Even though each weekend of Wild Days at SeaWorld Orlando has its own theme, some things remain consistent across the span of the three day event. This year, in addition to Jack Hanna’s show, which kicked off Wild Days 2016, Julie Scardina and the penguins on Jan. 23 and 24, and the Sea Rescue theme slated for Jan. 30 and 31, you’ll see the park’s animal ambassadors greeting people on all of the weekends. You’ll also have a chance to see the Ocean Discovery show and to get a firsthand look at a special area of the park. Check out the videos below for more on these Wild Days activities.
Click video to meet Journey the opossum
Journey the opossum is one of SeaWorld Orlando’s animal ambassadors. She grew up at sister park Busch Gardens Tampa after her mother was killed by a car. She greets guests in the Sea Garden, along with a variety of other animals. Like Journey, most of the animal ambassadors are rescue animals who must live at SeaWorld because they can’t be returned to their natural habitats.
Click video to meet Maddy the eagle
Like Journey the possum, Maddy the bald eagle is also a rescued animal who lives at SeaWorld Orlando and helps to educate the park guests. It’s breathtaking to be able to get so close to such a majestic bird, and you’ll have that chance in the Sea Garden during Wild Days.
Click video to see Ocean Discovery
Ocean Discovery is a different take on the SeaWorld Orlando orcas. Normally, the public gets to see One Ocean, a beautifully choreographed show in which the orca/human teamwork is accompanied by a stirring soundtrack. Ocean Discovery is normally seen by camp groups and school kids; it doesn’t have any music, but it’s jam packed with facts about the magnificent creatures. It runs once a day during Wild Days, and you can see it in the video.
Click video to see SeaWorld Orlando rescue area
Once of the best parts of Wild Days is that it gives guests a peek behind the scenes at the rescue area. It’s easy to forget that behind all the rides and shows there’s a part of the park where devoted staff members nurse rescued animals back to health. If you complete all the stops on the event map, you get a little souvenir, and you also get to go into the rescue area. See boats and other equipment and chat with SeaWorld staffers who can tell you more about the park’s multi-million dollar rescue program. You’ll also learn interesting facts. For example, you probably think of marine creatures when you think about SeaWorld rescues, but did you know that birds are the animals they help most frequently?