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P. 274: Pipeline photos & Howl-O-Scream trip report!

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On 1/10/2022 at 10:13 PM, PKI Jizzman said:

They result in more ride time so I'm all for the back and forth. The miscalculation is the stupid comfort collars.

Yeah Im with ya, it adds ride length, and its not boring like a slow helix or just kinda meandering around, not sure what's not to like. (Though I think they made a similar comment about Pantheon so guess back and forth launching just aint their thing). Oof yeah...comfort collars, and for Ice Breaker, but not Pantheon...it's a choice XD

That said still looking forward to this ride, prob more than I should and will be gravely disappointed, but flights and tix booked...I'll be here in late Feb! Kind of excited, last went here when Kraken was the only ride. Excited to see if Mako and Manta live up to the hype

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When I went to the park the other day they had construction around the main entrance sign, this is why... 


Old entrance... 



I know they want to get away from having the Orcas be a main promotional part of the company and parks but even still the rocks really don't pop at all on the new entrance. 

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I'm sorry SeaWorld but as an outsider who can only go off your adverts to convince me this ride is 'Anything but Chill'...

If you're going to keep throwing up 'STEEPEST BEYOND VERTICAL DROP', '100 SPIKE' etc across the screen, at least switch to a backseat POV at that point or stick an off-ride view at the end of the video because all these front shots do a really bad job of selling me on that.

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^ Or just a drone shot from right above the spike with the train rising up.

Again, I bring up the "poor mans VelociCoaster" vibes this thing has. I'm excited to ride it, but lolol

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Last weekend SeaWorld Orlando hosted another round of Inside Look, a special event that offers guests the chance to go behind the scenes of attractions, exhibits and experiences throughout the park. Some of these Inside Looks can only be experienced during this special event while others are typically reserved for paid tours and SeaWorld Camp. But instead Inside Look brings the access to all for what is a really fun and insightful event. 

I had experienced a few of the behind the scenes looks in previous years including the Manta aquarium and Shark Encounter, so my focus this time was to do offerings that were new to me. In the limited time I had, I was able to go through three Inside Looks, one for Orca Encounter, one for Wild Arctic and the last for Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. 

While I was in the park, I was also able to see several of the recent or current efforts underway to update park elements with new paint, new decor and theming. It is nice to see updates happening throughout the park in advance of the opening of Ice Breaker next month, and it looks like this is only the start.


Driving up to SeaWorld Orlando, guests are greeted by a new entrance sign. Gone is the former orca sculpture, replaced with a new rock structure.


The Dolphin Nursery emerged from its recent refurbishment with an updated color scheme.


Ice Breaker will officially open next month. 


The up-close look at the backstage side of Orca Stadium was clearly going to be popular so I went there first. The event started at 11:00 AM and this was the line about 15 minutes before that.


This Inside Look had limited hours to allow the orcas to perform in the Orca Encounter show during the day.


By the time 11:00 AM hit, the line for this experience ran all the way to The Waterfront.


Once inside you are brought to the first of three stations in the back half of Orca Stadium...


It is really neat to see just how expansive the complex is behind the stage.


They weren't kidding when they said you got up close!


Here we had a chance to see two orcas enjoying recreational activities while swimming between the three stations set up between three pools.


One orca was tasked with taking this jello to a trainer at the third station's pool.


Of the three stations, for me this was the best view I had. But as I experienced at the third station, it was all a matter of timing as the routing of these orcas was not being majorly altered for guests at Inside Look. 


Off they go!


From the second station (the Medical Pool), I could see an orca doing a slide trick in front of the third station.


The second station was the Medical Pool, where a rising floor can be lifted to raise orcas out of the water for treatment and inspections.


We did get to see the orcas move through the Medical Pool to the third station. It was shared that much of the time orcas spend in the medical pool is recreational and comforting to build a familiarity with the space. This allows the orcas to be more at ease in the space, not having a purely negative association with the more stressful experiences that happen for medical or health needs.


And yes, we learned how orcas know how to provide urine samples in the Medical Pool.


We got a few swim-by's during our time at the third station, but nothing quite like I observed in the other two stations.


At the edge of Sesame Street Land, the former Sea Carousel has reopened as the Sunny Day Carousel. 


A new construction fence on the Wild Arctic side of Sesame Street Land has gone up.


Over by Wild Arctic there were some interactive stations presented by SeaWorld Camp.


Headed towards the Inside Look entrance for Wild Arctic, it is hard not to admire the layout of Ice Breaker.


I really can't wait to ride this one!


From our walk to the Inside Look experience at Wild Arctic you could see even more of Ice Breaker.


First stop for our Wild Arctic Inside Look was a peek at the enrichment items that the animals inside can play with.


You don't realize just how much goes into a marine exhibit's water filtration until you see the system up close.


We were able to see the food preparation kitchen for Wild Arctic. 


The science of how much food each resident of Wild Arctic gets is complex and incredibly interesting!


The Inside Look ends by leading you out into the main Wild Arctic exhibit.


Ice Breaker is looking ready to roll!


Very cool.


It was my first time seeing Kraken with its new paint scheme.


The colors look pretty cool!


