Orlando’s got some big theme parks, and that includes SeaWorld Orlando. Home to marine life, roller coasters, water rides, and more! How does SeaWorld Orlando hold up on a global scale? Let’s find out.Continue reading “SeaWorld Orlando – Crown Rating”
We’ve wanted to write a Flying Coaster Top 5 for years now, but a certain Dutch prototype project in Germany made us take pause. Now that we have F.L.Y. under our belts, we ask ourselves: how does Vekoma’s flying coaster reset stack up against the flying coasters of the preceding 20 years?Continue reading “The Top 5 Flying Coasters”
While I wasn’t planning on visiting SeaWorld Orlando today, I swung by about 90 minutes prior to park closure to see if we could catch a glimpse of the new Premier Rides launch coaster testing. While Ice Breaker went through lots of different types of testing, it only navigated the full layout once during my trip. Luckily, I’ve got a couple of fun photos to share with you!Continue reading “Ice Breaker – Sunset Testing Photos”
One of our awesome team members, Ian, spotted some B&M track at the Clermont Steel Fabricators Inc. plant in Ohio. Based on our recent findings of the corrections made to the SeaWorld Orlando “Project Penguin” permits, we have reason to believe some of this track may be for the new Surf Coaster coming to Orlando. Let’s take a look at the track!Continue reading “Possible SeaWorld Orlando “Project Penguin” Track Spotted at Ohio Manufacturing Plant”
Good news SeaWorld Orlando fans, it looks like the wheels are once again in motion on Project Penguin, the parks new B&M launch/rumored “surf coaster“! The permits for this project have been sitting waiting for corrections since last April, only being kept alive by extensions every 3-4 months. Yesterday, however, the park finally filed the first set of corrections with the Orange County government.Continue reading “SeaWorld Orlando “Project Penguin” Update”
While Ice Breaker has yet to start testing, the infrastructure around the ride is coming together nicely. In today’s update we’ve got a couple of different shots of the infrastructure surrounding the ride, some track shots, and we happened to catch a pretty spectacular sunset as we left the park and thus we have a nice array of sunset pictures as well.Continue reading “Ice Breaker Photo Update – Mid-January – SeaWorld Orlando”
Now the crazy holiday crowds have started to leave Orlando, we popped into SeaWorld to take some pictures of the Ice Breaker progress. We’re seeing more changes in infrastructure and landscaping, including nets. Let’s take a look!Continue reading “Ice Breaker Photo Update – SeaWorld Orlando – Early January 2021”
Following the launch of our Twenty-Year Top 20: The Best Coasters of 1999, we immediately decided to make it an annual thing – Here’s what we think are the 20 best coasters that turned 20 in 2020!
It’s been two years since our last Florida Coasters Top 10 – needless to say a lot has happened in these two years. We planned on holding off on our next Florida Top 10 until Iron Gwazi and VelociCoaster had opened; with the way 2020 unfolded, we ultimately decided to sound off on the region’s current collection of coasters without them. The next two years promise a dramatic shuffle in Central Florida coaster hierarchy, so let’s consider this 2020 countdown the foundation upon which we’ll judge the region’s variety of new coasters.
We’ve been busy focusing on projects like Iron Gwazi, TRON Lightcycle / Run, and the rapidly changing progress of Jurassic World: VelociCoaster, but there is another major new coaster under construction in Central Florida: SeaWorld Orlando’s Ice Breaker! Enjoy a construction update and photo collection of the new-for-2021 coaster! Continue reading “Ice Breaker at SeaWorld Orlando – Update and Photo Collection Mid-December 2020”
A new lien filed by Bolliger and Mabillard confirms they were working with SeaWorld on a new Custom Launch Coaster. Let’s take a look!
Sean: SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment (including the Busch Gardens parks) announced quite the line-up of new-for-2020 coasters. The amusement park chain however only opened one so far, in Texas. With the delays in ride openings due to COVID-19, we took the moment to pick the 5 best coasters in the chain, as we’ve ridden them all! Continue reading “The 5 Best SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Coasters”
While we patiently wait for Ice Breaker to open this Spring, It appears SeaWorld is already planning for 2021. Earlier this week, the park filed plans for a new project with the Orange County Government, and even though there aren’t many details yet, there’s a rumor that this might be another coaster project. Let’s take a look!
Sean: It’s the launch month of the brand new Orca Encounter at SeaWorld Orlando, replacing One Ocean. The park is also constructing their brand new roller coaster, Ice Breaker, and Aquatica’s new water slide. This, and some more roller coaster can be found in today’s update! Continue reading “SeaWorld Orlando Update – Orca Encounter, Ice Breaker and more!”
Nick: SeaWorld’s new coaster for 2020 has finally been unveiled! Ice Breaker will be SeaWorld’s first multi-directional launch coaster, launchingboth forwards and backwards! It will also have Florida’s steepest beyond vertical drop, a 93ft spike at a 100° angle! Read on for more!
Continue reading “Ice Breaker Coming to SeaWorld Orlando in 2020!”
Nick: It’s been quite some time since we’ve checked in on SeaWorld Orlando’s 2020 project, and a lot has happened over the past few months. Some new permit documents have been filed that all but confirm Premier Rides will be the attraction’s manufacturer, construction is well underway, and SeaWorld has even officially confirmed they will be adding a new coaster by releasing a fun teaser video! Let’s take a look!
Continue reading “SeaWorld Orlando 2020 Attraction – July 20th Construction Update”
Alexander: We had a few hours to kill in the evening, so what better way to spend them than at SeaWorld Orlando’s Electric Ocean?
Back in late March we broke the news that permits had been filed for SeaWorld Orlando’s 2020 attraction. Thanks to a public records request through the Orange County Government, we can now share the site plan which reveals new details about the project, and confirms it will indeed be a roller coaster!
Nick: Sea World has filed the first permits for their 2020 Project with the Orange County government. Let’s take a peek and see what we can uncover!
Sean: We spent this lovely morning at SeaWorld Orlando’s Aquatica water park. With short lines and lovely weather, we knocked out all major attractions in just a few hours. On the way out we snapped some pictures of the new KareKare Curl slide, set to open in a few months. Continue reading “Aquatica Orlando – KareKare Curl Construction Update March 1st, 2019”