The IAAPA Trade show and Expo in Orlando is just about the largest annual event in the Amusement Park Industry, so it’s a safe bet to say that most eyes in the industry are on IAAPA when it rolls in. Because of that reason, a lot of ride manufacturers and parks choose the IAAPA Expo as the perfect time to roll out their all new designs and rides. This year is no exception, and SeaWorld kicked off the expo with a big one. With SeaWorld, the announcement is never small, and this one was as cool as….ice.
With the new attraction fast approaching, SeaWorld Orlando picked the opening of IAAPA to showcase their brand new ride..or at least the ride system. The car, designed by Oceaneering, is a first of it’s kind ride system that reacts to the adventure going on in the story. The ride vehicle is also a mobile simulator that moves without a predetermined track.
“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,” Morrow said.
We also interviewed Brian Marrow inside the ride vehicle for Antartica where he talks more about Antartica: Empire of the Penguin.
Guests will slide, and evade predators and face everything that happens daily in the life of a penguin. The riders will choose one of two different levels, and will face different challenges. No two rides are never exactly the same.