SeaWorld Orlando will launch a new dolphin show next month, replacing its 11-year-old Blue Horizons dolphin show.
The Dolphin Days show announcement Thursday is the latest attempt by the theme park to change its entertainment-based shows to a more educational slant. It comes just two days after SeaWorld Orlando announced a 46.9 million loss in revenue in 2016.
“The audience will learn more about the individual personalities of each Atlantic bottlenose dolphin while witnessing the special bond they share with their trainers,” according to the SeaWorld release. “A soaring rainbow of macaws and other tropical birds will also delight guests, uniting the mysteries of the deep oceans with the wonder and beauty of the skies above.”
A young volunteer will be selected during each Dolphin Days show to get an up-close encounter with one of the dolphins and a green-winged macaw. The show will teach all guests how they can help protect dolphins in the wild.
“Through up-close encounters and unique shows like Dolphin Days, guests will leave the park inspired to care about this amazing species and take action to help wild animals and the places they live,” according to SeaWorld officials.
The show is inspired by, but not an exact copy of, the 20-minute SeaWorld San Diego’s Dolphin Days, which debuted in 2015.
Dolphin Days will open April 1 at SeaWorld Orlando.
The Orlando park’s new enlarged Dolphin Nursery is scheduled to open this summer, offering an interactive educational experience for guests to see dolphins up close.