Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation Now Open at SeaWorld San Diego

Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation Now Open at SeaWorld San Diego

4/2/2013 1:12:00 PM

Guests can sing, clap and dance along to classic and original songs while partying with their favorite characters as they join the cast in the ultimate interactive show — SeaWorld® San Diego is pleased to announce Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation, an original live musical show featuring the characters from DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: DWA) beloved "Madagascar" franchise showing at the park's renovated Mission Bay Theater.

"SeaWorld San Diego and our sister park Busch Gardens® in Tampa are the only two theme parks in the United States where fans can see this incredibly funny and engaging new show," said Rick Schuiteman, vice president of entertainment. "We welcome these characters to our family."

The 20-minute musical show follows the antics of Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo, King Julien, Mort and the Penguins during a vacation adventure. The production features rock/pop music performed by a live band and include classic and original songs. Guests even get the chance to be part of the party! After shows, the characters conduct meet and greets with park guests.

Mission Bay Theater has been completely renovated. Modern theater modifications include a new stage, screen, lighting, scenery, special effects and more than 700 theater-style seats.

Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation replaces the park's popular 4-D movies, which have included Sesame Street presents Lights, Camera, Imagination! in 4-D, which ran from 2008 to 2012; R.L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse, from 2003 to 2008; and Pirates 4-D, which ran 2000 to 2003.

"Madagascar" is one of the most successful CG animated move franchises of all time, grossing more than $1.8 billion at the worldwide box office. In 2012, "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" grossed more than $740 million at the global box office, becoming the highest grossing film of the series.

SeaWorld San Diego is open year-round, including holidays. Park admission is $79 for ages 10 and older; $71 for ages 3 to 9. For more information, visit www.seaworldsandiego.com.

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 collectively cares for one of the largest animal collections in North America and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The company also rescues and rehabilitates 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.

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Created: March 2013