Travelers to Florida can beat the heat with some cool creatures in even cooler temperatures, thanks to the new Antarctica exhibit at SeaWorld Orlando. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
Cricket is just one of the 250 or so cool dudes taking up residence inside SeaWorld's new "Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin" attraction.
"We actually have Joe who is a Rockhopper penguin, we have Gentoo penguins, King penguins - they're the biggest penguins - and then we also have Adelie penguins," says Brian Morrow, SeaWorld's creative director.
At the recent media debut, I checked out the exhibit. Having been to Antarctica, I can say for the most part, the creative team & animal experts did a respectable job of keeping the penguins' habitat authentic.
This is a theme park after all, so there is a ride that you won't find on the South Pole, as well as a restaurant and gift shop.
"They will get to go on a family adventure like none other on brand-new ride technology never seen before which will eventually lead them right here in this penguin colony," says Morrow.
If the penguins aren't enough to draw the crowds to the exhibit, the 30-degree temperatures might. It's a respite from Florida's hot and humid weather, especially in the summer. They designed it so that guests won't feel the icy blast at once, but its still pretty cold.
"All the guests will be able to get used to the temps, will draw you out with humidity changes," says Morrow.
They don't provide outerwear, so I recommend you bring along a sweater, especially for little ones. Admission to "Antarctica" is part of the base ticket that includes most of their other shows.
For more information, visit www.seaworldgetaways.com.