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SeaWorld's Brian Morrow talks about Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin

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Published: November 13, 2012 at 9:40 AM

ORLANDO - SeaWorld Orlando unveiled its ride vehicle for the upcoming Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin ride this morning at the annual IAAPA Attractions Expo.

Antarctica ride vehicle

After the reveal, SeaWorld's Creative Director, Brian Morrow, spoke with me about what visitors can expect on the ride, which will open next spring. It's a trackless motion simulator ride, which Morrow called the world's first of its kind.

Highlights? Morrow said SeaWorld's designed the ride as family friendly. He wouldn't announce the height restriction just yet, but he said that it would be "very low" and that families could select the intensity of their ride, whether mild or intense.

Morrow also said vehicles would take different ride paths through the attraction, making it a different experience on subsequent rides.

SeaWorld Orlando park president Terry Prather wouldn't put a price tag on the new attraction, but said that it was the largest single attraction investment in the company's history.

Update: Here's the link to SeaWorld's official Antarctica page.

Readers' Opinions

From Dominick D on November 13, 2012 at 9:58 AM
So pretty much Test Track 2 meets Indiana Jones Adventure meets Pooh's Hunny Huny but with penguins? Sounds good to me!
From Mike Gallagher on November 13, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Congratulations, Dom!

Hunny Huny is Typo Of The Week!

From Dominick D on November 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Oh, Hunny Huny!!!
From Mike Gallagher on November 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Wrong again! :)

Granted the "T" and the "Y" ARE very close together on your standard keyboard.

From Jorge Arnoldson on November 13, 2012 at 6:28 PM
There was also a trackless simulator/dark ride hybrid at the Shanghai World's Fair's Aviation Pavilion, making AEotP the first permanent installation of a trackless simulator dark ride. Here's a video of it.
From AJ Hummel on November 13, 2012 at 6:58 PM
I'm actually more interested in this ride than anything else opening in Florida in the next five years (excluding Harry Potter Part 2). Perhaps it's time for Disney to re-evaluate their attraction line-up for Avatarland and consider a Pandora themed version of Pooh's Hunny Hunt instead of a Pandora themed version of Soarin'.
From O T on November 14, 2012 at 7:23 AM
@Jorge I watched the video (fun!) but didn't see the vehicle move like a simulator, it only turns around.
It also doesn't look it can take a different path trough the exhibit so I think Sea World realy has a uniek ride system. Also you can choose the intensitie of the ride, nice.
Can't wait to see the animals in there. Love Sea World.

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