Jump to content
  TPR Home | Parks | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram 

SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread


Recommended Posts

  • 3 weeks later...
  • Replies 6.6k
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

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

Posted Images

Was at SWO yesterday. Its pretty awesome how much of a commitment that SeaWorld/Busch have to letting people drink and enjoy themselves. Silver and up passholders get a free craft beer with every trip to SWO in January now. However, I was pretty disturbed to see Mako at single train ops. What should have been a walk-on was more or less a 20 minute wait. I didn't even stick around for when the crowds really piled up.

 

Anybody know if this is just temporary for Mako?

Link to post
Share on other sites
Was at SWO yesterday. Its pretty awesome how much of a commitment that SeaWorld/Busch have to letting people drink and enjoy themselves. Silver and up passholders get a free craft beer with every trip to SWO in January now. However, I was pretty disturbed to see Mako at single train ops. What should have been a walk-on was more or less a 20 minute wait. I didn't even stick around for when the crowds really piled up.

 

Anybody know if this is just temporary for Mako?

 

Wind played a factor in that. I know the ride was closed 2-3 hours due to it. They likely decided one train was all that was needed. They do however only start with one train most days and add on later when the line gets to 30+ min (in my experience). So if the line was only 20 minutes, they weren't adding another train.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Was at SWO yesterday. Its pretty awesome how much of a commitment that SeaWorld/Busch have to letting people drink and enjoy themselves. Silver and up passholders get a free craft beer with every trip to SWO in January now. However, I was pretty disturbed to see Mako at single train ops. What should have been a walk-on was more or less a 20 minute wait. I didn't even stick around for when the crowds really piled up.

 

Anybody know if this is just temporary for Mako?

 

Wind played a factor in that. I know the ride was closed 2-3 hours due to it. They likely decided one train was all that was needed. They do however only start with one train most days and add on later when the line gets to 30+ min (in my experience). So if the line was only 20 minutes, they weren't adding another train.

 

I've been there a lot, and have never seen it below two trains, even when its a walk-on. That's one of the things I usually like about the park. I don't know how you can say that a ride "doesn't need it." When its a walk-on with two trains, but a 25 minute wait with one train, I'd say that yes, it NEEDS it. You only don't "need" two trains when it would be a walk-on with one train.

 

The coaster was designed for three trains. Going down to one is unacceptable.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I went to seaworld on April 30th 2018. The place was dead. All 3 coasters were running ONE train. And even though everything was one train we never waited more then 5 minutes for anything. It was great. I would rather have a slow day with 1 train ops then a crazy busy day where it needs to be running 3 trains and is still a 45 minute wait. .02

Link to post
Share on other sites
I went to seaworld on April 30th 2018. The place was dead. All 3 coasters were running ONE train. And even though everything was one train we never waited more then 5 minutes for anything. It was great. I would rather have a slow day with 1 train ops then a crazy busy day where it needs to be running 3 trains and is still a 45 minute wait. .02

 

I understand that maintenance becomes an issue and parks do what they can. I just like to see parks doing their due diligence and giving a good faith effort to keep lines as short as possible. Short lines has traditionally been SWO's big appeal to me in the past. I just hope that the single train ops doesn't become a habit. Its the first time I've ever seen it at SWO.

Link to post
Share on other sites

They've had 1 train ops on slow forecast days for some time. It's been like that. The last time I went on a weekend day...they opened with one train. Thought it odd since it was a weekend, but I only got one ride (waited about 15 -20 minutes) as I had other things to do. I believe they put another train on later, but I had family that joined us after lunch who wanted to do the shows so I didn't get back later on. Yes it would be nice for them to always start with 2, but they are looking at it as saving on unnecessary maintenance.

Link to post
Share on other sites
They've had 1 train ops on slow forecast days for some time. It's been like that. The last time I went on a weekend day...they opened with one train. Thought it odd since it was a weekend, but I only got one ride (waited about 15 -20 minutes) as I had other things to do. I believe they put another train on later, but I had family that joined us after lunch who wanted to do the shows so I didn't get back later on. Yes it would be nice for them to always start with 2, but they are looking at it as saving on unnecessary maintenance.

 

I'm just trying out to figure out the game plan. If the plan going forward is going to be to wait to put the second train on, it might make sense to prioritize other rides first, and come back to Mako later. My gameplan there has been to squeak out 2-3 rides on Manta rope drop (first walk-on and the rest I have to wait for) do the penguin ride, do the river rapids ride, and then clean up on Mako before getting to Kraken and Atlantis. Now I might put Mako on the backburner if its going to start out at 1 train ops. Mako is really a coaster that deserves 5-10 laps in a row walk-ons. Its so smooth and fun that I never get sick of it. But its not quite gripping and thrilling enough to warrant 30+ minutes for when I've been on it over 40 times.

Link to post
Share on other sites
However, I was pretty disturbed to see Mako at single train ops.
The coaster was designed for three trains. Going down to one is unacceptable.
Mako is really a coaster that deserves 5-10 laps in a row walk-ons.

Obvious troll is obvious?

Link to post
Share on other sites
They've had 1 train ops on slow forecast days for some time. It's been like that. The last time I went on a weekend day...they opened with one train. Thought it odd since it was a weekend, but I only got one ride (waited about 15 -20 minutes) as I had other things to do. I believe they put another train on later, but I had family that joined us after lunch who wanted to do the shows so I didn't get back later on. Yes it would be nice for them to always start with 2, but they are looking at it as saving on unnecessary maintenance.

 

I'm just trying out to figure out the game plan. If the plan going forward is going to be to wait to put the second train on, it might make sense to prioritize other rides first, and come back to Mako later. My gameplan there has been to squeak out 2-3 rides on Manta rope drop (first walk-on and the rest I have to wait for) do the penguin ride, do the river rapids ride, and then clean up on Mako before getting to Kraken and Atlantis. Now I might put Mako on the backburner if its going to start out at 1 train ops. Mako is really a coaster that deserves 5-10 laps in a row walk-ons. Its so smooth and fun that I never get sick of it. But its not quite gripping and thrilling enough to warrant 30+ minutes for when I've been on it over 40 times.

 

Rope drop Turtle Trek.

Link to post
Share on other sites

The first round of concerts have been released for the Seven Seas Food Festival! I must say they are better than past years (at least recently). They offer a lot more variety as well.

 

Live Concerts at Seven Seas Food Festival @ SeaWorld Orlando

 

SW7SeasCOncerts1.thumb.jpg.ab0aaa0b510b671be07856453b1d1513.jpg

 

Also there are 3-tiers of Reserved Seating available this year (General Seating is included with park admission on a first-come first-served basis):

1586375073_SW7seasReservedSeating.thumb.jpg.9331fed7bd7e8f81105dcd249c4effb3.jpg

 

Seating Chart:

SW7SeasSeatingchart.JPG.74ed3daebe2e955f0ab8211e23749f15.JPG

Link to post
Share on other sites

I love the seven seas festival, I would love to go every year but it's just hard to get down there for me during that time frame. Concert lineup looks like it could definitely bring in some new people to the park as well.

 

Do platinum pass holders receive any discounts on the concerts?

Link to post
Share on other sites
I love the seven seas festival, I would love to go every year but it's just hard to get down there for me during that time frame. Concert lineup looks like it could definitely bring in some new people to the park as well.

 

Do platinum pass holders receive any discounts on the concerts?

 

The concerts are free with park admission for general seating. Florida Platinum and SW Annual passholders get 10% off reserved seating. If your platinum is from another state (like BGW in VA), it may not (as some benefits are park/state specific). You would have to log in to see.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Anybody know how the Quick Queue works at Mako? Does it have reserved rows or is there a merge point? Can I select my seat? How long is the line from the merge point?

 

Also, for QQ does Kraken still take you up the exit and have the two middle rows reserved, or have they changed that?

 

I'll be going on a Saturday or Sunday concert day (haven't decided which day yet) so I might spend the $20/$25 for QQ unlimited. I know in the morning before the first dolphin show break I can get a lot done (Kraken with no wait, especially) but if Mako is awesome I'd like to get as many rides on it as possible... provided I can choose where to sit.

 

Thanks!

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hello everyone! I am planning a trip to SeaWorld in February for the first time. Anyone have any useful details I should know before going? Where to eat? If the Quick Queue is worth it? And what to do with belongings such as phones, on the coasters?

 

Thanks!! Can’t wait to finally get to this nice park!

Link to post
Share on other sites
Hello everyone! I am planning a trip to SeaWorld in February for the first time. Anyone have any useful details I should know before going? Where to eat? If the Quick Queue is worth it? And what to do with belongings such as phones, on the coasters?

 

Thanks!! Can’t wait to finally get to this nice park!

