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Do they no longer use Tilikum in shows or anything at all?

He is still in the show. They may rotate and not use in every show however.

 

Do you guys count Journey to Atlantis as a coaster i thought i was going to but the coaster part is really short so now I'm not sure.?

If it's listed on RCDB as a coaster I count it as one. Others may not, but we are all free to use our own judgement. (I wonder how many folks are counting those Larson Loops as coasters....anyway)

 

Whats going on with Dolphin Cover it was closed when i was there and it looks like the pools were drained.?

They are scrubbing/cleaning the bottom of the tank last I was informed.

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AMEN!!! It's so dumb to me that a company (Premier) which made headlines and won awards and praise from all of us for taking OTSR's OFF of rides that didn't need it is now needlessly putting OTSR

Is this like spanking the monkeys?

The Ice Breaker animated POV looks pretty good, I think it will have a good amount of airtime and may be a surprise hit! With that being said can someone PLEASE explain to me why Premier insists on pu

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^They still use Tilikum in shows. The whole Blackfish story is super blown up. They've always had special safety precautions around him. Plus, they (unfortunately) banned being in the water with the whales after the accident, so the shows are "safer" in general. He's the most majestic whale at any of the Seaworld parks and he's super fun to watch.

 

Journey to Atlantis is a Mack water coaster and is therefore a credit, even if the "coaster" part is a little short. The takeaway is that there is a coaster part, and in my opinion the technology is pretty cool.

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Just a crazy idea in my head, but wasn't there a rumor about a park in Orlando looking to get a Chance Morgan Hyper GT-X model coaster(like Lighting Run at Kentucky Kingdom) I think that would be awesome if this is what Sea World Orlando was going for in a 200ft Hyper-Coaster that goes 75 mph+ and Hyper GT-X is an airtime machine!!!

 

Love the rumor for many reasons (Joel Mamby likes Ride Centerline, Lower Height Requirement, Better than a B&M, etc.) but I'm not going to hold my breath.

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Honestly I would love for this to be a Chance Morgan Hyper but I doubt it, but Lightning Run looks incredibly fun though! I'm hoping for anything but a B&M(unless it's a launch which would be awesome!) They announced that on May 27th they'll be sharing more details on the coaster.

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The only issue I see with this is that Lightning Run is far from a people-eater. It takes quite a while to get the train checked and out of the station, and riders with larger shapes are super-stapled or refused a ride.

 

If they can get around that somehow, then that would be an amazing coaster!

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I'm really hoping for an Intamin Hyper of some kind, especially because BGT has got two very superb Intamin attractions. but let's be honest, no one will care who makes it as long as it's a good ride

 

Something in the vein of Expedition GeForce

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I don't want a wing coaster there. There are enough inversions in the park. FL needs a Hyper. If they build a wing coaster someone will say it's elements are too much like Kraken and will almost be on top of each other.

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I don't want a wing coaster there. There are enough inversions in the park. FL needs a Hyper. If they build a wing coaster someone will say it's elements are too much like Kraken and will almost be on top of each other.

 

I doubt the GP will care about how similar a wing coaster's elements are to Kraken's, but I do agree the FL needs a hyper.

 

For the sake of speculation alone, maybe this will be the first hyper-invert?

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OH I know the GP could care less. It's a new ride to them no matter what it is. There are others however I can see complaining. I'll be happy with whatever it is, but I really want a hyper at one of my home parks.

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Another B&M looper is basically the last thing Florida needs. I hope that the hyped-up Florida hyper coaster does not turn out to be a wing coaster. While these things are appealing to the masses, I have found that riding on the side of track only minimally increases the thrill factor. To me, what makes a ride good is having a good layout and nice old-fashioned forces, not impressive looking trains.

 

If it is a B&M hyper, that would add something very different to the state and would be a good fit. However, I still think that H:RRR would be seen to me as Florida's airtime machine. I actually like the airtime on Rip Ride Rockit better than that of Nitro, and I think that H:RRR might be the most overlooked airtime coaster in the US. While it is nowhere near as smooth and graceful as a B&M, I would take it over another repetitive hyper any day.

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H:RRR is a very unique and excellent ride. It definitely packs in some good airtime and has a nice "punch" to it that B&M coasters generally lack. Even though it's not 200 feet tall it's basically a hyper and is my favorite of all the rides I've been on in Florida (Disney and Universal parks). I can't believe I totally forgot about it when discussing "Florida's first hyper coaster."

