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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby jarmor » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:46 am

boldikus wrote:How do the crowds get at Aquatica? Does anyone recommend it? Is QQ a necessity more often than not? We're not really waterpark folks but it looks pretty nice, and since we might have some downtime and we're staying right nearby I was wondering if it was worth it to check out for maybe a few hours. Note: we're platinum passholders so cost isn't a factor. And yes, I see they have beer.


If you arrive at opening you won't have any real issues as far as crowds. I would recommend doing the dolphin plunge first, then the ray rush first. I would then move on to the drop box slides due to capacity. Every other attraction should be manageable in the first few hours.
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Postby DoinItForTheFame » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:58 am

For those of you who are more familiar with these parks than myself.... Is it possible to DO SWO and Aquatica in one day? Morning at SWO, and afternoon at Aquatica? (We aren’t big on shows, so don’t need to factor in time for those at SWO.)
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Postby jarmor » Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:18 am

I have did both in one day, however I did Aquatica in the morning and finished off the afternoon at seaworld. A lot of things don't open with the park at Seaworld so you would be waiting while, on the other hand, every slide opens at park opening at Aquatica.
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Postby DoinItForTheFame » Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:34 pm

jarmor wrote:I have did both in one day, however I did Aquatica in the morning and finished off the afternoon at seaworld. A lot of things don't open with the park at Seaworld so you would be waiting while, on the other hand, every slide opens at park opening at Aquatica.


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Postby Canobie Coaster » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:47 am

When I went on a cooler 70 degree day in November, the park was a ghost town. When I went last year on a 90 degree day, it got busy pretty quickly. If it's on the warmer side, I'd get there at opening. It's definitely one of the nicer water parks out there.
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Postby bgtlover » Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:10 am

Canobie Coaster wrote:Because of it's location in the back, I think it may have a staggered opening. Mako doesn't even open with the park as of March of last year.

I'm sure they will have Sesame Street open when the park opens for a while. This would likely be the case with Spring break and summer (likely staggered between them on school days). I can see it being blocked off again once school starts back in the fall.

They've had staggered openings for at least 2 years for that side of the park (including Mako). There may have been some seasonal opening of it during Christmas/NYE weeks, but every time I've gone since April 2017, they have the bridge blocked and at Spice Mill. However, when Infinity Falls opened, they opened it at park open (but everything else was still closed on that side, including Mako) for a few weeks (when it would work that is...lol).


DoinItForTheFame wrote:For those of you who are more familiar with these parks than myself.... Is it possible to DO SWO and Aquatica in one day? Morning at SWO, and afternoon at Aquatica? (We aren’t big on shows, so don’t need to factor in time for those at SWO.)

I would definitely do Aquatica first if you're going to be going on a weekend day or while spring break is going on (pretty much now-mid April). They are known to reach capacity pretty early, especially on weekends this time of year (they reached capacity this past Sunday). I've seen the traffic trying to get in around noon before and it was backed up over a mile on more than one occasion to get into Aquatica. I hadn't known SWO to reach capacity like that, though they do use their overflow lot on most weekends this time of year (plus there's the Seven Seas Food Festival going on weekends through May 5th).
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Postby coasterbill » Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:47 am

We walked back to Wild Arctic for a behind the scenes tour right at opening a few months ago. I think they open the entire park now (though I'm prepared to be wrong).

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby bgtlover » Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:51 am

^They still have that section blocked off (staggered open), unless there is an event that takes place where it needs to be open (like Up Close which sounds like what was going on when you went).
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:49 pm

This past Friday, SeaWorld Orlando hosted TPR for a media preview of this year's Seven Seas Food Festival! This excellent event returns for its third year with delicious new options at returning booths along with several brand new booths! As with previous years, the best way to experience the event is to buy a sampler lanyard, with passholders having access to purchase an exclusive 20-item lanyard for the best value of the event.

