• Friday, October 15, 2021
Everything You Need to Know About SeaWorld’s Upgrade Options

Everything You Need to Know About SeaWorld’s Upgrade Options

SeaWorld Orlando is one of the most unique local theme parks, offering both one-of-a-kind animal attractions and thrill rides. The park also offers a variety of ticket upgrades that are guaranteed to take your SeaWorld experience to the next level!

Parking Upgrades

The first upgrade opportunity comes before you’ve even entered the park. Save time and maintain physical distancing by choosing one of SeaWorld Orlando’s parking pass options.

General Parking Pass

Cost: $25.00 per vehicle

Pre-pay for a general parking pass online, and drive right through to find your spot when you arrive at SeaWorld. If you change your mind, you can upgrade to Preferred Parking ($40.00 per vehicle) upon arrival.  This pass is only valid for one-time use.

Express Park Entry + Preferred Parking

Cost: $59.99

Valid for up to six ticketed guests and one car, the Express Park Entry + Preferred Parking pass allows you to get to all the fun as fast as possible with up-close parking and VIP entrance that majorly cuts down on your waiting in line time to get into the park. This ticket must be used on the day of its reservation, anytime between when the park opens and 3:00 PM. You can redeem it at the Lighthouse Lobby (Zone D).


Dine With Orcas

Cost: $29 per adult, $15 per child

During the unbelievable dining experience at Shamu Stadium, you will  learn what is so unique about killer whales and find out how you can help save the ocean all while dining on a delicious buffet with options like:

  • Seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Certified sustainable seafood
  • All-natural grain-fed beef
  • Open flame grilled free-range chicken
  • 100% natural pork loin
  • Seasonal side dishes
  • Fresh bread baked daily
  • Signature desserts
  • Kids’ meal options
All-Day Dining Deal

Cost: $39.99 per adult, $19.99 per child

The All-Day Dining Deal is an easy and low-cost way to eat and drink during your time at SeaWorld. Available at most restaurants, adults can use their wristbands to redeem one entree, one side/dessert, and one regular sized non-alcoholic beverage per hour. Kids’ wristbands are eligible for one kid’s meal option per hour. The All-Day Dining Deal does not cover any souvenir items unless it is included with a kid’s meal. Participating Restaurants:

  • Voyager’s Smokehouse
  • Expedition Cafe
  • Seaport Pizza
  • Captain Pete’s Island Treats
  • The Spice Mill
  • Seafire Grill
  • Mango Joe’s
All Season Dining Plan

Cost: $119.99 per person

With the All Season Dining Plan, you can enjoy lunch and dinner every time you visit the park until December 31, 2020! The year-long meal plan pays for itself in just three visits to the park. This pass is valid for one entree every four hours. Desserts, additional sides, and drinks must be purchased separately. All Season Dining Plans can be used at any of the following locations:

  • Voyagers Smokehouse
  • Spice Mill
  • Mango Joe’s
  • Seaport Pizza
  • Lakeside Panini Bistro
  • Seafire Grill
  • Expedition Cafe
  • Captain Pete’s Island Eats
  • Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen
  • Waterway Grill
  • ABC Eats
  • Yummy Yummy Nom Noms Food Truck

If you’re also a frequent visitor of Aquatica Orlando, you can opt for the SeaWorld + Aquatica All Season Dining Plan ($169.99 per person), which can be used at all of the previously mentioned SeaWorld dining locations as well as:

  • Aquatica’s Waterstone Grille
  • Aquatica’s Banana Beach
  • Aquatica’s Mango Market
Brew Club Membership

Cost: $79.00

Get your own personal beer stein and enjoy discounted beer refills all year long by joining SeaWorld’s Brew Club! Members can receive discounts on refills for a full year from the purchase of a 20 oz. personal stein. The $5 refill price applies to limited seasonal brews and any other regular favorites at any draft beer location. When you’re leaving the park for the day, leave your stein in a personal cabinet at Waterway Grill Bar.

Rides & Shows

Especially on a hot day, having to wait a long time to get a seat at a show or to get through the ride queue can really be a buzz kill. Luckily, there are a few affordable options for getting you where you want to be faster at the park.

Reserved Seating

Cost: $9.99 per person

Reserved Seating allows you to watch SeaWorld’s most popular shows from a reserved seating area one time each. This upgrade is not applicable to any seasonal shows or concerts. You must arrive 15 minutes prior to showtime to redeem your signature seating at the following shows:

  • Orca Encounter
  • Dolphin Days
  • Pets Ahoy
  • Sea Lion High

Most seasonal shows and events do actually have their own signature seating upgrades. Countdown to Halloween is $10 per person, while Praise Wave general seating is $20 per person and premium reserved seating is $35 per person.

Quick Queue Unlimited

Cost: $9.99 per person

With Quick Queue Unlimited, you can enjoy unlimited skip the line access to all of SeaWorld Orlando’s best thrills for one day. Keep in mind, each ride’s height instructions still apply! Participating Rides:

  • Mako – Minimum Height 54″
  • Manta – Minimum Height 54″
  • Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins
  • Infinity Falls – Minimum Height 42″
  • Journey to Atlantis – Minimum Height 42″ (Guests between 42″-48″ must be accompanied by an adult)
Reserved Seating + Quick Queue Unlimited:

Cost: $14.99 per person

The Reserved Seating + Quick Queue Unlimited upgrade allows you to explore the park VIP-style, with reserved seats at each SeaWorld show one time and unlimited front-of-line access to the most popular rides. Keep in mind that each ride’s height requirements still apply and you must arrive at each show 15 minutes before showtime to be escorted to signature seating. This upgrade is valid for all of the same attractions as the individual Quick Queue Unlimited and Reserved Seating options.

Year-Round Quick Queue

Cost: $200

With Year-Round Quick Queue, you can skip the lines as much as you’d like for a whole year at all of the following attractions:

  • Mako – Minimum Height 54″
  • Manta – Minimum Height 54″
  • Kraken – Minimum Height 54″
  • Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin
  • TurtleTrek
  • Journey To Atlantis – Minimum Height 42″ (Guests between 42″-48″ must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Wild Arctic – Minimum Height 42″

Animal Encounters & Tours

In addition to the other upgrades that make your day at the park more efficient, there are several animal encounters and tours that add even more excitement to an awesome day at SeaWorld Orlando.

NEW! SeaWorld Rescue Tour

Cost: $19.99 per person (all ages)

If you’ve ever wondered about Seaworld’s recovery and conservation efforts, the SeaWorld Rescue Tour is perfect for you! This experience gives you the opportunity to explore the rescue facility and learn how SeaWorld has cared for over 37,000 rescued animals in the last 50 years. During the Rescue Tour, you’ll meet manatees and sea turtles as animal experts explain how they care for the adorable critters.

NEW! Family Adventure Tour

Cost: $85.00 per adult, $65.00 per child

On the Family Adventure Tour, you and your crew can experience all of SeaWorld Orlando’s most family-friendly attractions. Perfect for groups with kids ages 10 and younger, this tour includes private playtime with young dolphins and their mothers, up-close encounters with a penguin, behind the scenes access to small ocean critters, and character greetings in Sesame Street Land.

These are only two of the newest experiences, but there are a total of 15 additional encounters to choose from. For more information on the park’s awesome animal encounters and tours, check out the full guide to going behind the scenes at SeaWorld Orlando!

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