Dolphin Days opens at SeaWorld Orlando, replacing Blue Horizons

April 1, 2017, 9:52 AM · Dolphin Days opened this morning at SeaWorld Orlando, replacing the popular Blue Horizons show, which closed yesterday.

Designed to be less theatrical and more educational than its predecessor, Dolphin Days still shows off the park's Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Trainers will introduce the individual dolphins to the audience, who'll still get to see a variety of trained behaviors from the marine mammals. The macaws from Blue Horizons also will appear in the new show, too. Here's a highlight clip, from the park:

And here's the blurb, so you can see what SeaWorld's going for here:

As guests are wowed by the agility, grace and aerial bows of the dolphins, they will learn how they can help protect dolphins in the wild. The addition of Dolphin Days is the latest example of how SeaWorld continues to provide families with experiences that matter. Through up-close encounters and unique shows like Dolphin Days, guests will leave the park inspired to care about this amazing species, and take action to help wild animals and the places they live.

Dolphins Days will play several times a day in the same theater as Blue Horizons.

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Replies (6)

April 1, 2017 at 10:09 AM

Wait how did they turn around a show in less than 12 hours?

April 1, 2017 at 1:19 PM

I heard that Sea World made a settlement with PETA, Jaiden. The audience wears VR headsets and everything is totally fake. No dolphins, no trainers, no water - just a stadium full of people moving their heads in unison to the scenes playing on the screen in front of them.

It will be a smash hit until the documentary "No Fish" comes out exposing the exploitation of the virtual characters in the show. ;>)

April 2, 2017 at 3:29 AM

Basically the same set with some very minor changes ... with an overnight turnaround, that's about all that could be expected

April 2, 2017 at 3:20 PM

It was very underwhelming. Low production value way below their standard set by Blue Horizon. C-

April 4, 2017 at 5:40 AM

I always thought Blue Horizons marked a sea change (get the pun) for shows at Sea World. It demonstrated that they could pull off an awe-inspiring, entertaining, and thought provoking demonstration outside of the typical "edu-tainment" the park had been known for decades. Walking back the entertainment and dialing up the education moves Sea World back towards an aquarium, and further away from a theme park.

I would hope that this is just a temporary move while the park works on a new show for the theater, or perhaps a permanent daytime show to foil a more entertaining dolphin show in the late afternoon/evening.

April 3, 2017 at 8:30 PM

Dolphin Days has been playing here at Sea World San Diego for more than a year now and yes, it is less entertaining than Blue Horizons. I miss the divers, acrobats, and theatrical presence Blue Horizons had. It sold out almost every time and held up to repeat viewings beautifully. Now it's just a "dolphin show" (with beluga whales too).

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