‘Electric Ocean’ Returns to SeaWorld Orlando
Colors, music, and delights abound at SeaWorld Orlando’s “Electric Ocean” event, returning for its sixth year with special shows, dazzling fireworks, and limited-edition menu items on select dates through Sept. 5.
During the day, guests can get a literal taste of the festivities through exclusive “Electric Ocean” food and beverage (F&B) items, offered on event dates. The tasty treats include beef or chicken cheese empanadas; beef skewers with homemade chimichurri; chicken skewers with mango salsa; sweet beignets with a choice of bananas foster, dulce de leche, or Nutella flavors; and cocktails inspired by the park’s roller coasters.
Executive chef Jomar Rios Berly helped plan the menu’s execution and presentation, and his personal favorite item is the XXL beef skewer, which is marinated in mojo.
“I’m born and raised in Puerto Rico, so this is like a story behind where I’m coming from,” he says of the flavors inspiring the specialty items.
“Electric Ocean” also offers an array of entertainment options for attendees to enjoy. Throughout the day, guests can jam with Elmo and his Sesame Street pals at “Elmo Rocks,” with the return of the show at Nautilus Theater. As the sun goes down, dancers and puppeteers will filter into two dance clubs, Club Electric Current at the Waterfront and Club Sea Glow at Bayside Stadium, embodying buoyancy and fun, while inviting the audience to join in.
New this year is the “Rescue Tails: Night Vision” show. Its counterpart, “Rescue Tails” began last year, sharing the story of SeaWorld’s Conservation Ambassadors, animal care, and rescue. While this show is still available during the day, the evening set has been reworked and reinvented, featuring nocturnal creatures both cuddly and crawly. Depending on the time and day, spectators will see an array of different animals, including a skunk, a tarantula, a Gila monster, a great horned owl, and baby racoons.
“It’s actually through an organization called Conservation Ambassadors out of California,” says Ken Mills, manager of creative show operations at SeaWorld Orlando. “All of the animals in the show have a conservation story of why they’re with them, why they can’t be released back into the wild, how they came to be with the Conservation Ambassadors, and what the actual story is.”
Despite all of the fun to be had, “Rescue Tails” is SeaWorld’s reminder that care for animals is at the center of its message and what they do. The hosts of the show bring each animal out to the stage to educate the audience on their species, as well as how they can help prevent these creatures from becoming “problem animals.”
“We don’t have animals just to have them,” Mills says. “They all have a story, and we want to share the story and how we are trying to make the world a bit better through conservation efforts, through SeaWorld itself, and through partnerships like the Conservation Ambassadors.”
Ending the evening at “Electric Ocean,” a nighttime show named “Ignite 360” takes place over the park’s lake and includes fireworks, pyrotechnics, light effects, and some newly added water technology. The show can be viewed from all around the lake.
“This year, we’ve added almost 80 fountains to the second side of the lake over by Lakeside Grill, and now we have you in on all of the Waterfront,” Mills says, explaining how the viewing opportunities have expanded from years past. “So now it’s not just from Bayside [Stadium].”