Hey, y’all! Hello, March and thanks for checking out our – Quick Guide: SeaWorld Orlando Field Trip. On February 28th, we had a successful field trip to SeaWorld Orlando with 90 homeschool students and parents.
You did read that correctly. 90 students and their families drove to Orlando, Florida for a field trip that corresponds with our Marine Science unit study for 1st-5th grade. However, all grades were invited.
Quick Guide: SeaWorld Orlando Field Trip
Give yourself 2 months of planning time before your set Field Trip date.
I made dozens of phone calls within the short time period to SeaWorld. At some point, I bet they thought I was crazy. Honestly, I didn’t give myself a full 2 months and it wasn’t bad. However, it would have been easy with my personal schedule to have a little more time to make Field Trip packets and better spreadsheets.
Have your group arrive at SeaWorld early.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it really isn’t. Unlike school field trips where everyone arrives on a bus together, we all came in separate vehicles. To reduce any confusion the morning of, I had everyone meet us at the gate at 9:30. Giving everyone a “must arrive time” meant that we would have very few late comers. It worked. Other than some slight confusion in the parking lot, only a couple families ran a few minutes behind.
The Main Gate and the Education Gate are NOT the same.
For Field Trips to SeaWorld, your group has to enter through the Education gate. The distance between the two gates is about 150 feet. It is a short walk but the sidewalk curves to the left and hides the education gate from your line of sight. This threw a few of our families off because they couldn’t “see” where to enter.
SeaWorld is more than Killer Whales and Roller Coasters
Education Tickets costs $28 for students and chaperones.
$28 is such a great price for a field trip ticket. The One-Day ticket price at the gate is $99.99 or Advance Online Purchase is $79.99. This extremely discounted rate is available to any Field Trip group. Also, for every 10 students, 1 chaperone is admitted for free. Those 2 and under are free.
The educational program for Field Trips is the best!
When you book a Field Trip at SeaWorld, you have to partake in an educational program. When I booked over the phone, they said it was a video we would be watching. When we arrived, it was actually an interactive show with the park’s 7 orcas. We did a Q&A with the trainers of SeaWorld and learned about Orcas in the wild vs park and their anatomy. They explained breaching and how they hunted for their food (in the wild). I loved all the shows in the park but this one was my favorite.
After the education program, your students are free to explore, learn, and have fun!
The program was about 30 minutes long but after it was over, the students could do whatever they wanted. Yes, that means you get to enjoy the park. Go on and get wet in the Soak Zone or ride upside down on one of their roller coasters.
The best part of a SeaWorld Field Trip will always be the kid’s faces!
The meal plan is a good deal!
I personally did not use the meal plan for my family but when you do the math, it is worth it. For kids, it is $19.99. For adults, it is $34.99. This plan allows you to eat 1 entree, 1 side or dessert, and 1 drink every hour. If you have a snacker or plan to eat in the park, the meal plan is for you. After talking with those who purchased the plan (from Guest Relations or any restaurant in the park), you get unlimited drinks.
Wear comfy shoes!
Again, this is a no-brainer BUT you’d be surprised at how any people in the park were wearing flip-flops or sandals. I tracked my steps that day and according to my watch – I walked 8.54 miles and so did my kids.