Theme Parks for Solo Travelers: SeaWorld Orlando Edition!
One of the few aquatic theme parks left in the nation is SeaWorld, an oceanic adventure park that can be enjoyed as a half-day or whole-day park, depending on your goals for that day.
SeaWorld Orlando is absolutely beautiful and is in the same family as Busch Gardens.
When approaching the park gates, you’ll be greeted with a stunning, watery entrance reminiscent of a gorgeous bay in San Diego.
Once in the park gates, you’re transported into aquatic thrills (as noted by the beautiful Manta roller coaster in the front), tropical sounds, and colorful topiary visions of SeaWorld.
The addition of Infinity Falls and the hypercoaster Mako, continues to make SeaWorld a competitive theme park.
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SeaWorld is located in the Orlando area and is a perfect park to pace yourself, get lost, and discover the educational details of marine life.
Are you ready to get out of your comfort zone?
For a solo theme park goer, all you need is your smartphone, a good Theme Park Podcast, your headphones, and you’ll be on your way to an out of this world theme park adventure!
Traveling solo to SeaWorld doesn’t have to be terrifying.
Since I started traveling to theme parks alone, I’ve noticed I’m confident meeting new people. I’m also able to let go just a little bit of my introverted side.
Do you think people will realize that you’re alone?
Or, do you feel you will not have as good of a time on your solo SeaWorld trip when compared to going with friends?
Especially, if you have to sit next to a stranger on one of SeaWorld’s roller coaster….
If this sounds like you, then I’m here to help guide you into the perfect solo day at SeaWorld Orlando.
Read your full SeaWorld One-Day Game Plan here!
11 Easy Tips for Doing SeaWorld Orlando Alone
1 – Start Small with Solo Travel
Traveling this way can be scary to some theme park fans, such as yourself. I recommend easing your way into traveling solo.
Maybe start by having lunch or dinner alone at a restaurant or maybe go to a movie by yourself.
You can also try arriving to Orlando one day prior to your party’s arrival, then do a couple of hours at a water park or a smaller amusement park like Fun Spot by yourself to see if you even like going to a theme park alone.
This may just convince you to try a whole day at another park, like Epcot, on your own.
2 – Map Out Your Day at SeaWorld
The thought of going to the SeaWorld solo is probably too stressful for you to even think about, so I recommend mapping out your day in advance.
Having an itinerary relieves any nervousness associated with traveling alone and keeps your mind occupied with all the charming rides and attractions you’ll be enjoying at the SeaWorld.
Review SeaWorld Orlando’s Map Below
For you, I have The Solo Theme Park Traveler’s Guide for theme park hopping alone. A handbook I wanted to share with you to walk you step-by-step to planning that first solo SeaWorld Orlando vacation.
3 – Purchase the All-Day Dining Deal
For one low price, you can get a band that allows you to eat at participating restaurants all day. The All-Day Dining Deal includes 1 entrée, 1 side or dessert, and 1 fountain drink, tea or water for each visit.
Basically, an all-you-can-eat day at the park.
These are the current restaurants included:
- Voyager’s Smokehouse
- Expedition Café
- Seaport Pizza
- Captain Pete’s Island Treats
- The Spice Mill
- Seafire Grill
- Mango Joe’s
Take Note of SeaWorld Hours
SeaWorld usually opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 6:00 p.m.; however, during the peak summer days the park may be open until 10:00 p.m.
Remember when planning your trip, always check the park’s website or mobile app for the current hours and wait times.
4 – Discover All the Areas of SeaWorld
Explore all the different areas inside SeaWorld Orlando. There are so many unique hidden gems and facts that you’d love learning about as you walk through each aquatic area.
SeaWorld is divided into Sea Areas:
- Sea of Ice Area
- Shallows Area
- Sea of Delight Area
- Legends Area
- Sea of Mystery Area
- Power Area
- Sea of Delight Area
- Fun Area (soon to be Sesame Street area)
5 – Experience Your SeaWorld Must Do attractions
Since it’s your solo trip, it’s a time to do SeaWorld your way!
This is the MAIN PERK of going to SeaWorld Orlando by yourself.
In order to get all your SeaWorld must do’s, I suggest doing a bit of researching on the web and writing everything down you want to accomplish.
Must Do SeaWorld Must Do Attractions
- Mako™ – Minimum 54″
- Manta® – Minimum 54″
- Kraken Unleashed – Minimum 54″
- Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin®
- Journey to Atlantis® – Minimum 42″ (42″ – 48″ with a supervising companion)
6 – Don’t Be Afraid to Socialize
I know firsthand what it’s like to be an introvert, but get out of your comfort zone.
This is the key to facing any challenge in life!
Take the ThemeParkHipster challenge and introduce yourself to at least one person on your day at SeaWorld.
Get familiar with your social media community. There are lots of Facebook groups dedicated to theme park fans.
