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NEW ROLLER COASTERS “ICE BREAKER” AND “IRON GWAZI” AMPLIFY THRILLS AT SEAWORLD AND BUSCH GARDENS

 

With a new waterslide also coming to Adventure Island in 2020, it’s never been a better time to be a Pass Member

 

Orlando, Fla. (September 12, 2019) – Today, SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay revealed details regarding NEW attractions coming to the parks in 2020. This marks the first time in four years that both parks have launched new coasters in the same year, in addition to a new water slide in Tampa. SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Pass Members will be among the first to experience the new attractions.

 

Ice Breaker – Opening Spring 2020 at SeaWorld Orlando

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Making its debut in spring 2020, riders will shiver through family friendly adventures on SeaWorld Orlando’s first launch coaster: Ice Breaker™. Named after the icy Arctic summits, Ice Breaker will feature four launches, both backwards and forwards, culminating in a reverse launch into the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida — a 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, Alaska SeaLife Center. Primarily dedicated to marine research, education and wildlife response, the Alaska SeaLife Center mission matches closely to SeaWorld Orlando’s, making them a perfect partner to help educate riders about the Artic and its inhabitants.

 

"The Alaska SeaLife Center is excited to grow our partnership with SeaWorld. For many years, SeaWorld has been a stalwart supporter of the Center, and particularly our Wildlife Response program,” said Tara L. Riemer, President and CEO of Alaska SeaLife Center. “We are grateful for SeaWorld's contributions of funding and staff over the years to further our mission. This new collaboration will continue efforts to highlight Arctic rescue and conservation stories.”

 

The opening of Ice Breaker is the perfect 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, Ice Breaker joins the park’s famed attractions as a must-do experience in Orlando.

 

Best value for Floridians – Enjoy all NEW rides with an Annual Pass!

 

With three ALL-NEW attractions to enjoy, there has never been a better time to be a SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Annual Pass Member. Upon the launch of each attraction, Pass Members will enjoy EXCLUSIVE RIDE TIME on Iron Gwazi, Ice Breaker and Solar Vortex.

 

For 2020, the best value for Floridians is the FOUR PARK PASS, which includes admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island, SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando. In addition to exciting NEW rides coming next spring, guests who purchase an annual pass today can enjoy fan-favorite events included with their park admission in Orlando and Tampa. In the fall, there’s Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends and Halloween Spooktacular. Then, as the holidays draw near, visitors can experience the magic of Christmas Town and SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. And for culinary connoisseurs, the spring brings the Food &Wine Festival and the Seven Seas Food Festival to the parks. For pass holders, there’s something for everyone all year at SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

 

For more information on Fun Cards, Annual Passes, and daily admission, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com and BuschGardensTampa.com

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Free mints at the end of the ride!

 

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Now with cooling crystals![emoji769]

 

I thought SeaWorld would have learned their lessons about artist renderings with Antarctica... but alas, people will think this ride will literally come down a mountain. And go through water. And then wait 6 hours and complain that it's nothing like the picture. (I opened Antarctica, so... yeah)

 

Anyway, looks cool! I'll be there in 2020 between this and the Iron alligator thing nearby.

 

Thanks for the coverage!

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Free mints at the end of this ride? That I can dig!

 

This is awesome! Because of Busch Gardens in both Williamsburg and Tampa are constructing new coasters and Seaworld Orlando is putting in a launch coaster in the Arctic Section (good choice to put their next coaster there), I am planning on purchasing a Platinum Season Pass for the 2020 season. I'll have plenty of visits at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Watercountry USA, and will visit Busch Gardens Tampa and Seaworld Orlando when I go to Orlando next August for my vacation.

 

And to think that wasn't originally in my plans . . . until those announcements were made. This is gonna be fun!

 

. . . and if this year's visit to Busch Gardens was the prelude, then next year's visits are going to be the three acts and the encores!

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It looks like Ice Breaker will be a good addition to the park, it seems as though they've been adding mostly thrill focused rides or kids focused stuff so something kind of in between will be good for them. I think SeaWorld is doing a very good job of (relatively) quickly switching the focus from animal shows to rides and theming. Hopefully it's paying off for them.

