SeaWorld Orlando Reveals New Additions Coming in 2017

Today, SeaWorld Orlando announced its lineup of new attractions, shows, and events for 2017, delivering meaningful and fun vacation options for Guests.
“We look forward to introducing many new experiences to SeaWorld Orlando in 2017,” said Donnie Mills, President of SeaWorld's three Orlando parks. “We are constantly looking at ways to inspire Guests... Now, with so many new additions our Guests and pass members have more reasons to visit again and again.”

These experiences include the following:

Kraken Virtual Reality (VR) Roller Coaster- Summer 2017
SeaWorld Orlando will debut its first digitally enhanced ride experience as the legendary Kraken roller coaster is transformed into a virtual reality (VR) roller coaster experience. Using new technology, this thrill ride will be the only VR coaster experience in Florida.

Guests will embark on a deep sea mission alongside sea creatures inspired by extinct and legendary animals of the past, including the mighty Kraken. A custom digital overlay with uniquely designed headsets, fully integrated both mechanically and electronically into the coaster train delivers a new one-of-a-kind adventure. The addition of VR to this fan-favorite brings a new level of excitement and interest in Kraken, giving guests the opportunity to experience the coaster in a completely new way.

Dolphin Nursery - Summer 2017
SeaWorld Orlando’s Dolphin Nursery will become more interactive in 2017, giving guests the opportunity to get up close to mother and baby dolphins in all new ways.

Large-scale acrylic windows will offer up close viewing, including multiple levels to give kids a face-to-face perspective with dolphin calves. New slide out areas and lifting floor will also allow for easier access to mom and baby for the veterinary and animal care teams.

The next generation of multi-purpose digital displays will allow SeaWorld educators to share information about dolphin behavior, biology and conservation with our guests by interacting with video from the team’s educational and animal care content.

Seven Seas Festival - Starting February 2017
SeaWorld Orlando’s popular music and food events will expand to a total of 14 weekends in 2017 as part of the Seven Seas Festival.  Inspired by street food from Asia, the Caribbean, South America and the Mediterranean, this expanded festival will bring new culinary offerings to guests throughout the park. Plus, guests will be able to indulge in a variety of international, local and seasonal craft brews on tap giving their taste buds a worldly delight.

Flamecraft Bar - Summer 2017
Continuing the park’s food and beverage focus, a new dining location adjacent to the SeaFire Grill along the waterfront area will provide a great place to pause for a drink in a casual atmosphere. The Flamecraft Bar will feature 16 seasonal craft brews and a new menu to tempt the taste buds.

Electric Ocean- Summer 2017
Electric Ocean will debut next summer at SeaWorld Orlando as a brand new, end-of-day spectacle event. As the sun goes down, the lights and energy go up, offering guests a different kind of fun after dark. The ocean comes to life with bioluminescent lighting, music and pathway entertainment, immersing guests in a glowing sea of wonder.  

Nautilus Theatre - Summer 2017
Continuing the park’s focus on entertainment, events and shows, an entirely new experience is coming to the Nautilus Theatre. The dedicated summer show will debut Memorial Day weekend. 

Aquatica Pass Member Pavilion – Spring 2017
As part of SeaWorld’s ongoing commitment to Annual Pass Members, the Aquatica Pass Member Pavilion will open just in time for spring break. The exclusive pavilion will feature concierge service, complimentary sunscreen, a private entrance to Banana Beach, private animal encounters and additional offers.

The best way for guests to visit SeaWorld Orlando is with an Annual Pass or Fun Card and by purchasing a pass now, guests can get three months free. Also available now is the brand-new Transferrable Pass allowing Pass Members to bring a different guest each time they visit SeaWorld Orlando or Aquatica Orlando. Be sure to visit for additional information.    

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  1. why cant they just leave the dolphins and babies alone! they wont want to be bothered with tons of people gawping at them. poor things!!

  2. Uhhh... Dolphins like people.

  3. Dolphins don't "like people." They are not dogs.

    1. They're not dogs, but they do in fact enjoy human interaction. They're very playful and intelligent animals, so they're usually very outgoing toward people, and if they don't want to interact with people no one's going to force them to. Also I think the thing with the mom and baby dolphins is only for veterinary care purposes. These people are the best of the best in animal care; they wouldn't do anything that would distress or harm the animals (plus they know the 'activists' would jump on any excuse to trash talk them again).

