SeaWorld Orlando has officially opened its new killer whale show, One Ocean, which replaces Believe in the park's Shamu Stadium.
The show made its debut on Earth Day 2011 (April 22), having been in development for over a year. Featuring a new set, panoramic LED screens and an all-new soundtrack, One Ocean delivers an educational message that is designed to inspire guests to "celebrate, connect and care" for the ocean. It is set to open at sister park SeaWorld San Diego during the Memorial Day weekend (May 28-30), and at SeaWorld San Antonio by June.
Stunts performed by the SeaWorld Orlando's killer whales are the centerpiece of One Ocean. These include spectacular aerial leaps and sections featuring multiple whales, which help to compensate for the current lack of human-whale in-water interaction. Trainers are set to return to the water when new safety measures are in place, following the tragic death of Dawn Brancheau in February 2010.
One Ocean's set is 80 feet long and 30 feet tall, and is designed to resemble a giant killer whale fluke. The stadium's pool now features thirty-five programmable fountains, which provide effects during the show and also act as entertainment for the whales during the day.
A video of the new show in action is embedded below, courtesy of The Disney Blog:
One Ocean is expected to be in place for some time at all three SeaWorld parks, with Believe having run for five years before its replacement was announced.
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