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May 24, 2013

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins - Cool Facts

ANTARCTICA: EMPIRE OF THE PENGUIN "COOL" FACTS

For years, SeaWorld Orlando has taken guests on amazing journeys of adventure. Each time, the park opens a window to worlds guests could never experience on their own.

Now open, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin is the single largest attraction expansion ever at SeaWorld Orlando and the coldest theme park attraction in Orlando. A combination of innovative technology and up-close encounters with penguins in their 30-degree world makes Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin an all-new realm and a thrilling, chilling adventure of a lifetime.

Here are a few icebergs of information:

The Icy Inspiration Behind Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin

• Antarctica - the continent - is largely unexplored. The land locked under 9,000 feet of ice in some places is not owned or claimed by any one country. The weather is always changing and always harsh. Yet this land at the bottom of the world is home to the most amazing animals in the world. Antarctica is the empire of the penguin.

• Temperatures can get as cold as -129 degrees Fahrenheit, the coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth! About 90% of our planet's ice is found in Antarctica, but it's melting away at an alarming rate.

• 70% of the world's supply of freshwater is stored there.

• Remote. Hostile. Beautiful. This extraordinary continent is critical for maintaining Earth's climate, ocean temperatures and all life on our planet. Although Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, highest and driest place on Earth, there's a lot of life both above and below the water's surface. Tiny plant and animal plankton, shrimp-like krill, squids, penguins and other seabirds, leopard seals, killer whales and big baleen whales are all part of the Antarctic food web.

The Feathered Stars of the Realm

• A colony of nearly 250 penguins -- gentoo, Adelie, king and rockhopper penguins -- welcome guests in to their freezing world and immerse them in their snowy, rocky, icy home.

• When joining the penguin colony, guests will be in frosty 30-degree temperatures.

• Penguins are attuned to the sun, determining courting, nesting and molting behaviors. The computerized lighting system is adjusted every 7 to 22 days to simulate sunrise and sunset, and seasonally to simulate springtime light and wintertime dark.

• A three-level viewing area with floor-to-ceiling windows invites guests to marvel at the underwater action of these "flightless" birds in the nearly 170,000-gallon saltwater, 16-foot deep, 40-degree pool.

A Chilly Reception for SeaWorld Guests

• Guests go through an acclimation process to prepare for the freezing temperatures found in the penguin colony. At various stages during the adventure - and before the guests join the penguins in their world - SeaWorld designers lower both temperature and humidity, priming explorers to enter the penguin habitat.

• During the journey to the penguin colony, guests also begin to grasp the unpredictability of the environment. SeaWorld reproduces blizzard-type conditions, showcasing the extremes of Antarctica's weather.
• Guests are immersed in temps as low as 30 degrees during their traverse throughout the realm, making this the coldest theme park attraction in Orlando.

• Technologically advanced airtight doors, humidifiers and air purifiers create Antarctic conditions for guests and penguins.

The Amazing Ride That Takes You On An Epic Voyage

• Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin combines state-of-the-art interactive ride technologies and up-close animal encounters for adventures that are different each time.

• The first-of-its-kind ride propels guests on a trackless, mobile simulator, using advanced magnetic technology. Guests are transported into the storyline as they travel on an adventure through the eyes of our special penguin host, Puck.

• Guests can choose how much motion they want during the journey to see the penguins. The Wild Expedition has a ride height minimum of 42" (under 48" with adult supervision). Mild Expedition riders need to be able sit up on their own, meaning that even seated toddlers can enjoy the experience (no children on laps).

• In the queue and throughout the attraction, the common theme of family is evident. Penguins are only able to survive in one of the harshest places on earth because of the strength of their colony. They cannot survive alone. Guests discover the mirror connection of penguin families to human families " that we, too, are stronger together.

Recreating Antarctica in Orlando

• Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin is the coldest theme park attraction in Orlando.

