Walt Disney World’s Pandora doesn’t have the market cornered on bio-lumination. The all new show, Electric Ocean will concentrate on that part of the ocean that we don’t see. The depths of the ocean are filled with glowing bio-luminescence, something that we get very few glimpses of. However, new concept art, and details show us that we are going to get the chance to see those elements brought to the surface in the all new nighttime show opening at SeaWorld San Diego and Orlando.
We got a little information on the San Diego version of the new show during the huge event for Ocean Explorer, and Orca Encounter last week.
“Electric Ocean is an example of how we’re integrating emerging technologies to enhance and energize the guest experience,” said Rick Schuiteman, SeaWorld San Diego’s vice president of entertainment. “Lasers and lights will create a fantastical simulated underwater experience, inspired by the sea with ‘bioluminescent’ animals floating through the sky. This unique nighttime event will transform the park into a canvas painted with light. It’s a reinvention of what a nighttime experience in a theme park can be.”
“There is a unique opportunity to showcase a part of the ocean that few people ever see—the bioluminescent glow after dark. For Electric Ocean, we were only limited by what we could imagine,” said Brian Morrow, SeaWorld vice president of theme park experience and design.
The new show isn’t going to be just a single performance, but an all park encompassing event that has tons of different elements involved in it. Rides in the dark, huge new light shows and more will make Electric Ocean the event of the summer.
Elements of Electric Ocean
- Club Current: The night kicks off at the signature dance area, Club Current, where DJ Moray spins the hits while denizens of the deep show off the latest moves. Guests will meet reimagined vibrant sea creatures like Manny, the ray; Loggerhead, inspired by the world’s second largest sea turtle species; Cora del Fuego, the ever-colorful representation of fiery coral reefs; and many more imaginative ocean-themed characters.
- Living Glow: Powered by BioPop: The all-new, fully-interactive exhibit, at the Aquaria aquarium, is where guests will touch real bioluminescent organisms and watch these incredible microscopic algae glow, just like they do in the ocean. Microscopic algae called dinoflagellates absorb light during the day through photosynthesis, but at night, they let out a bioluminescent glow that dazzles. Through fun, hands-on table-top displays, guests will also learn how these organisms play a vital role in our oceans while marveling at their bioluminescent brilliance that is truly real and amazing.
- Cirque Electrique: Cirque Electrique is a nighttime reincarnation of the popular daytime show, Cirque de la Mer, featuring daring aerial performers in advanced LED suits that will mesmerize audiences as they bounce and fly in and over the waters of Mission Bay.
- IllumiNight: This new nighttime experience will submerge guests below the waves and electrify the ocean floor with a radiant exhibition of sight and sound. This illuminating performance will feature overhead laser lights and an interactive RFID experience, high-flying acrobats, live musicians and larger-than-life animal puppets that soar over guests, making this a truly immersive and thrilling show.
- Atlantis Ignites: The park’s water coaster, Journey to Atlantis, will enthrall guests with a 100-foot projection mapping experience that takes guests on a vibrant and thrilling undersea adventure.
- Manta reCHARGED: Guests can ride the ray and feel the rush on Manta reCHARGED. SeaWorld’s double-launch roller coaster transforms into an adrenaline pumping, electrifying coaster with new special effects, colorful lighting and pulsing music.
- Laser Reef: The party’s grand finale lights up the night with the tallest laser show in San Diego. Colorful beams shine down on Explorer’s Reef and dance to Electric Ocean beats atop the iconic Skytower, closing out the night in vibrant waves of light.
That’s one hell of a big party. Very interested to see how the park will take all of these separate elements, bring them together and make them into one huge experience. It will also be interesting to see what the Orlando version of Electric Ocean brings as well. That park will start new shows on the same night, but so far no details on what it will entail have been released.
Electric Ocean will kick off on June 17th, and will run on select nights until September 4th.