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Aquatica vs SeaWorld | What's the Difference?

In this page we will go over the differences between Aquatica vs SeaWorld, what each park offers, and how long each park takes to do.

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Differences Between Aquatica vs SeaWorld

In the simplest terms, Aquatica is a water park where visitors are almost guaranteed to get wet.

There are dozens of water related activities, both thrilling and relaxing. 

SeaWorld on the other hand is a theme park and marine zoological park that offers thrilling roller coaster rides, live shows, indoor exhibits and water rides.

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If you're looking to be in your bathing suit all day in the sun and in/out of water, Aquatica is the place for you.

If you're looking to get a variety of entertainment in form of rides and shows, and occasionally get wet, SeaWorld is the place for you.

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What is Aquatica?

Aquatica is a water park that is owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

Aquatica is conveniently located right next door to the SeaWorld park.


Aquatica is a park that you'll want to wear a bathing suit for.

The Aquatica Orlando offers:

  • Body Slides
  • Water Slides
  • Wave Pools
  • Lazy River
  • Rapid River
  • Raft Slides
  • Children Areas

What is SeaWorld?

SeaWorld Orlando is one of the most unique parks in the world, as it is a theme park & a marine zoological park.

This is considered more of a 'Regular' theme park, as you'll want to wear your normal theme park outfit rather than a bathing suit. 

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Although.. There are definitely water rides where you may get wet!

From heart racing roller coasters, to amazing interactive shows, to feeding the smartest marine animals in the world, there's so much to do.

The SeaWorld Orlando park offers:

  • Hypercoaster
  • Floorless Roller Coaster
  • Flying Roller Coaster
  • Water Coaster
  • Orca Show
  • Dolphin Show
  • Sea Lion Show
  • Water Skiing Show
  • River Rapids Ride
  • Gyro Tower
  • Carousel
  • Spinning Ride
  • Water Tower

How Long Do You Need at Aquatica?

Most guests stay at Aquatica from 10 am - 3 pm, for a total of 5 hours. The number of hours that you stay depends on your party.

If you are with kids, chances are that it'll be longer.

If you are with adults, you may be there all day or decide to only be at the park for a few hours.

How Long Do You Need at SeaWorld?

In order to hit all of the major rides, attractions, shows and exhibits, SeaWorld normally takes an entire day. 

There are only a few shows offered per day at certain time slots, which can last around an hour.

Factor in waiting in lines as well as grabbing food, and you can see how it can take an entire day to visit the park.

Can SeaWorld and Aquatica Be Done in 1 Day?

It can be done but it will be tough. You'll have to have planned a strict itinerary for both parks beforehand, in order to target must-do rides while sacrificing seeing other rides.

Additionally you may need to invest in a Quick Queue pass to save time by not waiting in lines.

Last but not least, if you don't want to purchase a Quick Queue pass, you'll want to know the best day to visit Aquatica, and the best time to visit SeaWorld to find out when the park deals with the least amount of visitors, for faster lines.

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