• Surrounded by the sights, sounds and awesome encounters found in this frozen land, guests embark on an incredible family adventure to discover an environment less than 1% of the population will ever experience.

• Hand-blown "icicles" made of Pyrex® and glass replicate the perfect clarity of the pure ice in Antarctica. SeaWorld even embedded the exterior ice rockwork with microscopic tumbled glass balls that glisten and sparkle in the sun like to mimic real ice crystals.

• Glaciers range from 10 to 50 feet tall.

• In addition to the majestic sounds of the penguin colony, a one-hour, all original score, drifts through the realm.

• It took nearly 400 designers, craftsmen, animators, a symphony orchestra, penguin experts, scenic and lighting designers, and ride experts to conceive, plan and build Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.


The Mystifying Music

• A 65-member piece orchestra recorded the music, which was recorded in a church in Seattle.

• The attraction features an all-original score that was written by a local Orlando composer, Mike Avila. It took 1 ½ years to create the musical score, record it with the orchestra and bring it all together inside the attraction.

• Creating a beautiful musicscape, there are five zones of music throughout the realm.

• When the full sound experience happens, guests will feel the chilly wind blowing at 22 MPH, which is considered blizzard-like conditions.

• Award-winning county music artist, Lauren Alaina, sings the Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin theme song, Antarctica: One World, One Family.

The Fare Infused with Freshies

• Guests will enjoy the Expedition Café Marketplace featuring American, Asian and Italian cuisine, three major signatories of the original Antarctic Treaty.

• A hydroponic garden produces fresh herbs that chefs incorporate into the menu.

• Outside seating available under canvas-type sails and two Quonset-type huts, provide seating for 325 guests dining on a mix of cooked-to-order food and quick-serve delights.

• The Coca-Cola Freestyle dispenser gives guests more than 100 brands of beverages at their fingertips to quench their thirst.

The Souvenir of Science

• Perfect for the penguin palette, Glacial Collections gift shop offers everything for the penguin lover. The retail shop's color scheme of black, bright yellows, oranges and whites, and the penguin-shaped displays welcome guests to browse the cache of splendid penguin-related items.

• Hero Puck is anticipated to be the popular take home treasure. His journey, his love of family, and his connection, especially to children, make him a very desirable keepsake.

The Cup That Cares

• Conservation-minded guests will love the new Cup that Cares program. These souvenir cups are embedded with a programmable chip that can be personalized to the guest.

-- Every time a guest refills the cup at Antarctica's South Pole Chill, a personalized greeting is delivered thanking the guest for using the refillable cup and reducing their carbon footprint.

• A portion of the proceeds from each Cup That Cares purchase will be donated to the non-profit SeaWorld & Busch Gardens® Conservation Fund.

-- In addition to direct support of hundreds of environmental, research and conservation projects, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment 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 $9 million in support of projects around the world in more than 60 countries.

The Education Station

• Three SeaWorld educators are located throughout the realm to engage with guests, teach about penguins and Antarctica, and answer questions.

• Interactive touch screens invite kids to learn about penguin colonies and how working together as a community is key for survival.

• The global family of penguins -- 18 species found in the southern hemisphere - emerges from a large rock wall, giving guests the opportunity to "measure up" to life-size penguins and pose for great photos. The species found in Antarctica are located at the bottom of the display, a perfect height for little ones to get up close to.

• All 18 species of penguins are protected by international law and six species are endangered.

Penguin Puzzlers

• Can you find the king penguin carved into the "ice" somewhere in the queue?

• Our iconic hero Shamu® is hidden somewhere in the exterior realm of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin ice work. Have you seen him yet?

• Be sure to look down. Four species of penguin footprints can be found as you make your way toward the ride cars.

• The coordinates of the Antarctic continent show up on an exterior lighting pole. Another pole includes the date, December 1, 1959, when the original Antarctica Treaty was signed. Were you illuminated?

• How many countries were the original signatories of the Antarctic Treaty? (Hint: Count the flags at the Expedition Café for the answer.) These countries were also the first countries to participate in the scientific research on the continent.

