Sea Life Aquarium Orlando Opens May 4, 2015

Sea Life Aquarium Orlando

As part of I-Drive 360, Sea Life Aquarium will open its doors on May 4, 2015 and Theme Park University got a preview of the new attraction!

I-Drive 360Located at the base of the Orlando Eye observation wheel is an attractions concourse that gives visitors the chance to experience the Sea Life Aquarium, the Orlando Eye or Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum.  Much like other pricing structures in Orlando, the more you visit, the cheaper they become per attraction and you could easily spend a day visiting all three. Since they are part of the Merlin Entertainment group, the option to add on a day of Legoland Florida is a pretty good deal for $99.

Sea Life AquariumYour tour begins with a multimedia presentation featuring a tank surrounded by real fish swimming in formation. Above is a domed screen with a projector that introduces you to the Sea Life animated characters you see throughout the exhibit.

Mangus Sea Life Orlando

Including this guy, Magnus the shark! He roams around the aquarium taking pics with dorks like us! The rest of the characters appear throughout the attraction as CGI animation to help explain the exhibits.

Sea Life Aquarium

Cleverly hidden behind many of the tanks are video screens where animated seahorses, sharks and turtles tell you about what you are looking at.  It may sound cheesy, but it actually works to hold your attention.

Sea Life Aquarium

Every part of Sea Life Aquarium has interactive elements.  Here, guests can learn about sharks from how many teeth they have to their life span and even anatomy via interactive over-sized touch-screens.

Sea Life Aquarium

There are many places where guests can pop their head into the actual aquarium without getting wet thanks to these bubbles.  I’ve seen these in similar attractions, but Sea Life Aquarium had them everywhere.

Sea Life Aquarium


This tank alone had four different spots to “pop in” to get an up-close view of some eels.

Sea Life Aquarium

Immersive is a term thrown around a lot in the attractions industry these days, but Sea Life really does that whenever possible. Like this tank that lets you step inside and literally “stand” inside and experience what it’s like to be in their environment without getting wet.

Sea Life Orlando

There are literally dozens of opportunities to get up-close and personal “inside” various tanks through some extremely well placed and thought out tunnels and viewing locations.

Sea Life Aquarium

There is even a tube that visitors walk through that literally surrounds guests 360 degrees.  This will be THE place for people to hang out during their visit.

Sea Life Aquarium

It’s bizarre, a bit unnerving and somewhat peaceful all at the same time.  I’ve never done anything like it in my life.

The major aquariums are divided up by sea life you would find in three major oceans: The Atlantic, Pacific and Indian.

Sea Life Aquarium

The sets and scenery within each aquarium are extremely impressive.

Sea Life Aquarium

Sea Life Aquarium

Sea Life Aquarium Orlando

There is also a pool devoted specifically to stingrays.

Sea Life Aquarium Orlando

In addition, there is a touch pool where guests can touch starfish and sea anemones.

Sea Life Aquarium Orlando

Sea Life Aquarium OrlandoTowards the end of the exhibit was this display allowing guests to vote on which local charity Sea Life Aquarium should support next.

Sea Life Aquarium Orlando

Needless to say, the attraction ends in the obligatory gift shop. For more information visit!

Sea Life Aquarium Orlando

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  1. plantaloons
    Posted April 28, 2015 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    You know, I was very skeptical about the addition of a Sea Life to Orlando, mostly because they’re fairly generic. We have them all over the UK, and it’s very much a case of once you’ve been to one you’ve been to them all. However, this one looks pretty good, especially that glass tunnel.

    It does seem Merlin have upped their game in recent years, as they did a great job with the former Melbourne Aquarium in Australia (which was already probably the best aquarium I’d ever visited.)

    Now all we need is for them to build a Dungeon…

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