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There is an option to bypass the ride and go directly to the exhibit to see the penguins.
Seloua SeaWorld® Orlando and Aquatica™ Guest Correspondence Coordinator
While I agree that the ride itself isn't anything special, if you've waited all that time, I'd still do it -- unless you're someone with upper-torso weakness issues, in which case I would consider proceeding straight to the exhibit. Even on the "mild" option, the ride does involve a rotating vehicle that offers no substantial upper-torso support. I'd be interested in hearing your take on the ride from that perspective, Daniel, and I defer to your judgment, but this seemed to me to have some of the qualities that you found troubling with other attractions.
Spend a half hour looking at the penguins after a 30-minute wait for the ride and you'll probably love this attraction. Rush through the habitat in two minutes because you're freezing, after roasting in the queue for two hours, and you'll probably be leaving scathing reviews online.
The reason? Janelle's husband Darrel had seen a video of what the ride was supposed to be. This is many months ago. That was the video that made it seem like you'd be zooming around with penguins right there in front of you and that it would just be this gorgeous and amazing thing. Well, that's not what Sea World delivered...and the concept art was one thousand times better than the reality of what we got.
Janelle said that the ride looked "junky and cheap". She said the penguins at the end were cool but that the ride was "just so junky and looked like it was made of styrofoam". She was very unimpressed.
Also she said that you could totally see the trees behind this area, like it was supposed to be Antarctic and everything but then they didn't build the walls high enough and you can see green behind. Like, they went cheap and didn't do everything right because they wanted to save money.
Maybe people who did not see the concept art will think it's better, but I am telling you that Janelle and her family are super easy going and if they think this is junky then I bet other people will too.
All I can say is, after seeing the POV and reading comments, this ride is barely worth a 30 minute wait and I am happy I bailed when I did.