2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: SeaWorld Orlando's Sea Lions Tonight
Published: February 17, 2010 at 11:29 AM
Sea Lions Tonight plays seasonally and parodies other shows and attractions in the SeaWorld parks. Anyone who follows "Shamu" on Twitter knows that the SeaWorld Parks can display a fair amount of sarcasm toward theme park convention. Sea Lions Tonight focuses that sharp attitude into one no-holds-barred take-down of its park neighbors.
Seeing a walrus perform a killer whale's tricks from "Believe," or an otter trot out a Budweiser wagon like a miniature Clydesdale (well, I guess that gag's out now) elicits easy laughs, but these gags also serve to place the differences between SeaWorld's animal performers in sharper relief. I've always thought that you could see more of a walrus' personality when he's plodding through a few of Shamu's tricks than when he's going through the moves designed for him in SeaWorld's regular sea lion and otter show, "Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island." Perhaps it's not a surprise, then, that Sea Lions Tonight earned a higher seeding in this year's tournament than the Pirate Island show.
Ultimately, though, as with all SeaWorld shows, the jokes aren't on the animals - they're on the trainers and the audience. Trainers who put themselves on the same level as the animals get taken down a notch and people in the audience... well, they get wet.
Here's a YouTube clip of Sea Lions Tonight's send-up of "Believe":
Sea Lions tonight also plays at SeaWorld San Diego and SeaWorld San Antonio, with tweaks for those parks' various shows and rides. What do you think about Sea Lions Tonight? Is this a show that can go far in the tournament? Let's hear your thoughts, in the comments.