• Watch out for a blizzard! A few times each hour a blizzard will pass through Antarctica in the soundscape and lighting effects. It's okay; you don't have to take cover.

• The pinnacle penguin puzzler: As you travel through the realm, how many penguins can you find imaginatively embedded into the scenery?

May 10, 2013

SeaWorld Announces Lauren Alaina to Promote Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins

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Orlando, Fla. (May 9, 2013) - SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ has partnered with award-winning country artist Lauren Alaina to perform the official theme song for the new attraction at SeaWorld® Orlando, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin™, opening May 24, 2013.

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." Alaina also will be performing the song live at SeaWorld Orlando for the attraction grand opening the week of May 24th. The remix version will be available for free download at www.SeaWorldOrlando.com/Antarctica starting May 9. Alaina is currently in the studio working on her forthcoming sophomore album, and is scheduled to perform her new single "Barefoot And Buckwild" on American Idol Thursday, May 9, airing nationwide on Fox networks.

"I have such great memories of growing up and going to SeaWorld with my family, so being a part of the theme park and their new attraction is so exciting," says Alaina. "Recording the official theme song for the ride was so much fun - SeaWorld even brought a penguin named Pete to the studio to help inspire me!"

Georgia native Alaina captured America's hearts when she appeared on Season 10 of American Idol. Her first album, Wildflower, debuted at no.1 on the iTunes Country chart and no.2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart in 2011, and was the best-selling digital album by a debut country female. Alaina has been nominated for several Teen Choice and CMT Music Awards, and recently took home the Artist of the Year: New Artist trophy at the 2012 American Country Awards.

Alaina is also the Special Olympics Project UNIFY® Ambassador for North America and traveled to Pyeongchang, South Korea in January for the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games. In celebration of this partnership and their mutual support, SeaWorld will make a donation to Special Olympics. A Special Olympics athlete and family members also will receive a special visit to SeaWorld Orlando for the grand opening of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, courtesy of Lauren Alaina.

"We're excited to continue our strategy of expanding beyond family theme parks into different types of entertainment enterprises," said Scott Helmstedter, Chief Creative Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. "We're so thrilled to welcome Lauren into our family and look forward to working with her on this project and many more into the future."

For the behind-the-scenes story of Lauren Alaina recording the theme song for Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, watch an exclusive webisode at www.SeaWorldOrlando.com/Antarctica .

April 28, 2013

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins - Behind the Freeze

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In this latest installment, SeaWorld Creative Director Brian Morrow takes you "Behind the Freeze" of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin where you'll see Antarctica through the eyes of our new hero -- a penguin named Puck. From the amazing sights to the original score, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin will blend an all-family adventure ride with up-close encounters never before seen.

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin -- which opens less than 30 days -- will transport you into a rarely seen, icy world. You'll feel the majestic grandeur of the South Pole and see it through the eyes of Puck on an exhilarating, first-of-its-kind family ride. You'll explore a massive penguin colony in an expanse that envelops you in cool extremes, both above and below the penguins' icy world. It's a must-see, one-of-a-kind theme park experience only at SeaWorld in Orlando.

AllEars will be at the Media Preview on May 23rd and keep you updated on this brand new attractions!

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For Deb's Behind the Scenes Report on Antarctica CLICK HERE

April 2, 2013

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, Opening Soon at SeaWorld Orlando, Brings the “Freeze” to Phones and Computers

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ORLANDO, Fla. (April 2, 2013) - Penguins' vocalizations - such as squawks and honks - are individually identifiable, allowing mates to recognize each other and their chick among colonies of thousands and thousands of other penguins that all look alike. Now a new penguin ringtone from SeaWorld® Orlando can be downloaded for free, and it's a chilly way to stand out from the colony!

The first ringtone is a vocalization from a gentoo penguin, one of the feathered stars at SeaWorld Orlando's new thrilling, chilling adventure, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.

