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Australia's Sea World debuts its Storm Coaster water coaster

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Published: December 6, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Australia's Sea World Gold Coast park has debuted its new US$18 million Mack water coaster, called Storm Coaster.

Storm Coaster
Photo courtesy Sea World

Storm Coaster features a 98-foot drop and 44-mph top speed. The ride begins in and ends in a show building, with the roller coaster portion of the ride at the beginning, followed by a splashdown return to the show building. You can see a POV video from the park in this news report. (For those of you wondering, Australia's Sea World is owned by Village Roadshow and is not affiliated with the US-based SeaWorld parks. Note that space in the name.)

The ride's the second big coaster to open in Australia this season, following the debut of Abyss, a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter coaster, at Adventure World in Perth last month.

Readers' Opinions

From Chad H on December 6, 2013 at 8:55 PM
Grrr, almost makes me we wanna take a trip home...

Any word if anythings happening with the old Bermuda Triangle slot?

From Robert Niles on December 6, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Storm Coaster was built on the old Bermuda Triangle spot. Sorry, forgot to mention that.

From Mike Gallagher on December 7, 2013 at 5:15 AM
Normally, I would never judge a roller coaster (or any type of ride for that matter) from watching a video. But ths appears to be one of the lamest, least thrilling, boring rides I've ever seen.
From on December 7, 2013 at 12:12 PM
I agree, this appears to have very little payoff, no story, or any extreme splash. It seems to be in between a bunch of different genres of rides, but couldn't figure out what it wanted to be.
From Nathan Alexander on December 8, 2013 at 3:49 AM
Hey now! I feel I must stand up for the Storm Coaster just a tad. It is an Australian first water-coaster and the level of theming that has taken place here is amazing. You truly can't tell the true ride experience just by the POV. Entering the queue you are immediately placed not a storm ravaged container port.. Windows show a storm raging outside. Boarding your vessel you head to the roller coaster section and splash down in the hull of a sinking ship. With audio, wind, fire (unfortunately not in operation during soft opening - when this video was taken) and a lot of drenching moments which is perfect for our Gold Coast summer, this is one ride not to be dismissed by a POV stuck to the front of it.

Here's a good video showing most of the action

From on December 9, 2013 at 2:40 PM
I thought the ride looked cool and wish we had more family friendly type rides like these in America.... I guess it's in perspective sometimes (nothing with the words giga or hyper in front of it would draw me to a theme park).

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