SeaWorld Orlando premiered their new animal show Clyde and Seamore’s Sea Lion High on Thursday, April 16, 2015, and it was a big hit with those in attendance.
The show started with a pre-show example of training the sea lions to do certain behaviors. They explained that the sea lions can get up to 650 pounds, so the first thing they do is establish a relationship between the trainer and the animal. Then they can begin to train the animal based upon the trust in that relationship.
Also prior to the show, the audience is taught the Sea Lion High fight song, complete with lyrics on the screen. Don’t forget to buy your foam fingers and cheerleader poms before you come to school.
Then the show starts, and it’s a perfect showcase for the animals. The storyline is it’s graduation day at Sea Lion High, but we discover that Clyde and Seamore haven’t completed all the classes they need to graduate. Until they do, they’re not eligible for scholarships to go to Ocean University.
Clyde has to retake science and dance, while Seamore has to retake gym, drama, and dance. It was a creative way to keep the action continuous on stage while giving each animal breaks from the action. They also have lunch together, though one of them was definitely getting the best of the Lunch Lady.
Towards the end there is a huge crisis, and Clyde and Seamore have to apply what they’ve learned to save the day.
Sea Lion High ends with the whole gang together, and even a special appearance by their walrus friend, who does a few moves with Clyde and Seamore.
Sea Lion High is a show about learning, but during the show, the audience learns too. There are conservation cards shown on the digital screen at the top of the stage. There are also subtle animal behaviors like when a human actor throws a soda can into the water, the otter comes out and not only gets the can out of the water, but then deposits it into a recycle bin on stage.
I appreciated all the information, and the fact that it was worked into the show naturally. I also enjoyed the quick nod to the former show, Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island, which ran for 15 years before closing in August 2014.
One note: even if you’re not in the designated splash zones in the seats, you may get wet anyways. The stadium stage has be redesigned to feature more water, both in the size of the pool, and in special effects. I was four rows above the last row in the splash zone, and I still got sprayed. But it was warm out, so it felt good.
Overall, I have to say SeaWorld Orlando has a new hit with Clyde and Seamore’s Sea Lion High. It’s fun, light-hearted, and educational at the same time. There is always something happening on stage, so it’ll keep the attention of young guests who might otherwise get bored with a 30-minute show.
Clyde and Seamore’s Sea Lion High is included with your regular SeaWorld Orlando admission.