Do you love marine animals? If so, you have to visit SeaWorld Orlando during your next Orlando vacation. Over the past few years, the park has made great advancements with all new exhibits and attractions, including opening up their rescue and rehabilitation center to the public. Of course, the best part about your trip to SeaWorld will be seeing your favorite marine mammals and aquatic creatures. Use this guide to learn all about the SeaWorld Orlando animals you’ll get to meet!
The unmistakeable beluga whales are some of the most playful marine animals you’ll meet while at SeaWorld. Did you know that beluga whales are closely related to narwhals? These two sea mammals are the only members of the Monodontidae family. You can find beluga whales and other SeaWorld Orlando animals at the Wild Arctic® exhibit.
You can find bottlenose dolphins all over SeaWorld Orlando! Start your dolphin exploration at Dolphin Cove. This interactive area allows you to get up close to the dolphins while you learn all about their behaviors, biologic make-up, natural habitats, and more. In fact, did you know dolphins have their own individual whistles? This is how marine biologists can distinguish dolphins from one another – by looking at the whistle shapes on a sonogram device.
After, head over to the Dolphin Nursery to meet the newest members of our dolphin family! You can watch baby dolphins learn to play, jump, and whistle. Don’t forget to save your seats for the Blue Horizons® show to see your favorite dolphins in action!
I bet you didn’t know that Orcas, also known as killer whales, are the largest member of the dolphin family. These majestic animals can be found all over the world. This is due to their unique ability to adapt to almost any type of coastal environment. You can find the Orcas at the Shamu Underwater Viewing Stadium and in the One Ocean® show.
Out of all the SeaWorld Orlando animals to see, visiting the penguins should definitely be at the top of your list! These flightless birds are fascinating to watch. Take note of their feathers – there are about 100 feathers per square inch! This keeps water away from their skin while they swim. For the best view of the penguins, ride Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin® for a great surprise.
Can’t wait until your Orlando vacation to see these intriguing birds? Check out the Penguin Cam anytime!
Another of the feathered SeaWorld Orlando animals, the flamingos are also a must-see. These birds will quickly brighten up your day with their vibrant feathers. Did you know that flamingos aren’t born with their renowned pink coloring? Baby flamingos are born with grayish colored feathers. You’ll find the flamingos over by the Manta roller coaster.
Sea Turtles have lived in the sea for over 200 million years. Pretty impressive, right? Plus, they can swim great lengths, sometimes crossing entire oceans to feed, reproduce, or migrate. Watch as sea turtles glide through the water at the TurtleTrek 360° theatre exhibit. This epic exhibit lets visitors step into the shoes (or shell) of a turtle and experience what life is like in the deep blue sea. Trust me, you don’t want to bypass this attraction. Too impatient? Watch the Sea Turtle webcam right now.
Did you know that sharks are made out of cartilage instead of bone? They also boast anywhere from five to seven pairs of gill slits in their neck. In comparison, fish tend to only have one or two pairs. Learn about the 400 different types of sharks at the Shark Encounter exhibit and by riding the all new MakoTM coaster. You can also check out the sharks at SeaWorld Orlando right now by watching the Shark Cam!
Jewel of the Sea Aquarium and Manta Aquarium
Whenever I visit an aquarium, one of my favorite things to do is sit and watch all of the tropical fish swim peacefully in the astronomically large tanks. I’m always mesmerized by their colors, patterns, and behaviors. In the Jewel of the Sea Aquarium and the Manta Aquarium, you’ll find over 3,000 SeaWorld Orlando animals swimming around — from clownfish to a giant Pacific Octopus. I highly recommend visiting both aquariums to get a glimpse at the unbeatable beauty of ocean life.
While the majority of SeaWorld Orlando animals in the rescue, rehabilitate, and release programs are sent back to the wild, the Pelicans are here to stay. Unfortunately, these Pelicans endured terrible and permanent injuries prior to being rescued by the SeaWorld Rescue Team. Due to these injuries, the Pelicans would not be able to survive on their own in the wild. Threats such as discarded strong fishing line can cause irreversible damage to animals, such as the Pelicans.
Learn all about SeaWorld’s Pelican population and the lengths the Rescue Team went through to ensure the safety and rehabilitation of these birds at the Pelican Reserve exhibit.
