This summer guests at SeaWorld Orlando may want to dress up in tuxedos to attend the park. That’s because SeaWorld is unveiling their new land, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. Scheduled to open May 24th, Antarctica will feature a themed restaurant, gift shop, educational area, and stunning architecture that integrates both the natural landscape of Antarctica but also artistic representations of the true stars, the penguins. This expansion is the biggest expansion in that parks history.
The true highlight if this new land is the new mobile simulator ride based on the journey of one heroic penguin. The ride itself is reminiscent of other rides in Orlando, but utilizes all new technology and ride cars. Built by Oceaneering International Inc., the ride cars will allow for eight guests to experience the life of a penguin as the cars waddle and slide just like penguins do. One of the most exciting aspects of the ride is the ability for the ride cars to randomize each ride experience. This will allow for each ride to provide guests with unique experiences upon multiple rides but also give ride operators the ability to express different emotions that they want the guest to feel. In one stage of the ride, the cars will move through the actual penguin enclosure that highlights a 20-feet deep underwater habitat where guests will be able to see live penguins playing, swimming and diving.
According to Brian Morrow, Creative Director for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, “Antarctica is the next generation of blending ride experiences and entertainment to empower guests to care for the world and hear the stories we want to tell.” Antarctica represents SeaWorld’s move forward integrating rides and animal habitats. He continues to say that every penguin species on the planet will be represented within this new land.