Infinity Falls, a new annual pass program, and a preview of other upcoming park additions.SeaWorld Orlando today officially unveiled its "Best Year Ever" plan with its newest ride,
We start with Infinity Falls. It is SeaWorld's new family-friendly rapids ride that guarantees to get everyone riding soaked. The ride took us through a meandering waterway full of white-water rapids. And yes, we got absolutely soaked even while wearing our ponchos. The ride itself is similar to other raft rides, such as Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, but SeaWorld boasts it as record breaking as you are lifted via a 40-foot vertical "raft elevator" to a sloping drop.
However, after all the hype of Infinity Falls being recording breaking, the drop is not steep and, according to other riders, kind of a let-down. Despite that, the ride overall was fun and family friendly, lasting almost five minutes and sure to cool you off on a very hot Florida day.
In addition to Infinity Falls, SeaWorld used this morning's media event to debut its new annual pass system. The new system is broken into four tiers:
The Bronze, Silver and Gold passes can be bought for just SeaWorld, or for SeaWorld and Aquatica, or for four parks in Florida, including Busch Gardens and Adventure Island (with discounts for Discovery Cove). Prices start at $119.88 for the one-park Bronze pass, which is a big drop from the $175 pass that used to be SeaWorld's cheapest. That pass was comparable to the new Silver pass, which costs $167.88. The Platinum pass is $359.88.
Florida residents can use a monthly payment plan, starting at $9.99 a month for the one-park Bronze pass, which is cheaper than my gym membership that I never use. Prices rise to $29.99 a month for the Platinum pass.
Lastly, SeaWorld Orlando is adding a Sesame Street land next year where families can walk down Sesame Street, meet characters and ride a variety of rides such as Elmo’s Choo Choo Train, Cookie Drop, Abby’s Flower Tower, Super Grover’s Box Car Derby, Big Bird’s Twirl ‘n’ Whirl and Slimey’s Slider. In addition, Aquatica is also adding KareKare Curl, a two-person raft ride "delivers a high-adrenaline, weightless adventure."
Overall, it seems like SeaWorld is continuing its efforts to reinvent and attract young families after the most recent addition of its extreme roller coaster, Mako. They seem focused on taking another step in the right direction by making their annual passes more affordable compared to other area theme parks. And that's a good start with their passes and new rides. Cheers to them moving forward.Tweet
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