Got Beer? SeaWorld Orlando Giving Free Beer to Park Visitors
SeaWorld Orlando will be offering guests (age 21 and over) free beer beginning Friday, May 18 until the end of summer season, September 2, 2018.
As part of the promotion, visitors age 21 and older can go to Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen Patio to receive up to two complimentary 7-ounce beers per visit. The park will start handing out the brews at 10:30 a.m. and continue to do so until one hour before the park closes.
“The park will rotate beer offerings throughout the summer starting off with SeaWorld’s very own Mako Red Ale. Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Light, Yuengling and more will also be featured throughout the summer,” a press release said Wednesday.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, which is owned by the same parent company as SeaWorld Orlando, is offering the same deal. Last month, the company announced it was bringing free beer back to Busch Gardens Tampa.
Busch Gardens and SeaWorld are sister parks once owned by Anheuser-Busch, makers of Budweiser and other brews. Free beer samples the two parks offered for years went away after they were sold in 2009.
I imagine the free beer promotion is being brought back in order to help with declining ticket sales. Will it help?
My Favorite Rides at Universal Orlando Resort
Not everyone heading to Orlando is going to Walt Disney World! There are lots of people, like me that head to Universal whenever they can too!.
Universal Orlando Resort has lots to choose from – Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Island of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay and Universal CityWalk. Each park has its own feel, themes and rides and it’s hard to choose just a few. So, what are some of my favorite rides?
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey: Harry Potter fans have had a fully immersive experience since the first Wizarding World was opened in 2010. Since then Universal has been giving fans jaw-dropping fun, and with Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, located in Island of Adventure, fans get to travel through Hogwarts Castle, take part in a Qudditch match, and even escape a Dementors.
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man: This ride has become a cornerstone in the way Universal makes rides. Spiderman has won Best Dark Ride by Amusement Today 15 out of 16 years. That alone makes it a ride worth adding to your must ride list.
Revenge of the Mummy: This ride is a dark ride and coaster combined that features amazing animatronics and physical thrills. To add to its excitement the ride plays with psychological scares as well.
E.T Adventure: E.T. Adventure is a classic ride from one of the most successful movies of all times. This ride is the last remaining ride from when the park first opened in 1990. While a slower pace than many rides at Universal, it is a relaxing ride that everyone should ride. Be sure to listen to what E.T. says at the end of the ride.
Men in Black: Alien Attack: This dark ride starts with an introduction from Will Smith himself. As the ride starts, aliens are appearing from everywhere and the riders need to shoot each one. Each seat has a gun and each rider receives points for shooting the aliens. The car travels through the ride, occasionally stopping and then spins around. It makes hitting the targets a little harder.
Skull Island: Reign of Kong. This ride takes you on a treacherous journey into the dark heart of the jungle, prehistoric predators and fearsome creatures attack your vehicle from all sides. Your expedition guide fights them back with all their might.
Of course, there are rides that everyone will love at Universal. Rides of all kinds can be found throughout the different parks. There are rides for the speed demon and the tamest at heart, as well as some of the best rides around for little ones. My absolute favorite for kids (and kids at heart like me!) is The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride. Sit back and relax as you wind your way above the imaginative buildings and rides of Seuss Landing. There are two different tracks your ride might take. One continues the story of the Sneetches, while the other takes you through the ABCs of your other favorite Seuss stories.
Do you have a some favorite Universal Orlando rides?
Everything You Need to Know About Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to visit in Orlando! For years I only visited those parks run by our favorite mouse, but in the last couple of years I’ve been making it a point to spend some of my time at Universal. The more I visit – the more I love it!
All the Parts of Universal
Universal Studios Florida – Lots of rides and lots of adventure. Dodge evil villains. Defend the earth. Face a fire-breathing dragon. In this theme park, the movies come to life right before your eyes!
Universal’s Islands of Adventure – Super heroes and magical creates!
Universal’s Volcano Bay – This is the BEST water park in Orlando!
Universal CityWalk – Dining and entertainment at it’s best!
Children Under Three Get In Free – Single or double strollers are available for rent upon entering Universal Studios Florida
Sit Out, Then Swap – If your children are too small or don’t want to go on a particular ride that you’d like to experience, you can take advantage of the “child swap” program. Each ride and attraction has a child swap area where one member of your party can wait with the little ones while the rest of your party rides.
The resorts at Universal Orlando make it easy to get to the parks and CityWalk. You can enter the parks an hour before all other guests. When staying at some of the resorts, you can skip the regular lines at most popular attractions with FREE Universal Express Unlimited to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, including The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
There’s a Universal hotel for every style and budget.
