SeaWorld has a new Shamu show with killer whales jumping and flipping in unison to music and video graphics. One Ocean debuted on Earth Day, April 22, to coincide with its message about protecting the world's oceans. It replaced the nearly 5-year-old show Believe as the park's showcase attraction. One Ocean incorporates new safety measures put into effect after the 2010 death of trainer Dawn Brancheau, who was killed at the end of a show by a bull orca, Tilikum. Rather than go into the water with the whales, trainers now work from a stage or shallow platform at the pool's edge. The show's intensity and excitement remain. Whales jump side by side in amazing precision. Crowds cheer as they body-flop into the water, drenching people in the first several rows. Videos projected onto new rotating screens show sparkling blue ocean scenes and tell the sweet story of a young girl's love of the water. Visitors should plan on getting to Shamu Stadium early; the 30-minute show often reaches capacity.
If you go: SeaWorld tickets start at $71.99 per person online. Parking is $14. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with extended hours some nights. Check the website (seaworld.com/orlando) for hours and show times. 7007 SeaWorld Drive, Orlando; toll-free 1-888-800-5447.