SeaWorld Orlando announced this week that they will be opening three new attractions in 2012 and 2013, in their SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove amusement parks. The new attractions will be the largest expansions of the two parks since they were built in 1973 and 2000, respectively.
SeaWorld will be getting ‘TurtleTrek’, which will include “two massive naturalistic habitats (aquariums), one filled with hundreds of freshwater fish and gentle manatees, the other home to more than 1,500 saltwater fish and more than a dozen sea turtles,” according to a statement by SeaWorld. The attraction will also feature a domed theater with computer-generated 3-D images immersing visitors in a 3-D underwater experience. TurtleTrek is set to be opened during the spring of 2012.
A year later, in the spring of 2013, SeaWorld plans to open ‘Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin.’ The attraction is designed to simulate a journey in the Antarctic. A statement from SeaWorld said guests would “experience the mystery and wonder of life on the ice through the eyes of a penguin, sensing the beauty and drama of their sometimes-dangerous habitat. Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin combines closer-then-ever animal connections with state-of-the-art interactive ride technologies for adventures that are different each time.”
At Discovery Cove, SeaWorld will be opening a new attraction called ‘Freshwater Oasis’ in the spring of 2012. Discovery Cove is not your average Florida theme park. It’s considered ‘high-end’, tickets start at $199, and it’s all-inclusive – drinks, food, towels, sunscreen, and rental equipment are all included in the ticket price. Guests are able to interact with a variety of marine animals, including dolphins.
Freshwater Oasis will be added to their interactive swimming and wading adventures. It’s described as having a rain forest canopy overhead, with a freshwater spring below. Visitors can wade and swim amongst the real live otters and marmosets in this new attraction.