, I decided to buy a fast pass. It was great being able to just walk on to Mako over and over again. Granted I have not ridden anywhere near the the amount of coasters that most folks here have, having only been into the hobby for two years now, but it's easily my current favorite. Front row outside provides insane airtime and it was smooth as glass from all positions.

 

 

I visited SWO last year for the first time and was blown away by Mako. It had a ton of airtime and was glass smooth, it easily became my #1 B&M hyper. My kids had never been on a hyper before and loved it, they couldn't get over how much airtime it had. Although we went during the summer, the lines for Mako were pretty minimal, so we are able to ride it a ton. SWO really has a great trio of coasters, I tell everyone that's going to Orlando that SWO is a must visit.

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SeaWorld and Busch Gardens has for many years excelled in their seasonal events, and with the return of Electric Ocean at SeaWorld Orlando, there is once again another event at the park that exceeds expectations! Building upon last year's strong debut, the event has been beefed up with a new show, new food and the same vibrant energy that made Electric Ocean so great before!

 

TPR was invited to attend a media event for Electric Ocean, previewing this year's food options, the new Touch the Sky show at the Whale and Dolphin Stadium as well as having time to enjoy the rest of the event offerings throughout the park!

 

As you'll see in our report below, Electric Ocean is an even better event than it was last year and if SeaWorld Orlando's great coasters, shows and food weren't enough to entice you to visit before, Electric Ocean should help to tip the scale to convince you to give the park your time--you'll be glad you did!

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If there's one thing to be said about Electric Ocean, it is that the schedule of events naturally guides you on a linear flow throughout the park (if you intend to see every show). Starting with Touch the Sky, you then move to Sea Lions Tonite, followed by POP and then ending with Club Sea Glow and Ignite. With time in between showings and each offering located extremely close to the next, this allows for a minimized need for planning and a greater ability to simply follow the flow of Electric Ocean's nightly schedule.

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The show harkens back to some of the more exciting moments from Blue Horizons.

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Up first for us was some delicious food! We started with the pork and chicken pinchos!

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Next up were two types of empanadas, a savory beef and cheese empanada and a sweet guava and cheese empanada. Both were generously sized and delicious!

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New this year were customizable Totchos, allowing you to layer your tots with chicken, pulled pork, chili, cheese, jalapenos, sour cream and salsa!

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Also new this year were four types of steam bao bun sandwiches: Hawaiian pork, sweet & sour duck, ahi tuna and a nutella, banana and peanut buttter sauce bun!

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My fairly conservative pulled pork totchos.

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We'll revisit this sign later tonight...

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New this year to the event lineup is Touch the Sky, an Electric Ocean-exclusive extra show at Whale and Dolphin Stadium.

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Touch the Sky takes the best elements of Dolphin Days (and past shows in this theater) but adds a little more energy than the normal informative but entertaining shows that run here daily.

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Some of the best dolphin behaviors are brought back for this show...

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Including my favorite!

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Definitely worth watching!

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I didn't realize until I Shazam'd one of the songs I was hearing, but SeaWorld actually released a soundtrack for Electric Ocean to be purchased on iTunes... I highly recommend Feeling Electric for any of you techno fans out there!

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Next up was Sea Lions Tonite!

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A staple for many years at SeaWorld's Summer/evening events, this is easily the best Clyde & Seamore show out there (since Hotel Clyde & Seamore has long since been out of business).

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The show is one giant parody of a guest's day at SeaWorld Orlando and nothing is safe from being addressed... Including park entrance security procedures.

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A classic bit that has been updated slightly over the years to change from Kraken to Manta to Mako.

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Of course, there are volunteers from the audience.

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And kids in the splash zone get a little wet!

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The show is also great in that it brings back the classic SeaWorld Mime back into the fold!

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Next up was "SeaWorld and Bubble Legendary present POP!"

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The show's "bubble artist" does some incredible things with bubbles during the 30+ minute show!

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I will say, the show is best enjoyed up close, so get a seat early and thank me later!

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The show deals with bubbles big and small.

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And each segment of the show works with bubbles in a different way.

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The volcano was pretty neat.

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Cute!

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The show ends with an all-out barrage of bubbles filling the Nautilus Theater. It was an insanely cool way to cap off the show!

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A raft from Infinity Falls is now out on display near the future ride area.

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Shamu's Happy Harbor is quickly being torn down to make way for the new Sesame Street area. I have lots of fond memories in this play area as a kid, but I'm excited to see the park investing in reworking the space in such a significant (and sure to be successful) way.

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Mako is now in clear view from the middle of Shamu Stadium.

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Shamu's Celebration: Light Up The Night debuted a few years ago to replace Shamu Rocks, and while I prefer the previous show, this one does a great job of preserving the high energy and fun of the evening killer whale shows of the past.

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More theatrical and less educational than One Ocean, the audience can't get enough!

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And of course, those sitting in the splash zone won't go home dry.

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Seeing a Shamu show is a quintessential part of the SeaWorld experience, and if you can only choose one during your day at the park, Light Up The Night is definitely worth seeing if the show is scheduled.

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Decor is set up near the event area that helps bring the glow to Electric Ocean.

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Some neat trash art near Wild Arctic.

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Club Sea Glow is a giant dance party on the Atlantic Bayside Stadium stage.

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Performers entertain while guests wait for the start of the event's special fireworks, Ignite.

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There's definitely a lot to take in!

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Some may remember Laserman from elecTRONica at Disney California Adventure. He now performs for his second year at Electric Ocean as an extra pre-show before the start of the fireworks.

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Ignite is a show combining fountains, lasers, fire and fireworks...

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Think of it almost like SeaWorld's World of Color, exception there are no projection screens and this show has fireworks.

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Lots of fireworks!

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Also, lots of fire!

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And a combination of it all!

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Making our way past more glow decor on the way out...

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Electric Ocean is a stellar Summer event for SeaWorld Orlando. It builds upon the already wonderful offerings presented at the park year round and gives guests event more reason to stay til park close. From the new food options to the newest shows, Electric Ocean is an even stronger event this year and one that is well worth your time, whether you're a local or a visitor to Orlando.

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