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P. 265: Ice Breaker Opening February 2022

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15 hours ago, SharkTums said:

I wonder how much of this is a staffing issue? I did see they were offering a $500 bonus and a free season pass for 2022 if you worked the event!

Could be a staffing issue but it seems like Manta takes like 4 or 5 people to operate, I'd settle for 5 less actors in a haunt if it meant another coaster would operate.

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So I am heading here in a couple weeks for the first time.  I am slightly worried about fitting on Mako and Manta much more Mako than Manta.  I can ride Apollo's Chariot but it always seems to be tricky to hit the sensor sometimes if I sit awkwardly.  I've heard Mako is slightly stricter?  Does anyone know from experience?  I can ride basically everything in Virginia except Griffon because of like a tenth of an inch on the seatbelts and that includes Twisted Timbers.  I am 6'3 314 46 inch waistline and might be slightly smaller when I finally go based on trends.  B&Ms seem to be a little trickier for the big and tall it seems like especially with OTSRs. 

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^You're going to be close. Do you have someone to come help staple you in? The ride ops sometimes won't help. Also make sure to wear thin shorts, have NOTHING in your pockets, no belt or anything. 

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Yeah unfortunately it’s a solo trip.  I haven’t been walked from Apollo at all this season, if it’s not like significantly stricter I imagine I should be cautiously optimistic.  I always go to parks in gym shorts and put everything in lockers.  Hopefully another two weeks of meal prep and cardio will give me an extra centimeter to my advantage.  

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I'm not making the connection that only two rides will be open like all of you. It's just what they are "featuring" as being IN THE DARK. That could just be the featuring  those two rides for the website right now, but it could also mean that I think they will turn the lights off similar to Six Flags for those two rides in particular, but I think Kraken and Manta will still run with lights on like a "normal" night.

They would get a lot of flack did not opening all the coasters. A LOT. I don't see it happening, but then again SEAS never fails to amaze me sometimes.

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I think using this to sell passes for 2022 is probably the smartest move they can  make - even tho the ride looks ready to go (and has been for a while).

I mean, Feb 2022 is less than 6 months out at this point :)

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Lots of Anticipated 2021 signs to  change!  Seriously though, this is great news and I'm happy for them!

 

Also, putting it out there, I tweeted about both rides this weekend and then 16 hours later we get an announcement so... =)

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14 minutes ago, SharkTums said:

Lots of Anticipated 2021 signs to  change!  Seriously though, this is great news and I'm happy for them!

 

Also, putting it out there, I tweeted about both rides this weekend and then 16 hours later we get an announcement so... =)

Can you tweet about how great it would be to have some previews during Halloscreams since this is RIGHT there in the middle of the section of the park that will be open and since Mako and the Rapids are the only rides operating lol. 

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2 hours ago, grsupercity said:

I don't know what Seaworld ever did to Universal but they just destroy them on Twitter lmao

Although I'm looking forward to VelociCoaster, Universal has no right to be snarky about anything after opening so many lame screen-based rides over the last few years.

I'm glad the the SeaWorld parks are finally in a position to start opening their new stuff. Now if we could just get Pantheon open in Virginia . . . ;) 

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I'm one of the few who enjoys Twitter corporate crossovers and snark, e.g. John Oliver/Cheerios or parks temporarily changing coaster names after sports matches, especially because these tend to also lean towards charity donations but it has to be something that both sides seem OK with to make it even remotely enjoyable or something like Wendy's where it's aimed at a majority of different places and not just one. Maybe I've missed some tweets but it seems like this is very one-sided, and only aimed at Sea World which just just almost makes it seem like bullying which I know is a weird way to describe something between 2 giant companies...

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I've enjoyed some of the banter back n forth between the two companies but for me there's a fine line between playful/fun and rude/annoying. This most recent one has been fun but it's getting kind of close to being annoying.

 

Seems like a couple years ago Universal's feed started on the fun side then quickly turned into being very obnoxious for everything they posted.

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13 hours ago, cfc said:

The dumbest feuds are Twitter feuds. I'm simply tired of the attitude, but I guess many people find it entertaining.

Yeah Twitter is useless an annoying and I'm a degenerate internet raised millennial even! It's silly/sad (mood dependent) to see stuff like these between ya know, corporate entities BUT it works...so I get it, good for hype, good for business lol 

 

Personally, I'm just excited Ice Breaker (and IG) finally have opening dates. 2022 is no surprise but I was so hoping it may be later this year as I plan to visit FL. Now wondering if I should do something else, and go to FL early next year when I can do all the new rides in one swoop, but that can be figured later. Glad it's finally opening, always thought it looked pretty darn cool, and I've been wanting to get to this park for ages. If Manta and Mako are good as I hear, add IB and Kraken which was great, this park has quite a solid lineup

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On 8/23/2021 at 8:40 PM, boldikus said:

To be completely fair, SWO started after Universal posted about ice breaker not opening. The "tired" joke in that one article from SWO is deserved. I've thought it since the beginning, reveling in another parks misfortune doesn't help them and if they want to pick on someone their own size take on Disney, now I'd get a kick out of that. Two giants that are doing well would be much more interesting. I'll admit I chuckled at the last tweet from Universal, but the "feud" thing works well for charities, sporting events and things like that, bullying not so much. 

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On 8/13/2021 at 9:16 PM, anonymouscactus said:

I'm not making the connection that only two rides will be open like all of you. It's just what they are "featuring" as being IN THE DARK. That could just be the featuring  those two rides for the website right now, but it could also mean that I think they will turn the lights off similar to Six Flags for those two rides in particular, but I think Kraken and Manta will still run with lights on like a "normal" night.

They would get a lot of flack did not opening all the coasters. A LOT. I don't see it happening, but then again SEAS never fails to amaze me sometimes.

Starting to think I'm wrong about this and they really will only have 2 rides open... with the $ they are charging compared to BGT which has a ton of rides open for a lot cheaper.... I know completely different locations, but... damn. Guess we'll see, going opening HOS weekend, but luckily also planned for a day trip to Seaworld as well so I can do everything else. Looks like everything will be closed off before shark encounter and they are using the side entrance for entry to the park.

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WELP I guess it's official..... I love the excitement in the response... lol

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