SeaWorld Orlando is opening its new Ice Breaker roller coaster to passholders later this month, but anyone now can take a virtual ride, thanks to the park's official POV video.
The Orlando park dropped the on-ride video today, in advance of its media preview later this week. The Premier Rides Sky Rocket coaster features four passes on its LSM launch, including one leading backward up a 100-degree spike track, before climbing its 80-foot Top Hat and dropping into the remainder of its 1,900-foot run.
The experience feels most similar to the Premier Sky Rocket II models that SeaWorld has installed at three other parks, including Tigris down the road at Busch Gardens Tampa, Tempesto at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and Electric Eel at SeaWorld San Diego. Ice Breaker does not rise to those coasters' 150-foot heights, nor does it offer their inversion at that height, so Ice Breaker should hold more appeal for less adventurous coaster fans.
I don't know how I feel about SeaWorld Orlando's use of on-screen graphics for its Ice Breaker POV. It's nice to get a visual description of the ride's elements, but laying that over the bulk of the screen rather than placing it more discretely at the bottom or side feels like SeaWorld's trying too hard to sell this thing, rather than allowing the ride to speak for itself.
Ice Breaker begins passholder previews January 30 and then opens officially to all SeaWorld visitors on February 18. For discounted tickets to the park, please visit our travel partner's SeaWorld Orlando tickets page.
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Having visited SeaWorld the obligatory 3x between September and the end of the year, my pass member special invitational event is Friday night, Jan 28th. As noted, the coaster is pitched as an inbetweenie ride, so I don’t see me gravitating towards it every time I go to the park.
I did my 3x for BGT as well, so it’ll be interesting to see how they handle the event, in terms of what we might expect for the Gwazi one, sometime next month.
Any new coaster is a good coaster, but Florida desperately needs that Giga ….. :) …. Ha :)
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I agree. The on-screen graphics are deeply annoying and seriously detract from the POV experience. It's kind of hard to tell but given that Manta, Kraken and Mako are all serious coaster beasts this looks like a perfectly decent mid-range addition to the line-up.