SeaWorld, Discovery Cove Gear Up for Summer

'One Ocean' features majestic killer whales in a dramatic new setting.

With the opening of One Ocean, SeaWorld Orlando is positioning itself as this summer’s premier summer

getaway. Close on its heels is the new Grand Reef at Discovery Cove, an all-inclusive tropical retreat. In addition, “official” hotels at SeaWorld are offering a host of free benefits designed to entice tourists from near and far.

Attention families. Make your plans now.

Widely publicized One Ocean, which replaced “Believe,” features SeaWorld’s majestic killer whales. According to a SeaWorld press release, they’re “ambassadors of the sea and the ocean at the center of our natural world, sharing a message that both animals and humans are part of one world, with one ocean, and the future is in our hands to cherish and protect.”

The set of Shamu Stadium is three stories high, featuring panoramic LED screens and hundreds of surround-sound speakers, brilliantly colored lights, soaring fountains and stunning underwater imagery set to a contemporary musical score with global rhythms.

And that’s just for the daytime.

Summer Nights at SeaWorld is “a nighttime spectacular and the only place to celebrate when the sun sets over Central Florida’s theme parks.” The three shows incorporate the new elements from One Ocean:  Shamu Rocks, a Shamu show driven by a larger-than-life rock-and-roll beat; SeaLions Tonite, featuring Clude and Seamore; and Reflections, a sky-filling fireworks and fountains finale. In addition, there’s Manta, the roller coaster under the stars.

Summer Nights runs from June 25 to Aug. 14.

Over at Discovery Cove, Grand Reef offers guests the opportunity to swim with dolphins, hand-feed exotic birds in a free-flight aviary and relax on pristine beaches. According to the press release:

The all-new saltwater reef is filled with thousands of tropical fish in shallow and deeper waters leaving guests to explore where they feel most comfortable. Snorkeling takes place among canyons inspired by reefs from around the world and guarantees sights of exotic sea life ranging from spotted eagle rays and zebra sharks to lionfish and eels.

Labeled as “for the daring,” SeaVenture is an underwater walking tour that enables guests (who wear dive helmets) to get up close and personal with sharks and lionfish — safely behind glass — velvety rays, starfish and sea urchins.

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In terms of lodging, take your pick among the six official hotels at SeaWorld. They’re all offering complimentary transportation to SeaWorld, Aquatica, Discovery Cove, and Universal Orlando; complimentary front-of-the-line access to SeaWorld’s thrill rides; and early entry to SeaWorld and Aquatica and exclusive access to the SeaWorld Rescue Tour on select days during peak season.

Participating SeaWorld hotels include the Renaissance Orlando, Doubletree Orlando by Hilton, Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Hilton Garden Inn, Springhill Suites Orlando and the Fairfield Inn Orlando; they cover all types of lodgings. gives visitors the tools to plan their vacations and includes specials such as free all-day dining and reduced admission pricing.

For guidebooks on the Orlando area visit The Intrepid Traveler web site.



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