SeaWorld Orlando looks to 'break the ice' with a new coaster

June 1, 2019, 12:31 PM · After announcing new coasters for next year at its Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld San Diego theme parks, the resurgent SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment is making it three-for-three in 2020 with new coasters at its top parks.

SeaWorld Orlando announced this morning that it, too, will install a new coaster next year.

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Beyond the teaser video, all SeaWorld is saying about this thrill ride is that it will feature "plunging" thrills from "predatory" heights. SeaWorld's use of the #BreaktheIce hashtag provides another clue.

Orlando's sister park in San Diego is installing a Bolliger & Mabillard Dive Coaster in 2020, while neighbor Busch Gardens Tampa is going for a Rocky Mountain Construction retrack of the former Gwazi coaster. That one will surpass Cedar Point's Steel Vengeance as the tallest, fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world, so SeaWorld Orlando is going to need something pretty compelling about its new coaster to grab attention from that.

Wishes and speculation welcomed in the comments!

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June 1, 2019 at 2:11 PM

I can tell you the station for it is being built on the open "patio" area behind Mango Joe's. There's talk of one of the pathways to Bayside Stadium on that side being closed because of footers for an area of track will be built there.

June 1, 2019 at 3:01 PM

SWE have either changed the spec of the coaster, or this video is a bit of a con. Coaster Kings published permits back in March for what seems to a 55mph launch coaster, built as Reid notes, around Mango Joe's and Wild Arctic. This is where the rumour of Wild Arctic being closed originated from.

If we didn't know all that we do about the 2020 coaster project, I'd have been excited about the news release, but at the moment nothing is indicating it's any more than a family launch coaster.

Believe me I hope I'm very wrong, and SWO is going to get a giga ... but sadly I don't think that's going to be the case.

June 1, 2019 at 3:38 PM

SeaWorld using misleading concept art? Never!

June 1, 2019 at 5:54 PM

........... and on a busy day the wait time for the ride side of Antarctica can easily be 90+ minutes ?? I for one would not have had any problems with Antarctica going and Wild Arctic being updated and refurbished.

June 1, 2019 at 6:04 PM

The Sesame Street area is lots of fun. It's begging for a dark ride. The Spaghetti Space Chase in Universal Studios Singapore does alot with little space and money.

I hope it's a launch coaster of some kind.

June 1, 2019 at 8:06 PM

Based on blueprints that have been made publicly available, the popular speculation seems to be a Premier launch coaster likely similar to Full Throttle but with a large top hat instead of a loop. While it likely won't be the best ride ever, it should be a good fit for the park and help to round out their offerings a bit.

June 1, 2019 at 8:39 PM

They sure need something to boost things up and this could be interesting. Just hope not another SeaWorld letdown.

June 3, 2019 at 12:49 PM

@ MikeW which letdown would you be referencing, surely not Mako?

June 4, 2019 at 8:18 AM

@MikeW: Another letdown? Like Mako, Infinity Falls and Sesame Street? I think that they have really improved in the last 3 years, especially in Orlando.

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