Big news this week – there’s a brand new hotel in the works for SeaWorld Orlando. According to local news reports the new property will feature 504 rooms, a rooftop bar, restaurants, and conference space. SeaWorld filed the plans with Orange County after the company submitted a developmental plan review application. The project is called “Starboard,” which will involve the construction of a 15-story hotel built on a nearly 30 acre lot behind the existing theme park. The property will be a walking distance from world famous International Drive.
SeaWorld Chief Executive Officer Marc Swanson told My News 13 in Orlando that it had officially committed to its hotel strategy by finding the first location for its first hotel resort.
He went on to say “As we mentioned last quarter, we are refining our design planning on our first hotels, and we expect to begin opening in 2026.”
One of SeaWorld Orlando’s main draws is its emphasis on marine life conservation and education. The park is home to various marine species, including dolphins, whales, penguins, and sea turtles. SeaWorld aims to foster an appreciation for the ocean’s inhabitants through immersive exhibits and educational presentations and to promote environmental awareness.