With a great selection of unique foods (with sizeable tasting portions), a great variety of beverages (alcoholic and non) and all of the fun of a normal day at SeaWorld Orlando, the Seven Seas Food Festival is just another great excuse to come out and visit the park!
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The Seven Seas Food Festival runs on select dates through May 5th (Fridays - Sundays) and reaches into most areas of the park.
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The portions are generous for the price!
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Lamb chops being prepared fresh for consumption!
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The Sea Scallops Provençal from the Mediterranean kitchen is served with a wonderful risotto and has been a festival favorite at the event since it debuted in 2017!
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Many of the booths/kitchens feature a neat display nearby that shows off common ingredients used in the feature region.
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All the scallops. I need all the scallops.
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Bananas. Foster. Cheesecake. Cone.
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Heaven in a cone.
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The Teriyaki Beef and Avocado Salad is a new item that was delicious and refreshing. Served cold with a bed of tortilla strips, this dish was hearty and the plate was full!
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The Bacon & Cheddar Hushpuppies are a returning favorite and with the generous helping of honey butter, they are a treat best served hot!
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The Jambalaya at the Gulf Coast Market was quite nice!
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New this year and totally unique is the Cajun Lobster Cheesecake, also found at the Gulf Coast Market.
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What's for dinner?
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There was half of a lobster claw in the cheesecake!
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Well since you asked... I wasn't going to pass up the New Orleans Crawfish Boil at the Gulf Coast Market!
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Watch as the predator prepares to attack his prey...
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The predator takes the time to savor the kill.
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Over at the Brazilian Market, there are many delicious dishes to be had!
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The Bacon Wrapped Plaintains are delicious (and a great portion) and the new Brazilian Picanha Steak is fantastic!
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For the fans of mini donuts, at the Seven Seas Food Festival, you can get them loaded with chocolate, caramel, whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry on top.
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New this year are the Key Lime Fritters!
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Several of the event's most popular individual kitchens have been moved to the festival area and placed side by side.
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Jamaican Beef Pattys are available for those that are interested.
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Many of the booths throughout the event offer food and beverages, but part of why the Seven Seas Food Festival is so awesome is the abundance of booths dedicated purely to drinks!
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The Impossible Meat Slider is an absolute winner! We love that the Central Florida parks and resorts have been embracing the Impossible Burger and it is awesome to find options like these popping up across festival menus and permanent menus across town.
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The Seven Seas Food Festival also features headliner acts at the Atlantis Bayside Stadium, included in park admission during every day of the festival.
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SeaWorld recently launched its own pin trading program not unlike the ones you find in the other parks.
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Signage accompanies every market with photos and descriptions of every item available to purchase.
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Pão de Queijo are huge and well worth it!
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The Mousse De Maracuja (Passion Fruit Mousse) and the Bacon Wrapped Plantains are both heavenly!
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SeaWorld Orlando is launching their own brew club! Membership can be purchased for $79.99 online or in person at Waterway Grill. Beer refills in the club are only $5!
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Skewered Pork Wrapped in Bacon was AWESOME!
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The Ports of Call section of the park is used for the Seven Seas Food Festival and some of the best food options are back here!
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Did we mention that we LOVE the bacon wrapped plantains?
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The Bingsu Salted Vanilla Ice Cream topped with caramel popcorn is one of our favorite desserts of the entire event!
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Ever notice how the turning maneuvers on Mako look like the jaws of a shark?
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Over a decade after Manta debuted, this element still looks fantastic!
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Seriously folks... If SeaWorld Orlando didn't have enough awesome going on to convince you to visit on a normal day, the Seven Seas Food Festival is a great excuse to come out and visit, if not to consider buying an annual pass!
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby Satans Hockey » Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:03 pm

Fantastic report, I went for the first year of the seven seas festival and was disappointed we couldn't make it back down there last year. I would love to sneak in a quick trip before this ends but not sure I'm going to be able to pull it off. Everything looks even better than the past few years and it was already awesome to begin with.

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