2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: SeaWorld Orlando's Blue Horizons
Published: January 7, 2010 at 9:11 PM
Blue Horizons debuted in 2005, in the park's Whale and Dolphin Theater. Unlike past dolphin shows, Blue Horizons blends Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics with a musical narrative to complement these marine mammals. Here a clip of the show's finale, which I recorded when I visited SeaWorld Orlando this summer:
SeaWorld will bring Blue Horizons to SeaWorld San Diego this summer, extending the parks' recent trend toward replacing animal-driven shows with more robust entertainment spectacles that happen to include animals in prominent roles.
Does Blue Horizons' inclusion of acrobats, divers and a fanciful narrative enhance or detract from watching the dolphins and other animals do their tricks? A few readers have criticized the show on that count, but the majority of Theme Park Insider readers who've seen the show stand behind it, rating it highly enough to make this year's tournament field.
Tell us in the comments what you think of Blue Horizons. You'll get your chance to vote on whether Blue Horizons advances when the Best Theme Park Attraction tournament gets under way in March.