Entertainment replaces education at new SeaWorld shows?
TPI reader Jason Moore is the first to post a review of the new "Believe" Shamu show
at SeaWorld Orlando. He's also posted a comment on the Blue Horizons
show that debuted last summer.
In my opinion, the purpose of these shows has generally been to use entertainment as a vehicle for education. Yet both Blue Horizons and the new Shamu show Believe have removed all or most of the educational aspects which were added by the trainers talking segments. The shows seem now to be completely built for entertainment, and with the exception of the standard, expected high spots from the animals it is the the human "performers" who are given the spotlight. This shows a a lack of focus on the original mission of parks such as Sea World as far as I'm concerned.
Thoughtful point. Reactions?
As much as I'd like to agree in an ideal world...people go to theme parks to have fun, not to be hit over the head with books. I enjoy the educational stuff...but it's a theme park, not a university, and at the end of the day, you do whatever is going to make the most people the most happy.
Speaking as one who has worked in the oceanarium field, if only as a volunteer, I think you both make good points.
I had not been to Sea World Until this last week. I thought that the balance between education and entertainment was excellent. For those that wanted the education factor, staff seemed willing to answer questions and talk about whatever questions one might have-the entertainment was also there without the education being rammed down your throat. I feel that we can talk about a hypothetical perfect world but for me I wouldn't have ever seen or touched or for that matter learned what I did about the animals on display without going to seaworld. And I wouldn't have done that without it being packaged like it was.
I think i should maybe clarify a few things. My assesment at the emphasis on entertainment over education was based entirely on the shows I was reviewing, not on the overall Sea World experience. Yes, you can still educate yourself if you seek out that information at the more interactive exhibits. If you go to the sting ray tank and talk to the employee working that area, you'll learn things.
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