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Robert Niles

SeaWorld shows off its new Antarctica ride in a video preview

Published: September 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM

In my previous piece on Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, I mention the increased competition Disney faces from Universal Orlando. Well, let's not forget that SeaWorld Orlando's throwing down, too.

The park just released its first "webisode" preview of its largest attraction in its history, Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin reviews, which will open next spring.

SeaWorld Creative Director Brian Morrow talks about the ride, its new animal habitat and shares some looks at the construction site.

What do you think? Is this enough to convince you to see SeaWorld next year?

Replies (5)

Dominick D

Published: September 17, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Looks good, but I'm not as excited for it as Seven Dwarfs or Transformers.
Anon Mouse

Published: September 17, 2012 at 1:17 PM

It definitely seems like a good exhibit. I hope the ride itself has some spectacular special effects to make it more interesting. It should have a narrative and not be merely a travel through a zoo. Disney's New Fantasyland is turning into a boozy joke. No reason to extend my trip to Disney. Better to allocate more time to SeaWorld and Universal.

Published: September 18, 2012 at 12:58 AM

I feel like seaworld has such a huge potential. San Diego's is mediocre but then I visited bush gardens and sea world Orlando and wow what a difference! They do such a good job at displaying animals and mixing it up with great rides. Bush gardens Tampa was one of the best theme park experiences I've ever had. Clearly with Antarctica they're taking it to the next level. They've mastered great roller coasters and now they're getting into immersive theming, Disney's territory. But I say take it to Disney because Disney drew first blood by building animal kingdom and MGM studios, which were essentially direct attacks to universal and sea world Parks so I think its great that they're fighting back and winning to some degree.

Published: September 20, 2012 at 5:09 AM

I'm glad this is a ride the whole family can enjoy and will be new every time you ride it (or at least a bit different.
I also think they do a amazing job with the theming and the animal exibit and I hope this is as stunning as the artwork shows.
I was at Sea World 2 years ago after a very long time (during christmas) and it was almost a new park. I think they are doning a great job keeping it fresh and I had a wonderfull time and will visit asap.
robert morris

Published: September 21, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Thinking "Harry Penquin" (trade mark) is going to be great addition.

But for Sea World to truly compete they already have the property in house:

Sesame Street: Retheme Happy Harbor and expand it to the old stables and tasting area for a Sesame Street Land with restaurant show and at least two dark rides.

While it isn't Sea based it would force many families to add that day to their vacation

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