SeaWorld Orlando is currently open seven days a week, but depending on which day and time you go, not all attractions or areas of the park may be open due to lower crowds because of COVID-19.
Recently, on weekdays (Monday through Thursday), SeaWorld has blocked off access to the whole left side of the park after noon. This area includes Dolphin Cove, Dolphin Theater, TurtleTrek, Manatee Rehabilitation, Journey to Atlantis, Kraken, Pacific Point, and Antarctica. This area first began closing at 2 p.m., then later switched to noon.
SeaWorld tells us the schedule isn’t set and that they are just continuing what they’ve always done. “We have and will continue to adjust attraction open and closing times based on many factors, park attendance, weather, operating hours, staffing, annual maintenance, etc. These will vary by day of the week and time of year, as they did prior to reopening our parks after being closed for COVID-19.”
Even though the area was open before noon yesterday, we were told by a SeaWorld employee that Journey to Atlantis and Kraken didn’t open at all. A check of the SeaWorld website page for rides today (Friday, Sept. 11) lists Kraken and Journey to Atlantis hours as “Refer to signage at ride entrance for hours of operation.” During our walk around the park yesterday, one hour before closing and after a long rain, we counted approximately 350 guests in the park.
If you’d like to experience all you can during your SeaWorld visit, we suggest visiting on a Saturday – but some attractions will still be closed because of social distancing, and it is also the busiest day of the week. SeaWorld Orlando will be closed again on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 6 – Dec. 24.
SeaWorld Orlando’s Craft Beer Festival is being held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 20, and their Halloween Spooktacular will be held weekends Sept. 19, through Nov. 1, 2020.