Just as SeaWorld’s newest attraction, TurleTrek, a 3D 360 experience, opens this Friday, their designers and marketing execs have revealed more details about the park’s 2013 new attraction and its largest-ever expansion, Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin.
Guests will be surrounded by the sights and sounds found in Antarctica, embarking on a one-of-a-kind ride. They’ll experience the mystery and wonder of life on the ice through the eyes of a penguin, sensing the beauty and drama of their often-dangerous habitat. Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin combines closer-then-ever animal connections with state-of-the-art interactive ride technologies for adventures that are different each time.
Details revealed included:
• A first-of-its-kind family adventure ride that utilizes new technology for an experience that can change from visit to visit. Designers also revealed that guests will be able to choose the level of thrill they experience on the ride. Each car seats eight guests.
• Guests will be introduced to a new SeaWorld star – a young gentoo penguin. The young gentoo becomes the ride’s guide and leads guests on an exciting journey through the dangers and beauty of the Antarctic.
• Antarctica guests will get closer than ever – and out among – 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.
• Immersing guests in a colony of penguins means this will be the coldest theme park attraction in the world. Designers have declined comment on the engineering it will take to place SeaWorld guests among a colony of penguins whose habitat must stay in the low 30 degrees for comfort.
• The footprint for the new themed land is the biggest of any expansion at a SeaWorld or Busch Gardens park. Antarctica’s scope will include the ride, penguin habitat, gift shop and restaurant.
In other news, SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, Aquatica and their partner hotels will now be known as SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando.
“SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando is the one destination in Orlando where families can conveniently connect with our parks, our animals and the rest of Orlando’s attractions, combining preferred hotel stays with significant savings and exclusive benefits,” said Terry Prather, president of SeaWorld, Aquatica and Discovery Cove.
All within walking distance of SeaWorld, the park’s official hotels include quality resorts by Doubletree by Hilton, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations, Renaissance, Residence Inn and Springhill Suites.
There are benefits to staying with any of SeaWorld’s hotel partners including discounts on shopping and dining, and early entry to the parks on select dates. And “getaway package” options offer values not available anywhere else. Package options include:
• Eat free All Day – featuring the park’s all-day dining deal free with each full-paid admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica
• Free child’s admission with each paid adult admission at SeaWorld and Aquatica (limit two free kids)
• With any hotel package booked, guests who buy four nights will receive a fifth night free.
And as an added bonus, guests who stay in any of SeaWorld Orlando’s official hotels also have access to these exclusive benefits:
• Free transportation to SeaWorld, Aquatica, Discovery Cove and Universal Orlando
• Fee access to the behind-the-scenes look at SeaWorld’s animal rescue team, “SeaWorld Rescue Tour.”
To learn more or book a vacation or a getaway now, go to SeaWorldGetaways.com.
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