 

What day and what time of day you are going will change a lot of your questions. Are you going on the weekend or a weekday?

 

I hear the food for the Seven Seas food festival is really good... but that is weekends only. https://seaworld.com/orlando/events/seven-seas-food-festival/menus/ -- keep in mind that is more for tasting a bunch of different things, not really for sitting down and having a meal.

 

There are one time use lockers at Kraken and Manta, but they both also have shelving to leave your hats/glasses/small stuff (but they won't let you in line with anything else) -- Journey to Atlantis has nowhere to leave your stuff due to separate exiting area. Don't know about Mako. The lockers used to be $1.00 in quarters but they have probably upgraded from the last time I was there... and they might cost more now.

 

Wait times are generally dictated by when the shows let loose. Kraken will get a line starting at the dolphin shows first release (in the first hour it will be walk on. Always.). Manta and Turtle trek will get lines when show breaks happen as well. Antarctica will get a bigger line when the Sea Lion stadium let's out, and Wild Arctic will get a line when Shamu stadium lets out.

 

Provided you are going on the weekend. Weekdays in February are very light from what I remember.

 

I try not to post too much advice only because quite a bit has changed and I'm getting old >.<

Link to post
Share on other sites
Anybody know how the Quick Queue works at Mako? Does it have reserved rows or is there a merge point? Can I select my seat? How long is the line from the merge point?

 

Also, for QQ does Kraken still take you up the exit and have the two middle rows reserved, or have they changed that?

 

I'll be going on a Saturday or Sunday concert day (haven't decided which day yet) so I might spend the $20/$25 for QQ unlimited. I know in the morning before the first dolphin show break I can get a lot done (Kraken with no wait, especially) but if Mako is awesome I'd like to get as many rides on it as possible... provided I can choose where to sit.

 

Thanks!

 

The QQ Entrance for Mako is right beside the regular queue. The merge point is on the station Platform where the grouper stands (so you don't get mixed in with the regular line). They don't have reserved rows and they assign seats, but if you ask politely they'll usually let you seat where you request.

 

Kraken still has QQ entrance at the ride exit. They no longer have reserved rows (at least not last time I was there recently).

 

They have also updated the lockers to those like at the CF parks. They cost $2 for the first hour and $1 each additional hour OR you can select the all day movable option for $6 I believe, but it's no more than $10. I rarely ever need one, but did when I went to ride Infinity Falls and took a change of shoes...lol Mako is strict on bringing any bags or other articles in line. They do have baskets where you can leave glasses, hats and small items in while riding.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Hello everyone! I am planning a trip to SeaWorld in February for the first time. Anyone have any useful details I should know before going? Where to eat? If the Quick Queue is worth it? And what to do with belongings such as phones, on the coasters?

 

Thanks!! Can’t wait to finally get to this nice park!

 

What day and what time of day you are going will change a lot of your questions. Are you going on the weekend or a weekday?

 

I hear the food for the Seven Seas food festival is really good... but that is weekends only. https://seaworld.com/orlando/events/seven-seas-food-festival/menus/ -- keep in mind that is more for tasting a bunch of different things, not really for sitting down and having a meal.

 

There are one time use fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo at Kraken and Manta, but they both also have shelving to leave your hats/glasses/small stuff (but they won't let you in line with anything else) -- Journey to Atlantis has nowhere to leave your stuff due to separate exiting area. Don't know about Mako. The fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo used to be $1.00 in quarters but they have probably upgraded from the last time I was there... and they might cost more now.

 

Wait times are generally dictated by when the shows let loose. Kraken will get a line starting at the dolphin shows first release (in the first hour it will be walk on. Always.). Manta and Turtle trek will get lines when show breaks happen as well. Antarctica will get a bigger line when the Sea Lion stadium let's out, and Wild Arctic will get a line when Shamu stadium lets out.

 

Provided you are going on the weekend. Weekdays in February are very light from what I remember.

 

I try not to post too much advice only because quite a bit has changed and I'm getting old >.<

 

Thanks for all the advice! I am actually doing a weekday most likely, as I will also be doing multiple days at WDW and Universal, so that's nice to hear that the place is pretty light on weekdays during February.

 

They have also updated the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo to those like at the CF parks. They cost $2 for the first hour and $1 each additional hour OR you can select the all day movable option for $6 I believe, but it's no more than $10. I rarely ever need one, but did when I went to ride Infinity Falls and took a change of shoes...lol Mako is strict on bringing any bags or other articles in line. They do have baskets where you can leave glasses, hats and small items in while riding.

