Today SeaWorld Orlando announced that its new ride for 2013, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, opens on May 24. As part of the announcement, the park also invited members of the media to a behind-the-scenes viewing of the planning and construction areas.
Click the slideshow at the top of this article to go into the "war room" and view models of the new area, as well as photos, charts, and other planning elements. This room is an actual work site, and everything you see is part of the process that is bringing Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin to life this spring.
The ride is, obviously, the most highly anticipated part of this new new attraction, since it will take families right into the penguins' world. However, that's only one part of what you'll experience. You'll see viewing areas, a gift store, a new restaurant themed as a multi-national base in Antarctica, and detailed sculptures depicting penguins from around the world.
Conservation is a big part of most attractions at SeaWorld Orlando, and Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin is no exception. You'll find educators sharing information on these fascinating creatures and learn about ways you can make a difference for them, according to Brian Morrow, Director of Creative Development.
Morrow pointed out highlights on the models that were shown to the media, but final details of the ride itself are still being kept under wraps. The vehicles were introduced at the IAAPA trade show in Orlando in November, 2011, and the ride system promises to be something unique that offers variable experiences and takes you closer to the penguins than you ever imagined possible.
The media was also allowed to check out the outdoor construction site. Continue on to part two of this article to see it.