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Thirteen top memories of 2013: Antarctica opening at SeaWorld Orlando

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SeaWorld Orlando debuted a brand-new type of attraction in 2013: Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. The trackless ride vehicles are the first of their kind, allowing you to choose from a wild or mild experience as you journey to the penguin habitat. Don't worry, even "wild" is still family friendly.

I was very intrigued by the ride vehicles, but I must admit that my favorite part of this new attraction is the penguins themselves. They have an all-new habitat that lets you get so close that they can literally splash you. Click the video accompanying this article to see the habitat for yourself.

I also had the privilege of going on a behind the scenes penguin tour later in the year, which you can read about in this article. You can book this extra-cost tour yourself, and I highly recommend it. You actually get to pet a penguin and get a very memorable photo of you with your new black and white friend.

To read about all of my top 13 experiences in 2013, choose from the list below:

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