by Melissa Oviedo, TEA International Board President
I hope you enjoyed last week’s post by TEA International Board Secretary, Evi Sari, about our time with Chimelong! Previously, I’ve discussed the trip’s goals, our discussion at the U.S. Consulate and the Department of Commerce, and our visits to Hong Kong Disneyland and Universal Studios Beijing.
Now I’m thrilled to share highlights from the final part of our journey, an experience at the brand-new indoor marine theme park, SeaWorld Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
The overall storytelling of the space is impressive – the center “hub” space provides a 360 degree immersive media and audio visual to tell the story of the animals being represented from various regions around the world. The media, lighting design, and integration help create this immersive experience. The attention to detail in the integration of media and lighting design creates an environment that elevates the storytelling to unprecedented heights.
Animal Care and Conservation
The emphasis on animal care and conservation was impressive. Exhibits are designed to bring guests closer to the animals, fostering a connection that goes beyond mere observation. SeaWorld Abu Dhabi's commitment to preserving the natural habitats of these majestic creatures is not just a message; it's a mission embodied in every interaction and every exhibit.
The innovative design of the park's two theaters seamlessly integrates the traditional theater aesthetic into the environmental surroundings. This creative approach enhances the overall experience, allowing guests to witness incredible performances in an environment that feels harmoniously connected to the animals' natural habitats.
Guest-Forward Animal Care and Research Facilities
SeaWorld Abu Dhabi breaks new ground by bringing animal care and research facilities to the forefront of the guest experience. The commitment to transparency and education is evident as guests witness firsthand the dedication and expertise behind the scenes. Telling the stories of the animals becomes a critical aspect of the park's mission, forging a deeper connection between visitors and the incredible work of SeaWorld.
Grand-Scale Reveal Moments
The park boasts grand-scale reveal moments that unfold through expansive acrylic windows, offering breathtaking views of the habitats. Innovative use of LED screens within the tanks adds depth and creativity, providing guests with unique perspectives and an immersive understanding of the marine world.
Top-of-the-Line Attractions: Manta Coaster and Hypersphere 360
SeaWorld Abu Dhabi's commitment to providing world-class attractions is epitomized by the Manta coaster and the Hypersphere 360. The Hypersphere, a first-of-its-kind attraction, combines exhilarating thrills with a captivating media show, setting a new standard for immersive experiences.
Gamification for Environmental Stewardship: SEA Guardian Games
The park engages visitors on a broader scale with the SEA Guardian Games—a park-wide gamification experience. Kiosks strategically placed around the park allow guests to earn points, unlock status levels, and discover interactive moments, fostering a sense of environmental stewardship and active participation in conservation efforts.
Intimacy in Scale: A Gorgeous, Approachable Haven
While the scale of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi is undeniably impressive, what truly sets it apart is its ability to maintain an intimate and approachable atmosphere. Surprises and moments of awe unfold seamlessly, creating a haven where guests feel connected to the wonders of the ocean without losing the sense of intimacy.
SeaWorld Abu Dhabi is a testament to the transformative power of storytelling, innovation, and an unwavering commitment to the well-being of our planet's incredible inhabitants. The park is not just a destination; it is a sanctuary where the magic of the natural world unfolds, leaving an everlasting imprint on those fortunate enough to experience its wonders.
Thank you to our incredible Global Partners located in China and Hong Kong as well as Miral Experiences. This trip would not have been possible without them.