This Week, SeaWorld Orlando released a new promotional teaser video advertising Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. This new mega attraction and land will transport visitor to the frosty southern reaches of Earth for an up-close encounter with these beloved birds of the snow. Set to open in 2013, the new land will replace what was once the Penguin encounter and will take up a large section of the center of the park.
Speculation has remained high in regards to what type of attraction will be built to take visitors through the glacial landscape. Would it be a boat ride, a slow moving dark ride or something different? Well, if the new video is any indication, we may have our answer.
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 be. It also appears that we may have missed a clue delivered in the poster a while back. Let’s look at that again.
Notice the vehicle in the background of this poster.
Looking closely, we can clearly see that there is a large white base under a boat shaped vehicle.
The vehicle in the foreground is obscured with a splash of water. Is this an artistic liberty taken to convey the illusion of maritime fun or will this be a mix of trackless conveyance and water attraction? Regardless of the direction, we are excited! Below are pictures of the current construction.
We are really looking forward to what SeaWorld has in store for us when the attraction opens next year. So, what did you think of that video? Did you spot any more clues? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.