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Review of Blue Horizons at SeaWorld
If you have not visited SeaWorld in Orlando for some time you may be surprised to discover that the Whale and Dolphin Show has been completely revamped. Even though the original show was excellent, you will not be disappointed with the new attraction “Blue Horizons”. For those of you who have never been to SeaWorld before, you are in for a real treat and “Blue Horizons” is one show you must not miss.
The whole of the set has been changed and even though the comedy aspect of the old attraction has gone it is now much more of a theatrical show, almost akin to a Cirque du Soleil show, that certainly would not look out of place on Broadway. The new set was designed by Stanley Meyer, who also designed the set for the Broadway show “Beauty and the Beast”. The story centres around Marina, a young girl with a vivid imagination whose wish is to swim and fly with the spirits of the sea and the sky. The show is packed with action both above and below the water with acrobats dressed in colourful costumes, exotic birds and of course the whales and dolphins.
A forty-foot high framework is the centrepiece of the show from where divers and aerialists bungee into the waters below and fly on “cloud swings”. Macaws appear from nowhere and swoop down over the audience just avoiding the heads of the crowd.
The true stars of the show though, have to be the false killer whales (which look like huge black slugs) and the dolphins that perform their tricks so superbly. One of my favourites is when the trainers ride on the backs of the dolphins chariot style.
Although there are no video screens to provide better views, the stadium is just about the right size to enable everyone to get a good seat. Try to arrive about thirty minutes before show time though, to ensure that you do have the pick of the best. Remember if you want to stay dry do not sit right at the front because you will get wet! !
The whole show lasts approximately twenty-five minutes and the thrilling finale takes your breath away with all the performers on stage and the multi-coloured birds soaring overhead. The Seattle Symphony Orchestra performs the musical score which was created especially for this attraction.
If you time your day just right you should be able to manage two visits to see Blue Horizons. If not you can, of course, always visit another day.
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