Animal Kingdom vs Seaworld | How to Choose

If you're visiting Orlando, there's a good chance that you're debating on which parks to visit.

In this page, we'll cover Animal Kingdom vs SeaWorld Orlando, what each park offers and the differences of each park.

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Should I Visit Animal Kingdom or SeaWorld?

Both parks are fantastic parks to visit but have different things to offer. Animal Kingdom showcases land animals, and many types of rides while SeaWorld features marine animals, some rides, and many shows. AK is a Disney Park which is typically more crowded and will require more planning of your day.

SeaWorld is a park that can still be crowded during peak season, but does not require planning your day ahead of time.

Both parks are suitable for all age groups as they do a great job offering plenty of diverse thrills, shows, walking experiences and rides.

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Differences Between Animal Kingdom and SeaWorld

Animal Kingdom offers encountering wild animals, exotic jungle trails, and different rides ranging from Avatar Flight of Passage to Dinosaur, and even features shows such as It's Tough to be a Bug inspired from a Bug's Life.

Top Animal Kingdom Rides:

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Kilimanjaro Safari
  • Expedition Everest
  • Dinosaur
  • Na'vi River Journey

Some of the most impressive animals that can be found in Animal Kingdom include:

  • Lions
  • Hippos
  • Elephants
  • Gorillas
  • Giraffes
  • Zebras
  • Tigers

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SeaWorld offers rides, aquariums, exhibits & shows. One of the main notable differences is that in these shows, animals are able to perform acrobatic stunts for a live audience such as Dolphins performing flips and Orcas jumping a dozen feet to awe the audience.

Top SeaWorld Orlando Rides:

  • Kraken
  • Mako
  • Journey to Atlantis
  • Infinity Falls

Some of the more impressive animals that can be found in SeaWorld Orlando include:

  • Orcas
  • Dolphins
  • Penguins
  • Walruses
  • Sharks
  • Seals
  • Sea Lions

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Is SeaWorld Part of Animal Kingdom?

SeaWorld is not apart of Animal Kingdom as it is its own theme park. Animal Kingdom is owned by Disney, where as SeaWorld is owned by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. SeaWorld is more related to Busch Gardens as they are owned by the same company.