According to Goldsbury, SeaWorld is ideal for “the traditional family traveling with younger children who want to make a day trip from one of the Universal or Disney resorts.” And for families seeking a more subdued theme park experience, SeaWorld does, in fact, make for a good breather in-between. It offers myriad animal shows and attractions, including shark and manta aquariums and a “ride” into the Arctic, where guests can see beluga whales, walruses and polar bears (yes, polar bears in Florida!). And for bigger kids, there’s the exhilarating Manta roller coaster, where acrophobes need not venture.
This year, SeaWorld was busy debuting a new attraction, TurtleTrek, a 3D 360-degree dome theater experience that is completely surrounding and immersive. Guests are given a turtle-eye view of living in the ocean and a turtle’s life journey. Also debuting this past year was the all-new Shamu show, “One Ocean.” And a good reason to send your clients to SeaWorld in 2013 is for the much-anticipated Antarctica—Empire of the Penguin, which will include a first-of-its-kind ride that utilizes new technology for an experience that can change from visit to visit.
Travel agents note that if you book clients at any of the seven “Official Hotels of SeaWorld,” including Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld and Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, they’ll have access to exclusive benefits, including complimentary transportation; complimentary Quick Queue Unlimited (front-of-the-line access); and exclusive access to the “SeaWorld Rescue Tour” at SeaWorld on early entry dates and every Saturday year-round. And for clients not staying at one of these hotels, we recommend you tell them to purchase the Quick Queue Unlimited for only $24.99 pp, as it grants immediate access to the most popular rides and shows, and we stress the word immediate (there is no waiting
in line—definitely worth it).
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