Antarctica Empire of the Penguins looks great and a much needed step forward for Sea World. I wonder what type of ride will be attached to the attraction (hopefully better than Wild Arctic) and if the temperature will be cold enough where they will have to provide you with a jacket while inside the attraction (or you bring your own). Anyways this looks like it may be the biggest attraction in Sea World's history.
http://coaster-count.com/userinfo15854.xhtml and http://www.coastercounter.com/805Andrew (I don't count traveling fairs and casinos as parks, and I count Coney Island as one park)[url=http://www.clubtpr.com][img]http://www.clubtpr.com/images/memberbanners/07c56b6e6c57795b5e848cab51dd406e.jpg[/img][/url][url=http://www.clubtpr.com][img]http://www.clubtpr.com/images/memberbanners/4bcb6d715cbe293b80fdfea5d0baf0b0.jpg[/img][/url]
It's time to say goodbye to Penguin Encounter at SeaWorld Orlando. This original attraction will close at the beginning of January to make way for Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. With it, the entire surrounding area will close to undergo a massive redevelopment.
As a kid, I spent many hours visiting this relaxed exhibit, and always found it fascinating. Going through what could possibly be my last time before it is closed permanently, it was a pretty surreal experience, considering all of the memories in the building.
Oh, and we stopped by the Christmas Celebration too!
Index for Larry?
Say goodbye to Tile Land!
No word on if Southwest will sponsor Antarctica, but they have sponsored Penguin Encounter for many, many years.
The attraction has already begun a partial closure with the blocked off access to the old Puffin room.
I don't know why, but this mural always amazed me.
I'd love to see it preserved somewhere else, but I'm doubtful we'd be that lucky.
I guess we'll be able to return to the "bottom of the world" in a few years.
I used to run through the pavilion (when it was empty) and activate all of the penguin screens. Had to give it one more try...
They actually updated these videos over the years, but the system was pretty basic.
In more recent years the globe stopped rotating.
It doesn't really fit in with the "new" SeaWorld, but I'll always love the retro feel of Penguin Encounter.
Sunrise... Sunset... Sunrise... Sunset...
"You're takin' a dive!"
Lots of sleepers...
It was always neat to see the penguins swimming beneath their land habitat.
Out with the old, in with the new!
I can haz feesh pleazee?
He found his rock and hard place.
Don't cry! The penguins will be back soon!
He waved his flipper at us to try and get our attention! It was adorable!
The Nautilus Theater's performances of O Wondrous Night have been packed.
They had switchbacks set up to help handle the line.
The flower fin has been updated with a Christmassy color scheme to reflect the season.
I'm addict to One Ocean, I know.
"Get in my mouth!"
An interesting sunset...
I love these icicles!
The make your own bread booth in the Christmas Celebration area was awesome!
We got pumpkin bread with apple butter, chocolate gravy and bacon. It was seriously incredible!
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
Thanks for the great update! I'll definitely miss the penguin encounter and the wonderful (sarcasm intended) smell of the exhibit. It was always a great thing to do with the family between my ridings of Manta and Kraken. Hopefully Antarctica doesn't disappoint, which I'm sure it won't since it is Seaworld after all!
SeaWorld Orlando has sent us a press release regarding the announcement of an all new seasonal event made (and named) Just for Kids!
With an all-new festival featuring awesome concerts by LazyTown, Max & Ruby, the Doodlebops and Choo-Choo Soul and tons of family-friendly fun and activities, SeaWorld Orlando is the place for kids, Saturdays January 14 – February 4.
The best way to experience all of the fun, music, treats and more at Just For Kids is with a Fun Card, where Florida residents pay for a day and play all year through Dec. 31, 2012. Fun Card holders can enjoy all four weeks of Just For Kids and all of the other amazing special events throughout the year, plus the unforgettable animal encounters, world-class thrill rides and family fun found only at SeaWorld.
Super Kid Savings This is a celebration that really is just for kids! And that means not only will kids have the most fun-filled experience enjoying the concerts, but there are numerous special offers too. On event days, parents can rent strollers at half-price, and the following items are free for kids with each paid adult: all-day dining deal, sky tower ride, and free Penguins Up-close, Dolphins Up-close or Behind-the-Scenes tours.
The concert lineup includes:
Saturday, January 14 LazyTown Things are upside-down in LazyTown! Stephanie, Sportacus and others take kids on a fun journey while also promoting healthy lifestyles for children in a positive and catching way.
Saturday, January 21 Max & Ruby’s Musical Playdate Celebrate the universal nature of sibling relationships in Max & Ruby’s Musical Playdate. Max & Ruby never quite want the same thing and their plans always collide – with hilarious results. Featuring upbeat and original songs, this playdate is sure to have the whole audience singing and hopping along!
