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Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin officially opens at SeaWorld Orlando

by Banks Lee

Antarctica Entrance

What do you get when you combine a unique all-family adventure ride with 30-degree temperatures and nearly 250 penguins? You get Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, the all-new attraction now open at SeaWorld Orlando.

Antarctica is a realm in SeaWorld where icebergs, snowcaps and howling winds greet guests. They’ll also meet a very special penguin named Puck, and it’s through his eyes that guests learn about penguin life and the dangers and beauty of this frozen land.

On board a first-of-its-kind trackless, all-family adventure ride, guests become one with the storyline as they follow Puck’s adventures. 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. Designers say each version has multiple variations for a feeling of unpredictability, just like the continent of Antarctica.

Wild Expedition:

Wild Expedition POV for Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin at SeaWorld Orlando

Stepping off the adventure ride, guests find themselves among a colony of Adelie, gentoo, king and rockhopper penguins in a 30-degree habitat filled with wind, snow, rock and chilly water. It’s what makes Antarctica the coldest theme park attraction in Orlando. New technologies combine to create a freezing – but dry – climate, allowing guests to spend time in the penguins’ amazing world.

Mild Expedition and highlighs from queue & habitat:

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin Mild Expedition ride POV and highlights at SeaWorld Orlando

Culinary delights can be found at Expedition Café, where American, Asian and Italian – the three major signatories of the Antarctic Treaty – cuisines are featured in a mess hall setting. A hydroponic garden produces fresh herbs that chefs incorporate into the menu.

With every penguin gift imaginable, Glacial Collections gift shop is the place to shop for all penguin lovers. The retail shop’s color scheme of black, bright yellows, oranges and whites, and the penguin-shaped displays welcome guests to browse the cache of splendid penguin-related items.

Highlights from around Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin at SeaWorld Orlando

Take a look at the full grand opening ceremony for Antarctica, which includes a performance by singer Lauren Alaina.

Full grand opening ceremony for Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin at SeaWorld Orlando
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