SeaWorld Orlando's long-delayed new rapids ride is ready for visitors.
The park announced today that the Intamin vertical-lift rapids ride will open officially to the public at noon on October 4. (We've been invited to the press opening that morning and will have a full report following.) But the ride may be open to visitors on a soft-open basis starting today.
"Infinity Falls features roaring rapids, soaking fountains and a record-setting 40-foot waterfall drop, all against the backdrop of a rainforest utopia," SeaWorld said in its press release. "Guests will have the opportunity to take on the role of a conservationist on a journey through the rainforest and learn about the importance of freshwater conservation through interactive games and stories throughout the ride experience."
If you get on, we'd love to hear your rating and review of Infinity Falls. Themed to a South American river, Infinity Falls is a new thrill ride experience for the Orlando park, though its San Diego sibling has had a rapids ride for years.Tweet
Does anybody understand the source for the name of this ride? It makes no sense to me.
I'm still utterly baffled that they thought a rapids ride was the solution to their myriad problems.
Everyone wants something new so that they can try to get a slice of the Star Wars money that's coming to Orlando in 12-15 months.
I think the bigger news here may be that with the outing of CEO Manby and low guest satisfaction numbers from Orca Encounter in California, One Ocean may have gotten a temporary extension in Orlando. Manby originally said that it would be closing at the end of the 2018 season to reopen in Q3 of 2019 - just in time for Star Wars to come online. No official word out of SeaWorld yet, but rumors among the staff are that One Ocean is staying (for now, anyway) at least in some form.
Looks like a fun ride with a unique lift system in there and an amazing drop. Take the significant ride length an this is a solid ride.
One ocean is already morphing into some thing new. A lot more educational dialogue and actual introduction of the whales to the audience. i.e "here is Trua .. et al"
The full blown shut-down and re-emerge as Orca encounter has certainly been dropped, but change will continue over the next 12 months.
Sea World is what it is. An water-themed Busch Gardens. I think this addition is solid. I also think Sesame Street is going to be great, if it's built to the level of Ratatouille in Paris, which is what it reminds me of.
Sea World will never be a behemoth. There's too much to do, and in the next 5-10 years, Universal and Disney will be so far ahead of where they even are today, that Sea World is going to be lucky to be something for visitors to do when they already did everything at the other parks.
I'm not sure that Seaworld ever saw this ride as the 'answer to all their problems'. But theme parks have to cater for everybody and in addition to the E-ticket rides they have to have good solid C-ticket attractions. Infinity Falls is beautifully landscaped and will only get better with time in that respect, it has a decent ride length, it's got a reasonably high capacity and it's fun (have you seen the first POV? It's WET!!!). Families will love this. Kids will scream, deliciously all the way round and that final drop gives it a bit of an iconic element. I think it's a good, strong addition to the line-up and it really helps 'fill-out' the park's offering.
SeaWorld Orlando has done a fantastic job including well designed animal habitats that support their new rides, going back to when Kraken and Journey to Atlantis were first introduced. Recently, their new rides have included full blown ecosystems that offer far more immersive environments, such as Antarctica, Shark Reef and now the rainforests of Infinity Falls. One could say that SeaWorld's "lands" are these themed ecosystems. Infinity Falls is another fantastic example of SeaWorld's commitment to introducing rides surrounded by a themed ecosystem with a focus on conservation. The inclusion of Infinity Falls has definitely made up my mind that it's time for another family vacation to SeaWorld Orlando very soon. Between SeaWorld park, Discovery Cove and Aquatica, SeaWorld Orlando is a fun and relaxing four day family vacation. Keep it up SeaWorld! I look forward to Sesame Street next year and hopefully a B&M winged coaster with a revamped Arctic Circle ecosystem/land in the near future.
Just got off Infinity Falls ... it's an awesome ride, especially on a hot hot Orlando afternoon.
I'll try and get a review in later.
The only question is, will they ruin it with their broken Spot Saver virtual queue system? Spot Saver (and all other virtual queue systems, for that matter) are nothing more than smoke and mirrors. Wait in a virtual line just to wait in an actual line of significant length when your time comes. In the end, you invest more time from your day with a virtual queue than if you had just gotten in a regular line to begin with.
We spent a week at Sea World and their associated parks in FL this past summer. We had bought a Discovery Cove pass with a 14 day pass including parking to all its associated parks.
There are a couple of things to consider. First cost. I spent less than $1000 for a day at discovery cove plus the 14 day pass. Additionlly, I was able to buy a $37 all day dining pass at each of their parks that lets you drink all the soda and water you want as well as get a meal every hour. I shared this with my family (against the rules), but we ate and drank a lot for very cheap.
Second, the Parks were ALOT of fun. SeaWorld was great, Busch Gardens was amazing and their water parks were very nice. Plus lines were not too long.
We ended going to SeaWorld 3X that week, once for an evening, once for a day and one last time to go on the rides we loved a second time and to see anything we might have missed.
I think there is a lot to offer for repeat visitors to Orlando. However if you only go once, you gotta see Disney or Universal.
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Lets hope its better than the horrendous Penguins attraction. Somehow i don't think so.