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

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I did some digging and found the concept art in question. Here's the source article.

 

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Yeah that was the one I was thinking of, I don't believe anything was ever confirmed but another concept art in that article clearly shows a B&M Dive machine, so maybe that was what threw people onto this also potentially being B&M.

 

*Also, if you just removed the mountains and the gondolas from that art and moved it to Sea World it would totally look like it belongs there.

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At first I was thinking the Surf Coaster could be a next-gen standup coaster. The more I have thought about it though the less and less likely it seems. First of all B&M is a business and they want something they can sell. Standup coasters have a bad reputation and many if not most stand-ups have either been relocated/sold, scrapped completely, or converted into a different type of coaster (i.e. floorless) If B&M was to bring back the standup coaster I doubt there would be a lot of interest in it even if it has a new name.

 

There are two big things missing from B&M's portfolio of coasters and I think the surf coaster will fill one of these gaps. The first option is a spinning coaster. It could be a horizontally spinning coaster like Time Traveler or it could be a vertically spinning coaster like X2 and the free-spins. The second option is a launched coaster. Yes I know B&M does have two launch coasters out there but these are cases of adding a launch to an existing model, this would be a dedicated launch coaster model.

 

As much as I would love to see it be a launched model, I am leaning toward it being a spinning coaster along the lines of X2. B&M wing coasters are a popular model and adding rotating seats is the next obvious move and a name like surf coaster would fit this better than it would a launch coaster. Also with SWO getting Ice Breaker this year I doubt they would be so quick to add another launch coaster so soon.

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The second option is a launched coaster. Yes I know B&M does have two launch coasters out there but these are cases of adding a launch to an existing model, this would be a dedicated launch coaster model.

 

I fail to see the difference between a "dedicated launch coaster" and the "launch added to an existing model." If it launches, it's a launched coaster. If it has a lift and then gravity does the work, it's not.

 

I'm also gonna laugh and laugh if B&M's "Surf Coaster" ends up being just like like Intamin's Surfrider model.

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Seaworld hoping to reopen on June 11th

 

Seaworld is planning to reopen on June 11th according to their presentation to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force meeting today. There was nothing too unsurprising in that rides will operate with reduced capacity, masks will be required, markings will emphasise social distancing in queues and around viewing areas.

 

The waterpark will also be reopening as the CDC say there is no link to the virus being spread in treated water.

 

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Full live stream (skip to 1:05:00 for Seaworld presentation)

 

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To add to this, one of the things they mentioned during the presentation was reduced capacity and abnormal seating arrangements for rides. As a reminder, here's what Midway Mayhem posted two weeks ago:

 

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I would anticipate that it will be "end seating only" for every ride in the chain with four-across seating. SheiKra, not sure.

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From what I saw they were trying lots of different formations (and types of masks). I think the best option for four-across seating would appear to be alternating rows, filling however many seats with each party (so if it's a party of four, the whole row would be occupied), but obviously the parks know best.

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^That is what Lagoon appears to be doing with Cannibal and Wicked. They seem to primarily be filling rows 1 and 3 on Cannibal by party. Since Wicked only has two rows, they are basically doing just one party per car, even if it's just 2 people or a single rider.

 

Given that Mako has seven rows, I imagine they would fill rows 1, 3, 5, and 7 - splitting up parties of 4 or more into smaller groups. Similar with Kraken even though it has 8 rows.

 

I wonder if Manta will be any different. Each row seems sufficiently far apart given it's a flying coaster, but maybe it's easier for them to implement the rule across the board. I am interested to see what happens.

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It will be interesting to see how operation go after the parks open. I could realistically see every other row getting loaded ever other cycle, then having the previously occupied row being sprayed and wiped down in between cycles while the empty row (which was cleaned on the previous cycle) is being loaded.

 

I would also imagine that families will be able to sit in rows together but we'll see.

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I would certainly hope they're not breaking up groups, especially families. I haven't seen it specifically addressed anywhere yet, but for me and my crew, if we're not sitting together, we're probably not going. The whole point of going together is being together, so hopefully parks aren't intending to split families up.

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I would certainly hope they're not breaking up groups, especially families. I haven't seen it specifically addressed anywhere yet, but for me and my crew, if we're not sitting together, we're probably not going. The whole point of going together is being together, so hopefully parks aren't intending to split families up.

I could see them breaking up any group that's four people or more. Three people, fine, sit together; Four people, go two and two.

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Yeah, I think the park operators understand that they can't reasonably force a child or family member to ride alone that isn't comfortable doing so.

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Feels like most of the "rides" at SeaWorld are fairly well set up for allowing families or groups to ride together. One group per boat on Atlantis and the rapids, full rows for groups of 4 or less on the B&Ms, one group per vehicle on Antarctica. Most of the rides in the Sesame Street area can be accommodated fairly easily.

 

I'm interested to see if there are any attractions that stay closed after parks everywhere re-open. I could see Wild Arctic staying closed for a variety of reasons.

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I forgot about Ice breaker, but again there seems like one group of 4 or less per 6 person vehicle is pretty reasonable.

 

Also speaking of Ice Breaker has anyone heard if that's going to be ready to open with the park? I'm pretty sure track was completed before the shut down but I don't recall any testing or SeaWorld showing it off on social media through the closure like Iron Gwazi.

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Have fun in that Florida heat and humidity with a mask on all day.

Thanks, I'm looking forward to getting on Manta, Mako, and Kraken again.

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I checked the operating calendar page on the park’s website and it looks like they will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the foreseeable future. Wonder why that is?

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