You can join the ThemeParkHipster Facebook community here!
These groups usually have people in it who frequently travel to theme parks solo. They will become your very own theme park family and they will also help you out with the latest park news and their own personal theme park hacks.
Your Instagram community is another place to get to know your travel family. Once these relationships are formed online, they may lead to long-term friendships.
Let’s connect at Instagram here!
7 – Discover the Marine Life
Explore SeaWorld and learn about the many different animals in this park. There’s a wide variety of sea life all within the gates.
Many of the animals are tough to see in your lifetime, so I love how SeaWorld makes sure they educate you on each animal residing in the park.
They also have a strong commitment to conservation by providing financial and scientific support to organizations focused on animal rescue and rehabilitation, conservation education, habitat protection, and species research.
SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has donated more than $14 million, supporting animal conservation projects on all seven continents across the globe, including coral reef restoration, preventing coastal erosion, habitat protection and simply keeping our oceans clean.
8 – Know the Reasons Why Doing SeaWorld Alone is Amazing!
Perk #1: Freedom.
There’s an incredible sense of independence when you’re exploring the parks by yourself.
A big plus is that your day will move a lot faster, meaning that you’ll do more without the feeling of being overwhelmed.
Perk #2: You Become a Better Problem Solver.
With the solo experience you gain the advantage of becoming a better problem solver. Because it’s just you on this vacation path, you will have to come up with plan A, plan B, and plan C for some of the theme park events.
When you’re with a group of people you may have many different opinions or solutions to problems that arise; however, when it’s just you, you become the sole problem solver.
Perk #3: You Meet Incredible Solo ThemeParkHipsters
Since I started going to Disney by myself, I’ve noticed that I’ve become more confident in other social settings. Traveling solo to Walt Disney World makes me happy, which makes me more comfortable introducing myself to others.
9 – Know What to Pack
Do you know what’s in my SeaWorld bag?
If it’s a short day, then I will have my iPhone, lip gloss, sunglasses, hand sanitizer, and mints.
What to pack on a full day at SeaWorld Orlando:
- Disposable Rain Ponchos or rain jackets
- Download ThemeParkHipster App
- Water-proof zipped bags
- Reusable water bottle
- Simple first aid supplies
- Change of clothes (optional)
- Small snacks
- Hand sanitizer
- Hand lotion (mini hotel size is good)
- Pocket pack facial tissues
- Download Park Map
- Hat for sunny days
- Portable Phone Charger
- Personal Hygiene Products
- Water mist sprayer
- Theme Park Guide Books
10 – Take Advantage of the Single Rider Line
This line can cut your wait time in half and that’s always a benefit of going to a theme park alone. It allows you to get around to most of the attractions quickly, because you don’t have to wait in the normal ride line.
Be aware that on busy days if the regular line is long, then there’s a chance the single rider line may be long as well.
Hipster Power Tip: Take advantage of the close proximity of Tampa to Orlando. You can spend a day or two enjoying the many attractions within the coastal Florida city. Use deals at CityPass to pay one low price for all the major Tampa offerings.
11 – Do a VIP Tour
Upgrade your day and do one of SeaWorld’s behind-the-scenes theme park tours. It allows you to get up close and personal with all the unique aquatic life in the park.
SeaWorld Orlando has some of the most intriguing tours in Orlando. I have quite a few that I like and want to do on my SeaWorld bucket list.
This is the perfect icebreaker for doing any theme park alone.
Here’s a list of my favorite SeaWorld VIP tours.
Sharks Up-Close Tour
You will be able to touch a small shark and learn fact from fiction about the diversity of sharks.
Penguin Up-Close Tour
A 45-minute walking tour about what it takes to care for penguins.
Dolphin Up-Close Tour
A 60-minute tour where you will have the chance to interact with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.
A 75-minute tour on how rescued manatees and sea turtles are cared for.
Private VIP Tour
The Private VIP Tour provides your group with its own SeaWorld tour guide for up to 7 hours. It includes insider tips from an expert guide, front-of-line access and reserved seating to rides and shows.
Expedition SeaWorld®: A Guided Tour
A 6-hour expert guide through SeaWorld. You will also enjoy reserved seats at three of the most popular shows, front-of-the-line access before and after your guided tour, All-Day Dine and more.
Have I convinced you to go to SeaWorld Orlando solo yet?
Be courageous, take the leap and go!
Don’t spend your life waiting for others schedule to line up with yours in order for you to make that solo trek.
If you want to go to a theme park solo, then go!
Traveling by myself to theme parks is my Theme Park Therapy and I want it to become yours.
So, let me know if you’ve ever went to a theme park by yourself in the comments below?
Want more solo theme park tips? Check out the theme park tips page. If you’re thinking about going to Disney alone, then read the top 18 tips. Are you planning an Orlando vacation soon? Read the Orlando Vacation Planning Guide for your next dream trip!
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Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!