SeaWorld Shapes Up For Summer With New Landscaping And Cirque De La Mer

Written by Norman Gidney. Posted in Features, In the Parks, SeaWorld San Diego, Southern California Parks

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Published on June 22, 2012 at 10:15 pm with 1 Comment

SeaWorld San Diego is ready for the summer crowds. We thought it would be a good time to update you on how Manta is settling in and changes to Cirque De La Mer.

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MANTA
Landscaping work continues around the new Manta coaster. If it seems like this has taken forever, that’s because the ride opened without hardly any of the landscape having been planted at all

Some new additions have been popping up around Manta recently.

Here is a new statue.

There are also some new plants around the place.

The wait time was just fifteen minutes.


While the attraction has already opened, there is still some work left to be done. Landscaping is – as you know – still being worked on, and this painter was touching up the queue elevator.

The queue is looking a lot more green. Well…it’s getting a lot more green. Okay, it’s not really very green. But it’s getting there…right?

The flamingos have returned. Yes folks, these beautiful by incredibly smelly pink birds have returned.

CIRQUE DE LA MER RETURNS… AGAIN

Cirque has also returned for a twelfth year. To be quite honest, I wasn’t happy that it was returning. But I took a shot and decided to watch it again…and my mind completely changed.

I am not sure why the new trampoline set is in front of the main stage. But, it doesn’t block too much.

Without giving much spoilers, I’ll try to tell you a little about what happens. The show starts with the pole acrobatics – like before.

We then go into another original scene.

We then go into a human balancing act.

And then…the act we’ve all been waiting for…

I’ve been quite skeptical of how it was going to turn out, but I was really blown away because they put a lot of work into this scene and the other changes in the show.

They do other acrobatics on the top of the set.

And they dive as well.

Overall, SeaWorld really did a great job reworking the show. If you haven’t seen the show before (or even if you have), make some time in your schedule to stop by and see it on your summer visit.

That’s it for SeaWorld this week. Next time around, we’ll introduce you to SeaWorld’s new summer nights dance party, Club Atlantis, and show you some of the other attractions around the park.

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Norman Gidney, also known as Fishbulb, produces and edits many of the articles on MiceChat. Tune in every Tuesday for the Orlando Parkhopper and every Friday for In The Parks. But you'll also find his photos in the Weekly Round Up, SAMLAND, and numerous other columns on the site.

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  • Cirque De La Mer looks interesting. In all these years it’s been playing, I’ve never seen it!

    But I can’t relieve that Manta is still mostly dirt landscaping. While I’m sure it will look good by the end of summer, I’m just really disappointed that they didn’t call in a huge landscaping team and get this done in time for opening. And those little shrubs and things aren’t big enough to fill the back half of the ride field. They need some huge props and trees back there like they have on the front half of the ride.