Ice Breaker will be making its appearance in spring 2020, taking families on a chilling adventure on SeaWorld Orlando’s first launch coaster. The ride is named after the Arctic summits, and will feature four launches, going both backwards and forwards, ending in a reverse launch into the steepest beyond-vertical drop in Florida - a huge 93-foot tall spike with 100-degree angle.
Located near the Wild Arctic attraction, the ride’s theme is reflective of this area with a nod to Ice Breaker’s conservation partner, the Alaska SeaLife Center. The organisation is dedicated to marine research, education and wildlife response, matching very closely to SeaWorld Orlando’s own ethos, which will help educate riders about the Arctic and its inhabitants.
The ride’s opening is another addition to SeaWorld’s ever-growing ride portfolio. From the roller coaster thrills of Mako, Manta and Kraken, to the water rapids of Infinity Falls and the flume fun of Journey to Atlantis. This new attraction will no doubt become a must-do experience in Orlando.
Next up, we have the exciting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announcement - the terrifying Iron Gwazi. This legendary coaster will also open in 2020, and will break some world records when it does so.
It will be the tallest coaster in North American, and the fastest, and steepest hybrid coaster not only in North America, but in the entire world. It will be 206 feet tall, features a 91-degree drop, and reach top speeds of 76mph. The coaster journey itself will include three inversions and 12 airtime hills as it races along more than 4,075 feet of eye-catching purple steel track. Families will be able to enjoy the attraction all together, as the ride has a height requirement of 48”.
Elements of the former wooden attraction will also be integrated into the new ride, however the steel track and reimagined layout of Iron Gwazi will be a unique experience for riders, telling an entirely different story. The ride will showcase the best of both worlds - the classic nostalgia of a wooden coaster and the bold innovation of a steel coaster. The ride's animal inspiration is a crocodile - an animal which has thrived and adapted over millions of years, and also the largest living reptile.
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