Busch Gardens Tampa & SeaWorld San Diego Add Madagascar Live Show

In December 2012, SeaWorld announced the characters from Franklin and Friends would visit all three U.S. SeaWorld theme parks in 2013.  Now, in addition to Franklin, the animal stars of Madagascar will host meet & greets in the parks and appear in a Madagascar live show.  If you want to see it, you better keep it movin’ movin’ over to Busch Gardens Tampa or SeaWorld San Diego before it’s too late.  Continue reading for all the details below.

Update April 5, 2013

Busch Gardens Tampa shared this video of the characters from Madagascar getting ready for the premiere of their new show.  “Operation: Vacation” will debut at the theme park on May 18.

Original post from February 13 follows below…

Madagascar Live! Operation Vacation

From SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s Press Release

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment announced it will premiere “Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation,” an original live musical show featuring the characters from DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.’s beloved Madagascar franchise, at two of its theme parks this summer.

Celebrating the box office success of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, which has grossed more than $740 million at the worldwide box office, Alex the Lion and friends will party while on vacation with guests at Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld San Diego throughout 2013.

The 20-minute musical show follows the antics of Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo, King Julien, Mort and the Penguins during a vacation adventure.  The show will feature rock/pop music performed by a live band and include both classic and original songs.  The characters also will conduct meet and greets with park guests.  Additionally, special co-branded merchandise exclusive to the parks, will be available.

These two locations will be the only theme parks in the U.S. where fans can see the characters of Madagascar live.  The new show “Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation” premieres in the following locations:

  • Busch Gardens Tampa May 18, 2013.
  • SeaWorld San Diego June 15, 2013.

The company also has the opportunity to expand the show to other parks in the SeaWorld family in the future.

“Audiences around the world have embraced the characters of Madagascar, and SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks are the ideal places for families to enjoy this immersive live entertainment experience,” said DreamWorks Animation’s Head of Worldwide Licensing & Consumer Products, Kerry Phelan.  “The entire creative team behind this uniquely original version of “Madagascar Live!” has done an impressive job of translating the beloved world from screen to stage, bringing it to life for young park guests and family audiences alike.”

“Our parks both entertain and inspire guests to care about animals,” said Scott Helmstedter, Chief Creative Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.  “Likewise, the Madagascar movies also inspire animal lovers, but in a different way with their inimitable charm and humor.  We welcome these characters to our family with open arms and look forward to working with DreamWorks Animation on this incredibly funny and engaging new show.”

Madagascar is one of the most successful CG animated movie franchises of all time, grossing more than $1.8 billion at the worldwide box office.  In 2012 “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” grossed over $740 million at the global box office, becoming the highest grossing film of the series.

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