Tonight Theme Park Review was invited to attend the first night of SeaWorld Orlando's 2015 run of Summer Nights. This year's event features the return of the Shamu's Celebration: Light Up the Night show and extended park hours, coupled with the introduction of a new weekend Summer Concert Series featuring different musical acts each weekend. All of this is included in normal park admission to enjoy in addition to all year round offerings at the park.
Our evening at Summer Nights began with a concert by Trick Pony in the Nautilus Theater, previous home of the recently-closed A'Lure: Call of the Ocean show.
Trick Pony is a country band who rose to billboard success in the 90's but has been touring ever since.
They put on quite a good show!
Even if you're not a country fan, the concerts are worth checking out since they are included in general park admission.
A fun show to see!
It is nice to see the Nautilus Theater in use again!
Next week's acts...
We visited Shamu over at the Killer Whale viewing area behind Shamu Stadium.
The former games area has been demolished to make way for a new pretzel eatery set to debut later this year.
The Pretzel Bacon Fury from Busch Gardens Tampa is expected to be offered here as well!
The Pearl Divers are back at The Waterfront after being previously laid off in a round of budget cuts.
It is great to see this space being put to its intended use.
Passholders can enjoy "Happy Hour" discounts on alcoholic beverages at The Sandbar, Sharks Underwater Grill and the Terrace BBQ.
We had to indulge.
Since we're already here...
Let's check out some penguins!
As the sun began to set and the rain slowed to a near-stop...
A huge rainbow began to appear...
And shortly after, the full rainbow (along with second larger rainbow above it.
Shamu's Celebration: Light Up the Night features a DJ hyping the show along as it goes.
Get ready for some Killer Whale photos!
The show concludes with some fantastic fireworks.
Well worth the wait!
Come by and check out Summer Nights at SeaWorld Orlando when you get a chance--you'll have a great time!
Special thanks to SeaWorld for allowing us to join for another fantastic night at the park! We'll definitely be revisiting Summer Nights before it is over (and you should too)!
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
When they say "summer 2016" for Mako can anyone give an idea of when it may open? I'm planning to visit Florida late April and would be devastated to see it almost ready but being unable to ride it. Same with Cobras Curse.
When they say summer, sometimes they mean Memorial Day weekend as that's kind of the beginning of the summer season for theme parks. Or it could actually mean the season of summer, which would mean June. So for Mako, I'm expecting late May to possibly early July. As for Cobra's Curse, they haven't given a timeframe at all besides 2016. I doubt it will be open by April. I've heard they're hoping to have it ready for Memorial Day weekend, but are just a little shy to give too specific of a time after the whole Falcon's Fury delay of opening.
Well judging off Manta, Antarctica and Kraken, since B&M's go up pretty quick and also since this is B&M, I doubt their will be many problems delaying this coaster. I'd say that the end of May(20th-31st) is a safe bet for when the coaster will be open. They've even already begun work on the area with clearings and stuff like that.
Last edited by colinx on Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:57 am.
Yeah, pretty much every major ride in the SeaWorld/Busch family (except for those that faced delays like FF) opened the Friday before Memorial Day, except for Kraken, which opened the Friday after Memorial Day. So if all goes well, expect it to be open May 27th. That's my best guess at least.
Manta had about 3 weeks of soft opens for a couple hours a day. Cheetah Hunt didn't have any non-media/employee soft opens, so the general public had to wait until opening day for that (well actually, more of the day after opening day, as it was down for almost the entire day it opened). So still don't expect it to be open in April, but there might be a soft open early to mid-May.
The summer nights even looks great, I wish they would release the artists who are performing more than a week in advance. Also, I wonder why they chose to use the Nautilus instead of Bayside Stadium for the concerts this year?
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