I was at SeaWorld San Diego on Saturday to pick up a fun card. I also checked out the new shamu "Believe" show while I was around. What a disappointment.
There was just about zero Orca/Human interaction. That was one of the best parts about the show! Seeing the trainers surf on the Orcas, or get launched into the air riding on the whales nose! Now I know that a trainer was basically used as an Orca toy not too long ago, but I think over the history of the show, the animals are pretty safe and reliable. It would be a shame if they calmed the show down because some lawyers said so.
As a result, there was a lot of down time with not a whole lot going on. They showed a lot of videos (without any information or entertainment value) and the whales did the same couple of behaviors over and over again.
Seaworld either needs to let the people back in the tank, teach the whales some more behaviors that don't require humans, or add some sort of educational material to fill the dead time.