Glimpse inside Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin as SeaWorld Orlando prepares grand opening, plans musical performance

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With the grand opening of SeaWorld Orlando’s Antarctica realm just over two weeks away, today the park offered a virtual look inside the highly-anticipated attraction Empire of the Penguin. Featuring twirling trackless vehicles roaming amidst an icy environment surrounded by vibrant visuals, Empire of the Penguin will certainly be unlike any other theme park attraction around.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has also announced a partnership with award-winning country artist Lauren Alaina (made famous from “American Idol”) to perform the official theme song for the new attraction at Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin for its grand opening the week of May 24th.

The video below shows promotional footage of Empire of the Penguin ride vehicles set in a virtual environment, showcasing what the feeling of the ride will be like.

Video Preview: Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin and its theme song

Alaina recorded two songs for SeaWorld, including the theme song for the ride in Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, and a remix version called “Antarctica: One World, One Family.” The remix version will be available for free download at starting May 9.

UPDATE (5/10/13): SeaWorld has released an extensive series of images from throughout Antarctica, including inside the Empire of the Penguin ride and new penguin habitat, Expedition Café, and merchandise.

(Photo credit: Jason Collier, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc)

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin will officially open to the public on May 24, 2013.


  1. Raz Regalado

    Hmm, doesn’t look all that great. I’d be more concerned Shamu doesn’t eat anyone again.

  2. mickeyfan5

    agreed for some reason this get me excited for it. Seems kinda weird

  3. Don

    So Antarctica looks like a disco inside?
    Put the Yeti from Animal Kingdom in there and you have a party!
    And wasn’t the food to be from like all over the world, just like the international staff on these kind of expositions. It looks like only a bad American cook went who only can make “Italian” kids food.

    Joking aside I think this is going to be a fun family ride and an awesome animal exhibit

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Just a glimpse inside. :) I’m sure there will be more to the menu than just what’s seen here. Same for the ride.

      1. Don

        True, Ricky, I was just kidding.
        Also big praise on them giving the theme song away for free!
        That is something we would see Disney never do.

  4. Michael

    Do they still have the rest of the Antarctica exhibit with the belugas, narwalls, walrusses and polar bears?

    1. Jennifer

      Those animals are in a totally separate area of the park called Wild Artic. It’s near Shamu Stadium.

  5. nb4sl99

    We went yesterday. The wait was 2.5 hrs. You have to wait to see the penguins, no way to just go look at the animals. It’s no longer about animals but about crappy attractions that have no educational value whatsoever. Worse than that, it’s boring. This is the worst theme park attraction in all of Orlando.

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