Saturday, January 28 Doodlebops’ Musical Playdate Get movin’ and groovin’ with the Doodlebops, a real favorite of all kids. Rock stars DeeDee, Rooney and Moe sing their favorite songs, tell their wackiest jokes and show off their funkiest dance moves.
Saturday, February 4 Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve Starring Genevieve Goings, Choo-Choo Soul allows parents to enjoy the same music their kids do. Featuring soulful and current renditions of the ABC’s, 1-2-3’s, and learning how to be polite, Choo-Choo Soul is a diverse and incredibly hip duo, teaching children through music on an animated train.
Concerts are included with park admission, with show times at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at SeaWorld’s Nautilus Theater. Guests will need to pick up concert tickets across from Nautilus Theater in order to attend the shows. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 9 a.m. each event day.
And, “Just For Kids” has even more fun in store!
Shamu’s Party Zone Located at Lakeside Patio, this happening spot lets kids sing, dance and play the day away with a DJ spinning to a kid beat while bubbles float overhead. There are loads of interactive games, too, and kids can sit down for a face-painting session or make a sea-themed sand art souvenir with jewels and sea glass in the shape of dolphins, tropical fish, turtles and starfish. The Shamu character and others will be on hand for meet and greets, dancing and photos. (Please note: there will be a small fee to participate in face painting and sand art).
Elmo and Abby’s Treasure Hunt Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby and her friends Elmo, Cookie Monster, Rosita and Grover are off on a treasure hunt—and all kids are invited to come along! This 25-minute show will get everyone laughing and cheering along at SeaPort Theater.
Breakfast with Elmo and Friends Elmo and his Sesame Street friends will perform a short song and dance number and then visit every table for an up-close meeting at this amazing breakfast buffet. Cost is $29.99 for adults and $24.99 for children ages 3-9. Times are 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. at SeaFire Inn at The Waterfront. This fun-filled breakfast also includes reserved seats at the concert of the day – attending the 8:30 a.m. breakfast includes reserved seats at the 11 a.m. concert, and the 10:30 a.m. breakfast includes reserved seats at the 2 p.m. concert.
Fun Cards are available at the front gate, online at SeaWorldOrlando.com or by calling 1-888-800-5447. Event dates, times and artists are subject to change. Performances are included with any daily admission or annual pass. Concert seating is available on a first-come, first-served
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
Re: TR- Outstanding way to say goodbye to the Penguin Encounter; That was always one of my favorite attractons as a yout visiting Flowridah from Brooklyn. Here's hoping the future of these wonderful birds is perserved in the rebuild of their home.
Re: More family options: I'm glad to see Max and Ruby are finding a good home- it's a perfect fit for the Sea World parks!
Looks like the entire chain. From the Official SeaWorld Parks Blog:
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Announces The Coca-Cola Company As New Official Sponsor by Staff
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment announced today a 10-year agreement with The Coca-Cola Company that makes Coca-Cola® the “Official Refreshment Beverage” of our parks beginning January 1, 2012.
The new agreement includes product offerings, consumer promotions and sponsorship opportunities designed to maximize marketing collaboration and activation. Coca-Cola fountain beverages will be made available to park guests throughout the company’s 10 parks including at restaurants, dining services, mobile carts and vending areas. Products will include Coca-Cola®, Diet Coke®, Sprite®, Coke ZeroTM and Dasani® as well as other non-alcoholic beverages including soda, water, energy drinks, teas, juices and even coffee through its Georgia CoffeeTM brand.
“The Coca-Cola Company’s exceptional beverage brands, significant global reach and, most importantly, inspiring commitment to global citizenship will make for extraordinary joint programs,” said Jim Atchison, president and chief executive officer for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. “Our two companies share a like-minded mission to make a positive difference in the world and we are thrilled at the endless possibilities to create new products and programs that will benefit our guests, our communities and the natural world.”
"We are happy that SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment is now a member of the Coca-Cola family," said Stefanie Miller, Group Vice President of Strategic Properties for Coca-Cola Refreshments. "We look forward to leveraging our joint sustainability activities and brands to inspire and refresh SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment consumers through unique, value-added programs."
These pages are in no way affiliated with nor endorsed by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Cedar Fair, Legoland, Merlin Entertainment, Blackstone, Tussaud's Group, Six Flags, Universal Theme Parks, the Walt Disney Company or any other theme park company.
photos and videos on this website were taken with the permission of the park by
a professional ride photographer.
For yours and others safety, please do not attempt to take photos or videos at
parks without proper permission.
You need a sense of humor to view our site,
if you don't have a sense of humor, or are easily offended, please turn back
Most of the content on this forum is suitable for all ages. HOWEVER! There may be some content that would be considered rated "PG-13." Theme Park Review is NOT recommended for ages under 13 years of age.