2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: SeaWorld Orlando's Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island
Written by Robert Niles
Sure, theme parks remain closed for the season in most parts of the United States, but here on Theme Park Insider, we're enjoying the best of the best that the industry has to offer. Based on your reader ratings submitted over the past 12 months, I've seeded 64 of the best rides and shows in the theme park industry into the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament, and we're profiling one of those attractions each weekday up until the tournament begins in March.Tweet
Today, we shine the spotlight on SeaWorld Orlando's Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island, which joins the field as the 10th seed in the Best Live Show bracket.
Playing in SeaWorld's Sea Lion and Otter Stadium, the show features - you guessed it - sea lions and otters (and a walrus). The current version, Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island, tells the story of lost treasure, pirates, and shipwreck... oh, who cares, really? The animals and trainers are going to mug for the audience, at some point, the trainer's going into the drink, and everyone sitting in the first few rows of the stadium is gonna get wet.
Sure, it's a formula, but when one works as well as this one, why mess with it? Take a look:
Many fans advise arriving early for the show, not only to snag good seats (inside or outside the splash zone is your choice), but to watch the mime who gets big laughs mocking late arrivals as they enter the stadium. Here's a life tip, folks: If you walk into a theater or stadium and see a mime in the aisle with you... walk away, as quietly and drawing as little attention to yourself as you can.
SeaWorld San Diego's "Clyde and Seamore" show is Sea Lions Live, which spoofs current TV shows, and San Antonio's show is Clyde and Seamore's Cannery Row Caper, where the crew tries to solve the mystery of missing fish at a local cannery. (Longtime readers might remember that I had a tiny walk-on role in a Clyde and Seamore show in San Diego in 2008.)
Let's hear your thoughts about Clyde and Seamore, in the comments.
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