New 'Polar Express' overlay for Wild Arctic at SeaWorld
has announced that starting this Friday (and running through Jan. 1), its Wild Arctic
attraction will replace its ride simulator introduction with a new film themed to "The Polar Express." That makes what is normally themed to be a trip to an arctic research station instead a trip to Santa's north pole.
I'm looking forward to reports from our Orlando-area readers on this latest holiday-themed ride overlay. I'd also like to hear from readers about other ride theme overlays for the Christmas that they know about. The two I remember off the top of my head are Haunted Mansion Holiday and It's a Small World Holiday at Disneyland. Surely there are others. (I'd like to get a complete list for a Vote of the Week this weekend.) Thanks.
What a Grinch. 'Tis the Season and all that..
I'll take the flip side: I *hated* that movie! The visual look suited still images beautifully, but provided leaden action. And the conductor's final line: "it doesn't matter where you're going, just so long as you get on board," makes my skin crawl. That might be the most repulsive lesson I've yet seen in kid lit.
I hated the Film, the charectors all seemed Soleless with their dark hollow eyes.. It actually seemed quite a demonic zombiefied film.
FWIW, The Luxor in Las Vegas has a 4-D Polar Express attraction. I haven't made it down there to check it out yet but I'm assuming it's going into the simulator that normally has the Spongebob ride. I also don't know if it's the same attraction as Seaworld's but it would appear so. If I make it down there, I'll be back here with a review.
I just have to add another comment about the Polar Express movie. I, too, found the movie very disappointing. I was a big fan of the book, and just didn't get any "magic" from the movie like I was hoping for. There just wasn't enough material in the book to make a feature-length movie. So any theme park attraction based on the movie is not going to be exciting news to me.
We were down at Sea World for Thanksgiving weekend and came across this "surprise" on Friday, 11-23. We were anticipating a ride on "Wild Arctic" and had mixed feelings about this change. My wife is a fan of the movie, but I can take it or leave it. First of all, they only had one of the simulators set up for this so The line moved VERY slowly. What would probably be a 15-20 min. wait for Wild Arctic was 35 mins for P.E. I have to get them credit for changing much of the theming on the inside. When you walked into the loading station, there was Christmas tree fragrance (pine) in the air and the outside of the simulators were changed to look like trains. All of the ride attendants were dressed like conductors. The inside also had a nice "look" with train windows and curtains. All that having been said, it's easy to say it was a "stretch" to turn this into a ride simulator. The only good parts were some steep up and down sections of train track. Other parts simply involved watching segments of the movie with limited motion. I would only rate this "4" out of 10 (but a B+ for effort). If you have small children, they would probably enjoy it. After you unload from the train, they have a nice little section called "Santa Claus town" (or something like that) with a big tree, decorations and the Jolly Elf himself waiting for the tykes (bring money for photos). From there you continue into the original Wild Artic displays.
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