SeaWorld's Antarctica: Cool location designed for warm welcome

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Brace yourself. Antarctica's gift shop is not built into the ride exit. You'll buy souvenirs in a free-standing building called Glacial Collections, which sits across a plaza from the ride.

Inside is an array of penguin merchandise, from flipper slippers to cell-phone covers to princess penguin dresses to plush Puck dolls. One Puck version is with his family and is inspired by a scene in the ride's pre-show. A vintage-looking T-shirt salutes Penguin Encounter.

Guests also can buy the Cup That Cares, which can be used for refills on the day of purchase and subsequent visits. The cost is $9.95, and $1 of that goes to the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. The cup's use is monitored by an enclosed chip, so when it's refilled at Antarctica's South Pole Beverages outlet, it will tell the carbon savings of each individual user.

"It knows the cup, and it knows you," Morrow says.

The Create a Cup That Cares is a version that can be customized. For $15.95, guests can assemble a penguin cup decked out with accessories such as sunglasses, bow ties, shopping bags, cameras, mohawks and a Shamu ice-cream bar. or 407-420-5477

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See more of the penguin stars of SeaWorld Orlando's Antarctica at

Antarctica — Empire of the Penguin

Where: SeaWorld Orlando, off BeachLine Expressway, southwest of Orlando

When: Grand opening is today. Park opens at 9 a.m.

Cost: Included in SeaWorld admission. A one-day pass is $89 ($81 for ages 3-9).

Phone: 407-351-3600


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