We visited SeaWorld Orlando this past weekend during their Bands Brew and BBQ event. Here’s an update on the event, some construction projects and other things that caught our eye.
Shamu and Dolly Dolphin dance with guests in front of the stage for the secondary bands. The headliners perform in the nearby open stadium. Click Here for all the upcoming artists.
SeaWorld used to charge a few dollars to go up in the Sky Tower but Platinum pass holders were free. Then they changed it so everyone had to pay. Now it’s free to everyone. I think that’s great, but it does cause longer lines. I waited about 40 minutes to ride, although the line did get shorter later in the day.
To help make up for the lost revenue, now before you board the Sky Tower, a SeaWorld photographer takes your photo in front of this background. Then when you exit the ride you can see, and purchase your photo if you’d like.
The view from the Sky Tower offers a great look at the demolition of the former Penguin Encounter attraction. SeaWorld is building “Antarica: Empire of the Penguin” which will be a themed area with a shop, a restaurant and a one-of-a-kind ride which will let guests see through the eyes of a penguin. It’s set to open next year.
Also under construction at SeaWorld is a new attraction called TurtleTrek. The main part of the attraction will be a 360 degree 3D theater. We got a tour of the still under construction dome last week. Watch episode 63 of “Orlando Attractions Magazine – The Show” to hear more about it from SeaWorld Creative Director Brian Morrow. It’s opening this spring.
We’ll end our report with a couple of interesting things I noticed. Here’s some sunglasses and change that fell into a net below the Manta roller coaster. If there’s one coaster in Florida that you should empty your pockets for before riding, it’s Manta.