SeaWorld’s holiday celebrations are in full swing with lots of holiday decorations, shows, and other entertainment. While some of these offerings are only available during certain portions of the day, the Rudolph Movie Experience runs continuoulsy with showtimes every thirty minutes from 10:30am-6:30pm. The experience is located at the Seafire Grill, close to the dolphin nursery at the front of the park.
The seating area towards the back of the restaurant has been transformed into a holiday movie theater, complete with a show screen, “windows,” and festive decorations. It’s secluded from the cashier area and bar patrons, but it’s still a large enough room to handle significant demand. Because this area is intended for actively dining guests, it’s filled tables of various sizes. You can leisurely eat your lunch or just grab a seat inside as the show begins.
Before the show, Rudolph and (his friend?, girlfriend?) Clarice will visit you at your table. They’ll take pictures and give out hugs. I hadn’t expected a meet and greet as part of the experience, and it was a very special bonus. There were only a few other groups waiting in the theater with us, so we got an extended period of attention from the reindeers. I was able to take multiple photographs, and my daughter was thrilled with her allotment of high fives!
The 10 minute movie plays on the hour and half hour between 10:30-6:30pm. The movie is an extremely abbreviated version of the full film. There are enough scenes to understand the basic story, but it’s not the most entertaining (or relatable) mix. None of the musical numbers are featured, and in one scene you see a random flying lion (from the Island of Misfit Toys) with little to no context provided. It’s difficult to really appreciate the chosen scenes unless you are familiar with the movie.
SeaWorld describes the attraction as an “immersive movie experience with dazzling lights, vibrant special effects, and delicious scents!” Perhaps some of the “effects” were not working during my visit, but my movie certainly did not live up to this expectation. Every time Rudolph’s nose lit up, a bright red light filled the theater. Additionally, there were two simulated “snow” falls during the movie. Otherwise, I did not notice any special effects and certainly no distinct smells.
Freaky Thoughts: Rudolph Movie Experience at SeaWorld
If you happen to be eating your lunch at the Seafire Grill during showtime, go ahead and sit in the movie area. Otherwise, this experience is not worth your time. The reindeer meet and greet is a nice opportunity for photos, but the movie could be much more entertaining. Instead, rent the full film and enjoy a movie night with your family at home.