SeaWorld Orlando announces new penguin, turtle attractions
Written by Robert Niles
SeaWorld Orlando confirmed the rumors this morning with an announcement of a major new expansion at the theme park.Tweet
Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin will beSeaWorld Orlando’s biggest-ever attraction expansion, opening spring 2013.
The expansion of the park's Penguin Encounter will involve live animal exhibits along with an interactive indoor ride through Antarctica from a penguin's point of view.
TurtleTrek will open in spring 2012 and will feature two animal habitats, one with manatees and the other with sea turtles. The highlight of the exhibit will be a 360-degree, 3D theater which will show a movie about sea turtles in their natural habitat.
It sounds like TurtleTrek might be east coast theme park fans' first chance to experience the 360/3D experience that fans on the west coast first saw at Universal Studios Hollywood's King Kong 360/3-D.
Here's the full announcement from SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, along with news of a new otter encounter at Discovery Cove.
Update: So here's the question: Do SeaWorld's new attractions, coupled with Harry Potter and everything else at Universal Orlando, move more theme park fans to consider a Disney-free Orlando vacation? If not, what more do SeaWorld and Universal need to add?
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