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Journey to Atlantis at SeaWorld Orlando

The Wild Arctic and Journey to Atlantis attractions are both currently out of action at SeaWorld Orlando, along with the Aquatica water park.

Water coaster Journey to Atlantis is set for a major overhaul according to a report on Screamscape. The ride's audio system and special effects have degraded since its opening in 1998, when it was the first thrill ride at SeaWorld. The lengthy refurbishment period - with the reopening date set for January 24 - would seem to give the park enough time to restore at least some of the effects to their original state.

Meanwhile, Wild Arctic is closed to allow removal of the Polar Express overlay which was installed for the Christmas season. According to the SeaWorld Orlando website, the flight simulator is expected to be closed through January 9.

Other rides, including headliner coaster Manta, are reported to have closed temporarily during periods of freezing weather affecting Florida over the last few days. The cold can cause rollercoasters to slow down and even fail to complete circuits in extreme cases, making them unsafe for riders.

SeaWorld Orlando's water park Aquatica is currently closed through January 11 due to the weather conditions. It also due for two planned closures next month (February 1-4 and 8-11) as the park takes advantage of the off-season to carry out essential maintenance.

You can keep up-to-date with the latest confirmed and rumored temporary ride closures through Theme Park Tourist's "Rehab Watch", and by signing up for our weekly newsletter using the box on the right of this page.

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