Wild Arctic reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Wild Arctic, a simulator ride at SeaWorld Orlando. (The minimum height to ride is 42 inches.)
Written by Oak A
Wild Arctic is a cabin-style simulator attraction, replicating a journey that takes visitors through the majestic Arctic tundra, encountering both animals and avalanches, to an Arctic research base housing (live) polar bears, beluga whales, and pinnipeds. Visitors view a introductory video before being assigned seats. Then, a second intro/safety caveat before boarding their helicopter, "White Thunder". After departing from the boarding station, the helicopter descends upon a polar bear and her cubs. Next, the pilot activates "aquatic mode", allowing the chopper to break the Plimsoll line and view some narwhals and walruses. The pilot then lands the helicopter on a glacier to examine a computer problem. The glacier is unable to withstand the copter's weight, and nearly crashes into the depths below (sans "aquatic mode"), barring a timely maneuver by the pilot. The pilot then notices an Arctic storm approaching, and soon after the computer deactivates. The pilot is forced to manually evade the the storm, and prevaricate falling boulders from an avalanche. One escape later, the helicopter safely disembarks at "Base Station Wild Arctic", and with it the ride portion of the attraction ends. Visitors exit into a multi-level Arctic wildlife exhibit, featuring the animals shown during the ride (except narwhals and with the addition of harbor seals and beluga whales) and interactive "research" experiences.
For starters, I'll start by saying I am a teacher in the great state of Florida.... And also a theme park enthusiast. SeaWorld being one of my favorite experiences. The animals and shows are amazing. However, steer clear of the Wld Arctic "simulator ride". If you get even the slightest touch of motion sickness this ride is not for you. Today I rode it for the first time with my fiancé. It is jerky to say the least. Imagine watching tv while someone is shaking the seat and room. Horrific. Needless to say, I got so sick I thought I was going to pass out. There was nobody on or near the ride monitoring the guests that are enclosed in that death trap. I was screaming at the top of my lungs to get let off of the ride. Everyone could hear me inside, but nobody could do anything. After 5 minutes of pure misery, the doors swung open. My fiancé helped me out and I collapsed on the floor. Not ONE employee asked me if I needed assistance...or other guests for that matter. Disappointing. - Sara Patterson
The actual simulator is extremely dated and very jerky. The animal exhibits are top notch, with beluga whales, a walrus, and a HUGE polar bear. Also excellent theming in the walkthrough portion after the ride. - Derek Morse
The simulator is extremely jerky and the doors make a lot of noise but on the other hand the animal exhibits are excellent - Jack Ainslie
The ride is hardly perfect and makes you feel slightly weezy but afterwards when your "at the Arctic" is pretty cool. I feel sorry for the animals in such small spaces in it though! 7/10 - D H
good but not as good as harry potter and the forbidin journy or spider man - Manny Rodriguez
The screen wasn't working when we rode it. Still, the animal exhibits made it worth it. I'd skip the ride next time and go straight to the exhibits. - Terry R
This is a weak, uncomfortable, jerky simulator joined to a world class animal exhibit. Skip the ride and go straight to the belugas, walruses, and polar bears if you get just a little naseous or if you're spoiled by better simulators. - David Garey
This is a good simple simulator ride, but it badly needs a refirb as the doors rattle and make a hell of alot of noise. Other than that, its great! - Samantha McCrae
This is a good simple simulator ride, but it badly needs a refirb as the doors rattle and make a heel of alot of noise. Other than that, its great! - Samantha McCrae
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