I'm more excited about the area will real penguins than the ride itself.
One question: does a long sleeve shirt be enough for the cold temperature or do I need to take a sweater with me?
The best part is the animal exhibition. It looks awesome and worth to visit (for me), but not the ride (for what I've seen now). Is there a way to skip the ride?
As for that cold, it would be unbearable in short sleeves. You could stick around a few minutes in long sleeves. But if really want to enjoy watching the penguins, you'll need a warm jacket. Consider the cold not just for the penguins' comfort, but as a brutally effective way for SeaWorld to keep a crowd of people moving through and out of the area. ;-)
I am definitely looking forward to visiting as part of a larger Orlando adventure in 2014/2015.
I'm curious, though. For two years in a row, SeaWorld has delivered nifty, ambitious additions with great theming. What do they plan for an encore? Did you ask? I, for one, would love to see them do a classic dark ride with animatronics. They certainly have the creative team in place now to deliver large-scale attractions, a skill set that was missing for years and years under previous management.
Robert, does the ride's vehicle look difficult for transfer?
Hopefully Sea World does something like this to its San Diego(and much closer to where I live) theme park. Journey to Atlantis and Manta both made the trip out to the West Coast after debuting in Orlando.
30 degree in the post ride?!? Wow, what a contrast to the usual 95-100 degree Orlando summer days.
One questions, as per Wild Arctic you can skip the ride and just go to the animal exhibit - can you do this on Antarctica? (If I want to see my feathered friends without an hours wait perhaps...)Thanks!
I think this ride looks great for the whole family young and old! I hope SeaWorld continues this trend of bringing us to see realms of our planet that most people cannot travel to!
Other than the ride/exhibit, it's a counter service restaurant and a shop. That's it. The decoration in the area is nice, and I've posted some photos, on the Antarctica listing page and on our Twitter feed. But it's not really enough of a full "land" to say much more about it.
Also, I still haven't seen an answer to the question of whether you can bypass the ride for the "live" part.
All in all, I think its a good family ride. The kids liked it a lot.
On the way home, we discussed our Sea World annual passes. We're letting them expire and not renewing.
For the person commenting that they are going to let their seaworld passes expire, I wouldn't do that. The one thing that is better about Busch Gardens / Seaworld passes is that the price doesn't go up as long as you keep them current. I'm paying less than half what the current price for a platinum pass costs because I've never let it lapse from when I started getting them regularly in 2003.