SeaWorld Orlando just announced the return of the park’s highly-anticipated “Inside Look” program for two weekends in January.
It’s an annual experience that brings guests behind the scenes to learn more about animal care at one of the world’s leading zoological organizations.
Guests will be able to visit places, meet people not available to the public, and see the conservation work SeaWorld’s animal care experts do around the clock.
The event runs during the weekends of January 7 & 8 and January 14 & 15. “Inside Look” experiences are included in regular park admission, but this event is extremely popular and highly attended, so guests are encouraged to arrive early to access this exclusive offering.
“At SeaWorld Orlando, we are always looking for ways to inspire guests to be advocates for animal conservation,” said Kyle Miller, Park President of SeaWorld Orlando. “Inside Look is a way to showcase the hard work our animal care specialists do behind the scenes and educate future generations about how they can help protect endangered species and marine habitats for years to come.”
There will be many incredible exclusive experiences returning to SeaWorld Orlando’s “Inside Look” program this year and a few exciting new ones, including:
Inside Marine Mammal Care: Guests can experience a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to care for dolphins, sea lions, and whales, from feeding to a poolside encounter led by animal care specialists. With this experience, visitors can better understand the role that learned animal behaviors play in wellness checks and see the team applying those behaviors to perform vital health examinations with the animals in their care.
Inside the SeaWorld Rescue Center: Guests can visit the home base of the SeaWorld Rescue Team to meet and hear from the dedicated filtration experts, animal care personnel, lab technicians, and veterinarians who work around the clock to deliver life-saving care to animals in need. Guests can learn more about SeaWorld’s Rescue Center, which has the capacity to care for hundreds of animals. SeaWorld’s Rescue Teams have aided over 40,000 sick, injured, and orphaned animals, giving them a second chance at life.
Inside Aquarium Experiences: Guests can catch an exclusive glimpse at SeaWorld’s many aquariums, including Shark Encounter and Manta Aquarium, from a birds-eye view or from underneath the tank itself. They will be able to learn what goes into keeping SeaWorld’s animals healthy and how animal care experts maintain animal habitats to mirror wild environments closely.
Inside Pacific Point Preserve: A NEW addition to last year’s program, guests can take a behind-the-scenes look at the home of our California sea lions and harbor seals. They can hear stories and gain insights from the animal care specialists who care for them daily and learn what it takes to maintain a thriving sea lion social group.
Inside Orca Encounter: There is more for guests to learn with exclusive backstage access at Orca Encounter. They will meet and hear from dedicated animal care specialists who safeguard the health and well-being of our killer whales. Park guests will also see where hundreds of pounds of fish are prepared each day, check out our larger-than-life whale toys, and visit our medical pool and habitat pool system to better understand the dynamics of caring for SeaWorld’s largest residents.
Inside Wild Arctic: Visitors will step behind the scenes into the maze of back hallways that provide service access to the beluga whales and harbor seals that call Wild Arctic home. Plus, guests will meet the team members who spend their days caring for these incredible animals.
“The behind-the-scenes experiences that are part of Inside Look shed a light on the exceptional care, and round-the-clock work our Rescue Team and animal care specialists provide to sick and injured marine animals,” said Jon Peterson, Vice President of Zoological Operations at SeaWorld Orlando. “We are thrilled to be able to show our guests the world-class operations in our park and the dedication of our teams to protect and care for all our animals, including some incredible species, to try to help avoid their extinction.”
Presentations & Animal Care Specialist Talks
Guests will also be able to participate in special presentations and animal care specialist talks at select times throughout the day. They will be able to meet members of the SeaWorld Rescue & Dive Teams, respectively, during exclusive meet-and-greet opportunities at the Rescue Center. They’ll hear firsthand stories of how it feels to rescue and return animals in need from the Rescue Team, learn the basics of diving and discover some little-known secrets of what it takes to be a part of the dive team.
One of our most anticipated care talks during this year’s “Inside Look” will be centered around Ridgway, the baby dolphin rescued in July. Guests will get an “inside look” into Ridgway’s everyday care, his rescue and rehabilitation journey, and a unique opportunity to watch his bottle-feeding conducted by one of our animal care specialists.
Family Activity Zone Returns
Back by popular demand, the Family Activity Zone will return to “Inside Look.” Guests won’t want to miss the special games, crafts, and activities SeaWorld Orlando will have set up for kids and families. It’s another fun way for the park’s youngest guests to learn more about the amazing animals that call SeaWorld home and how they help the environment we share!
Best Way to Experience the “Inside Look” Program
One of the best ways for guests to experience SeaWorld Orlando’s “Inside Look” program is with an annual pass. Guests can become an annual Pass member for as low as $14/month + tax with no down payment.
With an Annual Pass, guests will enjoy 12 months of visits with special benefits like free parking, free guest tickets, access to special VIP events, savings on merchandise, and more!
Some restrictions and blackout dates apply. Annual Passes and Fun Cards can be purchased at SeaWorldOrlando.com.
World Class Animal Care, Accredited and Regulated by Experts
SeaWorld Inside Look offers a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations.
Its team of more than 1,000 animal specialists maintains the highest animal welfare and veterinary care standards for one of the largest zoological collections in the world.
SeaWorld is regulated by various government authorities focused on animal welfare. For example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service performs routine, unannounced visits to SeaWorld to ensure adherence to federal standards and regulations. The visits include a review of the physical premises, records, husbandry practices, program of veterinary care, and animal handling procedures to ensure that SeaWorld meets and/or exceeds the required standard of care.
SeaWorld is also regulated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries, the primary federal agency responsible for the stewardship of living ocean resources and the marine habitats on which they rely. NOAA enforces guidelines in-laws, such as the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act.
SeaWorld is accredited by third-party organizations, including the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA).
Achieving and maintaining accreditation from these groups is a rigorous evaluation process in areas beyond government regulatory agencies’ scope.
For example, reviews of social settings, team training, habitat enrichment, medical facility, food and water preparation, guest interactions, education programs, and more.
SeaWorld has also earned the Humane Certified seal from American Humane, the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare. Reviews and accreditations by these organizations represent the highest standards of care and welfare for specific species.
Dedicated to Marine Animal and Ecosystem Conservation
The commitment of SeaWorld extends beyond the animals in residence. The SeaWorld Rescue team is on call 24×7 to help animals anywhere they are needed. The team logged a combined total of over 50,000 miles in 2021 to rescue animals in need, equivalent to circling the Earth over six times. The team has helped more than 40,000 animals, making it one of the world’s largest marine animal rescue organizations.
SeaWorld also advances the science of marine animal health through the study of animals in its care, partnerships with leading academic institutions, and with SeaWorld Conservation Fund grants to organizations focused on marine animal rescue and rehabilitation, conservation education, habitat protection, and species research. Since 2003, Fund grants have been made to support 541 marine-specific conservation projects on all seven continents.Follow us for more updates: