Here is the statement:
"Something is stirring beneath the surface at SeaWorld Orlando, preparing to rise from the ocean depths and soar to thrilling new heights. Get ready for the frenzy of SeaWorld’s new 200-foot-tall coaster. In 2016, this thriller will take its place atop the food chain as Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest coaster. More details on the new addition will surface in late-May. SeaWorld is a one-of-a-kind theme park with a variety of attractions including awe-inspiring animal encounters, thrilling rides and spectacular shows. Follow #nothingfaster as the frenzy starts."
This will be SeaWorld Orlando's first new coaster since the Theme Park Insider Award-winning Manta debuted in 2009. Manta is a Bolliger & Mabillard Flying Coaster, and SeaWorld Orlando's other non-kiddie coaster is also a B&M, the floorless Kraken, which opened in 2000. SWO also has a Mack custom water coaster, the original Journey to Atlantis, which opened in 1998.
Since Manta's debut, SeaWorld Orlando has opened animal habitat-focused attractions, including Turtle Trek and its most recent new attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.
What are you hoping to see for SeaWorld's new coaster?
Update: "Drop the mic" response:
@ThemePark @SeaWorld Manatee: The Ride. I want to ride on giant manatees. #NothingFaster pic.twitter.com/jDsDUhdD8W— Matthew Gottula (@DLthings) April 24, 2015
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Making a side trip out to BGT is not convenient, so if done well, this cements SWO as the go-to park for roller coasters in Orlando.
1. The last time Seaworld gave us a new, actual attraction was 2009. I made a passionate argument in the Star Wars vs Marvel debate that we shouldn't criticize a certain someone for taking a while to build new rides, but six years?! Six frickin' years and all we've gotten is a couple of new animal exhibits?! Let's see what Disney and Universal have done over the course of six years.
-expanded Fantasyland, giving us 3 new attractions and revising 2 older ones
-given us a new-and-improved Test Track
-closed down Maelstrom and is currently building a new Frozen-themed ride.
-given us a new-and-improved Star Tours
-and closed down Camp Minnie-Mickey and is currently building a new Avatar-themed land
-built a new Transformers ride
-rethemed the entire area around the Simpsons Ride into a Simpsons-themed land (even including a new ride)
-given Spider-Man some TLC
-built not one, but two Harry Potter-themed lands
-and is currently building a new King Kong-themed ride.
When your competition is building and constructing at a much faster rate than you, and it's taking a huge toll on attendance numbers, it's time to step up your game. Animal exhibits are great in their own way, but not enough to keep the turnstiles turning.
2. Seaworld already has two of the best coasters in Florida, so we can sleep well knowing that tis one's gonna be great.
3.This is Seaworld's chance to show up those tree-hugging (actually, tree-marrying) hippies at PETA. I haven't seen Blackfish, nor is it high on my list of priorities, but I know any claim that Seaworld abuses their animals is crud. I've been to this park a dozen times, so I can say for sure that no one in the amusement industry cares as much about our planet's natural wildlife as much as they do.
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