Which Sea World Attractions and Rides Will You Try?
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Sea World attractions include shows, animal exhibits, rides and tours.
Planning your itinerary at Sea World will help you to maximise your visit, unless you buy a special combo Theme Park Pass in which case you can spread your fun out over a couple of days.
Planning is the key to making the most of your time at Sea World...
avoiding the embarrassment of explaining to the kids why you missed Seal Show or the Polar Bears!
What will you do? Here are a few options to get you excited....
Whatever you decide to do....PLANNING IS ESSENTIAL!
The show schedule changes, which means I cannot give you a failsafe itinerary! We always grab the schedule on the way in and then work out what we plan to do.
Sea World attractions, rides and exhibits are mostly open all day (except for maintenance, extreme weather conditions or other reasons). However, the shows only run at certain times.
We try to plan around the shows we want to see. Without an itinerary for your day at Sea World you can easily find yourself hiking from one end of the park to the other several times. Not good if you have young children!
Obviously, if you have booked an animal adventure, helicopter tour or Sea World Whale Watch or Cruise, you need to work around those times as they are not flexible!
The main animal attractions at Sea World on the Gold Coast are:
Please note, especially if you are visiting from overseas: There are NO whales at Sea World on the Gold Coast. That means there are no orca's, no killer whales nor any type of whales. However, there are Sea World whale watching tours from June to November each year to see the migrating humpback whales off the coast.
This is a great show for kids and adults! Sit in the arena, but don't sit too close unless you want to smell a little fishy... Although kids of all ages will enjoy this, you may find it a little slow for the really young ones, so be prepared with a few distractions (food and drinks always worked well for us).
Great show for the little, little ones, especially if they LOVE Dora The Explorer including lots of singing and dancing. I would imagine most children 6 and under would enjoy this one. You will definitely get some brownie points to be stored up later when you are doing other things you want to do!
This show is on the Sea World Lake and you will see extreme jet ski manoeuvers and aerial jumps. It's all over fairly quickly, and it's worth getting a good seat so you can see and hear what is going on. This is another one of those dual purpose activities. It's a time to sit down, rest your feet and refuel whilst waiting for the show. The stands are near the entrance to the theme park, and the food hall area. So you can select your food of choice and kill two (or three) birds with one stone, as they say!
Sea World dolphin show is a must see. The dolpins at Sea World are incredible, make sure you have your camera ready. If you don't mind getting a bit wet sit in the front row!We see this show every time we go to Sea World.
It's very popular so make sure you get there around 20 to 30 minutes before the show starts to make sure you get a seat. It is a huge arena, but they do close it when it is full.
During peak times they have vendors at the front selling cold drinks, icecreams and other sweet treats. It's not a bad spot to refuel whilst waiting for the show. In the Castaway Bay area, there are other options for snacks, so you might want to get that organised before you go into watch this show.
It's at the opposite end of the theme park to the main entrance and close to both Castaway Bay and Sea World Resort, which is why planning is so important. Work your way down to this end, or do what we do, which is go straight to that end of the park, watch the first show then work our way back!
This is a great spot to cool down on a hot day, airconditioned, inside theatre! It's a lot of silly Spongebob style fun. Fun for all the family
This is often the last show of the day and you'll find lots of silly SpongeBob fun as the Sea World lake is transformed into Bikini Bottom! Younger kids will love it and love you for letting them watch it.
This is a children's show that is filmed at Sea World & Sea World Resort. It's hit and miss whether they will be filming when you visit, but look out for it. If your kids watch this show, then they will probably recognise some of the places it is filled. We have been in Sea World a few times when they were filming other children's programs such as Totally Wild and the kids love it.
Don't forget to photo the children's faces as well as the Sea World attractions or shows.
Some of the photos I have like this are priceless memories of happy holidays and fun together as a family.
Please Note: Retired Sea World Shows
Gold Coast Sea World Shows that have been retired and are no longer running include:
Sea World has a range of rides. On some rides there are height restrictions, weight, health or requirements for adults to ride with children under 14 years. Some rides are definitely NOT suitable for smaller children, whilst some are specifically for the littler kids! Footwear must be worn on all rides.
