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.
Before we get to Splashtastic, let’s take a look around the park.
Superman: Ultimate Flight
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.
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.
The queue also goes around the existing Medusa coaster, providing views that weren’t available previously.
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.
Odin’s Temple of the Tiger
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.
Cirque Dreams Splashtastic
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.
There is a very entertaining pre-show that blends right into beginning of the main performance. Very well done.
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.
Special thanks to Captain Lee for coming out to speak to us about the shows the park is so passionate about.