 

Are cell phones allowed in said baskets/is it secure like locking bins for each train or more like general storage for all trains? If not, I may just do what I did at CP with the movable locker deal.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Hello everyone! I am planning a trip to SeaWorld in February for the first time. Anyone have any useful details I should know before going? Where to eat? If the Quick Queue is worth it? And what to do with belongings such as phones, on the coasters?

 

Thanks!! Can’t wait to finally get to this nice park!

 

First off, if you're going on a weekday in February, Quick Queue most likely won't be necessary. That can be purchased at the park if you decide you need it. The weekends may be another story if during the Seven Seas Food Festival, but I always advise people to wait and see if the lines are long enough to justify the cost. I've been numerous times where most of the coasters were a walk-on to 15 min wait, even on a weekend day this time of year. One ride that will have a longer line no matter the day is Antarctica: Empire Of The Penguin. Weekdays won't be too bad, but on weekend days, it's common for it to have an hour-90 min or more wait (especially during festivals). It's just a low capacity attraction.

 

Food-wise Voyagers has good BBQ and Ribs. Spice Mill has as great fish sandwich and Expedition Cafe (in Antarctica) has a food court set up with Italian, Asian and American options depending on what you're looking for. It's good if you're with picky eaters who may not want the same thing as you.

 

As long as it's in a secured pocket, you can keep your phone with you on the coasters. They do have small baskets/bins at Mako, Kraken and Manta, but you leave it at your own risk. As far as other belongings, no bags are allowed in line at any of the coasters, including Journey To Atlantis (separate load/unload stations). Infinity Falls will let you take a bag (like book bag size), but it will get wet as there isn't any storage on the rafts, so it's at your own risk. They do have pay per use lockers for $2 (first hour, $1 each additional hour) at each coaster. They do have a movable all-day option where you pay one price and can use any of the ride lockers (I believe it was $6 last time, but it's no more than $10 to use all day).

Link to post
Share on other sites
Hello everyone! I am planning a trip to SeaWorld in February for the first time. Anyone have any useful details I should know before going? Where to eat? If the Quick Queue is worth it? And what to do with belongings such as phones, on the coasters?

 

Thanks!! Can’t wait to finally get to this nice park!

 

First off, if you're going on a weekday in February, Quick Queue most likely won't be necessary. That can be purchased at the park if you decide you need it. The weekends may be another story if during the Seven Seas Food Festival, but I always advise people to wait and see if the lines are long enough to justify the cost. I've been numerous times where most of the coasters were a walk-on to 15 min wait, even on a weekend day this time of year. One ride that will have a longer line no matter the day is Antarctica: Empire Of The Penguin. Weekdays won't be too bad, but on weekend days, it's common for it to have an hour-90 min or more wait (especially during festivals). It's just a low capacity attraction.

 

Food-wise Voyagers has good BBQ and Ribs. Spice Mill has as great fish sandwich and Expedition Cafe (in Antarctica) has a food court set up with Italian, Asian and American options depending on what you're looking for. It's good if you're with picky eaters who may not want the same thing as you.

 

As long as it's in a secured pocket, you can keep your phone with you on the coasters. They do have small baskets/bins at Mako, Kraken and Manta, but you leave it at your own risk. As far as other belongings, no bags are allowed in line at any of the coasters, including Journey To Atlantis (separate load/unload stations). Infinity Falls will let you take a bag (like book bag size), but it will get wet as there isn't any storage on the rafts, so it's at your own risk. They do have pay per use fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo for $2 (first hour, $1 each additional hour) at each coaster. They do have a movable all-day option where you pay one price and can use any of the ride fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo (I believe it was $6 last time, but it's no more than $10 to use all day).

 

Awesome info, thanks! I'm sure my trip will be great, I've heard many great things about SWO, and am glad to finally check it out for myself.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Looks like it wasn't mentioned yet, but another orca has died at the Orlando park. Kayla, age 30, died unexpectedly on Monday. 30 is still young-ish for an orca and it sounds like the illness came on very suddenly and unexpectedly, so I'm sure the trainers are floored and devastated. I hope that the anti-Seaworld people don't make a spectacle of this in the midst of the trainers' grieving.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.


×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use https://themeparkreview.com/forum/topic/116-terms-of-service-please-read/