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel – Celebrate the sweet life. Enjoy the beauty, charm and romance of a luxurious escape inspired by the famed seaside village of Portofino, Italy. Tasty outdoor cafes and a serene harbor invite you to explore the colorful piazza. Three amazing pools offer different ways to relax. Incredible restaurants let you savor a deliciously delightful culinary tour of Italy.
Hard Rock Hotel – The coolest hotel on the planet. Live like a rock star and savor the perks of rock and roll royalty with impeccable accommodations, laid-back luxurious style and show-stopping service.
Loews Royal Pacific Resort – Experience a luxurious South Seas escape that perfectly combines tropical splendor and exceptional amenities. A sparkling lagoon-style pool surrounded by a white sand beach and swaying palms invites you to escape. Savor the culinary creations of a celebrity chef. Celebrate with a classic luau. Unwind with a one-of-a-kind dining adventure featuring locally brewed beers.
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort – Step into paradise in the heart of the tropics. Blue waterfalls cascade over lush grounds and in the distance, calming sounds of steel drums call you to take in the scenic views, ease into island time and let go. Amid the ruins, passageways and pools you’ll find numerous Caribbean-themed dining options.
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort – Vibrant, retro style rooms and suites brilliantly designed for fun and affordability. Relax with a splash, surrounded by amazing iconic architecture inspired by classic Florida beach resorts of the 1950’s and 60’s. Two massive pools, a winding lazy river, a bowling alley and more.
Universal’s Aventura Hotel – Opening August 2018, this will be the modern and stylish place to stay. Spacious open areas will invite conversation and engagement while the 600 rooms reflect a clean, contemporary style.
Each of the on-site resort hotels at Universal Orlando Resort has a supervised children’s activity center where kids can be dropped off in a safe, monitored environment while Mom and Dad enjoy a few hours out. An activity center is open every evening and offers movies, games, arts and crafts, and more for children ages 4–14. Please note that this service is only available to on-site hotel guests. There is a fee and advance reservations are suggested.
All Universal Orlando on-site hotels comply with accessibility requirements to ensure specially equipped guest rooms are available. Restaurants are wheelchair accessible, and all accessible guest room entrances include room numbers in Braille. Trained service animals are welcome.
All About Dining
There are approximately 125 restaurants so there is something for every sort of eater! Dining plans offer different options, including full service or quick service – character dining – fine dining. No one goes hungry at Universal Orlando!
Annual Universal Events
A Celebration of Harry Potter
Mardi Gras (Universal Studios) Feb. 3 – April 7, 2018
SeaWorld Orlando was always a favorite when my kids were young. My son was always fascinated by the beautiful and graceful creatures and he would giggle uncontrollably at the antics all around him. I know there always seems to be some sort of controversy when it comes to SeaWorld but in reality SeaWorld does so much good that never makes the news. They do it every day. The number of rescued and rehabilitated creatures that SeaWorld cares for is large. The SeaWorld rescue team has helped more than 31,000 animals in need. The number of creatures successfully returned to the ocean is unbelievable. I personally can’t wait to see all the new things coming to SeaWorld Orlando in 2018.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment believes in inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The company is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, behavioral training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals.
SeaWorld Orlando revealed the custom rafts for its new Infinity Falls river rapids attraction due to open in the summer 2018. The 8-passenger raft features custom theming and décor resembling supplies found on real white-water rafting expeditions. The circular raft design puts riders face-to-face and allows friends and family to enjoy this exhilarating attraction together.
Aboard the raft, riders will embark on an adventure through a lush rainforest environment inspired by some of the world’s most incredible freshwater ecosystems. The new attraction will feature the world’s tallest drop on a river raft ride and allow visitors to experience the feel of exhilarating rapids. The ride will also feature an innovative elevator lift designed to transport the rafts to the top of the ride’s 40-foot drop.
Infinity Falls will be the first attraction at SeaWorld to tell a story beyond the ocean and share a message of water conservation through the adventure of a white-water river expedition. This is just one example of the park’s new “Park to Planet” initiative, a mission to help guests understand some of the challenges facing the planet and inspiring them to help.
The new attraction will be the centerpiece of a newly themed area designed to resemble the base-camp of explorers and scientists. After riding Infinity Falls, the entire family can explore the village and take part in interactive experiences that combine play with education to create a positive impact on freshwater ecosystems, reinforcing “Park to Planet” in real time. SeaWorld’s Animal Ambassadors will also provide up-close encounters with animals native to South America.