Have you ever wanted to touch a stingray? Stingrays are one of the many SeaWorld Orlando animals that guests are allowed to interact with. You can find stingrays in multiple places throughout the park.
Start by taking a ride on Manta® for a rush unlike any other. Then, head over to the Manta Aquarium where you’ll find more than 300 stingrays swimming gracefully. Want to feed a stingray? Stingray Lagoon is where you’ll want to go!
California Sea Lions and Harbor Seals
Whenever I go to SeaWorld Orlando, I immediately go see the California Sea Lions at Pacific Point Reserve®. California Sea Lions are by far my favorite marine mammal. Of course, these furry creatures aren’t to be confused with a Harbor Seal, which you can also find at Pacific Point Reserve®. California Sea Lions boast several differences from a Harbor Seal, including their ears and flipper structure.
While they might not talk back to you, you can check out the colorful parrots at SeaWorld Orlando. As part of the Blue Horizons show, these parrots boast exceptionally vibrant feathers and incredible wingspans. Don’t miss watching these dazzling birds take flight!
Manatees spend the majority of their day eating and resting. Did you know that several manatees call the Florida oceans and coasts home? Manatees enjoy tropical climates and can be found off the coasts of North America, South America, and West Africa. At SeaWorld, you can find manatees at the Manatee Rehabilitation Area.
This 5-acre rescue center helps manatees and other marine animals that have been injured, become ill, or are facing distressing factors such as being orphaned. Go behind-the-scenes and learn about the dangers manatees face in the wild and how SeaWorld’s team is working endlessly to rescue and rehabilitate these gentle creatures. The facility has been part of SeaWorld’s campus for decades and was previously only available through guided tours. Now, visitors can browse the Manatee Rescue Area anytime they please in the complimentary viewing area
Asian Small-Clawed Otters
When you visit SeaWorld Orlando, you have to meet the adorable otters. You’ll find the Asian Small-Clawed Otters at the Sea Garden exhibit. Although these critters can be quite loud, they actually use scent as their primary method of communication. Think of each otter’s scent as their fingerprint. No two are alike!
Last but certainly not the least of the SeaWorld Orlando animals is the magnificent walrus. As the largest marine animal found at the Wild Arctic® exhibit, you literally cannot miss the walruses. Did you know each walrus has anywhere from 400 to 700 whiskers on their face? These sensitive whiskers called vibrissae help them find clams, fish, crabs, and other types of prey.
Do You Have Your Tickets to See the SeaWorld Orlando Animals?
While you can view the SeaWorld animals via webcam anytime you please, it doesn’t compare to meeting them in person. Purchase your SeaWorld Orlando tickets using Reserve Orlando. Instead of standing in line to purchase your tickets at the gate, you can walk right into the park with your E-Ticket and head straight to all of the SeaWorld Orlando animals you’ve been waiting to meet!
Do you remember how excited you were to go to Walt Disney World as a child? Going back to the magic as an adult only amplifies the excitement. Done right, a Disney World vacation for adults can have as much magic — if not, more — as your childhood trip to see Mickey Mouse.
Before you travel to the world of Hidden Mickey’s as a grown-up, make sure you know how to have the perfect Disney World vacation for adults.
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort is Disney done differently
Where to Stay for Your Walt Disney World Vacation
Deciding which Walt Disney World resort to reserve all depends on your personal preferences and vacation budget. While many on-site hotels are geared towards children, Walt Disney World is also home to multiple luxury resorts that appeal to adults including:
Another option is to reserve a room at an off-site hotel or resort. Keep in mind that off-site hotels and resorts may not provide transportation to and from the parks and Walt Disney World attractions.
Once you know where you’ll stay on a Disney World vacation for adults, it’s time to plan out your fun.
Things to Do on a Disney World Vacation for Adults
While there’s always the option of letting your inner child run free at the theme parks, there’s far more to experience on a Disney World vacation for adults.
Walt Disney World Nightlife
Disney Springs, formerly known as Downtown Disney, offers everything from shopping to live entertainment for guests of all ages. For extraordinary nightlife, be sure to go to these popular Disney Springs spots:
- Paradiso 37 Entertainment
- House of Blues
- Raglan RoadTM Irish Pub and Restaurant
During a Disney World vacation for adults, spend a night at Disney’s BoardWalk. The BoardWalk provides shopping, restaurants, and nightlife for guests above the age of 21. While you’re there, visit Jellyrolls and AbracadaBar for exciting cocktails, entertainment, and spectacular food.