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H:RRR is a very unique and excellent ride. It definitely packs in some good airtime and has a nice "punch" to it that B&M coasters generally lack. Even though it's not 200 feet tall it's basically a hyper and is my favorite of all the rides I've been on in Florida (Disney and Universal parks). I can't believe I totally forgot about it when discussing "Florida's first hyper coaster."

I think you may be the only person to classify that as being a "hyper" coaster...

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It doesn't have any inversions but has plenty of airtime moments, so in my mind it's pretty much a mega/hyper coaster. It's not 200 feet but it's not a small coaster by any means either. It's not exactly a hyper; it's pretty much in it's own category. That category just happens to be closer to hyper than any other category of coaster (in my mind, at least).

 

Enough of me arguing my case, though. I feel like I've done too much to derail this thread form SeaWorld discussion.

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I wouldn't mind seeing a launched wing rider like Thunderbird with a unique layout at SeaWorld. Seems like these new wing riders are getting better so a launched version with some fly throughs would be pretty cool.

 

Also, I could see a launched wingrider with a layout that's a cross between Thunderbird and Fury being a really fun ride, fast launch, huge initial inversions then a bunch of flythroughs turns and air time hill, that might make for a great ride.

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The name of this ride fits in well with ideas of Manta. I think the species of Shark they chose would lend itself nicely to a ride like Skyrush, just like Manta makes sense as a flying coaster. I guess we'll have to see. I really hope SeaWorld see's this as an opportunity to refurbish the Shark Encounter however I do doubt they will. Also hope they theme the surrounding area like they did with Manta as that whole area around Sharks and Nautilus is kinda poor in theming.

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Mako would be an interesting name for the coaster, but I'm not completely convinced that it's going to be the official name yet because they could pull another Cheetaka/Diavolo on us.

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^^Yeah, I agree. SeaWorld is one of those parks where the themeing in certain sections is fantastic (Antartica, Manta, Kraken/Journey, Key West, Waterfront area, entry gate) but in other areas is kind of lacking (Shark Encounter/nautilus area, Wild Arctic, Happy Harbor is just okay to me, Shamu area. the old stables/brewery area). Hopefully with this and future additions they will continue to upgrade the park and add consistent levels of themeing to the new areas.

 

I'm pretty excited about the future at Seaworld, between the new coaster, removing the games area, potentially replacing/upgrading Wild Arctic at some point they place has a lot look forward to in a park that is already pretty darn good. If the new coaster delivers then SeaWorld will probably have the best coaster collection in Orlando, it's just a shame Antartica was such a dud (although it always has a line so maybe people like it?).

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^^Yeah, I agree. SeaWorld is one of those parks where the themeing in certain sections is fantastic (Antartica, Manta, Kraken/Journey, Key West, Waterfront area, entry gate) but in other areas is kind of lacking (Shark Encounter/nautilus area, Wild Arctic, Happy Harbor is just okay to me, Shamu area. the old stables/brewery area). Hopefully with this and future additions they will continue to upgrade the park and add consistent levels of themeing to the new areas.

 

I'm pretty excited about the future at Seaworld, between the new coaster, removing the games area, potentially replacing/upgrading Wild Arctic at some point they place has a lot look forward to in a park that is already pretty darn good. If the new coaster delivers then SeaWorld will probably have the best coaster collection in Orlando, it's just a shame Antartica was such a dud (although it always has a line so maybe people like it?).

Antarctica the ride portion was a huge disappointment, however I think for most of the GP as soon as they see the amazing penguin exhibit they forget all about the ride. I'd like to see them upgrade the ride in a few years and maybe put it in 3D and in the last 2 rooms add some dome screens and put in some animatronics.

 

But yea, the future for SW is really bright. Blue World, this new coaster, the potential of a refurbished Wild Arctic(hopefully the dark ride portion of Journey as well)

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Mako is a great name, as is Cobra's Curse. I'm sure neither will be the final choice then lol.

 

Antarctica the ride is very flawed, but the penguin exhibit at the end is Uhh-mazing. It's the best viewing in the whole park unless the dolphins are being playful underwater. I think it was all worth it just for the smelly, glassless encounter with those birds!

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