A new Inside Look show, Seal of Fortune (a game show) was offered in the Nautilus Theater.


The Inside Shark Encounter experience returned for this year's event.


The Sky Tower has been undergoing a refurbishment including a new paint scheme.


Turn right to go left.


I was most eager to do the Inside Look for Antarctica, because it actually allowed us to walk the ride path of the former attraction.


An open air penguin encounter had been set up in the final ride scene for Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.


It was kind of neat to be back in this space.


Plus I'll never complain about a chance to see more penguins.


We also had a chance to see the ride path's side of the penguin habitat. 


Quite a view!


Puck from the former ride waved us on as we moved out towards the former ride's exit station.


Looking back one more time...


On the ride path of the exit station...


I ended my dead with a quick stop by Kraken to check out the new paint job up close.


The track and supports have been repainted with a new color scheme but the trains have not been updated.


I still really like the new color scheme!


Can't wait to come back and ride!

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I kind of hate the Kraken color!!! I mean, I don't really care and I'm sure I'll get used to it, but first glance I don't like it!  So weird to see them have given up on Antarctica, but I do like the random penguins just set up in the ride path, probably better than the ride!

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Yeah to each their own color is always a very personal preference thing, I do like it seem more sea monster-y but as long as it still rides good. I've heard in recent years its gotten a bit rough (though I never know what that means, sometimes one area w/ some rattle = this thing is death...and we all have different tolerances). I recall it was fairly forceful and intense but its been like 15 years lol 

And I do agree Ice Breaker looks superb. Its color, but layout! I know it's getting the "cool but..." to VC but it's not VC and never was, kinda unfair to even bother comparing. I am still stoked for it. (Bracing for probable let down XD)

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10 hours ago, JJLehto said:

but it's not VC and never was, kinda unfair to even bother comparing.

They're both multi-launch coasters with top hats and twisty layouts, both right next to the water, installed at the same time, opened not even a year apart and they're less than 10 minutes down the street from each other.

I don't know if there is a more fair pair of coasters to compare outside of Skyrush/Candymonium.


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^ Honestly, I think this ride should never have been aimed at the thrill seeking crowd with the marketing focusing on the steepest drop even if it was planned before VelociCoaster.  With just a normal back-spike and potentially a different manufacturer you could have had a much lower height restriction and focused on the 4 potentially slow accelerating launches aiming to pull in groups of families with younger kids as a gap between the smallest coasters and the bigger launch rides of Cheetah Hunt and Hagrids.

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7 hours ago, boldikus said:

They're both multi-launch coasters with top hats and twisty layouts, both right next to the water, installed at the same time, opened not even a year apart and they're less than 10 minutes down the street from each other.

I don't know if there is a more fair pair of coasters to compare outside of Skyrush/Candymonium.


Yes, that is all true lol 

But also like...the community is making the comparison, which is fine just seems a tad silly to me...They are clearly not the same league and (as we pride ourselves) we're not "GP" like...we're not supposed to be the "THIS IS A CLONE OF X" "This is just like Y but worse" clearly they are two different tiers of ride, similar but ya know just seems silly to compare. 

At least I get Skyrush/Candymonium as they're both hypers at the same park, though still a tad silly to me we all kinda know a B&M standard hyper is not an Intamin. But yeah to each their own, just I see no need to compare these two especially when it always ends with "VC is so clearly superior" duh, we all knew that XD

Unrelated, I am now front loading my vaca much as possible due to a possible lead in the employment area, so I am now gunna do Sea World in Feb, day before I do universal. This will be Feb 20 so I can just squeeze it in! 

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I was in the control room frequently as oceaneering was programming the ride. It's not just the guests that hated it. lol.

Really cool computer software, though. It was also fun watching the trackless vehicles play "bumper cars" and "crash through the scenery"

R.I.P. Puck.


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On 1/26/2022 at 3:22 PM, YoshiFan said:

If anyone is going to the Ice Breaker Passport to Thrills event on Friday - Sunday, they changed the event time from 5 to 10, now it’s 3-8. Platinum pass previews on Sunday are now 12-3 instead of 12-4.

I'm coming for the Iron Gwazi pass preview in Feb. What are the days for Ice Breaker pass preview? Are they listed on their site like Busch did?

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Here are the days and time from yesterday's e-mail:




Even if you can’t make it for Passport to Thrills, you can still ride the all-new Ice Breaker early! Pass Member previews will be available from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. on select dates based on your tier:

Jan. 30 – 31: Platinum Pass Members
Feb. 1 – 6: Platinum and Gold Pass Members
Feb. 7 – 13*: Platinum, Gold, and Silver Pass Members
Feb. 14 – 15: All Pass Members plus Fun Card holders

*Note: Ice Breaker preview times
on Feb. 12 will be 12 p.m. - 3 p.m."

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1 hour ago, thrillseeker4552 said:

Can't wait to ride it on Sunday. I think the airtime is surprising people, especially the jump into the top hat. Can't wait!

Can I borrow your plat pass for a lap on Sunday if crowds are light?  And if it's even possible?  Pretty please? Maybe just print another out front at the self service machines?  


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