SeaWorld Orlando brought back “Dine with Shamu,” an educational (don’t tell kids) and unique meal that takes place beside the giant orca’s tank. It’s not included with regular park admission, but it offers a close view of the killer whale in an atmosphere that’s a lot more relaxed than orca show viewed by most guests – a massive outdoor theater that soaks the first 20 rows in salt water.
Dine With Shamu costs $49 for adults and $24 for children (3 to 9) plus tax.
The killer whale meal was put on hold following an accident between a trainer and whale, and SeaWorld still cannot allow trainers to swim with the whales – a high point of the orca shows in earlier years. That may change in the future, however, as SeaWorld officials continue their fight.
The meal itself includes the following for at least the summer months:
- Black Angus strip loin
- Cinnamon-cured roasted pork loin
- Rosemary-glazed grilled chicken
- Filet of cod
- Seasonal sides: lemon butter herb-roasted red potatoes, summer vegetables, cucumber salad, mixed green salad, summer fruit salad, and coconut Caribbean rice
- Baked goods made at SeaWorld
- Other desserts
- Kids’ buffet
Advance reservations can be made at SeaWorldOrlando.com or after you enter the park, providing space is still available.