  4. first are an idiot!

  5. I hope the VR on Kraken is optional. When i'm on a roller coaster, I want to see the roller coaster (which is real), not watch a movie...

  6. The VR will be optional,when you bring down the overhead restraint there will be a pouch with the headset,if you choose to wear it is up to you.

  7. Good on them for following up a major new attraction with some smaller additions the next year. I read somewhere that this is supposed to be the new trend for both SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, but I was skeptical until now. A new VR option on a major coaster like Kraken will be interesting; it'll either be incredibly immersive and fun or impractical and nauseating. One thing that's certain is that it'll be a major draw for coaster enthusiasts as the first full implementation of VR on a roller coaster, which has been the "next big thing" for some time now. I just hope this helps erase some of the undeserved stigma against SeaWorld (seriously people, it's getting really old; that movie was fact-checked a long time ago so quit making judgments based on it).

  8. "A new VR option on a major coaster like Kraken will be interesting; it'll either be incredibly immersive and fun or impractical and nauseating. One thing that's certain is that it'll be a major draw for coaster enthusiasts as the first full implementation of VR on a roller coaster, which has been the "next big thing" for some time now."

    VR showed up on MANY Six Flags coasters in 2016. This is nothing new or special.

  9. "VR showed up on MANY Six Flags coasters in 2016. This is nothing new or special."

    While true, the Six Flags VR does not feature audio and are not installed on the trains themselves, they are simply Samsung Gear VR headsets that the riders wear, and the videos used are mostly generic that have no tie in theme to the actual coaster, except Superman in New England of course.

    This proposed installation seems to be more inline with what has been done on Galatica (formerly Air) at Alton Towers in the UK, with the headsets being installed on the train and featuring audio to accompany the visuals, providing a more immersive experience, which has had relatively favourable reviews.

    I think this could be quite interesting, and has the potential to be one of the better VR overlays. They just need to nail the operations side of things to make sure throughput doesn't crawl to a halt.

  10. These are nice additions for 2017. Definitely renewing our Seaworld passes for 2017.

  11. So excited for these new attractions!

  12. This is my 1st post on this subject.
    Regarding comments on the Dolphin "Mother & Baby" attraction : I think this is always going to be a contentious issue. There are valid arguments on both sides and no-one is an idiot for having an opinion. The World is divided on whether or not Zoos of any kind should be allowed. The conservationists view that species ultimately benefit from them is valid but only so long as the animals in captivity do not suffer either physically or emotionally.
    I have mixed feelings because a lot of animals in captivity are denied the environment that allows for their natural behaviour.
    However I have to concede that there are undoubted benefits derived from conservation. Particularly if it means that a species survives once it's natural environment has been compromised.
    Seaworld would have to satisfy animal welfare that the dolphins would not suffer as a result of this attraction. Perhaps they cannot see out but we can see in ? Any ideas on that ?

  13. The Animals suffer? Please... Give me a break if people are so upset about suffering animals, go adopt a cat from your local shelter. These animals are treated like gold,fed. loved and interacted with. Only some stuck up, pompous, self righteous jerks would say they are mistreated.

  14. Why should dolphins be stuck in tiny concrete boxes just for human entertainment? They may or may not enjoy interactions with humans, but they certainly do not enjoy being in that miniscule living space! People who stick up for Seaworld have been misinformed about what really goes on behind the scenes. As for them being loved, as John Hargrove says in his book, the dolphins and orcas of Seaworld may like some jailer more than others, but in the end,they are still jailers.

  15. @ the anonymous poster of this message :

    "The Animals suffer? Please... Give me a break"

    I take it back. Some people ARE idiots.
    Having an opposing view is fine, and I appreciate that, but maybe this person went too far in the condemnation of those who don't share his/her opinion.

    Just something to ponder thpugh. We are reliably informed that dolphins are one of, if not the most, intelligent animals on this planet ( humans and anonymous aside ). So why would we then dismiss this and accept that they wouldn't suffer emotional stress ?