Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin will beSeaWorld Orlando’s biggest-ever attraction expansion, opening spring 2013.
The expansion of the park's Penguin Encounter will involve live animal exhibits along with an interactive indoor ride through Antarctica from a penguin's point of view.
TurtleTrek will open in spring 2012 and will feature two animal habitats, one with manatees and the other with sea turtles. The highlight of the exhibit will be a 360-degree, 3D theater which will show a movie about sea turtles in their natural habitat.
It sounds like TurtleTrek might be east coast theme park fans' first chance to experience the 360/3D experience that fans on the west coast first saw at Universal Studios Hollywood's King Kong 360/3-D.
Here's the full announcement from SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, along with news of a new otter encounter at Discovery Cove.
Update: So here's the question: Do SeaWorld's new attractions, coupled with Harry Potter and everything else at Universal Orlando, move more theme park fans to consider a Disney-free Orlando vacation? If not, what more do SeaWorld and Universal need to add?Tweet
But to have a Disney free trip, I would have to have parks with more to do. If you ask me, each Universal park is a "half" day park, and so is Sea World. That's 1.5 days of vacation. Disney takes at least 4 days to do most of the stuff.
Harry Potter instantly makes Universal's IOA a must see. Sea World's Discovery Cove is a compelling reason to visit, but not essential.
"What more do SeaWorld and Universal need to add?"
This is a good question. While Disney is a bit disappointing, Universal should add the Transformers. Sea World can add more predator exhibits, more dark rides, and kids friendly shows/exhibits.
It's always great to hear new attraction announcements.
With the new Fantasyland, Legoland and Harry Potter, Sea World is facing a very strong competition for its main target, families with young children. So it should try attracting other demographics.
What about adult male looking for sex and violence????
I suggest a new orca nightly show “Nude trainers with Tilikum”.
Beautiful all nude* (female) trainers inside the water with the infamous Tilikum killer (grammatically speaking) whale, in a Las Vegas style extravaganza! From the same producers of Siegfried and Roy!
To honor its former owner, Sea World will offer free Buds to anyone attending the show!
*by the way, what is the difference of “nude” and “all nude”?
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TurtleTrek also sounds exciting and I hope it's like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcTFDK4AuNg&feature=related
Dragon's Theatre in the City of Dreams, Macau is also a 360 degree theatre on a much larger scale compared to the King Kong attraction. If this is SeaWorld's direction then I'm really excited to see the finished product.
Orlando looks to be getting a much needed injection that began with Harry Potter. Thanks IOA (didn't think I would ever say that) for making the other parks really up their game.