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Expansion coming to SeaWorld Orlando

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Nov 8, 2011 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
At a press conference today, SeaWorld Orlando announced new attractions for the marine park and their boutique park, Discovery Cove. "TurtleTrek" at SeaWorld will give guests another opportunity for an up-close animal encounter with sea turtles and manatees. After meeting these majestic creatures, guests will experience a "turtle's eye view" of the ocean in a 3D, 360-degree movie in a domed theater, billed to be the world's first of its kind. Earlier this year, SeaWorld Pictures released a 3D film titled "SeaWorld: The Incredible Journey." The numbers of sea turtles are in decline, so this cross marketing makes sense with SeaWorld's passion for saving animals and protecting the environment. TurtleTrek will open in spring of 2012.

In addition, Discovery Cove will open "Freshwater Oasis" in spring of 2012. This area will offer swimming and wading adventures, as well as bring guests face to face with otters and marmosets. Featuring a rainforest canopy and crystal clear water, it will fit in well with the rest of the tropical park.

SeaWorld Orlando's biggest expansion will be "Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin." There aren't many details released yet about this attraction that will open in spring of 2013. SeaWorld says it will combine "closer-then-ever animal connections with state-of-the-art interactive ride technologies for adventures that are different each time." Guests will embark on a "trip" to Antarctica, allowing them to experience the coldest place on earth like never before. Seeing life through a penguin's eyes, they will see the dangers of the frozen continent that the birds face, as well as the natural beauty of their environment.