Also available -- and all free - are new screensavers and wallpapers, so Antarctica's "freeze" can take over the colony's computers. These cool screensavers have penguins dancing or swimming across the screen, making it fun for the whole family.

Be sure to download the new ringtone and screensavers here.

Fans wanting to explore even more of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin should download the free Antarctica app, available for iPhones, iPads and Android phones. The app is full of incredible create-and-share videos and photos where fans can swim, march and dance with penguins. These apps can place a user's face onto an Antarctic explorer. And the best part? All videos and photos can easily be shared with family and friends through social media channels -- Facebook, Twitter and YouTube - and can be emailed, too.

The app also is the place to get the cold, hard facts about penguins and Antarctica and watch incredible behind-the-scenes videos about the "making of" SeaWorld Orlando's newest attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. Fans can even enter the Family Voyage Sweepstakes to win a trip to Orlando. The app can be downloaded at SeaWorldOrlando.com/Antarctica.

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, opening May 24 at SeaWorld Orlando, will transport SeaWorld guests into a rarely seen, icy world where they will feel the majestic grandeur of the South Pole and see it through the eyes of a hero penguin named Puck on an exhilarating, first-of-its-kind family ride. Guests will explore a massive penguin colony in an expanse that envelops them in cool extremes, both above and below the penguins' icy world. It's a must-see, one-of-a-kind theme park experience only at SeaWorld Orlando.

RELATED LINKS:

** For more Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins News CLICK HERE

** For more SeaWorld News CLICK HERE

For Deb's Behind the Scenes Report on Antarctica CLICK HERE


March 14, 2013

SeaWorld Orlando Releases Latest Behind The Freeze Video

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Creating Antarctica: Storytelling through the Ice

SeaWorld Creative Director Brian Morrow takes you on an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how SeaWorld Orlando's new attraction -- Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin - is shaping up " literally! In this Behind The Freeze video, find out how our design teams are creating a frozen realm in sunny Orlando and telling an incredible story of adventure through the eyes of a special penguin hero named Puck.

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin opens May 24 at SeaWorld Orlando.

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AllEars had a special behind the scenes experience last month! Read all about it from inside the construction site.

February 20, 2013

SeaWorld Orlando’s Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin to open May 24

ORLANDO, Fla. (February 19, 2013) - Construction is on-schedule at SeaWorld Orlando's new attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, and the park has announced May 24 as its grand opening date.



Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin - sure to be Orlando's must-see new attraction - will transport families into a rarely seen, icy world. They'll feel the majestic grandeur of the South Pole and see it through the penguins' eyes on an exhilarating, first-of-its-kind family ride. They'll explore a massive penguin colony in an expanse that envelops them in cool extremes, both above and below the penguins' icy world. It's a must-see, one-of-a-kind theme park experience only at SeaWorld in Orlando.

Fans wanting to explore even more of SeaWorld's thrilling, chilling new adventure of a lifetime should download the free Antarctica app, available now for iPhones, iPads and Android devices. The app can be downloaded at SeaWorldOrlando.com/Antarctica.

The app is full of incredible create-and-share videos and photos, where fans can swim, march and dance with penguins. They can place their face onto an Antarctic explorer. And the best part? All of videos and photos can easily be shared with family and friends through social media channels -- Facebook, Twitter and You Tube - and can be emailed, too.

The app is also the place to get the cold, hard facts about penguins and Antarctica, watch incredible behind-the-scenes teaser videos about the "making of" SeaWorld Orlando's newest attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. Fans can even enter the Family Voyage Sweepstakes to win a trip to Orlando!

February 2, 2013

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin

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Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin combines a state-of-the-art family adventure ride and closer-than-ever encounters with hundreds of penguins - kings, gentoos, Adelies and rockhoppers - to create Orlando's must-see 2013 new attraction. Immersing guests in a colony of penguins means Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin will be the coldest theme park attraction in the world.

