Don’t miss if you’re 6: Pets Ahoy!
Don’t miss if you’re 16: Manta
Requisite photo op: Orcas in flight, One Ocean, Shamu Stadium
Food you can only get here: Shamu ice-cream bar, carts parkwide
The most crowded, so go early: Believe, Shamu Stadium
Skippable: A’Lure, The Call of the Ocean
Biggest thrill: Kraken
Best show: One Ocean, Shamu Stadium
Where to find peace: Anywhere around the lagoon
- Manta (SeaWorld): Gliding, swooping, and diving (this one's a very smooth ride) at speeds of up to 56 mph, you'll fly face-down and headfirst (yikes!) along some 3,359 feet of twisted steel track. You'll spin through four inversions (including inline spins, flat spins, and a pretzel loop) and drop a heart-pounding 113 feet to within feet of the water below before it's over (which is in just under 3 min.) -- in the end throwing out a spray of water some 14 feet high and some 60 feet long.
- Kraken (SeaWorld): Named for a mythological creature, this stomach-churning ride is a beast! This floorless, open-sided coaster reaches speeds of up to 65 mph as it combines steep climbs, deep drops, and seven tremendous loops reaching high above water before plunging below the ground, to make it one of the most aggressive and intense coasters anywhere.
The Best Water Rides
- Journey to Atlantis (SeaWorld): This flume ride sends you careening around the sharpest of curves as the forces of good and evil battle to claim Atlantis for their own. Before you know it, you're being thrown into total darkness, emerging only to find yourself plummeting down several steep, watery drops.
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