Busch Tampa marine show to have final curtain call , to be replaced with film

Posted Wednesday, August 14, 2002 4:57 AM | Contributed by CoasterDad64

After 22 years of wowing and soaking audiences, the Dolphins of the Deep show will close Sept. 2 in what officials are calling a facelift for the theme park. The dolphins will be moving to Orlando's Sea World with two sea lions, two otters and their trainers. The show will be replaced with a new exhibit called Haunted Lighthouse, a 25-minute adventure film based on a story by R.L. Stine, author of the popular and scary Goosebumps books.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 5:56 AM
That seems like a poor decision-the dolphin show has always been very popular at BGT. I'll be sad to see them go.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 7:03 AM

That stinks, I really liked the shows at BGT when I went. And the replacement doesn't exactly sound exciting to me. But at least the show will be around at SWO...

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 7:14 AM
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The bright side, for me at least, is that the marine life has WAY better facilities at SWO than they did at BGT.....never been a fan of keeping mammals captive, but they'll have a better life....and I definitely recognize Busch's commitment to preservation and teaching....most, if not all, of their animals either couldn't survive in the wild or are born in captivity.

SUF, true, the replacement does sound like a real dud....

bill, sounding more and more like one of Cartman's hated hippies....

Wednesday, August 14, 2002 7:48 AM
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On my visit to Orlando last fall that's what struck me the most was the sheer scope of that facility. The whale pens in particular are absolutely huge. I've never seen anything like that before.

I would add that the biggest tank I've seen for dolphins is at Baltimore's aquarium in the Inner Harbor.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 8:39 AM
A haunted lighthouse in Morroco? Doesn't make sense.
Wednesday, August 14, 2002 8:48 AM
Good thing I saw it two years ago. Man, they're removing all my stuff!


Wednesday, August 14, 2002 12:36 PM
25 minute film??? Wow, that's pretty long!
Wednesday, August 14, 2002 3:32 PM
Boy I'm lucky I saw the Dolphins show on Saturday when I went. It was a great show. Sad to see it go.
Wednesday, August 14, 2002 5:16 PM
It never really fit in though, it always seemed like a sea world dealie.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 5:25 PM

Well, I'm not as upset as most here on the change -- though I have to cringe when I think of the last time that R.L. Stine had an attraction in Central Florida. It was the dreadful and thankfully short-lived Goosebumps show and walk-through house at Disney-MGM.

Wednesday, August 14, 2002 6:34 PM
It sounded like a great dolphin show.

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