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Live from IAAPA: What's new from SeaWorld/Busch Gardens in 2017

November 15, 2016, 11:35 AM · ORLANDO — We're on the show floor at the theme park industry's largest industry event this week. This morning at the IAAPA Attractions Expo, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment unveiled the ride vehicles from three of its new attractions for next year.

We hear from CEO Joel Manby and talk with the creators behind Busch Gardens Williamburg's InvadR wooden roller coaster, SeaWorld San Antonio's Wave Breaker launch coaster, and SeaWorld San Diego's new Submarine Quest interactive ride, in this week's episode of Theme Park Insider.

In other IAAPA news, Europa Park/Mack Rides' Roland Mack and journalist Tim O'Brien were induced into the IAAPA Hall of Fame today. Later today, we will be covering a panel discussion with the two, as well as fellow Hall of Famers Dick Nunis, Dick Kinzel, and Bob Rogers. Keep following Theme Park Insider for continuing coverage from Orland.

Replies (4)

November 15, 2016 at 5:28 PM · Did they discuss the VR Upgrade coming to Kraken at SeaWorld Orlando? Also was anything mentioned about either Busch Gardens Tampa or Adventure Island?
November 15, 2016 at 5:59 PM · Manby mentioned Kraken during his spiel. There was a concept graphic of Kraken to his right, but I didn't get it in the shot. That was it, though.
November 15, 2016 at 8:45 PM · The submarine vehicle seems to restrict outside views and a tight fit. The maneuverable roller coaster appears more interesting. Overall, a promising new start for SeaWorld.
November 16, 2016 at 12:25 PM · The sub ride vehicle really reminded me of the shape and design of the ride vehicle on Tokyo DisneySea's Journey to the Center of the Earth. Which is my favorite ride anywhere, so I'll take this as a promising sign. And much of the visual focus will be within these vehicles, it seems from Brian's description.

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