2122 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA
Fantasea The Chicago Reviews
Don't See Nov 21, 2009
One of the highlights to a trip to an aquarium is going to see the dolphin show. Basically you watch a few people in wet suits with a huge bucket of smelt, and watch them feed dolphins and then they go an do a fun trick, like jump through a hope, or some other fantastic act, instead I get the immense pleasure of seeing "fantasea" which is a jazzed up version of your basic dolphin show.
The first thing they do is cram everyone into a huge auditorium, and trick all the passer buyers at the aquarium to enter. Then they make you wait about a half hour before the show to start. While you are waiting they have a video about how great the show is going to be. OK, a little self promotion, nothing wrong with that right?
Oh but that wasn't enough, they start the "show", and then give a 5 minute speech about no flash photography, which is ironic because the actual show is filled with laser lights and general mayhem.
So the show starts, and the hostess gets a kid from the audience to participate. I would like to point out that the kid is a clear plant in the audience, which was shown later with her great acting, ability to ride in a flying boat, and do a little dance with the beluga whales, along with knowing all the essential moves.
The planted girl, then has a women in a wet suit give her this necklace and she holds it up and it starts glowing, and a flying boat comes down and she rides it to an island in the pool. I may point out that no all these people in wet suits come out, and of course NO MINORITIES in the act, shame on them.
Next is an odd show featuring singing dancers in fish suits, a guy DRESSED UP LIKE A PENGUIN, and nothing to do with the animals.
Finally we see penguins, and whales for like 30 seconds, more people in goofy suits, and a little big of disgust against society and the marketing executive who produced this.
So what I learned: Kids if you want to be a marine biologist or animal trainer, you better get good grades or your job is going to be to run around in a penguin suit.
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