SeaWorld Orlando’s 60th Anniversary: Special Events, Offers, and Awesome Additions

The first-ever SeaWorld in San Diego opened its doors on March 21, 1964 – and to commemorate that day, SeaWorld Orlando is celebrating in a major way! We have so many great aquariums and zoos in Orlando, and SeaWorld Orlando provides the fun of a theme park with educational experiences. Check out the special anniversary plans happening this weekend!

Families are sure to enjoy the “So Much More to Sea” 60th anniversary campaign! SeaWorld is inviting guests to dive deeper and explore more than ever before, including sharing history and milestones in park and through digital channels.

The party officially got started across the parks on Thursday, March 21, 2024 which is 60 years to the day that SeaWorld opened its gates for the first time in 1964.

The anniversary kick-off party will be in full swing into the weekend, continuing through Sunday, March 24, and anniversary celebrations will continue with more special events and experiences coming this summer.

You can share favorite SeaWorld memories over the past six decades and throughout the anniversary celebrations using #SeaWorld60.

By the way, you may want to put Halloween at SeaWorld Orlando on your calendar too, it’s one of our favorites!

SeaWorld Orlando is hosting a launch party March 21-24, 2024

To kick off the year-long 60th Anniversary celebration, SeaWorld Orlando will pay homage to the first SeaWorld park with a 4-day celebration at park open.

SeaWorld Orlando 60th Anniversary Image by Meghan Roth

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Opening Ceremony

Join SeaWorld’s Park President, Jon Peterson, each morning as he welcomes SeaWorld guests at the front of the park with the ultimate anniversary celebration, filled with live entertainment, commemorative décor, photo ops, and more!

This ceremony will be held when the park opens each day, Thursday – Sunday, March 21-24. You can even receive a cupcake, while supplies last.

SeaWorld Orlando 60th Anniversary Opening Ceremony Image by Meghan Roth

All-New 60th Anniversary Food & Beverage

Guests will also have the chance to purchase exclusive 60th Anniversary culinary additions. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime celebration!

Park President, Jon Peterson announced that his favorite “Blue Chips” would be making a return for the celebration.

SeaWorld Orlando 60th Anniversary Food Beverage Image by Meghan Roth

Shamu & Crew Character Meet and Greet

For the first time in recent years, see Shamu & Crew together again and take a commemorative photo with them.

Parents and kids will love meeting Shamu, Coral the Dolphin, Sydney the Shark, Shivers the Polar Bear, Puck the Penguin, and Flip the Sea Lion at park open each day March 21 – 24!

SeaWorld Orlando 60th Anniversary Characters Image by Meghan Roth

All-New 60th Anniversary Merch

Get ready for limited edition retro-inspired merchandise items featuring the original SeaWorld logo!

Special t-shirts, loungewear, trading pins, home décor, umbrellas, and more are available to celebrate the anniversary.

Pin collectors will also enjoy special anniversary pins as well as a new Classic Collection. PLUS, there will be an all-new, limited edition 60th Anniversary Loungefly backpack! This special merchandise will be sold throughout the park starting March 21.

SeaWorld Orlando 60th Anniversary Merch Image by Meghan Roth

Photos & Memorabilia

Visit the Pass Member lounge to view a special gallery of historic photos and memorabilia from the park over the past 60 years. PLUS, memorable moments from guests and ambassadors will play on screens throughout the park.

Share your images and videos of your favorite SeaWorld memories using #SeaWorld60.

All-New Presentations & Shows

New exciting Cirque-style shows at SeaWorld Orlando and SeaWorld San Antonio and a live performance character show: Shamu and Crew – ‘Together Again’ at SeaWorld San Diego, will bring guests more exciting experiences.

SeaWorld Orlando will also see the return of Rescue Tails and an all-new character parade lead by none other than Shamu himself!

Making its debut this summer, guests of all ages will enjoy this new 60th Anniversary celebration parade featuring fan favorite live costumed characters.

“Penguin Trek” – The New Immersive Family Coaster Coming Spring 2024

To add more excitement to 2024, SeaWorld Orlando is set to unveil the mesmerizing Antarctica Realm. We can’t wait for this coaster to join the line up of rides at SeaWorld Orlando.

This immersive experience will transport guests to the depths of the Antarctic region, offering an array of new food and drink options, a new retail store, the incredible penguin habitat and of course the thrilling family-launch coaster, Penguin Trek.

SeaWorld Orlando Penguin Trek Image by Meghan Roth

Already recognized as the Coaster Capital of Orlando with an impressive array of heart-pounding rides, SeaWorld Orlando is about to take your breath away once again with its all-new attraction – “Penguin Trek” – the eagerly awaited eighth coaster to join the park’s ever-expanding ride portfolio.

Designed as THE ultimate family launch coaster experience, “Penguin Trek” features a unique snowmobile styled ride car where once aboard, riders will embark on an exhilarating journey through the breathtaking vastness of Antarctica as they join a penguin research mission unlike any other.

Featuring two exhilarating launches and a maze of twists and turns, this unforgettable coaster moves at speeds of up to 43 mph across a 3,020-foot track that traverses both indoors and outside.

Yet, what sets this experience apart as truly extraordinary is its unparalleled finale: as the coaster comes to a halt, guests find themselves not in a simulated penguin colony, but in the very heart of SeaWorld Orlando’s own penguin habitat.

This unique and immersive blend of family coaster thrills and authentic animal interaction offers an opportunity for the whole family to connect with the enchanting world of these captivating penguins, making the Antarctica Realm a one-of-a-kind experience that will forever remain etched in their memories.

SeaWorld Orlando Releases Special $60 Anniversary Ticket

SeaWorld is turning 60 this year, and for a limited time, guests who want to enjoy all the 60th Anniversary celebrations can take advantage of the special $60 Anniversary Ticket, now available in limited quantities on select dates for the rest of the year.

Guests are invited to check out the park’s webpage for all the special offers on tickets and passes.

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Meghan Roth