“Rush the rapids on SeaWorld’s all-new river ride Infinity Falls. Climb aboard your raft for a journey of discovery down this lost jungle river. Wind your way around soaking fountains and waterfalls as you pass the remains of an ancient civilization. Hang on as the roaring world class rapids send you flying through chutes before you plunge down the tallest drop of its kind into churning whitewater. Your adventure ends at Harmony Village with a greater connection to the world’s rivers, inspired to spread the message of conservation. Explorers are wanted for the next expedition through Infinity Falls, coming to SeaWorld Orlando.” Coming in 2018!
At SeaWorld Orlando, the aquatic world comes alive. You can experience one-of-a-kind attractions, thrilling coasters and up-close animal interactions.
High-speed water slides and exhilarating wave pools, to tranquil beaches, Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark in Orlando, is a must visit spot for water lovers of all ages!
Discovery Cove in Orlando is an all-inclusive day resort where guests can enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to swim with dolphins, rays and tropical fish and hand-feed exotic birds. It’s a day everyone will remember!
Family Friendly New Year’s Eve in Orlando
With the holidays right around the corner and many families planning to spend some time in Orlando at one of the theme parks, it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s Eve. There is so much to do in Orlando you can take your pick of fun and family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations at each of the theme parks.
Walt Disney World Resort
Magic Kingdom: On both Dec. 30 and Dec. 31, witness the “Fantasy in the Sky” firework spectacular at 11:50 p.m. Go the night before for a special preview, or go on New Year’s Eve and receive party hats and noisemakers to make the party even better.
Epcot: Travel around the World Showcase with DJs, live music, dance stations and delicious food from all over the globe. You can even see two showings of the firework spectacular, “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” at 6 p.m. and 11:40 p.m., prior to the holiday fireworks at midnight.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Here, you’ll be able to watch a brilliant fireworks display as the clock strikes midnight. Stick around afterward for a special presentation of “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” with the party continuing until 1 a.m.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort: This venue will host Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration. Bring the whole family and ring in the New Year with your favorite Disney-Pixar characters. Indulge in a buffet dinner, dance the night away, enjoy games for the kids and be mesmerized by the fantastic fireworks.
Adults Only at WDW
Disney’s BoardWalk Resort: Held in the Atlantic Dance Hall, this New Year’s Eve party invites you to don your best hat and blow your horn as you witness Epcot’s fireworks at midnight. A complimentary glass of champagne is included with admission.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort: This venue will host two parties exclusively for adults.
Disney Countdown to Midnight: This bash features delicious dishes, live DJs, ample dance room and a breathtaking view of the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks display. The food and drinks come from some of Disney World’s best restaurants, including California Grill, Flying Fish, Cítricos and Narcoosee’s.
Down in New Orleans: This jazz-infused, fine-dining experience will make you feel just like you’re in The Princess and the Frog. As the clock strikes midnight, enjoy a champagne toast and a gorgeous view of the park’s fireworks.
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Studios FloridaandUniversal’s Islands of Adventure: From 8 a.m. on Dec. 31 until 1 a.m. on Jan. 1, both parks will feature DJs and memorable character meet-and-greets. A majestic fireworks show will ring in 2018 at midnight.
Rock ‘Til The Drop New Year’s Eve Party: Held at the Hard Rock Cafe & Live Orlando at Universal CityWalk, this family-friendly event includes live music, an assortment of menu offerings and a champagne toast at midnight. Plus, each ticket includes unlimited soda, juice and water for the little ones.
Adults Only Universal Orlando
Universal CityWalk: The massive EVE at Universal CityWalk celebration gives you access to the entertainment destination’s best clubs, as well as the resort’s midnight fireworks display. You’ll also have the opportunity to dine on delicious food, such as prime rib and fresh seafood. Finally, the event will feature unique party zones, each offering a different signature cocktail.
New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld Orlando: Give 2018 an aquatic welcome while surrounded by your favorite underwater animals. The party will include interactive DJ stations, craft beers, delectable food, musical performances and a vibrant fireworks display at midnight.
Legoland Florida Resort
Kid’s New Year’s Party: If your little ones can’t make it to midnight, they can still ring in the New Year — albeit at the kid-friendlier hour of 7 p.m. That’s when a giant Lego brick will drop with Lego-inspired fireworks as a backdrop, capping off the giant dance party.
Orlando offers all sorts of ways to ring in the new year with your family!