Is Seaworld Doable In A Day For First Timers?

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  1. ZBSW

    ZBSW Earning My Ears

    Apr 21, 2017
    Hello folks,

    Our family of three, Dad-mom-6year old son, is heading to WDW for the first time in Jan 2018. We're staying for nine days with 7 day hopper ticket to WDW.
    Is Seaworld doable in a day and feel like we got our days worth or will it feel like a rush?

    If it matters, we are not big coaster riders and we will be catching the Linx 50 bus as transportation.

    Thanks folks!
  2. mjhtvchick

    mjhtvchick DIS Veteran

    Apr 10, 2012
    No matter what you do, you won't get to see and do everything in one visit. I have been multiple times and still haven't seen all the shows.

    Having said that, there is plenty to fill your day - you just need to prioritize what is important to you...shows, animal exhibits, rides, etc. and be realistic with what you can accomplish. Not being coaster-lovers works in your favor since many of the rides at Sea World are coasters.

    I would suggest checking out the Sea World website ( and looking over the park map ( and showtimes ( to get an idea of what you will be able to fit in.

    Have fun!
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  4. Joanna71985

    Joanna71985 <marquee><font color=green>Characters are my frien

    Feb 28, 2005
    If you are not going to do the coasters, I think you should be able to see the 4 shows in 1 day
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  5. jlwhitney

    jlwhitney DIS Veteran

    Dec 8, 2009
    Very doable especially in January on a weekday. Look at the show times a head of time and plan them out. I personally think its an easy park to do as a whole.
  6. NH-to-FL

    NH-to-FL DIS Veteran

    Sep 10, 2015
    I agree that if you aren't going to do the coasters than you should be able to see all fours shows and visit the other major attractions in one day. As others suggested, check the show schedules and plan your day around them. Use the first hour to visit your top couple of attractions. Fill in others between the shows.

    Our trips from WDW to Seaworld were made via rental car so I can't comment on the time investment of taking the bus.
    Wishing you a pixiedust: visit!
  7. MrsDuck

    MrsDuck DIS Veteran

    Sep 2, 2011
    I think it's do-able if you aren't interested in the coasters.

    I would suggest Uber or Lyft instead of the bus, though!
  8. heather13

    heather13 DIS Veteran

    Jul 6, 2010
    Very doable. We were there Thursday for the first time. We saw three of the four show options and rode all the coasters (two of them twice). Biggest issue is that I suspect January is still the off seasons. We found that a lot of shows and rides were closed (the tower wasn't open, Antartica didn't open until very late). We arrived at opening and left around 4, but we didn't do any animal feedings or special experiences.

    Side note - Pets Ahoy was hands down our family's favorite non-nighttime show between WDW, SW and Universal. Try not to miss it!
  9. dcassetta

    dcassetta DIS Veteran

    Sep 24, 2006
    You can see much of the park in a day trip. Plan around the show schedule to make the most of your day.

    You might want to reconsider the bus. You will first have to get the the TTC or Disney Springs and then catch the bus to Sea World, doing the reverse on the way back. Uber would probably be less than $20 each way and save you walking and waiting time.
  10. pooch

    pooch Still feeling special!!

    Jul 13, 2005
    We used the linx bus to get to SW several years ago and it was pretty easy and cheap! Had breakfast at the Poly (Kona - yummy!), walked to TTC & caught the bus. On the way back, got off at DS, had a great meal at Wolfgang Puck Express & strolled around before catching the bus back to our resort.
  11. kathy884

    kathy884 DIS Veteran

    Sep 26, 2009
    You'll have a great day. Take your time and enjoy. We were there last Sunday with a group not doing coasters and one doing coaster, so we did some splitting up. On slower days, they don't have as many shows scheduled, so if I were you I would just plan on three shows. We could have done four, but were ready to sit down for a nice leisurely lunch and to do that meant not getting four shows in. To us the downtime when we wanted was more important than getting everything in. If our group would have been happy with just a hotdog at Shamu stadium, we could have done the four shows though. I think less is more sometimes, and we took our time in animal exhibits, etc. too. We got most of our favorite animal exhibits in, in a day that we got there at 10:00 and the park closed at six with the exception of Wild Artic. We deliberately skipped doing that right after the Orca show, as it's a mad house right after that, but good any other time.

    You can have a great relaxing day with one day and get almost everything in without a lot of rushing around. It's such a pretty park with great landscaping. Take your time and enjoy the place for sure.
  12. TLPL

    TLPL DIS Veteran

    Dec 24, 2005
    Can someone tell me how much uber will cost going to Seaworld from Animal Kingdom Lodge? We have just 3 people in our group.

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