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SeaWorld Orlando's Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin is one of the most intriguing new attractions planned for 2013, and the park has unveiled its unique ride vehicles at the IAAPA expo. Meanwhile, Disney is planning to produce a dramatic take on yet another of its theme park rides, while Flamingo Land's CEO could be in trouble for allegedly taking defending the business a little bit too literally.

SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando has unveiled the unique vehicles for Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, which will open at the park in 2013. Orlando Attractions Magazine was on hand at the IAAPA conference to capture the video below of the park's presentation.

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin is being billed by SeaWorld Orlando as "the world's coldest theme park ride", and will use a trackless ride system similar to that employed by Pooh's Hunny Hunt at Tokyo Disneyland. This will enable some elements to change each time a guest rides it, with the park promising that the Antarctica ride will offer a different experience every time.

Full story: Orlando Attractions Magazine


The Hollywood Reporter claims that the Disney-owned ABC television network is developing a new series based on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coasters. Known simply as Big Thunder Mountain, the show will reportedly be written by Jason Fuchs, who recently penned Ice Age: Continental Drift.

Full story: Hollywood Reporter

Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World is gearing up for its annual Christmas celebrations, and has released the time-lapse video below showing the Magic Kingdom being dressed up for the season.

Full story: Disney Parks Blog

Flamingo Land

In a real example of hands-on management, the chief executive of Flamingo Land, Gordon Gibb, has been charged with assaulting a man who was selling "two-for-one" vouchers outside the park. Gibb has denied the charge and will face trial on February 21.

Full story: Yorkshire Post


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