SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld unleashes Kraken Unleashed

Back in April, SeaWorld formally unveiled Kraken Unleashed, the virtual-reality upgrade to its popular, 17-year-old Kraken roller coaster. Today, the company invited media to try out the new experience for ourselves, just one day ahead of its grand opening to the public. We dove deep into the ride’s virtual waters, again and again, documenting our […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

SeaWorld Orlando getting Sesame Street expansion

After announcing a revolutionary new water ride for 2018 and its intent to eventually make as many as five on-site hotels, SeaWorld Entertainment today added one more big revelation to the pile: it’s going to add a brand-new themed land to SeaWorld Orlando, as well. SeaWorld has had a 37-year partnership with Sesame Workshop, the […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

SeaWorld’s plans for the future include taking over China

This morning on its first quarter 2017 earnings call, SeaWorld Entertainment delivered some bad news for the present but an extremely exciting and optimistic view for both the near- and distant future – a future that just may see it going toe-to-toe with the likes of Disney and Universal in what is shaping up to […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

SeaWorld’s 2017 attractions are intriguing

This morning, SeaWorld held a press event to unveil for the very first time Infinity Falls, a first-of-its-kind rapids raft ride that will anchor a brand-new river village area in SeaWorld Orlando. This “family thrill” attraction will arrive in the summer of 2018, and the company is very obviously hoping it’ll herald a new era […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

SeaWorld Orlando extends Seven Seas Food Festival to daily operation

SeaWorld Orlando announced today that their new Seven Seas Food Festival is so popular that they’ve moved it from Saturday’s only to daily operation through April 16 to accommodate spring break crowds. Seven Seas Food Festival features over 60 unique dishes from 11 global marketplaces throughout the park. In addition to this, there are a number of […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

SeaWorld is looking down – but not out

SeaWorld’s revenue and attendance numbers for 2016 were released this week, and the situation – as one might expect – isn’t particularly good. The company and the Orlando park both are still feeling the consequences of the Blackfish controversy; the 2013 documentary galvanized anti-captivity advocates and produced a tidal wave of bad publicity for SeaWorld, […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

SeaWorld Orlando announces new “Dolphin Days” show

SeaWorld Orlando announced today that a new dolphin show is coming to their park called “Dolphin Days.” This new show will be replacing the Blue Horizons show after an eleven-year run at Dolphin Theater. The show will feature a more educational aspect where guests can learn about each individual dolphin and the special bond they share […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

SeaWorld releases Seven Seas Food Festival full menu

SeaWorld Orlando has released the full menu for their new Seven Seas Food Festival. The event will features over 60 unique dishes from 11 global marketplaces. In addition to this, there will be a number of wines, specialty cocktails, and over 55 local and international craft brews. Featured dishes include Banana Foster Cheesecake Cones, Cheese […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

Hurricanes and your Orlando vacation: 4 things to know

Last Updated: October 4, 2016 7:10 AM As of writing this, Hurricane Matthew is approaching Florida. While it’s still too early to tell how much of an impact it will have on the state and Orlando, we thought it may be a good time to go over some important information you should know if you’re visiting […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

Magical Dining Month at Orlando Theme Parks

We’re right in the middle of Orlando’s Magical Dining Month and if you’re visiting the Orlando area before October 3, you should consider indulging. What is Magical Dining Month? It’s a program that runs through October 2 in which select restaurants offer three course dinners for $33 per person. One dollar from each meal benefits […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

Complimentary Mosquito Repellent Available at Universal, Disney, and SeaWorld

Universal Orlando, Disney World, and SeaWorld Entertainment will begin providing complimentary mosquito repellent beginning Sunday, August 28, 2016. This is a direct response to the Zika virus that has been locally transmitted via mosquitos in Miami Beach and Pinellas County. Miami is roughly 204 miles away from Orlando; Pinellas County is roughly 73 miles away. […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

6 reasons you must visit SeaWorld’s Bands, Brews, and BBQ

Note from the editor – February 26, 5:18pm: SeaWorld just announced now through March 6, guests who purchase in advance receive a $20 discount off SeaWorld’s single-day ticket, along with a free 5-ounce craft brew and warm sample of pretzel bites. Single day tickets are $79, plus tax. Annual Passholders can also receive this offer by […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

Mako ride vehicles unveiled at SeaWorld Orlando

Yesterday, in the active construction site of SeaWorld’s forthcoming thrillmaker, the theme park revealed the front car of Mako, in preparation of their Summer of Thrills. Mako, soon to be Orlando’s longest, fastest, tallest roller coaster is also the first hypercoaster in the Central Florida area. Once we arrived at the site of the event we were […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

Enhanced security screening at Universal, Disney, and SeaWorld

All US Universal, Disney, and SeaWorld parks have added additional security measures for the holiday season, in what appears to be a coordinated decision. The security changes include randomly selected secondary screening at all three major Orlando properties. Disney has contracted crowd management and security company CSC to operate metal detectors at all bag check areas. The […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

SeaWorld’s 2015 Black Friday deals

SeaWorld Orlando released details today on the return of its highly anticipated “Blue Friday” deals providing shoppers with special pricing on exclusive park experiences and admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark. Blue Friday deals provide the best value to experience SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration and allow the fun to continue throughout 2016, including all of […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

4 ways SeaWorld is trying to reinvent itself

You might have heard about a little film called Blackfish, a documentary which purported to expose SeaWorld’s animal abuses (we say “purported” because, well, there’s a lot of challenges to the film’s accuracy – which, no, we’re not going to get into here). In the two years since then, SeaWorld has paid the price for […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

Remembering September 11th and its impact on Orlando’s theme parks

Security at Universal Orlando’s main entrance. Today is the 14th anniversary of September 11, 2001, a day that many of us remember with great sadness. The day began with American Airlines Flight 11 flying into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City at 8:46 a.m. I was working as an […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

Military mom reunites with son at SeaWorld

This weekend at SeaWorld a military mom returning from service overseas surprised her 6-year-old son in a reunion right before his favorite show, One Ocean. More than 5,000 guests were present at Shamu stadium when the reunion occurred minutes before the show began. The son, Aiden Rodriguez, is a big fan of the show and […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

SeaWorld’s roller coaster mysterious closure

SeaWorld Orlando’s Kraken roller coaster failed to open for the sixth consecutive day, with no reasoning provided by SeaWorld. Image courtesy planmyorlandoholiday.com On July 31, Kraken did not open at its scheduled time of 10am due to mechanical issues. SeaWorld has not reflected this closure on signage at the front of the park or their […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

Orlando’s Tallest, Fastest, and Longest Coaster

Surfacing summer 2016 at SeaWorld Orlando will be Mako, a 200-foot-tall hypercoaster that will reach 73 mph along 4,760 feet of steel track — nearly a mile long — and leave riders feeling both breathless and weightless. Named for one of the ocean’s fastest known sharks, Mako will be Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest roller […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

Comparing disability policies at Universal, Disney, and Busch Gardens

Welcome to the next edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our goal here at Orlando Informer is to offer all guests the tricks and tools of touring Universal Orlando, and being able to help special-needs guests is […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

Best water park in Orlando

Aquatica was recently voted Orlando’s number-one water park by Orlando Sentinel readers. Featuring family-friendly waterslides partnered with one-of-a-kind thrills, Aquatica has something for everyone. Where else in Orlando can you find the fun of a water park mixed with the spirit of SeaWorld? It truly has many great attributes, and in today’s BIG 5, we’re […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes