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!
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We’ll start off this update with a new plan sheet filed earlier this week with the SFWMD. This new plan sheet contains a much clearer look at the footer placement for the new ride, giving us a better idea of its overall layout.
Taking a closer look at the station area on these plans, you can see that they’ve included outlines on the ride’s trains, which are definitely Premier Skyrocket trains! According to these plans, it looks like this new coaster will have four trains and should be able to run up to three of them at a time!
Moving on to construction now, lots of work walls have gone up in the park! Heading across the lagoon bridge you can get a great view of the location for this new attraction.
The path that used to take you directly to Mango Joe’s and Wild Arctic is now closed while construction on this new attraction takes place, but you can still get to that area of the park by cutting through the area around Shamu Stadium.
Heading down towards Mango Joe’s you can see where the work walls end. According to the plans, the structure/roof just behind these walls will be the main entrance for the new ride!
So far, Mango Joe’s is unaffected by the construction, but the restaurant is rumored to close at the end of the summer. It’s likely to be re-themed and re-open alongside the new ride in 2020!
There’s not much more to see from ground level, but you can get a great view into the construction site from the top rows of Shamu Stadium. We took a quick trip up there and snagged these two photos which show the current progress of construction. It looks like they’re still working on clearing and grading the land, but it shouldn’t be long before new foundations start going in!
And lastly, we’ll leave you with this fun video released by SeaWorld teasing the new 2020 attraction. It looks like it will have some kind of arctic theme, possibly an arctic bird! We can’t wait to find out more about this new coaster, so be sure to stay tuned to The Coaster Kings for all the latest news and updates!