Summer officially arrives on June 21, and with it comes Shamu Lights Up the Night, the all-new evening orca show at SeaWorld Orlando. I was lucky enough to see a media and annual pass holder dress rehearsal on the 20th, and I can promise that it's a colorful, high energy experience with plenty of flying orcas, a new original soundtrack, and enough splashing to ensure that anyone brave (or foolish) enough to sit in the splash zone will leave Shamu Stadium soaked to the skin.
Click the slideshow accompanying this article for some scenes from Shamu Lights Up the Night. I recommend getting to the stadium early, not only to ensure that you get a seat, but also to take part in the Dancing Through the Decades pre-show. Show your moves and you might just find yourself up on the big screen. DJ Rob keeps the party going until it's showtime.
I particularly enjoyed this show because it showcased some new orcas behaviors not seen previously in either the daytime show, One Ocean, or the previous incarnation of the night show. Killer whales are very intelligent animals, and they enjoy the stimulation of learning to do new things. Shamu Lights Up the Night gives them an opportunity to display not only their athletic skills, but also the new things they've learned to do as part of their ongoing enrichment.
The show has an explosive climax, both literally and figuratively. In addition to the energetic orcas, you'll also see a nice little fireworks display. I really enjoyed the overall feeling of color, both on the screens and in the water via the use of lights, the fast pace, and the high energy that makes it seem like there's never a pause. Shamu Lights Up the Night is designed to keep your attention, and it accomplishes that goal quite nicely. The time flies by as the orcas fly out of the water.
This new night show takes place every night through August 10, so plan to stick around at the park all day if you plan to see it. There's another new show on the weekends only: Generation Nature Live, which features animals and rescue stories. Jump to this article to read more about it. You'll also want to join Shamu's Dance Party on your way out of the park. Read about it here.