Wild Arctic needs to be updated
Sea World Orlando:
With all the other orlando parks refurbishing, and redoing attractions, this one needs it major.
WIld Arctic needs a whole new ride system, even an updated movie. What do you think?
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From Rob P
Posted June 9, 2011 at 9:01 AM
Maybe something along the lines of Star Tours with more than one experience. But it would definitely benefit from a bit of TLC and updating to prevent it from being tired.
A herd of caribou!!!
It is a terrible simulator. I simply skip it and visit the exhibit. It's a shame too because everything after the ride is quite well done.
No idea what could be done to improve it. I'm tired of simulators altogether. I say just scrap it and expand the animal viewing area.
From steve lee
Posted June 9, 2011 at 8:13 PM
The funny thing is Wild Arctic nails one thing that Star Tours doesn't accomplish. When you get off the simulator, you're truly in an entirely different environment, whereas you exit Star Tours into a gift shop (I know there's a gift shop at the exit to the exhibits, but you get the point).
Imagine Star Tours where you get off the simulator into a Star Wars themed area, maybe with its own eatery (Mos Eisley Cantina, duh) and a secondary ride experience. Of course, this would be better if Star Tours didn't end with the guest back where they started (no clue if that aspect is still there in the new version), but I think they may have missed a great opportunity there.
The main problem I have with this attraction is that it looks like it should be a relaxing flight up to the Arctic, but has a couple things that go wrong along the way, which is to be expected in a theme park attraction. I think the ride film was on the fence as far as what type of simulator it wants to be: A nice relaxing flight ie: Soarin' or something thrilling and turbulent as we just barely make it to the station. It seems that it should be more of the first as a relaxing flight with maybe a little turbulence to add a little thrill, but not where it seems cheesy and predictable. Oh no, we're on thin ice!
Funny you should mention that steve lee, that this is just a transport to the arctic environment. However, what I would like to see is them have a second one for the trip back. It does seem a bit confusing when you go in and they'll split you up if you want to bypass the ride, and then towards the exit, still have both of those icons in use. It would be nice to have one of those pods for a return trip back and then head out the exit that Bermuda Triangle used, anyone remember that one?
Destroy the simulator. Expand the exhibit. It is a shame to see polar bears and belugas in such small confinements.
I like having a little bit of a thrill ride before seeing the animals. Lets face it, how else can you get to the arctic in two minutes other than a jet propelled helicopter?
As for story plot, yes it has gotten old. I just rode it last month after a two year stint and was still the same cheesy and less realistic feeling simulator as before but a unique attraction to the park.
If I was the creative mind in charge I would upgrade the motion equipment and give two different stories for three different lines (motionless, explore-little motion, adventurous-lots of motion.) One story is less of a thrill and more of calm feel for the little and no motion rides. The other story is all action with avalanches, turbulent winds, and a little but of an underwater exploration.
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