One Ocean, the new show starting April 22, 2011 replaced Believe. And actually the original Shamu made her final curtain call in 1971 making her way from SeaWorld to the NextWorld, as the name she made famous lived on - we don't know if it will be used outside of "Shamu Stadium" in the future or not.
It was not used in the first shows. We attended the first day and the "Shamu" name was not used.
As far as the map below is concerned, to get those better viewing seats (and sometimes getting wet seats) between the camera and the whales - get there early and stand in line to go in when it opens.
I did not make it to the first show for the media, arthritis would not let me move early today. I did make the 1:30 pm show as most of the media were leaving.
The line extended from the middle entrance down toward “Wild Arctic” back toward the entrance along the bridge (the shortest route to Shamu Stadium) to the middle of the bridge about 45 minutes before the shows scheduled start.
I did see some of the media leaving along that line and I saw someone pushing a SeaWorld rented baby carriage, stop them about ½ way from “Wild Arctic” to the bridge. I do not know the question - the answer was loud enough that I did hear, “That's the line” was the reply, pointing to all of the people to the end of the line.
I heard comments of either locals or SeaWorld employees that this was the biggest crowd that they had seen here in a long time (some said years, some said “ever”). I did ask an employee that does know the attendance what it was as I was leaving about 3:15pm (the park closes at 9:00 pm today). The answer was a polite “over 30,000” (which I interpret as either, “I don't know” or “I'm not telling you”)!
Well, I believe that I'm pretty good at estimating crowd numbers, and I saw over 30,000 people waiting to get in SeaWorld and, once inside, along the route that I took to Shamu Stadium at about 11:30 am. Just the “will call” ticket line (For prepaid but not yet picked up tickets) was from the entrance to the parking lot. The line to buy tickets was from the Entrance to the parking lot and approximately 400 – 600 ft along the sidewalk. So, have your tickets before you get to SeaWorld. If the only alternative is to buy your tickets late today at SeaWorld (when the line is short) for tomorrow then I believe do that.
Tilikum was in the show! So, some people in the lower second deck got splashed! For those that want to move to higher/dryer positions the words “really big splash” were said immediately before Tilikum's entrance.
The music is just as good as any Shamu Show. The message attempts to unite everyone, the whole world as family. I, personally, liked the Believe message better, however, this one is good. Believe is more emotional to me.
After the Show I wander around the gift shop to see how the “One Ocean” t-shirts and other “One Ocean” stuff was selling. Check out the blue “One Ocean” water bottles on your way to the show (or anywhere you see them).
Then I went to “Wild Arctic” and as I was exiting that at 2:40 pm the announcement, “ The 3:00 One Ocean Show is at capacity...” ...Suggesting to see the 7:00 pm show. The line was forming now “AT 2:40pm”
As I exited SeaWorld the line at “will call” was only about 20 - 25 people. All waiting to buy tickets was almost to the “Exit Shop” which by the way has NO “One Ocean” things and some “Believe” DVD's remaining.
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