SeaWorld San Diego’s signature killer whale show will be phased out in 2016 and replaced with a new orca experience, the Orlando-based company announced Monday.
SeaWorld San Diego’s signature killer whale show will be phased out in 2016 and replaced with a new orca experience, the Orland-based company announced Monday.
SeaWorld intends to phase out its longstanding killer whale show at its San Diego park next year as part of a comprehensive strategy unveiled Monday to re-position the embattled company amid persistent criticisms of how it treats its orcas.
Next year will be the last for the show and coming in 2017 will be a new orca experience, described as “informative” and designed to take place in a more natural setting, minus the theatrical tricks that have long defined the Shamu shows. The announcement came during a Monday morning webcast led by SeaWorld Entertainment CEO Joel Manby and other senior executives, who discussed a multi-pronged vision for the company and its collection of 11 parks.
“We start everything by listening to our guests and evolving our shows to what we’re hearing, and so far that’s what we’ve been hearing in California, they want experiences that are more natural and experiences that look more natural in the environment,” Manby said. “…But it’s not universal across our properties.”