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I thought SeaWorld would have learned their lessons about artist renderings with Antarctica... but alas, people will think this ride will literally come down a mountain. And go through water. And then wait 6 hours and complain that it's nothing like the picture. (I opened Antarctica, so... yeah)

"Why am I not cold after I ride this ride? It's still hot as f%!!"

 

I'm loving these SEAS 2020 additions. They've really ramped it up this year! I hope this new direction fares well for the parks. Since people are getting jaded with the animal stuff, and there's really no way to compete with Disney and Universal with experiential and IP-themed rides, I hope opening record-breaking coasters puts them back on the "must visit" list for Orlando/Tampa travelers and locals who have stopped visiting the parks.

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Looks fantastic. We were already planning a trip back next year to SWO and BGT so now its just that much sweeter. I find it interesting how similar this and Pantheon are on paper - the spikes, the multiple launches, the shuttle aspects, but they went with two different manufactures.

 

I'm still amazed that they've gone with 5 different top manufacturers for their 2020 additions, its really something. Thrilled to know I'll be riding at least three of them.

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And like... 5 of the best. Imagine for a moment if Cedar Fair or Six Flags announced one year that they were opening a giant custom Intamin, B&M, Premier, GCI and RMC. Its kind of insane when you think about it.

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This looks like a really fun ride.

 

More importantly I guess there's no Wild Arctic refresh (as was originally rumored) so Norm the Snowman Miller and "White Thunder" live on to take us on another journey through Beluga Star Tours (with whisper mode enabled of course).

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I was just at the park yesterday and so many people were watching the shows! I noticed the animal shows are still extremely popular, and most of the GP has forgotten about the Blackfish scandal. I think SeaWorld’s advertisements of rescuing 31,000 animals and using the animals as a means to learn about them scientifically is working wonders for the shows. You can tell the trainers really care about the animals.

 

As far as the new 2020 ride Ice Breaker, any new coaster is a win in my book, especially one in the Arctic area, which would help pull crowds back to that side of the park. The lower height requirements help Ice Breaker to be that “stepping stone” coaster between Super Grover and something more intense like Kraken. And I love the colors and the theme of the ride. Great job SeaWorld!

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I was just at the park yesterday and so many people were watching the shows! I noticed the animal shows are still extremely popular, and most of the GP has forgotten about the Blackfish scandal.

I'm not sure about all that. I still hear people bring it up in everyday life all the time. Now are those people who would have gone to the park who are no longer going to the park? Who knows. I can't keep up with the attendance figures, but I do recall the last figure I heard said Seaworld was still down in attendance. Whether all of that stems back to Blackfish is hard to say at this point, I think. Economics is very complicated and it's impossible to point to one and only one causation.

 

Whether Blackfish is still causing them issues or not, hyping up record-breaking coasters can't be a bad thing at all for them.

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The new coaster looks awesome! We love Sea World's shows and made a point to see all of them when we visited this summer (San Antonio park). They're so well done and really feature the animals as the stars of the show. My girls are already asking when we can go back...and it will be to the Orlando park.

 

Sea World is fun, y'all. Get yourselves to Sea World.

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I'm loving the look and expected experience of Ice Breaker! SWO just keeps getting better and better! It was already in my Top 5 parks, and that was before Infinity Falls, and now this! Once again, SEAS are just on FIRE lately, and show no signs of slowing down!

 

One thing I'm a little confused about, are the references to "diving" and "predatory heights". That led me (and many others) to think it'd be called Gyrfalcon, which completely fit the arctic theme, and both those hints. This name though, doesn't seem to imply any of that... Maybe I missed it somewhere in the extended announcement...

 

At any rate, this is another spectacular addition to the park, and it's hard to believe that by the time my kids and I get back to SWO and BGT next year (hopefully!), after having just been to each park April of last year, they will have two new major attractions each! Very impressive!

 

EDITED for misspelling "Gyrfalcon"

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One thing I'm a little confused about, are the references to "diving" and "predatory heights". That led me (and many others) to think it'd be called Gyrfaclon, which completely fit the arctic theme, and both those hints. This name though, doesn't seem to imply any of that... Maybe I missed it somewhere in the extended announcement...

 

Thank someone who has a lot of power who did not want the ride named after a bird. The new name leaves a lot to be desired. Regardless I think we can all agree this ride will be fun. Not to mention needed at this park since they are lacking a middle ground coaster between the big 3 and their kiddie coaster.

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