Dine With Shamu F.A.Q. Thread


I support Seaworld & Tillikum.
May 13, 2007
I did this thread to help others who haven't yet had or are curious about the DWS experience. Please check here to see if we answered your question, If it's not, Add the question here so we can help you as quickly as possible:

Has anyone done this? Is it worth it? I read that it is a bit of a "behind the scenes" look. Does this mean that I may see nothing going on or is there a "show"?
A- Ive done this (Along with other members here)and it is WELL WORTH the experience, you even get a picture of your group/family-*the food is great -its a whole bunch of fun and you get a intimate view of the whale(s) their so close you can look em in the eye- as the trainers bring them right up to you.


Could I please also ask if the group photo includes the killer whale or if it is just the people in your group? Also, how long would you say that the entire lunch/presenation lasts?
A-The photo is of your group/Family, but Location change- sometimes its by the underwater area by the whales or by the slideout area or some other place. Last year I had a picture taken right by the slideout. The entire thing lasts about an hour or so.. sometimes longer, but it goes by so fast cause there's so much going on, they sit you down and you eat while the believe show is going on and then they do the presentation with the whale(s)


We have reservations for Dine with Shamu for 5:30pm - Would you also see the earlier show to see it from the audience view? Or do you see enough from the Dining experience?
A- As viewed in the video above, they have a big screen for you to watch the Believe show while you dine, you have a view of the entire pool so you dont miss anything.


When I made our reservations for this for December, the lady told me that there was no reserved seating....it was just first come, first serve. Is this correct? I thought that I had read on here that you should book early to get good seats?? :confused3
A- From what I know, You get better seating if you book in advance. It is First Book First serve. Book a month or two in advance: you get front poolside seats, book a week and you may get the middle seats or the side seats. But either way you still get an upclose view of the whales. The give you a number and a matire D' escorts you to the table number (i recently had 18 which is upfront poolside)

Example: Poolside-

In the middle:

By the Slideout:


Is there a difference in menu or price between lunch and dinner seatings?
Any Dine With Shamu Program is the same price for Lunch or dinner is basically the same price (in orlando is $42 for adults and $22 for children) However for events like "New Years Eve" Dine with Shamu, or any special holiday dinner it can price up to $99.


What does the Dine with Shamu Menu include?
A- It is a Self Serve Buffet, but the waiter comes around to give you drinks- Fresh Garden Salad & Dressings , Caesar Salad , Potato Salad , Pasta Primavera , Rice Pilaf , Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Fresh Garden Vegetable Medley , Beef Stew , Seafood Creole , Chicken Dijon , Sliced Turkey Freshly Baked Rolls & Butter , Pasta Shrimp Alfredo , Plain Noodles , Meatball Pasta Marinara , Macaroni & Cheese , Kernel Corn , All- Beef Hot Dogs , Oven Roasted Chicken, Fresh Fruit and Vegetables with Dip, Brownies Shamu Cookies, Assorted Pastries, Assorted Cakes (they had red Velvet cake, chocolate cakes, Black and white M&M's .. (and a Make your own SUNDAE bar)


Just a tip- get there at least 20 minutes early at the Dine With Shamu check in- next to the Underwater Viewing Area.

Hopefully we answered your questions, if not please feel free to post it here so we can help you out. Dont forget to view the video so you can get a POV of what the DWS consists of.


The Other Orlando Themepark
Jul 20, 2002
Thanks for your very informative post. I'm going to make it a "sticky" thread so it doesn't get lost.

  • Tillikumtrainer

    I support Seaworld & Tillikum.
    May 13, 2007
    the food was to me incredibly good (OMG Garlic mashed potatos are awesome) everything is well seasoned and tates great, not a dry piece of meat in the house..lol the dessert lol you have to try it for yourself. I loved it. i have yet to have a bad dining experience @ SWF.


    DIS Veteran
    Jul 25, 2007
    we are going to go to Sea World in May. Do you know the time for lunch? Do you think the early we book the better the assign sit we can get?
  • kohlby

    DIS Veteran
    Aug 4, 2005
    We were able to book only one month in advance - but it's not the busy season. We were there this past Sunday. Dine with Shamu was totally worth it!!
  • aidandmommy

    Earning My Ears
    Apr 14, 2010
    Yes you have to pay to enter the park in order to dine with Shamu. My son loved this 2 years ago the trainers are awesome and come table to table, we booked well in advance and had a pool side view.


    Mar 23, 2004
    I'm taking my family to Sea World one day out of our July Disney trip and I saw this "Dine with Shamu" and would LOVE it and so would the kids!
    I'm having a hard time finding it on the seaworld site for Orlando...are they still doing it? :confused3


    Earning My Ears
    Mar 9, 2006
    I'm taking my family to Sea World one day out of our July Disney trip and I saw this "Dine with Shamu" and would LOVE it and so would the kids!
    I'm having a hard time finding it on the seaworld site for Orlando...are they still doing it? :confused3
    They have actually cancelled any bookings until the end of may at least ,and its still not available to book online yet due to the tragic circumstances earlier this year. x Amanda


    Jan 30, 2009
    I'm posting this here because ideally I'd love to be married while Dining with Shamu. Does anyone know if they do weddings at Sea World? I've emailed them but haven't heard anything back. There will be 10 of us total which hopefully will work to our advantage. Thanks!

    Donald is #1

    DIS Veteran
    Jun 24, 2006
    Is Dine with Shamu offered anymore? I was on the Seaworld website looking for it yesterday and couldn't find it.


    DIS Veteran
    Apr 8, 2010
    Due to the recent incident, Dining With Shamu has been suspended for the current time being, its unknown when or if it will be offered again.


    DisneyFanatic's DW
    Jan 30, 2005
    Is dining with Shamu permanently closed?
    I am planning an August trip and I would love to know this too. We did Dine with Shamu the first year they offered it (2002) and then again in 2005 and 2008. Would love to go again this summer. Any word? Thanks!


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