SeaWorld Orlando Announces New Tours to Bring Guests Closer to Their Favorite Animals

ORLANDO, Fla. – (2009) SeaWorld Orlando seamlessly blends adventure and education into a treasured experience with all-new tours that connect guests to amazing animals in unique ways.


Elite VIP Tour
SeaWorld rolls out the red carpet for private groups during the Elite VIP Tour. Accompanied by a SeaWorld expert, unforgettable memories will unfold as guests fly, glide and soar headfirst like a ray aboard, Manta, SeaWorld’s new flying coaster opening May 22. The fun continues as families and friends get splashed by an 11,000 pound killer whale, encounter amazing animals and meet one of SeaWorld’s “coolest” residents, a tuxedo clad penguin. Topping off the day guests dine in the company of some of the toothiest dwellers of the sea at Sharks Underwater Grill, a full-service restaurant.

VIP Tour
An exciting adventure awaits as guests embark on “edge-of-your-seat” thrill rides, enjoy spectacular shows and find out what it’s like to feed dolphins, sting rays and sea lions during the VIP Tour. The highlight of the day brings guests even closer to their favorite killer whale family and trainers during Dine with Shamu, a poolside lunch.

Dolphin Spotlight
Learn from SeaWorld’s animal care specialists what it’s like to work with dolphins. Go backstage to SeaWorld’s Whale & Dolphin Stadium where guests learn what it takes to train the stars of our visually stunning Blue Horizons show, the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. Then, get up-close and personal with them at SeaWorld’s Dolphin Cove during a special training session.

Penguin Spotlight
Travel from the icy South Pole to the North Pole to meet some of SeaWorld’s most popular feathered friends, puffins and penguins. Families and friends learn about caring for these amazing birds from aviculture experts while exploring SeaWorld’s Penguin Encounter.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Venture behind the scenes and discover the passion and commitment SeaWorld has for wildlife. Visit SeaWorld’s Rescue & Rehabilitation Center, explore a polar bear’s hidden den, come inches away from a penguin and interact with a small shark. Wonderful memories will connect families and friends together and the amazing world we all share. Ten percent of each tour admission is donated to the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund to support research projects around the world.

Animal Connection Programs bring to life an array of opportunities to interact with amazing animals, and experience up-close encounters and educational programs.

Beluga Interaction Program
SeaWorld is one of the only places in the world where guests come face-to-face with beluga whales during the Beluga Interaction Program. Stepping into Wild Arctic’s chilly 55 degree water for a shallow-water interaction with a beluga whale is only the beginning of this hands-on experience.

Sharks Deep Dive
SeaWorld plunges guests into the realm of the shark as part of the park’s most daring animal interaction program, Sharks Deep Dive. Guests come eye-to-eye with the denizens of the deep during a close encounter with more than 30 sharks. Participants don wetsuits and a Sea Trek helmet which allows participants to breathe and communicate underwater without scuba equipment.

Marine Mammal Keeper Experience
From preparing daily diets to helping rescued manatees, guests work alongside marine mammal experts to learn about manatees, dolphins and beluga whales.

For more information on SeaWorld’s Animal Connection Programs and all-new tours, visit

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