Ride Concept Art
Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin -
(4/25/12) SeaWorld Orlando has released new concept
artwork and details for the 2013 attraction:
Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin, which now
clearly shows off that rumored trackless dark ride style car.
They report that the attraction will be a first-of-its-kind
family ride adventure that will include technology
allowing for the experience to change from visit to visit.
Guests will also be able to choose the “level of thrill”
that they wish to experience inside the 8-passenger car.
The attraction will introduce guests to a new SeaWorld character…
a young gentoo penguin who will become your guide
and lead you through a journey into the dangerous
and wondrous beauty of the Antarctic.
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.
So what will you see? Well… they’re still pretty mum on
that subject, though they claim you will get closer than
ever – and out among – their colony of penguins.
This also means that this will be the coldest theme park
attraction in the world, where the penguin’s habitat must
stay in the low 30’s for their comfort. That said…
I hope they find a way to keep guests warm if need be,
because riding this after getting a soaking on Journey To Atlantis
is not going to be a fun experience.
New details released on Sea World's
Antarctica penguin ride and exhibit
SeaWorld Orlando today revealed some more detail
about its new ride for 2013:
Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin.
SeaWorld said in a press release today that
"Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin will include 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."
Hmmm. Could these be some sort of motion-base
cars on a trackless ride system? Groups could
select how much the cars move ("choose the level of thrill they experience")
and the path through the ride building could vary from trip to trip
("an experience that can change from visit to visit"),
in the spirit of Tokyo Disneyland's Winnie the Pooh ride.
It's one explanation (and the one I'd love to ride).
I don't have any insider scoop here - just looking at the
image and release and applying that to what
I know is out there as current ride technology.
The attraction will include not just the ride,
but also an up-close viewing area, restaurant and gift shop.
I'm guessing that the people depicted alongside the ride
reference the viewing area in the new ride. SeaWorld said:
"Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin will get
SeaWorld’s guests 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."
And yes, it's going to be chilly in there:
"Immersing guests in a colony of penguins means
Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin 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."
By the way, I love the "hidden penguin" in the image, too.
Take a close look at that snow-covered rock work in the
top middle of the image.