Blue Horizons Press Release
6/1/2010 1:12:00 PM
Blue Horizons OPENS AT SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO: THE SPECTACULAR DOLPHIN SHOW UNITES SEA AND SKY
The spectacular and innovative dolphin show, Blue Horizons®, is amazing guests at SeaWorld® San Diego. Featuring energetic bottlenose dolphins, incredible pilot whales, a colorful array of exotic birds and spirited acrobatic performers, this dazzling production opened in 2010 at the park's completely renovated Dolphin Stadium.
"Dolphins are one of the most beloved and adored animals in the world, and it's exciting to combine the grace and energy of such an amazing creature with a production that is truly spectacular," says the park's president, John Reilly. "Our guests love Blue Horizons."
To create Blue Horizons, SeaWorld collaborated with the entertainment industry's most inventive and artistic experts, marrying great production value — seen in the larger-than-life set, dramatic costuming and intriguing show development — with the awe-inspiring feats of SeaWorld animals and trainers.
At the center of Blue Horizons is Marina, a young girl whose vivid imagination sets the stage for an extravaganza of graceful dolphins, magnificent pilot whales and a rainbow of exotic birds. Blue Horizons features action both above and under the water, as a cast of divers and aerialists, dressed in eye-catching costumes symbolizing sea and sky, plunge off the elaborate set into, and also propel out of, the deep blue water.
"Only SeaWorld could create such a spectacular concept, a type of show that can be seen nowhere else in the world," said Stanley Meyer, Blue Horizons set designer and show consultant. "It sets a completely new benchmark for awe-inspiring entertainment." Meyer, best known for his work designing the Broadway musical "Beauty and the Beast," created the set for SeaWorld 's Blue Horizons, which has been a hit there since 2005.
Using elements of the sea and sky — and a young girl's vivid imagination — as his inspiration, Meyer designed a whimsical, yet dramatic, atmosphere with an immense rising sun, hundreds of iridescent bubbles, and an elaborate, 40-foot-high framework which envelopes the pool and balances divers and aerialists as they plunge from bungees and soar on "cloud swings."
While these characters sway through the sky and dive off the set, the true stars of the show grace the waters below. SeaWorld's dolphins and pilot whales leap their way into this dreamy adventure. African crowned cranes, coral bill parrots, black vultures and other bird species soar over the audience as they ascend toward the horizon.
The stirring, original musical score for Blue Horizons is performed by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
Dolphin Stadium was completely transformed for Blue Horizons, including an entirely new set; trusses, diving boards and bungee swings for the aerialists and divers; a new sound system; high-tech water features; and an additional 700 seats for guests.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment inspires millions, through the power of entertainment, to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world. The Company has been creating innovative entertainment experiences that blend imagination with nature for more than 50 years and is best known for its 11 U.S. theme parks, attractions that hosted more than 24 million guests in 2012 and include the beloved SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens® and Sesame Place® brands. The parks offer guests a variety of up-close experiences, from animal encounters that invite exploration and appreciation of the natural world, to thrilling rides and spectacular shows. In 2011, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment began expanding its popular brands into media and entertainment platforms to connect people to nature and animals through movies, television, and digital media; plus began developing new lines of licensed consumer products.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is one of the world's foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The Company maintains one of the largest animal collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment also operates one of the world's most respected programs to rescue and rehabilitate ocean marine animals that are ill, injured and orphaned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 22,000 animals in need over the last four decades.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment employs more than 21,000 people nationwide.
Updated: June 2010