Construction has progressed a great deal since out last look at the next mega-attraction for Sea World Orlando, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.  This trackless attraction will have guests “Floating” through frozen scenes and ending with up close encounters with the little birds of the south.

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about SeaWorld Orlando’s upcoming new attraction. Speculation has remained high in regards to what type of attraction will be built to take visitors through the glacial landscape.  There are more than a few good clues to be found.

The video suggests that the ride will utilize a trackless system similar to Tokyo Disneyland’s Pooh Honey Hunt attraction, though simulated rides videos often take great liberties with what the actual ride experience will look like. Let’s take a closer look at the poster art.

Notice the vehicle in the background of this poster.

Note the large white base under the boat shaped vehicle. Sure looks like a trackless vehicle motion base. Yes, it looks like a boat ride at first glance, but clearly not in the traditional sense.

Let’s take a look at the current state of construction.

The main show building now has a roof.

A little to the left we see the main pathway through the area taking shape

Further to the left we see a separate building

You can see the construction to the right of the blue coaster track.

From ground level you can get an idea of the size of the buildings.

Glaciers taking shape?

Sea World Orlando’s Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins promises to be an impressive attraction.  We will have more news for you from this project and the rest of SeaWorld Orlando soon.

  • Monorail Man

    Looking good! There are so many unknowns about this attraction. The SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks have had some really good new themed additions (Manta in CA, and Verbolten in Williamsburg), and I can’t wait to see what they have in store here!

    • KingEric

      I agree that there is a lot unknown about this attraction. And in all honesty pre-Turtle Trek I would be very worried about this. However Turtle Trek was a game changer for me. Seeing how SeaWorld has really started to put story and experience first, will really help to reshape this park.


    Disney might be wishing they had brought the trackless technology to US parks a long time ago after this attraction hits. I have no doubt that is the type of vehicles this will have. Yes the technology really isn’t anything new, I’ve been to warehouses that have this same technology, but it’s something that really hasn’t be brought to the tame when it comes to rides in the us. The general non industry savvy people are going to think this is the biggest new thing and eat it up. Good for Sea World.

    • KingEric

      While there currently are 2 trackless rides at WDW (The Great Movie Ride and Tower of Terror) guests really don’t know that.

      I am very, very, very curious how people are going to interact with this attraction, and I really want to know how this ride will change from ride to ride.

  • I’m so curious to see what SeaWorld comes up with. The concept art is great. But we all know that concept and reality are two completely different things. I’m cautiously optimistic .

    • KingEric

      I agree with you. I am cautiously optimistic. But seeing how Turtle Trek completely took me by surprise, I am really hopeful with this attraction.

  • a-mad

    This attraction looks like it will be great… but is it just me, or do they have a ton of work to do to be ready by “Spring 2013”?

    Yes, the building is going up rather quickly… but this seems like a tremendously detailed and complicated track system and themed experience that seems odd that it would be done in 7 months or so…. but I could be completely off-base.

    • I think they’ll have it done by summer. I can’t believe how quickly this ride has been going up. Same for the Transformers ride at Universal Orlando. Also moving at a rapid pace.

    • KingEric

      Spring in theme park speak here in Orlando normally means May or June, with summer meaning July or August.

  • SpectroMan

    KingEric, wouldn’t UofE also be considered trackless, and the first of it’s kind?

    • KingEric

      I think you would be correct @SpectroMan. But it all comes down to guest perception.

  • StevenW

    “Empire of the Penguin” ? There’s nothing in the poster art to tell us anything about the ride. It’s a bit disappointing. It’s a kiddie ride through white arctic landscape. Not sure if the penguins are real or fake in the ride portion. Surely if its a trackless ride, there are no barriers if the penguins are real. The dramatic music is standard Sea World. It’s a bit boring in presentation.

    I hope the ride is fun. Sea World takes its rides too seriously.

    • KingEric

      Well I have places in Orlando that have silliness. I like a little drama here in Orlando. But time will tell how this will be.

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  • EC82

    Wow! Disney is really getting beat at its own game. While Disney’s politically broken, money obsessed culture is really showing how backward it is. Universal opens Harry Potter, now SeaWorld goes for the kind of attraction it used to be NOBODY except Disney could do, a large scale E-Ticket ride that is designed for the whole family. I’m pretty impressed by this actually! Disney can add all the character meet-n-greets and show restaurants and themed retail locations it wants, but people go for the rides and they want to be excited by them and to do things with the whole family or at least things that aren’t going to get people over 40 sick to their stomach, and now SeaWorld comes along and builds something it looks like would fit perfectly at Disney somewhere. But it’s not at Disney it’s at SeaWorld!

    • KingEric

      I agree with you 100% When Disney has a press conference to unviel….. GASP! New Benches at Fantasmic! While major expansions are going on down the street, it is shameful.