Published: August 1, 2013 at 12:03 PMWild Arctic was not the first simulator ride at SeaWorld Orlando. That distinction belongs to Mission: Bermuda Triangle, the first big-budget themed ride that opened in 1992 under SeaWorld's new management team from Anheuser-Busch. A little over two years later, the simulator ride closed and was rethemed and paired with an animal exhibit. It reopened in 1995 as Wild Arctic.
I've been on both versions of this simulator ride and don't care for either. They're done cheaply, with substandard visuals and effects. However, as SeaWorld's first big-budget ride, it was a step in the right direction.
Here's hoping the management in place now that SeaWorld is a public company will remember what made people flock to the parks when they were run by A-B (cleanliness, value, compelling shows and animal exhibits, innovative rides) and continue to pour resources into their growth and maintenance, rather than cut budgets to save money and stabilize the stock price.