Out and About: Antarctica Opens at SeaWorld Orlando on May 24, 2013

SeaWorld Orlando Antarctica grand opening linesOn Friday, May 24, SeaWorld Orlando opened their newest expansion, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. This all-new adventure allows guests to experience the sights, sounds, thrills, chills and penguins of Antarctica, through the eyes of a special penguin hero named Puck.

Grand opening festivities began early in the morning, with opening remarks by park president Terry Prather. Then, award-winning country artist Lauren Alaina took to the stage to sing a special remix of “Antarctica: One World, One Family,” the song she wrote for the attraction. SeaWorld Orlando is even offering up a free download of the song at SeaWorldOrlando.com/Antarctica.

Finally, the huge crowd was allowed to be among the first to ride the new attraction. The ride is a first-of-its-kind trackless adventure ride suitable for the whole family. Each mobile simulator ride car allows guests to choose one of two levels of exploration — Wild Expedition or Mild Expedition — for various degrees of ride intensity.

The story of the ride follows the adventures of Puck the Penguin, and the car moves and reacts to his experiences, such as waddling, swimming and more.

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SeaWorld Orlando Unveils Ride Car for Antarctica Attraction

During last week’s International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo 2012, SeaWorld Orlando unveiled the vehicle that will be used in their newest attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Creative Director, Brian Morrow, provided details about the ride vehicle and how it is the first of its kind in the world. It combines a mobile, moving simulator with a completely trackless ride system.

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin is set to open at SeaWorld Orlando in Spring 2013.

For more details, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com/Antarctica.

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SeaWorld Orlando Unveils More About Upcoming New Attraction Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin

Even though SeaWorld Orlando just opened their new TurtleTrek attraction last week,they are already looking forward to their next attraction, which will take guests all the way to the southern continent.

Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin is set to open in Spring 2013 and will be the park’s biggest expansion to date. This week the park revealed more details on the attraction.

The attraction will utilize new technology that will allow guests to choose the level of thrill they experience on each ride through.

Each boat-like car will seat up to eight guests at a time.

Also along for the ride is a young gentoo penguin who will become the rider’s guide through the wilds of the Antartica landscape.

Antartica guests will get closer than ever to its colony of penguins, including gentoos, rockhoppers, adelies and kings. How close has yet to be detailed, but designers consider the guests’ encounters with the penguins to be the first of their kind in any theme park or zoo in the world.

Because the real penguins must stay in a habitat with temperatures in the low 30s, this will be the coldest theme park attraction in the world, according to the attraction’s designers.

The Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin attraction will include the ride, the penguin habitat gift shop and a restaurant. The exact opening date hasn’t been set yet, but as soon as we find out, we’ll let you know.

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