Special Report : Moviehole at SeaWorld, San Diego


To review the new show, ‘Believe’

The lovely folks at SeaWorld, San Diego, invited Moviehole down to check out their newest attraction – is attraction the right word? We are, after all, talking about a beautiful mammal – the Shamu (he’s the legendary whale that lurks within the waters of the park) headlined, ‘Believe’ show.

The show – which features awe-inspiring choreography, thrilling new whale behaviours, an original musical score and panoramic LED screens – has been in the works for years, apparently, and it shows.

“Believe’ is definitely the most exciting killer whale show we have ever undertaken,” said SeaWorld General Manager Andy Fichthorn. “Shamu Stadium has gone high tech, and for the first time in 15 years it will have a whole new look that will provide all the thrill and excitement of Shamu with a show that combines visual beauty, stunning behaviors and state-of-the art multimedia.”

Wow. What a show. Totally amazed at how much work has been put into this show. Besides the fact that the whale is amazing enough, the production design of the thing is outstanding. From the lightning to the video/audio to the storyline of the thing (believe it or not, there does seem to be a storyline here), it is a truly an amazing package.

One of the most amazing elements of the “Believe” show is the new stage design. It’s a 3-story whale tail flanked by four 20-foot-wide video screens that operate independently or can move together to create a single 80-foot-long panoramic screen. Everyone – regardless of where you’re sitting – gets a good view this way.

As I mentioned, the story does seem to have a show. The show opens with images of a boy who wants to experience killer whales up close. The action soon transitions to the pool, where whale and trainer discover each other in a series of behaviors. And did we mention, ballet?

“‘Believe’ takes guests on a journey in which they feel all dreams are possible if only you believe,” said Fichthorn. “This inspirational new show reflects the close relationship our trainers share with the killer whales, as well as amazes guests with a series of exciting new behaviors never seen before.”

We were left totally amazed – and wet (don’t sit in the first few rows if you don’t want to get drenched!) – by “Believe”. Make it you first stop at “SeaWorld”.

“SeaWorld” San Diego is a treat all-round. There are plenty of magnificent rides (the “Shipwreck Rapids” and “Journey to Atlantis” rides are fab), more great animal attractions (“Pet’s Rule”, featuring cats, dogs, pigs, birds – – – anything with legs – — is another highlight!) and most notably, the Dolphin Interaction Program.

Yep. Dolphin Interaction.

The DIP offers folks that don’t normally get to mix it up with sea life – that’s most of us – whilst leaning about the wonderful creatures we’re frolicking in the water with. It is truly, an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

First up, you’re taken to a classroom, where you learn all about dolphins and their training. We’re then split-up into groups where we get to wade in the water with the animals. It is just wonderful. You’ll never forget the experience if you do it. [You can book it here].

If you’re ever in San Diego, make sure to drop by “Seaworld” – it’s 189 acres of pure fun.

You can check out the official website here.

Thanks for putting up with us, guys!