SeaWorld Lights Up Summer Nights

Written by Eric Davis. Posted in Features, Orlando Parkhopper, Orlando Parks, Podcasts, SeaWorld Orlando

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Published on June 24, 2014 at 7:07 am with 2 Comments

It is Summer time, which means it is that time of year when SeaWorld kicks off it’s Summer Night offerings, and this year as part of the Sea of Surprises, celebrating 50 years of SeaWorld Parks, they unveiled two new shows, Shamu Celebration: Light Up The Night and Generation Nature Live, along with SeaWorld fan favorite Sea Lions Tonight.

Be sure to read all the way through for a brand new episode of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast, which has interviews with SeaWorld Sr. Animal Curator Kelly Flaherty Clark, along with the VP of Zoological Operations at SeaWorld San Antonio Chris Bellows.

Generation Nature Live

SeaWorld has unveiled a new show called Generation Nature Live. The show takes the name of the social group they recently launched for kids and tweens called Generation Nature.

To kick off the first show SeaWorld President Terry Prather came out and spoke to the crowd about how important SeaWorld’s Rescue operations are to the animal’s whose lives depend on them.

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The show then kicks off with SeaWorld Trainer Brian Faulkner educating people about SeaWorld’s rescue efforts, and how they have rescued, rehabilitated and returned to the wild over 23,000 animals over the past 50 years.

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Then Brian introduces TV’s SeaRescue stars, who are there live to talk about some of the incredible rescues they have been part of!

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During the show, animal ambassadors (animals that were too injured to return to the wild) come out on stage for the audience to learn their stories and learn how to protect their wild cousins.

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During the show, Bindi Irwin, the host of the Generation Nature online videos stops by to talk about how you can become a game changer at home, and help save the planet!

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After the show, guests can visit the Sea Garden where animal ambassadors are ready to meet the guests.

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Shamu Celebration: Light Up The Night

SeaWorld announced earlier this year that they would be retiring SeaWorld Rocks and replacing it with an all new show, Shamu Celebration: Light Up The Night. The show features original music, new animal behaviors, new graphics, and a whole new approach to a night time show.

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The new show starts off with a DJ, that gets the crowed pumped up, and dancing in the aisles.  This energy was contagious, and fun.

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The the DJ get’s the crowd dancing through the decades, which ends up being a fun and engaging experience.

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Then as the show is about to begin, a Sr. Trainer (for us it was Joe Sanchez) comes out and talks about the whales at SeaWorld and how SeaWorld has helped benefit wild whale populations.

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Then, before the show formally starts, a new splash warning informs the crowd of impending H2O!

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This show starts with some great original music which is peppy, fun, and memorable.  This show moves fast, and is fun for the whole family.

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SeaWorld Trainer Shana rocking out with her whale!

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Towards the end of show, just as the momentum hits a crescendo, fireworks are launched from behind Shamu Stadium, which really kicks this show up to 11 as the new music, the whales and the fireworks are just pulling at your heart strings, and make this an incredibly memorable show.

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We were big fans of Shamu Rocks and were unsure if SeaWorld could pull off a high energy replacement show. But they did it. The new show is really incredible, I had to go back the next night to see it again.  It hits all the right notes and has a solid conservation message, original music that makes you sing it in the car on the way home, amazing interactions between the whales and trainers, and fireworks which will have you smiling from ear to ear!

For me, this show is the definition of why I love SeaWorld.  A show where audiences are entertained, educated, and are given an experience that will last a lifetime.

Shamu Dance Party

After Shamu Celebration: Light Up The Night, guests can enjoy the Shamu Dance Party happening at the front of the park, where they will be able to dance with Shamu and friends with a live DJ, bubbles and more.

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Sea Lions Tonight

Before we finish our coverage of SeaWorld Summer Nights we have to share with you a clip from the fan favorite Sea Lions tonight. Join Clyde and Seamore as they lampoon the shows you just saw during your day in the park.  Checkout the video below:

That wraps up our coverage of SeaWorld Summer Nights at SeaWorld Orlando, but we want to know what you think of the new show?  Will you be visiting SeaWorld this summer?

We now invite you to learn more about SeaWorld Summer Nights, and the new shows by listening to the latest episode of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast with your hosts Eric, Mike and Erin as they talk about the new show, along with other great SeaWorld news!

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About Eric Davis

By day, Eric is in Marketing and Social Media. But on the weekends, he's a theme park addict. Eric is a frequent contributor to MiceChat's Orlando Parkhopper columns and tends to focus his efforts on what's new and what's news at Universal Studios and SeaWorld.

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  • 919Florida

    Amazing update here. Loved your pictures. I loved the show too. I went to pass holder preview and the Saturday show and really wish I could go every night. Shamu Celebration Light Up the Night is a huge hit and I am going to be hoping for a CD to come out because I NEED that soundtrack.

    Generation Nature Live is great too and shows exactly what SeaWorld does and sends a great message. I loved it too.

    Great job SeaWorld on two amazing new shows.

  • jcruise86

    Some of this sounded like a smart response to “Blackfish.” I overheard an adult student say she was taking her kids to Sea World (in San Diego), and her friend tried to make her feel guilty because she had seen the documentary. Sea World in Orlando is a beautiful park, and I hope it succeeds in helping animals by making people care more about them.

    Eric, how did you have time for this and your covering all that’s going on at Universal Orlando? I’m looking forward to your Gringott’s ride report. Thanks for working so hard for us!