Everyone's heard of Shamu at SeaWorld Orlando, but in reality the park has a pod of seven orcas, all of whom perform in the One Ocean show. There are actually three different opportunities to see the majestic killer whales when you visit the park. Here's a quick overview of each of them:
One Ocean: The is the signature show at SeaWorld Orlando where the orcas showcase their abilities and behaviors. It takes place multiple times daily in Shamu Stadium. If the park isn't too crowded when you visit, see the show more than once. The trainers change things up with the orcas to keep them interested, so they might do different behaviors in different shows on the same day.
Every now and then, the orcas get persnickety and don't do what the trainers ask. They're not forced to perform, so when the animals get temperamental, it adds some interesting twists to the show as the trainers work around their diva antics.
Underwater Viewing: Between shows, the killer whales have access to several pools at SeaWorld Orlando. This often includes the pool in the underwater viewing area. They like to swim over to the floor to ceiling windows and even interact with the people watching. You really appreciate their massive size when they swim right up and get nose to nose with you.
Dine With Shamu: Dine with Shamu offers a great meal, with a kid-friendly buffet that uses sustainable items in its dishes. But, while the food is delicious, the orcas are the main attraction. Tables are situated behind glass partitions around the pool, and trainers come out and interact with the magnificent marine mammals while you eat. You'll get to see them perform some of their signature jumps and other behaviors on cue and goof around their their trainers. Click the video at lower left to see some highlights. You need to make reservations ahead of time or when you arrive at the park for this experience.
There are plenty of other animals to see at SeaWorld Orlando, but the killer whales are the undisputed stars, so take advantage of all these ways to see them.