Cirque Dreams Splashtastic – A thoroughly entertaining show at Discovery Kingdom

Written by Gregg Condon. Posted in Features, In the Parks, Other Destinations

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Published on June 30, 2013 at 3:00 am with 7 Comments

This past Memorial Day Weekend, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom opened up their new show for this summer: Cirque Dreams Splashtastic. We finally got a chance to head out to the park to see the show, so we’ll give you an update on that. We’ll also take a look at park additions from the past few years, such as Superman: Ultimate Flight and Sky Screamer. Both are great additions to this already well-rounded park.

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Before we get to Splashtastic, let’s take a look around the park.

Superman: Ultimate Flight

The ride is very comfortable, and really fun. The ride crew was amazing and were dispatching trains once every minute or so.

The ride is very comfortable, and really fun. The ride crew was amazing and were dispatching trains once every minute or so.

Summer of 2012 brought the opening of Superman: Ultimate Flight. This unique coaster by Premier Rides (the same manufacturer as Full Throttle at Magic Mountain) is a great addition to the park. The ride occupies a very small area that was previously the home of the Pandemonium spinning coaster.

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The queue is adorned with Superman related themeing similar to other Superman coasters in the Six Flags chain.

The queue is adorned with Superman related themeing similar to other Superman coasters in the Six Flags chain.

The surrounding area received a make-over as well and looks great.

The surrounding area received a make-over as well and looks great.

 The Daily Planet announcing the rides opening last summer

The Daily Planet announcing the ride’s opening last summer

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Sky Screamer

In 2011, the park added the Sky Screamer attraction that can also be found at other Six Flags parks. At 150 feet, this is the shortest of these attractions, but it still provides a great view of the park.

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The queue also goes around the existing Medusa coaster, providing views that weren’t available previously.

The queue also goes around the existing Medusa coaster providing views that weren't available previously.

The Animals

One of the great things about Discovery Kingdom are the animals. From penguins, dolphins, and sharks to tigers, gators and giraffes, the park truly has something for everybody.

The African Penguins are always a favorite.

The African Penguins are always a favorite.

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One of the more amazing exhibits in the park is for the Sharks. This is something right out of a Sea World park and looks great.

One of the more amazing exhibits in the park is for the sharks. This is like something right out of SeaWorld and looks great.

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Heading over to "The Land" side of the park.

Heading over to “The Land” side of the park.

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Odin’s Temple of the Tiger

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Discovery Kingdom also offers a few shows that range from strictly entertainment to educational. Odin’s Temple of the Tiger is the latter. It’s an educational show about tigers that also happens to be wildly entertaining.

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A brave audience member get's to feed one of the White Bengal Tigers

A brave audience member get’s to feed one of the White Bengal Tigers

Captain Lee giving one of his friends some milk

Captain Lee giving one of his friends some milk

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Tigers diving for food in the water

Tigers diving for food in the water

Sir Clinksalot hanging out with Captain Lee after the show

Sir Clinksalot hanging out with Captain Lee after the show

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Cirque Dreams Splashtastic

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Review of Cirque Dreams Splashtastic

I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a huge fan of Theme Park shows. I’m even less a fan of animal shows that have an identity crisis between being “educational” and “entertaining,” or “edutaining.” I really enjoy shows that are educational, but happen to be entertaining without trying too hard. Odin’s Temple of the Tiger and Flights of Wonder at Disney’s Animal Kingdom are great examples of this. I also like shows that are just “entertaining.” Finding Nemo at Disney’s Animal Kingdom or the Sea Lion Shows at SeaWorld are great examples of these.
Cirque Dreams Splashtastic is a show that is simply entertaining. It’s part Cirque Du Soleil and part dolphin show.

The entrance to the stadium

The entrance to the stadium

The new stadium is very colorful

The new stadium is very colorful

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There is a very entertaining pre-show that blends right into beginning of the main performance. Very well done.

The show is VERY popular so make sure you show up early

The show is VERY popular so make sure you show up early

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The show begins with the dolphins.
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The human performers are also amazing

The human performers are also a lot of fun

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According to Captain Lee, they are working to get the dolphins better incorporated into the show. This is a new stadium for the dolphins, so it takes a while to acclimate them. I anticipate that this already great show will continue to get better as the animals get accustomed to their new environment.

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The show features a great acrobatic segment

The show features a great acrobatic segment

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The Finale of the show brings back all of the performers

The Finale of the show brings back all of the performers

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The show is absolutely fantastic. If you happen to live in or will be visiting the Bay Area this summer, be sure to take the time to head to Discovery Kingdom. It’s a great park with a lot to offer.

Special thanks to Captain Lee for coming out to speak to us about the shows the park is so passionate about.

About Gregg Condon

Gregg Condon, also affectionately known as Sir Clinksalot, is MiceChat's Six Flags reporter. He is frequently featured in MiceChat's In The Parks columns.

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  1. Glad to see some new non-coaster stuff!!

  2. This is a park I’ve always wanted to visit. Thanks Gregg!

  3. Looking forward to visiting the park later in the summer.

  4. I love Discovery Kingdom. They have great programs if you are interested in hanging with dolphins, seals, sea lions and otters. I have done dolphin encounters as well as two times as trainer for a day. Some of the older dolphins like Merlin and Chelsea have become old friends. I am surprised you were told this was a new show pool for the dolphins because this is one of the pools they have been using for years. The other dolphin show is where the orca used to be and that is a newer pool for most of the dolphins except for Merlin. The trainers for the new show are working with dolphins that are really experienced. I actually got to work hands on in the water with the newer dolphins that are being incorporated into dolphin interactions. We went a couple weeks ago again and two of the girls came over to the glass with balls wanting to play with me but I couldn’t play through the glass.

    I love the rides as well especially Roar and Medusa. This is a great park.

    • I REALLY want to do the overnight thing with the sharks the next time I’m there. But all of their animal offerings sound pretty great.

  5. I’d ride Superman quickly; coasters in that space tend to have a shorter life expectancy than a typical Spinal Tap drummer. The new show’s performers are good at what they do, and it did turn out to be a clever pre-show, but there’s no real discernible point to what’s happening. Still, nice to see an attempt other than “no let’s watch Flipper jump through a hoop”. This park is just an overall more pleasant place to be than CGA; trees certainly help. Plus the animals will usually provide you with at least one cool moment if you take your time.

  6. I went to Discovery Kingdom for the first time in April. It is a unique park, and cool how you can still sense its Marineland origins.
    Cirque Dreams Splashtactic has still under construction then, but I do agree Superman: Ultimate Flight is a cool, fun, and quite unique coaster, and the Sky Screamer is great too.
    I have to say the Penguin area, Dolphin pool, and Shark Encounter are all great!
    The land animal parts, not so much. More like an old school zoo with animals in small patches behind fences. When you have theme parks like Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and SF Great Adventure with the same animals presented so much better, this part of Discovery Kingdom was disappointing.
    But I do like the animal themed rides, like the Orca spinner, Thrilla Gorilla, or even the Cobra coaster. Details like that reinforce the theme!