Today’s the Day – Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins at SeaWorld

May 24 marks the opening of SeaWorld’s much-anticipated Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins.

The new attraction combines the story of a young penguin, Puck, with a trip to Antarctica. Visitors will be able to get up close and personal with the 250 penguins in their natural habitat as they explore their icy world.

According to James Shillinglaw in Travel Pulse,

When guests disembark the simulator ride cars, they find themselves in a live penguin habitat, chilled to 30 degrees, separated only by a low glass wall. On the other side of that wall are 250 penguins representing four different species: Adelie, gentoo, king and rockhopper penguins. New technologies combine to create a freezing but dry climate, allowing guests to spend time in the penguins’ world. Guests then proceed through insulated revolving doors to another, warmer area where they can view penguins swimming, diving and racing at top speed through a giant tank.

Gee, we get kind of chilly just writing about this!

The ride, which comes in two levels of intensity, reflects the unpredictability and emotional intensity of the little penguin’s journey.

Education elements are also included via interactive screens and talks with SeaWorld educators. A hydroponic garden produces fresh herbs for meals served at Expedition Cafe and replicas of Puck can be purchased at the Glacial Collections gift shop.

For information on the other attractions at SeaWorld, pick up a copy of SeaWorld, Discovery Cove & Aquatica: Orlando’s Salute to the Seas, by Kelly Monaghan with Seth Kubersky.

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