The BoardWalk also provides phenomenal views of EPCOT. As a result, the BoardWalk bridge is one of the best places to watch the jaw-dropping fireworks show, “IllumiNations”.
Disney’s BoardWalk is the best place to watch fireworks, especially “IllumiNations”/Flickr, Matt Popovich
Shows, Shows, and More Shows
Of course, Walt Disney World offers jaw-dropping shows for adults to enjoy. For a night of mystery and amazement, get your tickets to La Nouba by Cirque Du Soleil. This show is perfect for every age, especially adults. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you wonder how the performers could possibly do these incredible feats of strength and agility.
Shows are performed throughout Walt Disney World theme parks as well. You don’t have to be a child to appreciate the magic of shows from the daring “Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular” to the wonderment of “Fantasmic”. No Disney World vacation for adults is complete without watching a magical performance.
Tour Walt Disney World Behind the Scenes
Get an inside look at the enchantment behind the theme parks by taking a tour during your Disney World vacation for adults. Reserve your spot for these one-of-a-kind tours:
- Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour — Have you heard about Magic Kingdom’s underground tunnels? Discover if the urban myth is true.
- Backstage Magic Tour — Wondering how Walt Disney World produces magic on a daily basis? Your answer is on this tour.
- Backstage Tales Tour — Go behind the scenes at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and meet the 1,500 furry, scaly, or slimy residents of the park.
- Epcot Seas Aqua Tour — Snorkel in a massive EPCOT aquarium and meet sea turtles, sharks, angelfish and other stunning aquatic life. Will you find Nemo?
Non-Theme Park Fun for Adults
During a Disney World vacation for adults, you don’t have to attend a theme park every day. In fact, Walt Disney World has several non-theme park activities exclusively for adults.
You deserve a spa day during your Disney World vacation
After a few days in the theme parks, you’ll want a day to relax. A reservation at one of the many spas across the Walt Disney World resorts will do the trick. Senses, a spa at the Grand Floridian Resort, offers a myriad of spa, massage, and relaxation treatments for Walt Disney World guests. While you’re here, be sure to try one of the facial packages.
You can also schedule in a round or two at one of the many Walt Disney World golf courses. Or, if you prefer a less competitive golfing option, there’s also Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Mini Golf for carefree fun.
Find time for these non-theme park opportunities too:
- Carriage rides around the beautiful Walt Disney World resorts
- Characters in Flight – a helium balloon ride that takes you 400 feet up in the air
- Movies Under the Stars at one of the many resorts
- Lounging by the pool at your Walt Disney World resort
Taste the world at EPCOT!
Where to Eat and Drink in Walt Disney World
No Disney World vacation for adults would be complete without dining reservations at one of the many gourmet restaurants such as:
- California Grill
- Il Mulino
- Victoria & Albert’s
- Yachtsman Steakhouse
- And More
Be advised that dining reservations at Walt Disney World can be hard to come by. Guests tend to secure their reservations months in advance of their Walt Disney World vacation for adults. It is also suggested that adults make late night reservations to avoid the family crowd between 5:00pm and 8:00pm.
If your restaurant of choice is booked, make a reservation at one of the many other top-notch restaurants. The day before your reservation, call the original restaurant to see if any reservations have opened up. If so, cancel your present reservations and grab seats at the restaurant you desire. You are able to cancel your reservations up to the day before without incurring a cancellation fee!
Once you’ve experienced fine dining at Walt Disney World, it’s time to take your taste buds on a worldwide excursion at EPCOT. There’s no better way to spend your day at EPCOT than eating and drinking around the world. From Japan to Morocco and beyond, you’ll taste exquisite meals and strong drinks from across the globe. Just don’t go on Test Track after your food and drink journey!
Of course, if you can schedule a Walt Disney World vacation for adults around the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, your trip is guaranteed to be outstanding.
Fireworks at Magic Kingdom / Flickr, Candace Lindemann
Tips and Tricks for the Best Walt Disney World Vacation for Adults
Use these quick tips and tricks for a phenomenal Disney World vacation for adults:
Book Your Vacation for the Off Season
Walt Disney World experiences the lowest attendance between the months of December and March. Book a Walt Disney World vacation for adults during this time to enjoy lower prices, fewer crowds, and more time to explore the theme parks.
