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Re: SeaWorld Orlando Discussion Thread

Postby coasterfreak101 » Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:37 am

^^If the new penguin exhibit has a single air freshener in it, I'm already excited. That current one is a test in how long I can hold my breath while remaining conscious!
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:18 am

SeaWorld Orlando had a huge press announcement this morning for their 2012 and 2013 attractions. There is a lot to read here, so get ready! GET EXCITED!!!

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SeaWorld Orlando Announces Waves of the Future
New attractions sure to top Orlando’s “must-see” list for 2012 and 2013

ORLANDO, Fla. -- With three astounding new attractions featuring all-new ways to connect guests to the mysteries of the sea, SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove are once again sure to top the “must-see” list for upcoming Orlando vacations.

SeaWorld designers just announced new experiences to open in 2012 at SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove, and released a few details of a massive expansion set to debut at SeaWorld in 2013. Discovery Cove is a swim-with-dolphins resort across the street from SeaWorld in Orlando.

The new attractions represent the biggest attraction expansions in the history of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, the parks’ parent company.

Terry Prather, president of the company’s Orlando parks, SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and Aquatica, said, “With TurtleTrek at SeaWorld Orlando and Freshwater Oasis at Discovery Cove, travelers will have all new reasons to visit Orlando. What we’re creating will take you places you’ve never been before, places only SeaWorld can take you.”

To learn more about all the new attractions and how to include them on their 2012 Orlando vacation, guests should visit http://wwwSeaWorldOrlando.com. There, they also can buy tickets and book vacation packages.

TurtleTrek
While creating TurtleTrek (opening at SeaWorld Orlando in spring 2012), designers stayed true to SeaWorld’s unique blend of nose-to-nose animal encounters and state-of-the art entertainment.

Guests first visit two massive naturalistic habitats, one filled with hundreds of freshwater fish and gentle manatees, the other home to more than 1,500 saltwater fish and more than a dozen sea turtles. Many of the manatees and sea turtles were rescued by the park’s animal team. Since SeaWorld Orlando’s rescue programs began, the team has cared for and returned to the wild nearly 240 manatees and more than 1,200 sea turtles.

Moving on from the habitat, guests enter a domed theater, and what happens next has never before been seen and is a first at any theme park in the world.

Coming to life is a first-of-its-kind 3-D/360-degree dome theater film that is completely immersive. The dome allows a hyper-realistic 3-D movie to be shown all around guests and even above them – not just in front them or on only one screen. It’s this unique and immersive way of showcasing a sea turtle’s epic and astounding journey that is the heart of TurtleTrek. And for the first time, SeaWorld guests are given a turtle’s eye view of the ocean’s wonders.

TurtleTrek is as inspirational as it is astounding. There’s a call-to-action at the end of the experience: SeaWorld calls on guests to join them in conserving the world we share. “Do a little, do a lot, but join us and do something to help the world and its animals,” said Brian Morrow, the attraction’s chief designer. “TurtleTrek is about the everyday heroes who can make a difference in nature.”

Freshwater Oasis
Just across the street from SeaWorld Orlando is Discovery Cove, a limited-admission, all-inclusive tropical resort where guests swim with dolphins, hand-feed tropical birds in a free-flight aviary, snorkel among thousands of colorful fish and rays and relax on pristine beaches.

Opening at Discovery Cove in spring 2012 is Freshwater Oasis, an all-new attraction featuring swimming and wading adventures and face-to-face encounters with playful otters and curious marmosets.

When guests participate with nature at Discovery Cove, they unlock discoveries that can be life-changing. Freshwater Oasis is an all-new opportunity to wade up-close with wildlife in a relaxing tropical setting. It’s an exhilarating tropical exhale.

Designed with a rainforest canopy above and sparkling-clear springs below, Freshwater Oasis is a natural fit within Discovery Cove’s tropical vibe. Guests can relax and explore. They’ll wade, wonder, swim and float in the water-filled trails and discover marmosets and playful Asian otters. No matter where they turn, they’ll find endless discoveries.

Freshwater Oasis is included with admission to Discovery Cove, an all-inclusive tropical getaway and the only place to experience the most exciting animal encounters the world has to offer.

Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin
Also announced was SeaWorld Orlando’s biggest-ever attraction expansion, Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin, opening spring 2013.

Through the years, SeaWorld Orlando has taken guests to far-flung corners of the globe, immersing them in the character and feel of exotic places and introducing them to unique worlds of adventure.

At the park’s “Wild Arctic” guests ride a simulated jet copter to the frozen north, into a habitat of polar bears, beluga whales and huge walruses. “Key West at SeaWorld” sets guests down in the funky ambience of the Florida Keys, with dolphins, stingrays and colorful birds. The rocky northern California coast is found at “Pacific Point Preserve,” with dozens of seals and sea lions. The park’s other attractions take guests into the worlds of sharks, sea turtles and manatees, or let guests soar like a ray on the Manta roller coaster or ride the back of a mythical beast, the Kraken.

But no journey is bigger -- or as incredible -- as the one to come in 2013. It’s a voyage to the bottom-of-the-world, to the coldest and windiest continent, to a place of ice more than 9,000- feet thick. It’s a journey to Antarctica and to the empire of the penguin.

Guests will be surrounded by the sights, sounds and awesome encounters found in this frozen place, embarking on a one-of-a-kind ride and an incredible family adventure.

They’ll experience the mystery and wonder of life on the ice through the eyes of a penguin, sensing the beauty and drama of their sometimes-dangerous habitat. Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin combines closer-then-ever animal connections with state-of-the-art interactive ride technologies for adventures that are different each time.

It’s an all-family experience that could only come from SeaWorld and can only be found at SeaWorld Orlando. And, it’s safe to say Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin will be the coldest theme park attraction in the world.

A year-and-a-half from opening at SeaWorld Orlando, details are few. For now, SeaWorld Orlando’s Antarctica will stay as mysterious as its namesake continent. “Only SeaWorld and its parks can take you on these journeys or bring these experiences to you,” said Prather. “We’re excited about what the future holds for our parks and our fans.”

And for some photos & video!

