ORLANDO, Fla. — SeaWorld Orlando will begin the new year by changing out its centerpiece killer-whale show, replacing “One Ocean” with “Orca Encounter,” the theme park has confirmed.
The final day for “One Ocean,” which debuted at the park in April 2011, will be Dec. 31. “Orca Encounter” will take over Jan. 1 at Shamu Stadium.
“Guests will learn about killer whales’ role in the ocean ecosystem, behaviors the animals exhibit in the wild, the importance of conservation to their habitat and animal welfare practices at SeaWorld,” Chris Dold, chief zoological officer at Orlando-based SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, said in a prepared statement.
“This educational presentation reflects our company’s mission to inspire people and protect the animals and wild wonders of our world through education, research, animal rescue and conservation,” he said.
The incoming show is “the continuing evolution” of SeaWorld shows, said Dennis Speigel, CEO of International Theme Park Services.
“They’ve got a new regime now, and I’m sure they’ve looked at this and studied it and said this will help put us back on track and this is the wave, literally, of the future,” he said.
Sergio Rivera took over as SeaWorld Parks CEO last month. That announcement coincided with third-quarter earnings for the company that showed nearly a 3 percent attendance drop for the quarter. Rivera replaced Gus Antorcha, who quit in September after seven months on the job.