Construction is ongoing this week on two new attractions coming to Sea World in Orlando this year and next.

Turtle Trek, is a totally immersive, 3d experience in the round, designed to give visitors an up close and personal look at the life of a sea turtle. Designed to be a headlining attraction, Turtle Trek is being built in the  Manatee Encounter area. This new attraction is completely enclosed (read, air conditioned), so it should draw visitors in on even the hottest of days. Look for more Turtle Trek news as the year progresses; the attraction is set to open this summer.

Sprawling pretty much all over the center of Sea World right now, the construction zone for the upcoming Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins is pretty hard to miss. Construction is just beginning for this new area; expect to see more activity here as the year progresses. Look for Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins to open in 2013.

What does this mean to you?

If you are making Sea World part of your Orlando vacation, you’ll see and hear some construction. The very large Antarctica construction zone may also cause some re-direction of park walkways and traffic, or cause congestion on busy days.

In other construction news, the park has finally erected a netting to cover the walkway below Manta…so you won’t have to worry about getting nailed in the head by falling sunglasses and other debris as you pass.

For 2012 and 2013 travelers, Sea World is hard at work crafting some new attractions designed to lure you in.  If you want to get a sea turtle fix before Turtle Trek opens, you can head to Epcot for Turtle Talk with Crush, an interactive, indoor show.