Seventh Roller Coaster Now Confirmed for SeaWorld Orlando

June 3, 2022, 5:13 PM · Get ready to stand up for the next big roller coaster at SeaWorld Orlando.

The park today confirmed that it has started work on its seventh roller coaster, an unnamed thrill ride to debut in 2023. SeaWorld Orlando is promoting the new coaster with the hashtag, #HighSurfAdvisory.

"Guests are invited to get ready to feel the power of the pacific right here in Florida, letting the waves propel them into a one-of-a-kind ocean adventure," the park said in its press release.

SeaWorld Orlando's seventh coaster
Concept image courtesy SeaWorld Orlando

That's pretty clearly Bolliger & Mabillard track in both the concept image released by the park, as well as its new hype video.

And those riders are standing up, too. It's been an age since we have seen a new stand-up coaster from B&M. But the Swiss company filed a patent in 2020 for a new passenger restraint system for roller coasters that seemed to clear the way for B&M to revive its stand-up models, with this new so-called Surf coaster from SeaWorld appearing to be the initial U.S. installation.

The unnamed coaster will be the seventh overall and fourth B&M at SeaWorld Orlando, which is promoting itself as the "Coaster Capital of Orlando." While SeaWorld does have more coasters than any other single park in the Orlando metro area, Universal Orlando has a total of nine roller coasters operating now across its two, adjacent theme parks. Down the road, Walt Disney World has eight coasters now open across its four parks, with a ninth under construction.

But the undisputed coaster king in Central Florida remains SeaWorld Orlando's sibling, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, which has 10 roller coasters for fans who make the trip down Interstate 4 from Orlando.

So SeaWorld Orlando is going to need a few more coasters if it wants to claim the state title. Not that any fans would complain if the park wanted to go for that.

Replies (11)

June 3, 2022 at 7:09 PM

Could have put a giga along that front section, but oh no, we have a launched standup. DOH !!
Over to you BGT for that giga now I suppose. Heck, I'll even take an Orion, .... yeah, I'm kidding :)

June 3, 2022 at 8:01 PM

I just don't get it, if they are advertising themselves as the "coaster capital of Orlando" you think they would build something better than this (assuming the rumored layout is accurate). I feel all of the recent additions they have made are very underwhelming for an Orlando park going all the way back to Turtle Trek. Just in the past few years Orlando has gotten Hagrid, Velocicoaster, Guardians, and Tron, and an hour drive down I4 is Iron Gwazi.

Of course i'll still go try it out but TBH i've ridden Ice Breaker once and never had any desire to ride it again, and that was in the front row. While i'm sure this will be better it doesn't look like something to get too excited about. As for the poster above talking about a giga, I think there was no chance of that happening since they already have a hyper but I can definitely see one at BGT.

June 3, 2022 at 8:20 PM

There are plenty of parks with hypers and gigas, so that shouldn't be a reason not to build one. Although I tend to agree, a 300ft+ coaster is a better fit at BGT.

Now on the other hand, SeaWorld Texas has the Stingray, so maybe, just maybe next time around we'll get a GCI ?? A cloned Mystic Timbers would be just fine.

June 4, 2022 at 12:16 AM

I will say that they're definitely going for something unique with this one, as a launched stand-up has never been done before. That said, it does also seem like a bit of an oddball choice for the park given what else they've got, as aside from the riding position it doesn't bring anything new to the park or the region. I haven't ridden Ice Breaker yet, but to me it seems SWO would have been better served taking the budget for that and combining it with the budget for this to get one proper full-size launch coaster with some quality theming that truly offered a one of a kind experience. Ten years ago, something like this would have been a slam dunk, but the Florida coaster scene has really exploded since the mid-2010s, and as such I feel this one may get lost in the shuffle.

I do think Coaster Capital of Orlando is fair, though. Once this opens, they'll have six major coasters in one park, while the six at Universal are split between two.

June 4, 2022 at 12:12 PM

What are the 9 coasters across the two parks in Universal Orlando? I keep reaching 8 by my count (unless Volcano Bay Aquacoaster is included):
1. Velocicoaster
2. Hagrid's
3. Hulk
4. Hippogriff
5. Rip-Ride Rocket
6. Gringotts
7. Mummy
8. Woody Woodpecker
9. ???

June 4, 2022 at 12:38 PM

Hippogriff is closed.

June 4, 2022 at 12:56 PM

Hippogriff is posting 60min wait at the moment, so doesn't seem closed to me ??

Pteranodon flyers is the #9

June 4, 2022 at 3:59 PM

Thanks Makorider! I knew I was overlooking something. I will be able to sleep peacefully now.

June 4, 2022 at 5:14 PM

Okay, eight at UOR unless you have a little kid in your group.

I swear, a child in Orlando could make bank by offering to ride PF with childless grown-ups who desperately want that credit.

June 5, 2022 at 9:17 PM

Well, after riding a stand-up coaster, there are grown-ups who probably WON'T be able to have kids of their own afterwards...

June 6, 2022 at 9:35 AM

I'm pretty intrigued by this because it breaks so many conventions that have defined B&M over the past 2+ decades - 2 across trains and launching most notably. B&M has taken roller coaster comfort, safety, and reliability to unprecedented levels, and if they're releasing a new stand-up model, I have to believe that it will match or exceed their current standards for those characteristics.

I do worry about Sea World plopping coasters in seemingly willy nilly, and the issues with Ice Breaker give me pause even though this is almost certainly a B&M creation. Hopefully Sea World has learned their lessons, and will give this new coaster adequate theming and find a way to make it accessible while still being thrilling.

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