Go behind the scenes with the attraction's creators:

December 15, 2012

SeaWorld Orlando Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin

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Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin combines a state-of-the-art family adventure ride and closer-than-ever encounters with hundreds of penguins - kings, gentoos, Adelies and rockhoppers - to create Orlando's must-see 2013 new attraction. Immersing guests in a colony of penguins means Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin will be the coldest theme park attraction in the world.

The fourth installment of Behind The Freeze is now live. In this episode, we take you to our secret ride testing facility where designers are busy preparing the first-of-its-kind vehicles for Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. You'll see the cars in action and how they'll take you into the icy wonders of our amazing new attraction opening next spring.

Creative Director Brian Morrow interviews SeaWorld's Corporate Ride Engineer, Mike Denninger, about how the cars move through the space, what you'll expect when on the ride and how these amazing vehicles will help you become part of the story as you follow a young penguin's adventures.

The Antarctica Website provides a way to stay tuned to Behind-The-Freeze webisodes that will continually take fans behind the scenes with the designers and animal experts as they create Orlando's coolest, must-see 2013 experience, even revealing icy secrets along the way.



November 13, 2012

SeaWorld Debuts New Antarctica Ride Vehicle

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Seaworld Orlando Debuts Ride Vehicle That Will Take Guests On First-Of-Its-Kind Adventure In 2013 New Attraction, Antarctica: Empire Of The Penguin


Orlando, FL (November 13, 2012) - At the world's largest theme park convention - the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions' Expo 2012 - SeaWorld Orlando execs revealed the vehicle that will take guests on a first-of-its-kind ride to the frozen south in the park's 2013 attraction and all-new realm, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.


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"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."


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Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin combines a state-of-the-art family adventure ride and closer-than-ever encounters with hundreds of penguins - kings, gentoos, Adelies and rockhoppers - to create Orlando's must-see 2013 new attraction. Immersing guests in a colony of penguins means Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin will be the coldest theme park attraction in the world.


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Designers revealed a bit more about the vehicles' unique role in the attraction.

The cars themselves are technological marvels. Each car is a mobile simulator, with movements that allow the riders to become one with the storyline as they follow and mimic a young penguin's adventures. The combination of experiences - mobile, moving simulators and a completely trackless ride - are theme park firsts. Guests will choose one of two levels of adventure. Designers say each level has multiple variations for a feeling of unpredictability, just like the continent of Antarctica.

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"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.

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.

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It's an all-family experience that could only come from SeaWorld and can only be found at SeaWorld Orlando. "We've taken our guests and fans on astounding journeys," said Terry Prather, SeaWorld Orlando's president. "But no one has ever experienced what we're bringing to Orlando in 2013. The first-of-its-kind ride, the cold, the wind, the thrills and danger of Antarctica and walking among penguins in a massive habitat is something only SeaWorld could do."

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September 18, 2012

SeaWorld Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin Behind the Scenes

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SeaWorld Orlando Gives First Behind-the-Scenes Look at Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin

SeaWorld Orlando now has all-new ways for fans to dive deeper into the world of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, the park's new attraction opening spring 2013. A dedicated website launched today, allowing everyone to follow the freeze and stay connected to all things Antarctica: www.SeaWorldOrlando.com/Antarctica. The new site includes ways to watch feathery friends live on a Penguin Cam, learn about what makes Antarctica a land of extremes or sign up to receive exclusive email updates.

The website also provides a way to stay tuned to the series of webisodes that will continually take fans behind-the-scenes with the designers and animal experts as they create Orlando's coolest, must-see 2013 experience, even revealing icy secrets along the way. The first webisode provides the first sneak peek into the Making of Antarctica and reveals a never-before-seen trailer.

SeaWorld's epic new attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, transports you into the icy world of the penguin like never before. Experience the mysterious land through the penguins' eyes on a first-of-its-kind family ride, connect with a colony above and below the water and be inspired to make a difference.

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