Press release from Seaworld.com:
SeaWorld San Diego Announces 'Believe,' the Most Ambitious Killer Whale Show in the Park's History
SeaWorld San Diego, along with SeaWorld Orlando and SeaWorld San Antonio, has embarked on the most ambitious killer whale show in the history of the parks. Believe, the new Shamu show scheduled to open spring 2006, will blend new killer whale behaviors with elaborate set pieces, music, choreography and state-of-the-art multimedia.
“Believe is definitely the most exciting killer whale show we have ever undertaken,” said general manager Andy Fichthorn. “Shamu has been our park’s icon for more than 40 years and with new killer whale behaviors, original music, visual beauty and remarkable technology, our new show will showcase Shamu as never seen before.”
The magnificent presence of Shamu will be reflected in a new two-story stage. A spectacular water fountain will spray across the width of the show pool; three new underwater cameras will capture Shamu below the surface; a giant three-story whale tail will soar high above the set; and four LED screens will move and rotate as they highlight the power and beauty of Shamu and his crew.
The new show’s audio system is also one of the most sophisticated systems in the world, and many of the whales’ new behaviors will be choreographed to Believe’s original and inspiring musical score.
“Believe will take guests on a journey where anyone believes they can connect with these magnificent mammals,” said Mike Scarpuzzi, SeaWorld’s vice president of animal training. “This inspirational new show will reflect the close relationship our trainers have with the killer whales, as well as amaze our guests with a series of exciting new behaviors.”
In mid-October, when construction begins at the performance pool, the Shamu show will continue at the newly remodeled Shamu: Close Up pool. This 20-minute show, known as the “Shamu Experience” will feature many of the high-energy acts from The Shamu Adventure show, but will also allow guests a more intimate opportunity to see Shamu, Baby Shamu and their friends closer than ever before. During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, the regular show, The Shamu Adventure, will return to the performance pool through the rest of the year.
Shamu has starred in more than 15 shows since the park’s opening in 1964, including Shamu World Focus, 1995-1998; New Visions, 1992-1995; Baby Shamu Celebration, 1989-1991; 25th Anniversary Show, 1988-1989; Shamu’s Water Symphony, 1987-1988; Shamu’s House of Douse night shows, 1986-present; Shamu Celebration, 1984-1987; Shamu Take a Bow,1982-1984; This Is Shamu,1980-1982; Shamu Goes to College, 1977-1979; Shamu the Yankee Doodle Whale,1975-1977; Shamu for Mayor, 1974-1975; Shamu Goes Hollywood, 1971-1973; and Doctor Do Little, 1966-1971.
Also in 2006, SeaWorld San Diego will relaunch Dine With Shamu, the park’s only buffet-style restaurant that allows visitors to meet trainers and get a whale-size view of Shamu. Located at the new Shamu: Close Up pool, Dine With Shamu will feature new menu items, more daily dining opportunities, and increased viewing of the whales, all in a unique backstage environment.