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New reasons to visit SeaWorld Orlando

Visiting groups will come face-to-face with penguins, otters and sea turtles at SeaWorld in 2012 and 2013. SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment has announced three new attractions coming to SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove, which is located across the street from SeaWorld.

In spring of 2012, a 3-D/360-degree dome theater film will immerse guests in the underwater realm of sea turtles at SeaWold Orlando’s TurtleTrek. The film allows viewers to see life from the point of view of a sea turtle before seeing live sea turtles in other SeaWorld exhibits.

Opening around the same time is Discovery Cove’s Freshwater Oasis. The all-inclusive tropical resort already allows visitors to swim with dolphins, hand-feed tropical birds and snorkel past colorful fish. In the spring, Freshwater Oasis will also open a swimming and wading adventure for up-close encounters with lively otters and marmosets. With a recreated rainforest canopy above and otters below, the new experience will almost feel like meeting these playful animals in the wild.

“With TurtleTrek at SeaWorld Orlando and Freshwater Oasis at Discovery Cove, travelers will have all new reasons to visit Orlando,” said Terry Prather, president of Orlando’s SeaWorld parks. “What we’re creating will take you places you’ve never seen before, places only SeaWorld can take you.”

Visitors coming to SeaWorld Orlando in spring 2013 will explore one of the world’s last frontiers. The existing Penguin Encounter will reopen as Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin after scheduled renovations. A new ride incorporated into the exhibit will reveal how penguins survive at the bottom of the planet. Though few details have been released, the park claims that it will be the coldest theme park ride in the world.

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