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Robert Niles

2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Best Animal Show?

Published: January 23, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Old vaudeville cliche says that you should never take the stage after children or animals - the audience just loves them too much to care about you. So animal acts have been part of live entertainment for generations, and many theme parks - notably SeaWorld - make them part of their offerings. Today inthe 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament, we're voting for the Best Animal Show in a theme park.

In this category, we're looking not just for best performances by animals. We're looking for overall show quality - which show is the most engaging, unique, entertaining and worth coming early to get a good seat?

Blue Horizons - at SeaWorld Orlando and SeaWorld San Diego

Blue Horizons

Clyde and Seamore - Known as Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island at SeaWorld San Diego, Clyde and Seamore's Cannery Row Caper at SeaWorld San Antonio and Sea Lions Live! at SeaWorld San Diego.

Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island

One Ocean - at SeaWorld Orlando and SeaWorld San Diego

One Ocean

Pets Ahoy! - at SeaWorld Orlando and playing as Pets Rule! at SeaWorld San Diego.

Pets Rule!

Universal's Animal Actors - at Universal Studios Hollywood and playing as Animal Actors on Location at Universal Studios Florida.

Animal Actors on Location

Tomorrow: We're voting on the best Bolliger & Mabillard Inverted Coaster.

Replies (6)

Tom Rigg

Published: January 23, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Robert, the Pets Ahoy show also runs at Busch Gardens Williamsburg under the name Pet Shenanigans. The premise is exactly the same: rescue animals performing tricks to musical numbers. Its a great show with a great message.

That said, I really like blue horizon. It's a great show that has stood the test of time and stays engaging the whole time.

Mike Gallagher

Published: January 23, 2012 at 9:43 AM

I've never seen any of them. Saw Shamu as a kid, and I think orcas are cool. So I went with One Ocean for the vote.
Paul Jeffs

Published: January 23, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Pets Ahoy everytime!
Dominick D

Published: January 23, 2012 at 10:42 AM

One Ocean. You can never beat a Shamu Show!
Rob P

Published: January 24, 2012 at 4:06 AM

Clyde and Seamore.........and particularly the pre-show Mime an excellent show on both coasts.Pacy and packed with plenty of humour and action : this is pure entertainment for all ages.
The other shows up for votes here are all very good but it's the fact that C & M appeals to the entire age spectrum that wins it.
Brad Schuster

Published: January 24, 2012 at 7:23 PM

I agree that clyde and seamore is the best show, but I just wanted to add that the night show they do during the summer (cant remember the name) is even better. I never laughed so hard in a live theme park show before.

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