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Electrosonic joined the project at the
design stage, working with SeaWorld’s
Corporate Director of Creative
Development, Brian Morrow, and the
attraction producer WOW!Works to
provide the audio and video design for the
entire attraction. The company then went
on to carry out the equipment supply,
system integration and installation.
Visitors enter a pre-show where they
are introduced to the animated penguin,
Puck, and his family. His is the last egg
to hatch as a storm approaches. The
penguins scurry to the shelter of an ice
cavern. When the doors open to the ice
cavern, the experience continues.
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displayed on a central rear-projection
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LCD monitors, which give a wrap-around
feel to the visuals. A Christie projector
feeds the center screen, and JBL speakers
hidden in the rockwork supply the audio.
Following the “walk-through” pre-show,
visitors board the ride. On the batching
platform, the ride operator ushers eight
visitors at a time into a ride vehicle. The
vehicles, a completely new development
from Oceaneering, are trackless and
the details of their powering, navigation
and collision avoidance mechanisms are
something of a trade secret.
On a Samsung 46-inch LCD monitor
embedded in the scenic rock wall, Puck
explains that he’s grown bigger and
stronger and is ready to explore the
wonders of Antarctica with the visitors.
Vehicles are dispatched in groups of
four. The vehicles dance through the
ride. They back up, turn, and go around
obstacles. Depending on its position in
the group, one vehicle will do something
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variations in the ride path, the interaction
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As the ride begins, visitors glimpse Puck
sliding, wobbling and stumbling through
the ice cave on three Mitsubishi 65-inch
LCDs buried in ice spires. When they
come upon a frozen waterfall, vents blast
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. Then a blizzard hits. Two Christie
edge-blended projectors provide a long,
wide view on a front projection screen as
Puck and the colony struggle against the
snow and wind.
The next scene is the attraction’s biggest.
Having survived the blizzard, Puck is
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time, but danger lurks below as he has
to outwit a predatory leopard seal in the
water. The action plays out on a 120 by
27-foot curved screen with JBL speakers
mounted behind it. A single Christie
D4K35 projector (4K) with a custom
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is located above and behind the ride
vehicles.
The triumphant Puck bids good-bye to
the visitors on a Samsung 70-inch LCD
with overhead audio as the ride comes
to a stop by a big glass wall overlooking
the penguin habitat and providing a
close-up encounter with a 200-plus-
strong colony of Adélie, Gentoo, King and
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with wind, snow, rocks and chilly water.
During the course of the ride, the visitors
have transitioned to progressively cooler
temperatures that have acclimatized them
to the habitat’s frosty 30ºF (-1°C).
Outside the habitat are retail and dining
areas. The retail shop, called the Glacial
Collection, features three Boland 24-
inch LCD monitors in the store and six
Samsung 46-inch LCDs behind the cash
registers, displaying live action media
content of penguins in Antarctica.
Overall AV control is by an Alcorn
McBride V16 control system. Video
playback for standard screens is by
Alcorn McBride Digital Video Machines.
A 7thSense server is used for the big-
screen blizzard and swimming scenes.
All audio playback is from a QSC
Q-Sys system.
Antarctica:
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leading the way in attraction innovation with the opening of Antarctica: Empire of the
Penguin® in May 2013, and Electrosonic was again on hand to provide the latest in AV
technology.
Photographs bottom of page 43, clockwise:
• Ice spires all around.
• At this point in the pre-show, visitors choose whether to take the
“mild” or “wild” version of the main ride.
• One of the independent ride vehicles.
• Real penguins - not projected! The attraction architect was PGAV
and the Scenic Contractor was Hotopp Associates.
• Part of the pre-show. The main image is back projected, and the
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• Close-up with penguins.
The independent ride vehicles.
The main AV racks
Photo courtesy of SeaWorld
Photo courtesy of SeaWorld
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