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Wild Arctic reviews

Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Wild Arctic, a simulator ride at SeaWorld San Diego.

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Posted: October 11, 2009

There are two options for the exhibit: By Land or by Air. If you chose land, you take a breath taking and adventurous ride exploring the Arctic in a specialy designed helicopter. After that, its pretty much the same as the "Land" option.

You are in Base Station Wild Arctic, a research facility located in the frozen Arctic enviorment right next to a great ice cap and frozen shipwreck. You pass research equipment, frozen shipwrecks, and vast exhibits housing an array of Arctic wildlife, such as polar bears and beluga whales. Wild Arctic has interactive features such as cameras built into the rocks in the animal exhibits to give a closer glimps of the animals above AND below the water. There is also a 25 foot long ice tunnel complete with foggers, misters, and actual ice! Embeded into the ice are polar bear paws, and inside of the polar bear paws are coins. See how long it takes to get a penny out before your fingers freeze!

Ride time is 4 minutes

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13 votes, so far

Gonna get SeaWorld mad at me, but here goes - the ride is absolutely worthless. That said, the animal exhibits are fantastic. If it is your first time, go on the ride, but don't blame me if you are board silly (choppers don't have whisper mode...I can suspend disbelief only so far). So - here is my tip...go in the exit...act like a stupid, lost tourist, or pretend you left something inside, and you are going back to look for it, I don't care, but don't miss the exhibit. Amazing. Just try to ignore the palm trees that are visible above the fake glacier walls ;) - Rob McCullough

This one is a classic. The ride already qualifies as "vintage" but its still good fun after all these years. It's a simulator, Star Tours-style, in the arctic. The ride is fun and waits are rarely longer than 15-20 minutes. The exhibit afterwards is a true jewel as well, with Arctic themed animals (polar bears,walruses,belugas). The theming further adds to this charming experience. Do not miss this attraction. - Manny Barron

The movie/ride you have to go on first here is kind of funny, and the motivations of the pilot of the plane are questionable, and the effects are dated, but it's still fun. The exhibit after the ride is wonderful, and perfectly themed with belugas and polar bears, and a great ice theme. Really a fantastic attraction! - Tommy N

Decent ride but the polar bear exibit is amazing when the bears are not asleep - Erik Avila

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