SeaWorld Plans to Get Chilly in 2013 with Interactive Penguin Attraction
SeaWorld Orlando is located right in the middle of a theme park battleground, and they’re not going to just sit back and let Universal Studios and Walt Disney World have all the fun. They’ve already built new coasters and other attractions, but another round of upgrades and improvements might just keep Shamu ahead of Harry Potter and Mickey Mouse.
For one of the park’s largest expansion ever the place is going back to its roots, and they’re doing even more stuff with the animals. SeaWorld is planning to add a new penguin exhibit, but it’s going to be a little bit different than visiting the zoo. Arriving towards the beginning of 2013—Antarctica — Empire of the Penguin—will bring a whole new array of shops and restaurants to the park along with plenty of penguins.
Of course the centerpiece will be a brand new attraction, but one of the many highlights is the plan to introduce some frigid temperatures to park visitors—like Antarctica cold. They’re still finalizing what exactly the new ride will feature, but they’re promising “closer-then-ever animal connections” with “state-of-the-art interactive ride technologies.”
That’s not either, as SeaWorld also wants us to talk to the turtles, so they’re busy working on a brand new 3D theater. It’s going to be called TurtleTrek, and here we’ll be virtually swimming and interacting with turtles, fish, and manatees thanks to some fancy projections and technology. It should be ready to go at some point next year, so keep that in mind if you’re going to be in the area.
Officials at the park didn’t toss out a figure regarding how much all his fun is going to cost, but we’re thinking it’s got to be a pretty penny. The park definitely looks to be the place to be in 2012 and 2013, so maybe they’ll be able to steal away a few of those Disney dollars after all.