Visit Theme Parks Early in the Morning or Late at Night
Families and large crowds tend to visit the theme parks from late morning to late afternoon. Therefore, if you can arrive during the early morning or late night, you’ll experience less ride wait times and smaller crowds.
Download the My Disney Experience App
Every aspect of your Disney World vacation for adults can be hooked up to the My Disney Experience App. From your park tickets to exploring your resort, your entire vacation is at your fingertips. The especially beneficial part of the app is the ability to add your Fast Passes or quicker wait times and a pleasant theme park experience.
Book a Disney World Vacation for Adults
Before you go visit Mickey and Minnie Mouse, I’d like to offer one last piece of advice.
Use Reserve Orlando to book a Disney World vacation for adults. Between the discounts and the easy process, you’ll use Reserve Orlando for all of your upcoming Disney World vacations.
Every family dreams of visiting Walt Disney World. It’s a true delight to see your little ones light up at the sight of their favorite characters and experience the magic of the parks. As we all know, though, traveling with kids isn’t always easy. Planning ahead will allay your worries, making your day at the park better. Need a few ideas to get started? Here are some practical tips for visiting Disney World with kids.
1) Have a Plan
You won’t be able to see it all and you’ll make yourself miserable if you try. Pick out three favorites your kids absolutely must-see. Do your homework before you go, and make use of Disney’s My Magic+. You can reserve Fastpass+ passes for the rides and attractions on your must-see list. Then, plan on the rest of your time being flexible.
2) Make Your Stroller Stand Out
Stroller parking lots are notorious at Disney World. You’ll find masses of them huddled together outside attractions, and they all look the same. Make it easier to find yours by personalizing it. Tie a brightly colored ribbon or handkerchief on yours, or really make it stand out with a balloon. You’ll most likely be bringing your own stroller if your kids need it outside of Disney World Theme Parks. If your kids normally don’t need one, rent one any way while at the parks. With all the walking you do, the children tucker out and will make use of the stroller. Rent a double to make room for bags and purchases.
3) Reserve a Character Meal
The best way to spend quality time with your little ones favorite characters, reserve a character meal. One-on-one meet and greets (and hugs) are available throughout the parks. Favorites include Donald Duck’s Safari Breakfast at Tusker House Restaurant, Cinderella’s Royal Table, and Winnie the Pooh and friends at the Crystal Palace. I also like book breakfast character meals, as they are less likely to cut into your time at the parks. Another option for Disney character meals can be found at Disney resorts. Typically not as busy as those within the parks, Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at Fort Wilderness Resort and the Perfectly Princess Tea Party at the Grand Floridian Resort.
4) Bring a Disney Day Pack
Come prepared. Your day at Disney will be much better if you do. Bring a backpack or daypack filled with snacks, juice boxes, refillable water bottles, wet wipes, change of clothes, ponchos, band-aids, sunscreen, singlasses, and lip balm.
5) Greet the Day Early
Kids are usually early risers, which makes getting to the park before it opens an easy option. If you’re staying at a Disney Resort, be sure to check the Extra Magic morning hours. You’ll get inside the park an hour earlier than non-resort guests. When you start early, you can make time for ab afternoon break. Kids usually need a break just to nap or get away from the crowds. Afternoon breaks are also an excellent time for a swim, or to hop over to the Disney World water parks. After wards, head back to the parks for the evening parades and nighttime fireworks.
6) Locate the Disney Child Care Centers
Child care centers can be a lifesaver when your kid is having a meltdown or you just need some (air-conditioned) peace. Regroup with your kids, change a diaper, nurse or simply just take a break. Private nursing rooms with rocking chairs, changing rooms, main room with television and sofa, and kitchen area with microwave and sink are some of the perks of the Child Care Centers. You can also refrigerate any necessary medicines here.
7) Make Use of Rider Switch
If you have one child old enough for rides, but another who isn’t make use of rider switch. The helpful service is available at select Disney World attractions like Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, Expedition Everest, Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, and Aerosmith’s Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, among others. One adult can wait with the non-rider while the rest of the party experiences the attraction. The waiting adult can then board the attraction without having to wait in the regular line again when another adult in the party returns to supervise the child or children who do not ride.
Use these tips for visiting Disney World with kids to make your day at the park even more magical.
Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.