Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin is Now Open at SeaWorld Orlando

Only SeaWorld Orlando can fully immerse guests into the thrilling, chilling continent few will ever experience. AntarcticaTM is a realm in SeaWorld where icebergs, snowcaps and howling winds greet guests. They’ll also meet a very special penguin named Puck, and it’s through his eyes that guests learn about penguin life and the dangers and beauty of this frozen land.

Image courtesy of SeaWorld.

Image courtesy of SeaWorld.

On board a first-of-its-kind trackless, all-family adventure ride, guests become one with the storyline as they follow Puck’s adventures. Each mobile simulator ride car allows guests to choose one of two levels of exploration – Wild Expedition or Mild Expedition – for various degrees of ride intensity. Designers say each version has multiple variations for a feeling of unpredictability, just like the continent of Antarctica.
All-new adventure allows guests to experience the sights, sounds, thrills, chills and penguins of Antarctica, through the eyes of a special penguin hero named PuckTM. . “On this adventure, we learn that we’re a lot like penguins. We’ll find we need each other and our families to survive,” explains Brian Morrow, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment® creative director.
There’s one more family SeaWorld guests can join at Antarctica … and that’s a huge family of nearly 250 penguins. Stepping off the adventure ride, guests find themselves among a colony of Adelie, gentoo, king and rockhopper penguins in a 30-degree habitat filled with wind, snow, rock and chilly water. It’s what makes Antarctica the coldest theme park attraction in Orlando. New technologies combine to create a freezing – but dry – climate, allowing guests to spend time in the penguins’ amazing world.
Image courtesy of SeaWorld.

Image courtesy of SeaWorld.

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin also includes educational elements. Kids can “measure up” to all 18 species of penguins carved into the rocks in the plaza. They can engage in kid-height and kid-friendly interactive touch screens and talk with SeaWorld educators to learn more about the importance of community and how penguin colonies work together and rely on each other for survival.

Award-winning country artist Lauren Alaina sings the song for the ride and a special remix version called “Antarctica: One World, One Family.” Song also is available for free download at SeaWorldOrlando.com.

Culinary delights can be found at Expedition Café, where American, Asian and Italian – the three major signatories of the Antarctic Treaty – cuisines are featured in a mess hall setting. A hydroponic garden produces fresh herbs that chefs incorporate into the menu. Outside seating available under canvas type sails, and two Quonset-type huts provide seating for guests dining on a mix of cooked-to-order food and quick-serve delights.
Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin is an all-family experience that can be found only at SeaWorld Orlando. “We’ve taken our guests and fans on astounding journeys,” says Terry Prather, SeaWorld Orlando’s president. “But no one has ever experienced what we’re bringing to Orlando this year. The first-of-its-kind ride, the cold, the wind, the thrills and danger of Antarctica, coupled with getting up close to penguins in their freezing world is something only SeaWorld can do.”

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Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula is a freelance writer, translator & marketer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on subjects ranging from travel and food to parenting and bilingualism. She enjoys traveling, good food and is always in search of new things to do and in Southwest Florida.


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  1. amanda martinez

    so beautiful! would love to visit their!!

  2. Jen@BigBinder

    Paula, this is a GREAT blog, the people of SW Florida are fortunate to have you writing here 🙂

    How fun, I really want to visit Sea World in Orlando and this is a fantastic exhibit!!

    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Awww thanks so much Jen! We are going next weekend and I’m sure my kids will love it. 🙂

  3. Erica Ardali

    I haven’t been to sea world in years, looks like things have changed for better! This looks really cool!
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  4. Nancy

    Indeed a cool, fun place to spend time with family and friends.
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  5. Heidi Hile

    What a great blog! I am so super happy to have discovered it! I have never been to Florida, but my parents just moved there a week ago. Your blog will definitely help me be prepared for our first visit to Florida! Thanks for all you do here!

    1. Heidi Hile

      ** My parents took us girls to Sea World, Ohio, several times as children! We loved it! I would never have thought to take my little guy to Sea World in Florida! This place looks amazing and is definitely on our to-do list when we make it down there!!

  6. chelesa sims

    I so wish i had the money to go. it looks beautiful.

  7. Tina

    Wow this sounds like such an amazing place. I love the fact that it teaches the kids while they are having fun, heck I would love this myself because I love penguins and I would love to learn more about them. Thank you for such a wonderful post.

  8. Anita L

    It’s been many years now since I lived in Florida and had taken my son to Sea World. This event was not available at that time, but I sure wish it were. This sounds totally awesome! What a great way to teach children 🙂

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