Trackless ‘Empire of the Penguin’ ride vehicle unveiled by SeaWorld Orlando, ride to debut in new Antarctica realm in 2013

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As the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo 2012 kicked off in Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando revealed the ride vehicle that will take guests on a first-of-its-kind ride in the park’s 2013 attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.

Under the competition-fueled slogan of “game on,” president of SeaWorld Parks and Resorts Orlando Terry Prather dropped a giant curtain to show off the large 8-person ride vehicle that will transport guests into the icy cold environments of Antarctica aboard the state-of-the-art Empire of the Penguin ride.


Video: SeaWorld Orlando unveils the Empire of the Penguin ride vehicle at IAAPA 2012


Amidst hundreds of penguins, real and virtual, these high-tech vehicles are not only trackless, ensuring a different experience upon each ride, but also mobile motion simulators, featuring movements that allow the riders to seemingly slide along icy terrains while following a young penguin’s adventures in the attraction’s story. SeaWorld says this combination is a theme park first. In addition, guests will have the chance to choose one of two levels of adventure, more intense and less, with each level featuring multiple variations for a feeling of unpredictability.

Empire of the Penguin ride vehicle reveal by SeaWorld Orlando

Empire of the Penguin ride vehicle reveal by SeaWorld Orlando

Empire of the Penguin ride vehicle reveal by SeaWorld Orlando

“There’s nothing else like this in the world,” said Brian Morrow, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment creative director. “Next year, this is the vehicle that will take families on an epic adventure and allow them to experience and interact with the thrills, wonders and dangers of Antarctica, all through the eyes of a very special penguin. When our little hero penguin learns to waddle and slide, we’ll feel what it’s like as the car moves and reacts to the storyline. When he takes his first swim or barely escapes danger, our guests will feel as if they’re right there with him.”

Empire of the Penguin ride vehicle reveal by SeaWorld Orlando

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin is the biggest expansion in company history. Park execs consider the attraction an all-new “realm,” rather than a single attraction. Antarctica’s scope includes the ride, penguin colony, gift shop and restaurant, all opening in 2013. More information about Antarctica can be found on SeaWorld’s web site.

More photos from SeaWorld Orlando’s Empire of the Penguin reveal:

7 Comments

  1. Jeff Lynch

    Okay, is it just me or does this look really cheap? It’s like they bought an expensive trackless ride thing and then they just threw bed sheets up for the walls and didn’t even care about creating a nice setting for the ride. Epic fail. I could have made a better background for the ride myself!

    1. Nick

      The ride is not open yet nor was this announcement at Sea World. It was at an amusement park convention in Orlando (mentioned in the article). This was merely to showcase the ride vehicle.

    2. Joe Fox

      This was at IAAPA, right across from the TEA booth. It was a great experience to watch the unveiling (both times — I was there during setup day and watched them test the rigging to make sure the curtain would drop). Brian was every bit the proud papa of his new ride, and it appears that they’ve got something quite cool. The penguins looked like they were having a blast also, being away from the exhibit for a few hours. :)

  2. Nicky

    That’s a really neat system they developed!! Jeff I think the set up they did for the unveil of the ride vehicle will not be the ride. I really want to get intro theme park attraction design but I’m still a teenager so I don’t quite get it. Is it a hybrid of sorts of Star Tours multi-experience with Spidermans motion vehicle and Poohs Hunny Hunt trackless system?

    1. Milo

      From what I understand just Spiderman and Pooh’s, since Pooh already offers different ride experiences.

  3. Angry Penguins

    I am sorry but I just dont know about this. I train penguins at the aquarium I work at in Riverhead, Ny. There are 17 species of penguins and only 5 live in the really cold weather like Antartica. And here they are showing pictures of AFRICAN blackfooted penguins. I am sorry but that is false information and I am pretty upset about it…

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