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P. 266: Reef Plunge and more announced for Aquatica!

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As somebody who obsesses about colors WAY more than I should...

 

I LOVE SeaWorld's color choices for all three of their coasters. I know it's probably simply because of the aquatic theme of the park, but that fits right in my personal groove for color preferences. Blues, greens, teals, purples... Fantastic! A welcome and refreshing change from the obsession with Reds, Oranges, and Yellows at my beloved CP!

 

I'm not saying this has anything to do with their colors, but both Kraken and Manta are in my top 20 coasters... It'll be interesting to see if Mako will join them!

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I also think that the custom B&M Hyper trains are pretty cool

Am I missing something here?? (Which is possible. I've been really busy with school.) All the renderings I have seen have been pretty standard B&M trains.

I believe that the zero car/lead car is customized to look like a shark.

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I also think that the custom B&M Hyper trains are pretty cool

Am I missing something here?? (Which is possible. I've been really busy with school.) All the renderings I have seen have been pretty standard B&M trains.

 

I think he just means the custom artwork on them like Hollywood Dream and a few others. The concept art for Mako looks like there are some decorative "fins" on the side of the trains, and maybe a customized lead car similar to Manta.

 

I've always liked the B&M Hyper trains, they're comfortable, ride nice, and looks great. I'm glad Mako has the standard 4-across instead of the weird tiered seating like Diamondback and Intimidator.

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All this talk of Maku is making me excited to return to SeaWorld next year!

Last week I made my first trip to SeaWorld. After the Zumba convention two of my friends and I ended our trip with a day at the park. We had a lot of fun! I plan on coming back to the park after next years convention. I hope Maku is finished by the end of July

Here is a trip report. I took these on my phone so they're not HD

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We hail from Vancouver BC Canada. There were around 8000 Zumba instructors from all over the world. We had 11 hours of travel time to get to Orlando ZINCON. We really need some direct flights out of YVR. 6 of us came to convention, but only 3 of us stayed for SeaWorld after it was over.

 

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Our crew: Ralson, Jenn(Me), and Claudia. Somehow we managed to take a selfie without a selfie stick! It can be done!

 

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Manta greets us at the front of the park!

My first flying coaster! I liked it but it was not super amazing like I had hoped. Kumba is the best B&M for me still.

 

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We then went to the touch pool to pet the rays. These animals are so cool!

 

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Next up: Dolphin show. I thought this show was amazing!!! whole show was great from start to end.

 

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We checked out the Manatees over at turtle trek.

 

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Turtle trek was pretty good. It made Claudia pretty motion sick though.

 

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Journey to Atlantis was fun. We got stuck at the top of the last lift hill for a good 10 mins.

 

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After Sizzling like bacon while stuck on Atlantas, we went to the Antarctica. The dark ride was pretty lame, but getting to see all the penguins at the end really made this a highlight of the day.

 

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Their tank was HUGE. They seemed well taken care of compared to the penguins I have seen in other places that live in warm tempuratures, with small pools.

 

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Time for Kraken! We walked up the Quick Que pathway and Claudia tried to chicken out "OMG THERE'S LOOPZ" I pushed her to her seat and she made it on. She did not want to do it again so I rode again in the second to last row by myself. The ride was in my opinion, better than manta.

 

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Next up we went to the shark tube.

 

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*que Jaws theme*

 

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By this time the afternoon storm was rolling in and we had moved inside the gift shops and restaraunt. Here is some Unagi

 

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We waited out the rain inside and picked up some souvenirs.

 

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Once the downpour slowed down we made our way to Shamu Stadium.

 

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This show was great. These animals are so beautiful. Giant SEA PANDAS

 

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Not even the rain made us stop enjoying the Shamu show!

 

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We rode Wild Arctic next. This ride was obviously pretty old. Not saying it was bad, just needs an update. Maybe HD video to go with the motion simulator.

 

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Belugas are pretty sweet. Their heads are to small for their bodies!

 

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We stopped at the Dolphin Nursery on our way out. These babies were so cute. I had so much fun at this park, Maku will no doubt make a great addition

 

I also went to Busch Gardens by myself the day before ZINCON. I will post that one in the BGT thread later.

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Does anybody know if there will be a B&M roar on this coaster?

Probably not, the B&Ms at SWO both are sand filled to be quieter for the animals.

 

Montu is pretty close to the animals and has a very loud b&m roar. Kumba isn't near any animals (other than people) but you can hear the roar from across the park. It would be cool if it had a b&m roar.

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^ Great report! Hope you guys had a good time at the convention also. We saw many of you guys on I-Drive last week!

You can always spot a Zumba instructor! We love our colourful over the top athletic wear

We spent a lot of time at The Pointe. We also went to Hooter's and Bahama Breeze. Lots of people I know went down I-Drive on the trolley just to see the sights.

We had a great time at our convention! I love meeting new people from different countries. I got my picture with Beto, the creator of Zumba. The hotel staff told us that they look forward to us every year since we're so much fun.

What I found funny was the storms. Once the rain came down people would freak out like it was raining acid or something. Maybe it's because I'm from Vancouver and I'm used to 10 months of cold rain per year, but I found the rain refreshing with the intense heat of the day.

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Does anybody know if there will be a B&M roar on this coaster?

Probably not, the B&Ms at SWO both are sand filled to be quieter for the animals.

 

Montu is pretty close to the animals and has a very loud b&m roar. Kumba isn't near any animals (other than people) but you can hear the roar from across the park. It would be cool if it had a b&m roar.

Never been to Busch Gardens but it just seems that SeaWorld has always been under fire more about animal safety than most other parks, so i think it would make sense. Manta and Kraken don't have it. They are actually the two quietest B&Ms I've ever been on.

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Does anybody know if there will be a B&M roar on this coaster?

Probably not, the B&Ms at SWO both are sand filled to be quieter for the animals.

 

Montu is pretty close to the animals and has a very loud b&m roar. Kumba isn't near any animals (other than people) but you can hear the roar from across the park. It would be cool if it had a b&m roar.

Never been to Busch Gardens but it just seems that SeaWorld has always been under fire more about animal safety than most other parks, so i think it would make sense. Manta and Kraken don't have it. They are actually the two quietest B&Ms I've ever been on.

Oh ok.

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I think I'm a bit more excited about Mako than I am Valravn, though I might be biased considering I have a better chance of visiting SeaWorld than I am Cedar Point and I heavily prefer theming over just planting a coaster down. Regardless of the theming, I'm hopping on the bandwagon in agreeing about the colors! I love the shades of blue and purple, and I think it will suit the park great (as well as complement Kraken)!

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