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Sea Lion Show Returns to SeaWorld Orlando

Clyde or Seamore pose at SeaWorld

The Sea Lion show is returning to SeaWorld Orlando, and it will be better than ever. “Clyde and Seamore’s Sea Lion High” will make its debut April 16, 2015. The old show was temporarily replaced with educational-type sessions at the Sea Lion, Walrus and Sea Otter show pool, so it only makes sense that the education theme continue.

What better place for education than school! The new show setting is an aquatic-themed high school called Sea Lion High. Clyde and Seamore are nominated to win scholarhips. Who wouldn’t want to go to Ocean University?! The fun begins as the sea lions must take a crash course in science, dance and gym. You can only imagine what these two ‘class clowns’ will do!

Most schools are a great place for fun, education, exploration and using one’s imagination. SeaWorld knows the value of education and continues to offer learning opportunities to all its guests. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Clyde and Seamore’s Sea Lion High show will celebrate teachers in an educational pre-show. If you are an educator, you’ll not want to miss this new show, but be sure to get a seat early for the pre-show. Even if you are not involved with the education system, you’ll love the new show and appreciate the message.

New Ad Campaign for SeaWorld Parks

Speaking of Sea Lions, you’ll be seeing more of Leon, the Sea Lion. He will be the first animal to be featured in a new ad campaign for SeaWorld – “Meet the Animals.” This 9-year-old sea lion lives in the San Antonio theme park. The first ad can be viewed on SeaWorld’s Facebook.

Leon the Sea Lion

The new ad campaign puts the focus back on SeaWorld in an area where they surpass other theme parksanimal education.

“Research shows that animals are a prime draw for SeaWorld parks,” said Peter Frey, senior marketing officer of SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. “We can continue to put coaster and other types of attractions in there but at the end of the day, people want to connect with our animals. It’s what separates us from everyone else.”

With the launch of the new ad campaign, SeaWorld will donate $30,000 to help institutions that must deal with the rise of sea lion beach strandings that are ongoing along the California coast. SeaWorld’s own record for marine-mammel rescues was broken with their 475th rescue within a year. They have rescued over 500 sea lions this year alone!

After meeting Leon, the ad campaign will move onto dolphins, penguins and other animals. With so much marine life at SeaWorld, there will be no shortage of ad material. Meeting so many animals is bound to be entertaining as well as educational. Let’s also hope it entices people to visit the awesome Orlando theme park.

New Show Replaces “One Ocean” Temporarily

You’ll find many new attractions being planned for the Orlando theme parks in 2014. Throughout the year, however, you may find some of your favorite attractions or shows being temporarily unavailable or permanently closed. Orlando’s theme park are ever-changing, and this is to be expected. After all, it is why so many people return over and over again. New Year = New Attractions. Just be sure to do your research before purchasing theme park tickets, so you can avoid any let downs or unpleasant surprises.

Beginning this week, through April, the killer whale show “One Ocean”  at SeaWorld will not be available. The Orlando theme park is replacing it with another show, called “Shamu Up Close.” This new show will take its place while the whale stadium is undergoing maintenance. We think you’ll be thrilled with the new and very different (than One Ocean) show.

The killer whale show is one of SeaWorld’s premier attractions. Where else can you stand 6 feet from the edge of a pool while a killer whale swims and leaps? The new show allows guests to do just that! The show is being described as more educational than the “One Ocean” show. Presentations occur every hour, but guests can watch the animals at any time during the day. “People can sit there and watch how we manage and how we work with our animals all day long,” said Mike Boos, vice president of zoological operations. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: This is a perfect opportunity for guests to get up-close photos of themselves standing near a killer whale!

Shamu and guest

Work on Shamu Stadium is already taking place. The pool’s floor is being repainted. New acrylic panels which separate the guests from the pool will be installed. All of these renovations are routine and should be complete sometime in April.

Although it will be missed, guests will benefit from the educational portion of this new presentation. While it is not as structured as “One Ocean,” this new show makes up for it with interesting interaction between Orca and trainer. If you remember the “Believe” show which debuted in 2006, this new show will remind you of it. Pay attention, and you just might learn a few things about killer whales!

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP NOTE: This new show will be held where “Dine With Shamu” takes place, so the SeaWorld Orlando dinner show will also be postponed until April.

New SeaWorld show: One Ocean

“One Ocean” will make its debut at SeaWorld Orlando in April. This new killer whale show will replace the current “Believe” show. The idea is to bring out the energy and spirit of the ocean in a multi-sensory celebration of life under the sea that entertains, educates, and inspires. The show will dazzle with colored lights, panoramic LED screens displaying video of sea life, and surround sound, all with an underlying purpose of educating guests about environmental conservation. The show will feature the Orca splashes that everyone loves, especially on hot days. The big difference is the new show will feature whales playing in giant fountains, instead of with people.

Since last February’s death of 40-year old trainer Dawn Brancheau, SeaWorld has banned trainers from entering the tank with whales. That was a major adjustment to the still-running show known as “Believe,” which was designed around the trainers’ relationship with the whales and initially featured trainers cuddling and nuzzling with the whales, riding and performing acrobatics, and being launched into the air by a flip of the whales’ snouts. While I understand why SeaWorld has come to this decision, it is saddening to know that the show will be missing the element of the trainers and the orcas, the harmony between humankind and nature. I know I will certainly miss that. Trainers said they do hope to one day be able to get back in the water with the animals. They’ve had to change the way they train and think out of the box when it comes to designing their shows. It will take extensive tests and research to decide when or if the trainers will be back in the water with the killer whales. Meanwhile, SeaWorld is interacting with the whales with hoses, brushes and toys to keep them stimulated and is making sure they have adequate whale companionship.

Though trainers will remain on dry ground, the new show promised an increase in audience participation, allowing more guests to interact with the whales through a glassed segment of the tank. Other parts of the show will highlight whales’ relationships with each other, and between mother and baby whales, according to Julie Scardina, curator for animal training for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.