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Is this ride extremely low capacity? We went twice last week and both times over 120 minutes. We got in line the one day and the line barely moved at all the 25 minutes we waited until we decided it was not worth it. Went by the exit of the ride and it was like 4-6 people came out every 30 seconds or so.

 

I did ask two groups how long they waited and it if it was worth it, both immediately said "No!". Not a good sign for a new attraction.

 

Although I am sure it is amazing, the lines are just too long for what it is. If the lines were only a half hour I am sure it would get much better reviews. I was bummed we did not get to see it, but it was just not worth the 2-hrs to find out for us. The area looked pretty good though, and the drink was great (a really good cream soda, basically).

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A news article stated the nets are normally only down at night, but because of the incidents they are down 24/7 until the penguins adapt to the environment. But sadly, they are still escaping UNDER the net.

 

I don't know what is wrong with the exhibit. The St. Louis Zoo has a very similar environment, with the glass 4-6 higher than the water, and according to animal keepers, they very rarely have a penguin escape.

 

I would hope that they ultimately shut the ride down for a few days and just raise the glass higher, possibly all the way to the ceiling. I'd rather have that than this ugly net. I'm sure that SeaWorld has a plan already, but I hope they start fixing the problem soon.

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Finally got on the ride on Tuesday after hitting some unlucky downtime on Monday around park closing.

 

I thought it was pretty underwhelming overall. The ride system itself was great, it's just a shame that SeaWorld didn't do more with it. I think it is a cute ride that I would wait 10-15 minutes for, but there is no way I would wait any longer than that to ride it again.

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It is really sad that the new ride disappoints.

 

I thought the ride was going to be

Simulator/video scene

Live penguin scene

Simulator/video scene

Live penguin scene

Simulator/video scene

Live penguin exhibit

 

But really it is

Preshow

Long cave scene

Simulator scene

Simulator scene

Live penguin scene

Live penguin exhibit

 

The concept art really doesn't match any parts of the ride. I would have liked live penguins placed around the entire ride like it looked in the art.

 

What is the point of seeing the penguins like that through the glass as the "finale" when two minutes later you can see the penguins without anything separating you (well except for that ugly net for now)

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But sadly, they are still escaping UNDER the net.

 

I don't know where you heard that, but that is 100% not true.

 

I would hope that they ultimately shut the ride down for a few days and just raise the glass higher, possibly all the way to the ceiling. I'd rather have that than this ugly net. I'm sure that SeaWorld has a plan already, but I hope they start fixing the problem soon.

 

Personally I think that would be more difficult than said. In order to replace any glass you'd need to drain all the water in the exhibit and relocate the penguins for a good amount of time. With Summer Nights coming up soon, I figure they will just keep the nets up until aviculture fixes the issue via training.

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But sadly, they are still escaping UNDER the net.

 

I don't know where you heard that, but that is 100% not true.

It stated that in a news article, that the penguins were very desperate to escape and were sneaking out under the net. The news could just be hearing rumors, but they quoted a worker at the park saying that I believe. I'll keep looking for the link.

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But sadly, they are still escaping UNDER the net.

 

I don't know where you heard that, but that is 100% not true.

It stated that in a news article, that the penguins were very desperate to escape and were sneaking out under the net. The news could just be hearing rumors, but they quoted a worker at the park saying that I believe. I'll keep looking for the link.

 

Geez, I wish people wouldn't assume that the ride ops/education/photo are experts with the penguin situations. We don't even touch them. I wish they would get their information from the aviculturists so we wouldn't have this misinformation issue. >.>

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But sadly, they are still escaping UNDER the net.

 

I don't know where you heard that, but that is 100% not true.

It stated that in a news article, that the penguins were very desperate to escape and were sneaking out under the net. The news could just be hearing rumors, but they quoted a worker at the park saying that I believe. I'll keep looking for the link.

 

Geez, I wish people wouldn't assume that the ride ops/education/photo are experts with the penguin situations. We don't even touch them. I wish they would get their information from the aviculturists so we wouldn't have this misinformation issue. >.>

 

The penguins are probably just going out for coffee.

 

And, yes, without a link and a credible source, I'm taking this report with a grain of salt.

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But sadly, they are still escaping UNDER the net.

 

I don't know where you heard that, but that is 100% not true.

It stated that in a news article, that the penguins were very desperate to escape and were sneaking out under the net. The news could just be hearing rumors, but they quoted a worker at the park saying that I believe. I'll keep looking for the link.

