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Robert Niles

2010 Best Theme Park Attraction: SeaWorld Orlando's Sea Lions Tonight vs. SeaWorld Orlando's Blue Horizons

Published: March 18, 2010 at 7:58 AM

It's time to kick off the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament with a first-round match-up from the Best Live Show bracket.

If you haven't been to both shows, please click through to the attraction descriptions linked below, and read the comments, before voting.

5. SeaWorld Orlando's Sea Lions Tonight

SeaWorld Orlando's Sea Lions Tonight


12. SeaWorld Orlando's Blue Horizons

SeaWorld Orlando's Blue Horizons

Please tell us in the comments why you voted the way you did.

Replies (9)

Joe Schwartz

Published: March 18, 2010 at 8:11 AM

I believe Sea Lions Tonight is a more entertaing show than Blue Horizons. Both performances are good.

Published: March 18, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Although Sea Lions Tonight is funny, Blue Horizons has an elegance and timelessness to it that can't be beat. How can you beat the feeling you get when Aurora, Goddess of the Air is in flight, showing Marina all the amazing things about flying? Or Delphus, Lord of the Sea, when he brings out his dolphins? Or the beautiful, moving part where Aurora and Delphus are sharing their worlds with each other? It's all about harmony between ALL worlds (including "negative" ones, with the vulture sequence), and SeaWorld has done a wonderful job at fusing this all together in a story that spans it all, full of beautiful colors, a moving soundtrack, and live animals. Sorry Clyde and Seamore, you just can't beat that! :)
Michael Owen

Published: March 18, 2010 at 8:19 AM

For obvious reasons I think Blue Horizons is more breathtaking but ultimately the show places too much focus on the human performers rather than the dolphins. On the other hand, the use of live actors in Sea Lions Tonight works in the shows favor rather than to its detriment and the mix of elements makes Sea Lions Tonight the better show.
Todd Houts

Published: March 18, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Blue Horizons is the more adult show (I can see kids getting bored during it) while Sea Lions Tonight with the stronger narrative element, much like a movie, appeals to kids of all ages. The adults can really enjoy the pre-show mime and the show has a more interactive nature, which is engaging for the audience. I gave the seal lions my first vote of the tourney.
Robert Niles

Published: March 18, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Here's a hypothetical: If the mime were performing in front of Blue Horizons, instead of the sea lion shows, would the sea lion shows be as popular?

(Not agreeing with this, just raising it - but I do suspect that the mime does such a good job of warming up the crowd that people react better to the sea lion shows than they would if the mime weren't there.)

Published: March 18, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Blue horizons is sea world on acid. The costumes (mainly for the Barbie) and the makeup, and the cheesy plot... I'd rather them do all of the show without the weird story starting with a girl jumping out of her window. Sealions tonight, all the way. Because they make fun of all the cheese :)
Joshua Counsil

Published: March 18, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Blue Horizons = sap, sap, sap. Sea Lions Tonight deserves this.
Tyler Bell

Published: March 18, 2010 at 10:51 AM

belive is one of my favorite seaworld shows,so thats why i voted for belive
Manny Barron

Published: March 18, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Sea Lions Tonight advances! This show is well deserving and although Blue Horizons is good, the sea lion show is just more entertaining.

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