SeaWorld Orlando is swimming right through the Winter season.  While they are currently in the middle of construction on next Summer’s major attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins, they are also in the midst of holiday celebrations.


We return to the frigid reaches of Orlando to look at the most recent progress made at the site of SeaWorld’s new Penguin attraction. Detailed rock work and icy glaciers have begun to form at one of the entrances to the area.

The entrance to the area will include some impressive rock/ice work.
Wonder who’s going to be living in that icy cave?


Park President, Terry Prather, was out and about in the park this week.  It’s always encouraging to see the suits walking around and mingling with the paying guests.  In the case of Terry, he was out picking up bits of trash, helping guests take pictures and basically helping out when needed.  Great job sir!


SeaWorld knows how to put on great Holiday shows, and Shamu Christmas Miracles gets you right into the holiday spirit with a jazz saxophonist playing during the preshow.

Loving the Elf hat!


Crowded theater, empty splash zone (Smart tourists!).


The imagery is beautiful and touching.


With Orcas, lights, fountains, and a sound track that even the meanest Grinch couldn’t help but clap along to, Shamu’s Christmas show really is something the whole family will enjoy.  While the show tells the story of the first Christmas and Santa Clause, this is really about the Orcas and Christmas music!

Shamu is sure to get you into a festive mood.


Imagine trees floating on water in an endless calm sea. Now imagine the trees glowing in brilliant colors and patterns and you have the spectacle known as the Sea of Trees.  This lovely display offers a breathtaking, yet serene, option to holiday revelers as Sea World uses the bright, programmed LED lit trees  to light up the water ways in the park.  Don’t miss this.  It’s beautiful.

When you think Christmas, SeaWorld may not be the first place that comes to mind, but they sure to put a lot of heart into it. Give it a try and let us know if you felt the magic like we did.

  • MiceChat Staff

    Great article Eric. I can’t believe how fast Antarctica seems to be coming together. That is going to be a pretty interesting attraction. And the Sea of trees is pretty wild. Would love to see that.

    • KingEric

      I cannot wait to experience Antarctica

  • LuckyJack65

    Great article and beautiful photos!! I have a friend who worked on the light design of the floating Christmas trees. I have more friends with young children who attend SW at Christmas as part of their traditions. Great stuff, Eric!!! Thanks!! (Guess I need to get myself over there soon!!)

  • You’ve got to give SeaWorld credit, they are really putting their best foot forward in a VERY competitive environment. Empire of the Penguin promises to be spectacular and I LOVE what they do for Halloween and Christmas. The Shamu Christmas show looks really classy!

  • Terrytiger

    I took my family to Sea World today and was disappointed to find they don’t perform the Christmas Shamu show or the Festival of Trees on weekdays, Park closed at 6 PM with no Christmas shows on the schedule.