 

You should post the article on here.

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FINALLY found the link.http://www.orlandoparksnews.com/2013/06/antarctica-empire-of-penguin-and.html

 

Sadly, it turned out that the report of the penguins going underneath is in the comments, so I'll let you guys judge if it is a reliable source. It seems like it could be.

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FINALLY found the link.http://www.orlandoparksnews.com/2013/06/antarctica-empire-of-penguin-and.html

 

Sadly, it turned out that the report of the penguins going underneath is in the comments, so I'll let you guys judge if it is a reliable source. It seems like it could be.

I'm not sure if "Orlando Theme Park News" is really a credible source. I mean, they have 600 Twitter followers. How legit can they be?

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FINALLY found the link.http://www.orlandoparksnews.com/2013/06/antarctica-empire-of-penguin-and.html

 

Sadly, it turned out that the report of the penguins going underneath is in the comments, so I'll let you guys judge if it is a reliable source. It seems like it could be.

I'm not sure if "Orlando Theme Park News" is really a credible source. I mean, they have 600 Twitter followers. How legit can they be?

I don't know. I found the link through Screamscape.

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Obviously the source was messing with the guy in the comments.

 

My favorite one to tell people: "It's actually 100 degrees in the exhibit, however, the extremely-low humidity makes it feel like it's below 30." Oh boy, the people who believe that.

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http://seaworldparks.com/celebration

 

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SeaWorld's 50th Celebration

 

Starting in 2014, we will be bring you SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration! – A celebration marked by a whole new “Sea of Surprises.” All three SeaWorld parks will be sharing the fun and delight throughout the 18-month celebration with uniquely SeaWorld moments. Starting March 21, 2014, we invite guests to join us as we celebrate with new interactive experiences, new shows and daily entertainment, more up-close animal encounters throughout the park, and a Surprise Squad treating guests with prizes every day.

 

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http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2013-06-11/business/os-seaworld-50th-anniversary-campaign-20130611_1_seaworld-san-diego-seaworld-orlando-antarctica-themed

 

With its new Antarctica-themed land open, SeaWorld is turning its attention to 2014.

 

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. said Tuesday it will launch a 50th anniversary celebration early next year that will include new attractions and experiences for its three SeaWorld marine parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio.

 

The 18-month campaign, dubbed "Sea of Surprises," will launch March 21, 2014 — 50 years after the original SeaWorld opened its gates in California.

 

As part of the campaign, SeaWorld said it will dispatch more "animal ambassadors" throughout the parks to give visitors surprise encounters with penguins, lemurs, flamingos and more. New "Surprise Squads" will roam around to give away prizes such as free souvenirs or behind-the-scenes experiences. And "spontaneous entertainment" will pop up at unexpected moments along park pathways.

 

In addition, each of the three SeaWorld parks will get new animal shows, though the company didn't disclose additional details.

 

The company also said it has commissioned the environmental-art group "Washed Ashore" to carve larger sea-life sculptures from ocean debris. Those sculptures will be displayed in the parks.

 

Further attractions may also be part of the plans.The company said SeaWorld Orlando, which just completed the largest expansion in its history with Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, will unveil additional plans for 2014 this coming fall.

 

One already announced project: Explorer's Reef, at SeaWorld San Diego. A renovation of the 50-year-old marine park's main entrance, that 3-acre area will include a series of marine-life touch pools, as well as new retail and dining concepts. It will also feature what SeaWorld called a new front-gate concept, with existing ticket booths replaced by a concierge-style ticketing area with a beach theme.

 

That 16-month construction project has been timed to open next March, to coincide with the launch of the 50th anniversary campaign.

 

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/tourism/os-cfb-tourism-0617-20130616,0,5941864.story

 

As promised in the lead-up to its initial public offering, SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. declared its first quarterly dividend last week, paying stockholders 20 cents for every share they own.

 

It's the first installment of what Orlando-based SeaWorld says will be an 80-cents-a-share annual dividend. The dividend pledge helped drive both a strong debut during the company's IPO and a continued climb in its share price since then.

 

The dividend target could change in the future.

 

"That's a matter we intend to kind of revisit over time," SeaWorld President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Atchison told analysts when asked about the dividend policy during the company's first-quarter earnings call. "I can't say that we have any plans … based on our early performance, but it is something we will revisit from time to time and decide what the appropriate policy is going to be moving forward."