VIDEOS!
Sea World Orlando 2012 Attractions Announcement


Sea World Orlando Announces Antarctica Empire of the Penguin For 2013


Sea World Orlando Announces Turtle Trek for 2012


Sea World Orlando Announces Freshwater Oasis Discovery Cove


PHOTOS!
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TPR is at SeaWorld Orlando this morning for their 2012/2013 new attractions announcement!
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Look! They consider TPR media! We're official!
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Apparently, theme park media outlets like to eat... A LOT! :)
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"STAY AWAY FROM MY CAKE....OR I'll CUT 'YA!!!"
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"You had me at S'mores!"
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SeaWorld pulled out all the stops and brought in the "Kayak o' Shrimp!"
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Terry Prather, SeaWorld Orlando Park President tells us "We are about to take you on a new SeaWorld journey fro 2012 and 2013..."
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There are screens all around us! Awesome things are about to start happening!
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It was the "SeaWorld Announcement...in the round!"
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Brian Morrow, Director of Creative Development took us through three new attractions for the SeaWorld Orlando properties.
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First up was Freshwater Oasis for Discovery Cove.
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Freshwater Oasis will open at Discovery Cove in Spring 2012.
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Freshwater Oasis features all-new swimming and wading adventures and face-to-face encounters with playful otters and curious marmosets.
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Designed with a rainforest canopy above and sparkling-clear springs below, Freshwater Oasis is a natural fit with Discovery Cove’s tropical vibe.
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Turtle Trek will open at SeaWorld Orlando in Spring 2012.
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While creating TurtleTrek, designers stayed true to SeaWorld’s unique blend of nose-to-nose animal encounters and state-of-the art entertainment.
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The new attraction brings guests close to sea turtles and manatees then immerses them in a sea turtle’s epic journey with the world’s first 3-D, 360-degree movie in a domed theater.
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SeaWorld guests experience a turtle’s eye view of the ocean’s wonders and inspired to be everyday heroes who can make a difference in nature.
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TPR loves the sea turtles! Can't wait for this in 2012!
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Hmmm...why is Terry wearing a scarf here in Orlando??? Where could this journey lead us to next???
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Hooray! We are going on an all-expense paid trip to Antarctica!!!
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We just have to go through the frozen warp tunnel to get there...
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It sure is COLD here in Antarctica!
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Yay! We get to see LIVE PENGUINS!!!!
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This is Julie Scardina - she's the "Animal Ambassador" and works with the penguins...I'll be honest...I'm jealous of her job! ;)
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"That's right! We are getting our own attraction! We're pretty awesome!"
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Brian Morrow takes us through "Antarctica Empire of the Penguin" which he can't say much about, but this new "ride" will be an awesome family attraction!
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In 2013, SeaWorld Orlando will take guests on a voyage to the bottom-of-the-world, to the coldest and windiest continent, to a place of ice more than 9,000 feet thick.
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Guests will be surrounded by the sights, sounds and awesome encounters found in this frozen place, embarking on a one-of-a-kind ride and an incredible family adventure.
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Empire of the Penguin combines closer-then-ever animal connections with state-of-the-art interactive ride technologies for adventures that are different each time. Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin opens at SeaWorld Orlando spring 2013.
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Terry and Brian wrap up the announcement - sounds awesome guys! Looking forward to bringing KidTums there in 2012 & 2013!
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"I want one!!!"
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"Sorry, Robb, you'll just have to come back in 2013 and see us in our new attraction!"
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Thank you to Brian Morrow for all the awesome presentations! Looking forward to more info in the coming months!
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After the presentation, they had animals for us to harass...I mean, hang out with! =)
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"Please Mr. Angry Bird... DO NOT EAT ME!!!"
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Look! SeaWorld has their own Wild Eagle attraction!
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Adam stands majestic... or dorky... you decide! ;)
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This little guy is called a "Kinkajou", but I think I'll just call him Pikachu, that's easier for me to remember.
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These are the little Asian Marmosets you'll see at Freshwater Oasis....
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They are cute...and they even liked Robb...which is unnatural...even for animals!
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Here's a toucan...and what do get when you have three toucans? A six pack! =)
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Eric Yates claims this hot chocolate is like sex...well, it was "good" at least! ;)
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"I wouldn't know the difference!"
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Thank you to SeaWorld Orlando! Congrats on your new attractions! Looking forward to 2012 and 2013!

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:27 am

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Penguin mountain terrifies me!!!

Seriously, this all looks great though, can't wait for new penguin stuff!

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando Discussion Thread

Postby better_by_design » Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:07 am

The math is simple: More Penguins = More Betterer.

All looks quite "cool". Ha, ha, someone had to say it.
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:11 am

That was one elaborate media-day presentation. Is the "Antarctica room" going to be up year-round as a "preview center"?
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando Discussion Thread

Postby larrygator » Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:15 am

I love the proposed additions.

The Turtle Trek attraction sounds similar to "Dul's Fantasy World 360" at Parque Espana, but I'm sure the technology and seating will be much better.
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando Discussion Thread

Postby Hilltopper39 » Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:17 am

Was there any mention of what they are going to do with the penguins during the construction? Any plans to set up a temporary exhibit somewhere in the park?

It'l be interesting to see how much of the existing Penguin Plaza section will be reused in the new Antarctica section, the one concept art picture hat shows a shop and what looks like a restaurant looks very similar to the existing arrangement in Penguin Plaza. I also am curious if they are going to completely level the existing penguin habitat or attempt to reuse some of the building. There should be plenty of opportunities to view the construction from Kraken's lift hill and probably will be able to get some decent views from the top of Dolphin Stadium.

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando Discussion Thread

Postby ernierocker » Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:22 am

Glad they are adding a family ride while at the same time sprucing up an aged section of the park. Really looking forward to visiting this area in the future!
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando Discussion Thread

Postby Sir Clinksalot » Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:59 pm

This looks totally awesome!!! Hopefully something similar for the Penguins will come to SWSD as well.

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:04 pm

^Brian Morrow made it a point to note that all three of these new additions are exclusively designed for SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove. From the sound of his presentation, these attractions won't fit into the master plan of any other current SeaWorld parks.
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