On April 27th SeaWorld Orlando unveiled its newest addition Turtle Trek 3-D! 221 62nd st, newport beachMiceChat was invited to participate in the opening ceremony of this attraction, where the message is becoming an "Every Day Hero" and helping to create awareness for endaangered marine life. MiceChat's Eric Davis, of the Orlando Parkhopper was among the press invited to be at the Opening Ceremony for this impressive new attraction.
The entrance just before the grand opening ceremony.
Official Web Site: Turtle Trek 4D - Sea World Orlando
Ride Length: Approx 30 minutes minutes long
Height Restrictions: None
Theater Specs: Fully domed theater, seamless, 3-D projection, all around the guests, and over head.
Dome Screen: A fine silver coating on the dome allows each screen to focus the projection light back toward the guests. Each fleck of silver is like a tiny mirror.
Film: Each frame of the film has approximately 26 million individual pixels (more than 13 times what is considered “high-def”)
Frame Rate: 60 frames per second.
Projectors: 34 projectors and 368,000 lumens of light to fill it with a 3-D, 360-degree movie.
Sound: 22 audio channels that have all been mixed on-site. 18.4 arrangement and is rated at an amazing 32,000 watts.
Turtle Trek 3-D is a 360 Degree domed adventure where guests get to see the world from the point of view of a Sea Turtle. When this attraction was first announced the 360 Degree 3-D seemed like "a lot of 3-D!" ... Oh how I would be pleasantly surprised.
When you enter the attraction you enter through the old Manatee habitat exit. The entire area looks brand new. The queue is now broken into sections. You are first let into the first room, which is the Manatee Exhibit. Here you get to spend time watching the Manatees swim, and be adorable.
Then you are moved into the pre-show room, which is also the brand new Sea Turtle exhibit. Here a SeaWorld Edutainer describes the plight of the Sea Turtle and sets up what is about to become our journey!
Then it is onto the Theater!
The domed theater is impressive, and uniform. Once inside you feel small, and as the show begins you feel vulnerable like a hatching baby turtle.
Turtle Trek takes you on an the journey of the Sea Turtle so on your trek, you encounter dangers on your way to the ocean like Crabs, and Seagulls! Then once in the water you encounter dangers natural and man made like sharks, nets, plastic bags, and more! In this attraction you find yourself spinning around, looking up, looking around trying to take in your surroundings. Descriptions, pictures, videos, just will not do this attraction justice, this technology MUST be experienced first hand! In the end of the show, you will learn what an "Every Day Hero" is and how you can be one.
How to be an everyday hero.
Upon exiting the show, you go up the old entrance ramp, and you can see the Manatees and Sea Turtles from above the water line, and you can play a new interactive video game called "Race to the Beach" which is sure to be a hit with young and old.
The Turtle Trek adventure continues into the gift shop where you can become an "Every Day Hero" by making contributions to the conservation fund (5% of all sales in the Turtle Trek gift shop go to the Conservation Fund) you get a special spot light, music, and interaction with a video Sea Turtle or Manatee! This is an amazing way to make shopping interactive, and a unique experience.
This journey is a larger than life adventure, the technology is impressive, and jaw dropping at times. Once you complete your Journey on Turtle Trek you will feel inclined to right back in line, so that you too can become an "Every Day Hero!"
BEHIND THE SCENES:
The inspiration behind TurtleTrek
· No animal’s life journey is more incredible than that of the sea turtle. From hatching on a beach and making the mad dash to open waters to the dangers and hazards they face as they mature and return to the very same beach to lay their own eggs, their tales of life underwater have in the past been impossible to show. And no theme park in the world is better equipped than SeaWorld to share that journey with millions of people.
- In the same way SeaWorld brought attention to the plight of the manatee – the park’s attraction, “Manatee Rescue,” created interest that helped to save the species – at TurtleTrek, the park showcases the vulnerable sea turtle and asks everyday heroes across the globe to help make a difference in saving animals in the wild.
- In the nearly 50 years since SeaWorld’s rescue programs began, more than 20,000 injured, orphaned or ill animals have been rescued, cared for and in most instances, returned to the wild. That’s more than one animal per day since 1964.
The real-life animals that live at TurtleTrek
A one-of-a-kind 3-D/360-degree movie is only part of TurtleTrek’s allure. It’s also two massive, naturalistic saltwater and freshwater habitats, home to sea turtles and manatees, some of them rescued and cared for by SeaWorld’s animal team.
The attraction’s sea turtle residents have been deemed non-releasable by the Florida government -- due to genetics, illness, or being orphaned -– and have found a permanent home at TurtleTrek. Since 1973, SeaWorld Orlando has rescued, cared for and returned hundreds of endangered manatees and since 1980 returned more than 1,200 sea turtles back to their natural waters.
- Sea turtles are truly a global species found in temperate and tropical seas worldwide. They have survived in the seas for more than 200 million years and are among a small group of reptiles that depend on the sea for survival.
- TurtleTrek will be home to a variety of adult and juvenile sea turtles, including hawksbill and green sea turtles. Guests can view these exquisite creatures gliding past them from above, or through a below-water window.
- Florida's tropical waters are home to a great diversity of life and perhaps none are more rare and endearing than the manatee. All manatee species can be found in warm tropical and subtropical waters in North America, South America, and West Africa.
- At TurtleTrek, four West Indian manatees can be seen from above, or below water as they swim by or graze on a leafy snack. Each gentle giant in the exhibit was previously rescued by SeaWorld – the global leader in rescue and rehabilitation of manatees.
- More than 1,500 Caribbean-native fish live in the saltwater habitat. The tropical varieties guests can view within the sea turtle habitat include angelfish, surgeonfish, file fish, butterfly fish, and many more.
- Approximately 200 freshwater fish will accompany the manatees in their habitat. There will be fish native to Florida such as large-mouth bass and bluegills; and exotic fish that can be found in Florida waters such as pacu and red-tail catfish.
The story behind the story and what SeaWorld does on a daily basis to create awareness of animals – and nature – in need
Animal rescue programs
- SeaWorld parks have helped animals in need -- ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned -- for more than four decades. The majority of rescued animals are successfully treated by SeaWorld veterinarians, rehabilitated and returned to the wild.
- To date, more than 20,000 animals have been rescued by the park’s animal experts including whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, manatees, sea turtles and birds. This is the equivalent of helping one animal a day -- every day -- for 45 years.
The SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Conservation Fund
- In addition to direct support of hundreds of environmental, research and conservation projects, the company provides millions of dollars in cash, support and human resources to the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. A registered non-profit conservation foundation, the Fund has granted $7 million in support of more projects around the world in more than 60 countries.
- The Fund also provides an outlet for visitors to the parks, as well as the general public, to do their part to help protect wildlife. The Fund commits 100 percent of donations to on-the-ground wildlife conservation.
- Education is a cornerstone of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. Half a billion people have passed through the gates of a SeaWorld park since 1964, and each has benefitted from educational experiences intended to inspire a deeper understanding, respect and desire to protect all wildlife.
- SeaWorld’s educational impact extends into homes and classrooms across the world through innovative programs such as instructional field trips, national awards programs, classroom resources, and one of the largest and most used animal databases on the Internet. In addition to that remarkable figure are the countless informal teaching experiences inside the parks: educators, show and exhibit narrations, and interpretive and interactive graphics.
MiceChat's Eric Davis had the chance to speak to the attractions designers about what it took to get the attraction from imagination to reality. We will have those video interviews up for you shortly.