For some of the height restrictions you will find both minimum and maxiumums - make sure you read the signage at the entrance to each ride.
This area was formerly Sesame Street Beach and before that Cartoon Network Beach. So, if you have been to Sea World before, you might not recognise the name, but you would definitely recognise the rides. This is an awesome area for the little visitors! Rides, gorgeous old fashioned horse carousel and some water fun too.
In late 2011, Nickelodeon and Nick Jnr themes were introduced to Sea World and this area has been rejuvenated with characters from their shows. This is where the Dora's Best Friends Adventure Show is located.
Cable Car ride that takes you from near the park entrance to about halfway. You get a great view of the dolphin ponds, Shark Bay and Polar Bear Shores from above. I think you can get about 4 in a pod. It is open air and closes in high winds. Children under a certain height cannot travel alone without an adult - but I don't know why you would do that anyway!
I'm all for making it more interesting, and I really like this ride. Not only do you give your legs a rest, but you get awesome views that you just wouldn't see if you were on the ground.
The monorail takes you around the park in a monorail car which is totally enclosed. Stops at top of the park, the water park area and Sea World Resort.
Once again, it's a great way to give your legs a rest, and see some parts of the park you cannot see any other way - like the back of the dolphin pools.
We often go on it later in the day, especially if we find ourselves at the opposite end of the park to where we want to be!
This area has some but not all "Pay as You Play" attractions which are NOT included in your entry ticket nor theme park PASS. You can still enjoy quite a few things in this area without having to pay extra, but I thought I would let you know that this is an area where you may have to part with some extra money!
Fun for the whole family, but do expect to get WET! Like many of the rides and attractions, some of the elements of Castaway Bay have age, height and health restrictions, check the information displayed at each ride. Castaway Bay at Sea World includes:
Board your jet ski and go on a jet ski rollercoaster ride to save the sea lions and aid their escape from the cave! Board as a Sea World visitor and exit as a marine hero! Quite a thrill ride this ride has age, health and height restrictions. This ride closes in certain weather conditions.
Fun ride for the family. Float along the river in a viking style canoe, up onto the top of a castle and then splashdown the other side! Kids have to be over 95 cms tall to ride this ride, but great for the family. Expect to get a bit wet, but awesome for the whole family to enjoy together.
Opened in late 2013. All I can say is WHOA! Seaworld just got a whole lot more thrilling when this opened. Water, rollercoaster and flames! It's definitely a thrill ride!You'll get both hot and wet on this ride, and I bet your heart rate will go up.
Please Note: Retired Sea World Rides:
Gold Coast Sea World Rides that have been retired and are no longer running include:
This area has be rebranded a few times, but it is essentially a kids zone in Sea World with a variety of child sized rides and attractions. It includes several rides specifically for the
younger children including an old fashioned carousel.
When our little one wouldn't or couldn't go on the big rides we would do a couple of rides as a family and then split up with our older child doing the thrill rides, whilst the younger one did the kids rides. It works well for everyone. Then we all have an ice-cream! Now there is also an Intencity Games area as well as a wet play zone.
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The Animal adventures just keep growing... at last count you can do the following! But it does change a bit so make sure you check it out. I really recommend you book before you visit, otherwise you may be disappointed.
If you stay at Sea World Resort there is also an exclusive Dolphin Discovery that they put before the park opens exclusively for resort guest who stay for 2 or more nights. Sea World Resort guests also have unlimited access to the Sea World Water Park which is a seasonal activity. Apart from the convenience, this is another great reason to stay at the resort!
Please Note: Retired Sea World Animal Adventures:
Gold Coast Sea World Animal Adventures that have been retired and are no longer running include:
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These Sea World attractions and the Animal Adventures are not included in the price of your Sea World tickets.
You will need to book your tickets for these separately.
This should give you a taste of what you can expect on a day at Sea World.
Attractions are obviously sometimes not open due to scheduled maintenance and other factors.
Best to check when you arrive at the park so you can plan around it. This is usually quite well signed in the park.