In summer 2014, as a part of the company's 50th anniversary, SeaWorld Orlando was separated into different areas, called "seas". Each with a unique themed element. Starting at the lower center and continuing clockwise they are:
Port of Entry: The main entrance of the park features a Florida-inspired theme with tropical landscaping and a large artificial freshwater marina with a
Shamu-themed iconic lighthouse.
Sea of Ice: Sea of Ice, originally named Antarctica, is themed around the Antarctic continent.
Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin is the sole attraction in this area. The ride exits into the penguin exhibit area.
Sea of Delight: Sea of Delight includes a sub-area named The Waterfront, which resembles a seaside
Mediterranean village. The park's Sky Tower ride is also here, it was integrated into the theme of The Waterfront village when the area opened in 2003. The only land animal show at the park, Pets Ahoy, is located here inside of the Seaport Theater. Outside of the Waterfront is where the Sea Lion and Otter Stadium viewing area stands.
Sea of Mystery: The Sea of Mystery houses the Shark Encounter exhibit and the Shark's Underwater Grill, as well as the Nautilus Theater, which is currently used for seasonal shows and events. It also includes the Sea Garden, a landscaped area with themed structures that are made from trash found on beaches.
Bolliger & Mabillardsteelhypercoaster opened in the area on June 10, 2016, The current shark exhibit and the surrounding area has been renovated to become Shark Wreck Reef.
Sea of Fun: Formerly Shamu's Happy Harbor, Sea of Fun is a children's area hosted by
Shamu, the park's
orcamascot. The area is located adjacent to Shamu Stadium and features family activities including Shamu Express (a junior rollercoaster), a net climbing structure, and a water play area. Signage here still refers to it as Shamu's Happy Harbor, although management and the map use the updated name. In May 2017, it was announced that this area would be overhauled into a new Sesame Street themed land, set to open in spring 2019.
Sea of Power: Sea of Power is host area of the SeaWorld's killer whale shows. The Shamu Stadium is located in the center with the
Wild Arctic indoor pavilion nextdoor. Wild Arctic is a combined attraction which includes a
motion simulator followed by an indoor animal exhibit hosting
harbor seals, and formerly
polar bears. Shamu Stadium currently hosts "One Ocean" as its main show with "Shamu Celebration: Light up the Night" and "Shamu Christmas Miracles" showing seasonally.
SeaWorld Orlando has many live shows and attractions including rides and animal exhibits. Many of these attractions, such as Manta and Wild Arctic, combine the two, with both animal exhibits and a ride.
An indoor series of exhibits featuring
harbor seals that is designed to resemble a research station in the
Arctic Ocean. Guests can take a
motion-simulated helicopter journey to the exhibit, or may bypass the ride and watch the film without the motion and proceed directly to the animal exhibits.
Boats that can travel all around the park's central lake. Additional fee is required.
The 7,000,000 US gallons (26,000,000 l) home to the park's six killer whales and recently introduced 4 Pilot Whales opened in September 1984. The park's current production is One Ocean, which is joined by the seasonal Shamu's Celebration: Light Up The Night and Shamu Christmas Miracles night shows. An educational presentation called Ocean Discovery also shows on select dates. It was also where Wheel of Fortune was taped.
The 2,000,000 US gallons (7,600,000 l) former Shamu Stadium, Dolphin and Whale Stadium, which used to have an acrobatic show with dolphins, false killer whales, macaws, and a condor called by the name of "Blue Horizons" until 2017 when it was replaced by another show. And current Dolphin Theater features
marabou stork, and formerly an
Andean condor in Dolphin Days, which also included Pilot Whales on occasion.
False killer whales were once part of the Theater until the eventual death of the park's two specimens. Four rescued
pilot whales were also housed here and seen occasionally during the preshow (about 15-20 mins before the show) or sometimes during the show itself until they were moved to Shamu Stadium on April 28, 2017 due to space.
water skiing shows on the park's central lagoon. Today, the stage is used for SeaWorld's numerous music concert series and other special events as well as the official viewing area for the seasonal "Electric Ocean" fireworks and dance party.
The Nautilus Theatre
This used to be home to an acrobatic show similar in style and presentation to the works of
Cirque du Soleil which closed in 2014. This is now used for a bubble show named "Pop" during the summer, and a show called "O Wondrous Night" during the winter. And it is used for concerts and special events.
Features animals that have been rescued from local animal shelters in Pets Ahoy. This venue is also home to Abby's Treasure Hunt and many seasonal "Sesame Street" shows.
Is both a restaurant and a theatre in the style of a
dinner theatre. This venue was home to the Makahiki Luau until its closure in 2010.
A seasonal firework show on the park's central lagoon featuring fireworks, dancing fountains, and mist screens synchronized and inspired by the musical soundtracks of the park's shows and attractions. The show was formerly called Mistify. During the Holidays, there is a Holiday Reflections which closed in 2016 to make way for a new event called "Electric Ocean".
On February 25, 2010, during a small show at "Dine with Shamu", one of the
Tilikum, pulled trainer
Dawn Brancheau into the water and ultimately killed her. An autopsy determined that Brancheau's death was attributed to blunt force trauma and drowning; injuries included her scalp being removed and her left arm being severed below the shoulder. In August 2010, the
United States Department of Labor's
Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited SeaWorld of Florida LLC for three safety violations, following the death of an animal trainer in February. The total penalty was $75,000 and SeaWorld was initially required to keep a barrier between its trainers and the whales during shows.