 

One reason SeaWorld has some dividend flexibility: It doesn't expect to have to spend any cash on federal income taxes until about 2017.

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Maybe I'm missing something... but why timing on this announcement? It starts next year? They open a major new attraction and are about to kick off "Summer Nights" (which strangely I've heard or seen nothing about it around town) yet they are marketing something that happens next year? Weird.

 

While in part it sounds similar to a certain other major celebration by another theme park... the atmosphere at Sea World is already great so random entertainment and surprises certainly can't hurt. People seem to always eat up anytime someone is walking around with even the smallest animal.

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On Saturday, SeaWorld Orlando invited us to check out this year's Summer Nights event including updated versions of the popular Sea Lions Tonight! show and Shamu Rocks, featuring an all-new fireworks finale! The event also gave us the chance to see Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin at night, giving us a look at the new realm's unique glowing ice structures outside, as well as another opportunity to re-experience the area's main attraction. One more special addition for Summer Nights is the inclusion of a dance party at the front of the park featuring all of the park's characters including Shamu and his friends!

 

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We started off our evening with a delicious dessert reception!

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A quintessential part of the SeaWorld experience, the famous mime continues his (sometimes edgy) antics as a pre-show for Sea Lions Tonight!

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I won't point it out, but you can guess why he did this.

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If you've ever seen a Clyde & Seamore show, you'll recognize some of the gags, but much of this show is unique to Summer Nights.

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The premise of Sea Lions Tonight! is that you are experiencing at day at SeaWorld Orlando through the eyes of Clyde & Seamore, the park's signature sea lion duo.

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Height requirement? No problem!

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Last year the show featured Manta, so it was cool to see Kraken used instead.

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Time to poke some fun at Blue Horizons!

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Whoops!

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The things this mime has to do...

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Even though this show is more focused on parody, there are still some of the great sea lion stunts from the normal shows.

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"Feesh pleaze!"

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Next to be roasted was One Ocean!

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These kids had no idea how wet they were gonna get by posing with a walrus.

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Take that Shamu!

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Sea Lions Tonight! is a funny take on the SeaWorld Orlando experience and a great change of pace from the normal Clyde & Seamore Take Pirate Island show offered during the day. Be sure to check it out if you visit SeaWorld Orlando during Summer Nights!

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Over at Shamu Stadium, we were able to Shamu Rocks, where apparently this whale will be rocking way too hard!

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I'll admit I'm very biased having seen the show many times before, but Shamu Rocks continues to be my favorite Shamu show at SeaWorld.

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The show features recognizable music ranging from "Rock & Roll All Nite" by Kiss, "Eruption" by Van Halen, "You and Me" by Lifehouse and "Let's Get Loud" by Jennifer Lopez.

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Much like in the other shows, the splash zone is still susceptible to being soaked.

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And like in the other shows, the killer whales still perform stunts that amaze.

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She's not as big as Tilly, but she still impresses!

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Shamu Rocks is a high-energy show that is definitely worth going out of your way to see.

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The show even includes a live guitar rendition of Van Halen's "Eruption!"

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New this year is the addition of fireworks to the finale of Shamu Rocks, replacing the separate fireworks show "Reflections" that used to be offered on the park's main lagoon.

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The entertainment team behind Shamu Rocks has done an incredible job syncing up the fireworks with the already great finale of the show, along with the water fountains and lights added recently to the stadium for the introduction of One Ocean.

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This is just awesome to see in person!

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The whales even wave goodbye as you leave the stadium!

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Our final stop for the evening was at Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.

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Using a unique design process, the ice in Antarctica glows at night, giving an even greater ambiance to the immersive realm.

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Even the attraction's marquee looks different!

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Let's go on in!

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Have you had the chance to meet Puck yet?

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Had you seen the hidden penguin carved in the ice in the queue?

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There are some impressive visuals to be seen in the ice caverns!

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Having ridden Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin four times now, three of which on the "Wild" setting, I can attest that the ride experience is different every time. Brian Morrow told us when the ride first opened that it features over 32 different ride profiles!

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As it was mentioned a few weeks ago, there are currently nets up inside of the penguin exhibit at the end of the ride.

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But rest assured, these nets are a temporary precaution to be used while the penguins acclimate to their new habitat.

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Thanks to SeaWorld Orlando for having us on Saturday for some great desserts, a very fun time at Summer Nights and for a quick trip to Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin!

 

As if there weren't enough great reasons to visit SeaWorld Orlando, you've got several additional things to check out at the park!

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