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I really love Premier's coasters, they are always forceful and unique and fun, but their modern trains are just ass. With or without the comfort collars.

If it was a 2" bump or something then fine, but jumping up 6" immediately after touting the ride as a family coaster is just unfortunate. I would be very upset too.

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Friendly reminder that most RMCs are 48" including the Raptor coasters.  This is just a strange decision.  Maybe now Premier will finally design a new train that's, you know, good.

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21 hours ago, anonymouscactus said:

That really sucks. I feel like something had to have "happened" to make this change as a knee jerk reaction.... right?

I second this. I have a hard time believing they would add this if they knew all along it would be 54. Something went wrong somewhere.

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Saw a story today with a kid that had ridden IB several times during previews. Was going to ride with Vanilla Ice yesterday and wasn't tall enough anymore.  Literally had a pic of them walking to the ride in the story. 

SeaWorld....crushing dreams. 

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Premier trains of this style (at least in the US) have all had a minimum height requirement of 54" alone (some have a 52" accompanied requirement). Even those without the (un)comfort collars. Is there any noticeable change between Ice Breaker's trains and other Sky Rocket II trains?

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Yesterday Ice Breaker was only 40 minutes when everything else was like an hour plus, if it had stayed a 48 In height requirement it probably would have had the longest line so maybe we should be thankful for that lol.

I'm hoping that they switch it back to 48", or maybe even 50" at some point? I mean to market it as a 48" and run it that was during previews has to mean that their intentions were to operate it that way long term before "something" happened. Hopefully there's some kind of slight modification that will get it back to 48" because that park desperately needs something in that height range.

Super fun ride though, I was very surprised by it. Got one ride in the front seat and thought it was really a fun little coaster.

Side note, yesterday at SeaWorld was one of the most crowded parks I've ever seen. Mako.thumb.jpg.750558447c87c89a875d4299704f341b.jpg

Inside the Shark Encounter Exhibit the conveyer belt was turned off for some reason so you had to walk through the tunnel, and it was just a massive traffic jam/cluster F like I've never seen before. People were opening up the emergency exit doors and walking out into the backstage areas with the filtration equipment it was so bad. Ended up taking like 40 minutes to just walk through the exhibit.

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The parking lot was at capacity around 3pm and people were parking on the sidewalks and in the bushes and stuff, there were cars lined up parked on the side road BEFORE the toll booths. I've been praising SeaWorld for years but I finally had a day where I showed up just said nope. We got one ride on Ice Breaker so it wasn't a complete waste but man that place was crowded. I mean I know it's a holiday weekend but is a Sunday of Presidents day normally this bad? It might be a long season for the parks in Orlando.

 

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14 hours ago, tndank said:

Saw a story today with a kid that had ridden IB several times during previews. Was going to ride with Vanilla Ice yesterday and wasn't tall enough anymore.  Literally had a pic of them walking to the ride in the story. 

SeaWorld....crushing dreams. 

I kinda want to see this but at the same time this is just so sad. Alexa play Fix You by Coldplay

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5 hours ago, Hilltopper39 said:

Yesterday Ice Breaker was only 40 minutes when everything else was like an hour plus, if it had stayed a 48 In height requirement it probably would have had the longest line so maybe we should be thankful for that lol.

I'm hoping that they switch it back to 48", or maybe even 50" at some point? I mean to market it as a 48" and run it that was during previews has to mean that their intentions were to operate it that way long term before "something" happened. Hopefully there's some kind of slight modification that will get it back to 48" because that park desperately needs something in that height range.

Super fun ride though, I was very surprised by it. Got one ride in the front seat and thought it was really a fun little coaster.

Side note, yesterday at SeaWorld was one of the most crowded parks I've ever seen. Mako.thumb.jpg.750558447c87c89a875d4299704f341b.jpg

Inside the Shark Encounter Exhibit the conveyer belt was turned off for some reason so you had to walk through the tunnel, and it was just a massive traffic jam/cluster F like I've never seen before. People were opening up the emergency exit doors and walking out into the backstage areas with the filtration equipment it was so bad. Ended up taking like 40 minutes to just walk through the exhibit.

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The parking lot was at capacity around 3pm and people were parking on the sidewalks and in the bushes and stuff, there were cars lined up parked on the side road BEFORE the toll booths. I've been praising SeaWorld for years but I finally had a day where I showed up just said nope. We got one ride on Ice Breaker so it wasn't a complete waste but man that place was crowded. I mean I know it's a holiday weekend but is a Sunday of Presidents day normally this bad? It might be a long season for the parks in Orlando.

 

Yes.  It's a holiday weekend, great weather, AND all NYC schools are off this week. They should have opened the parking lot across the street, but other than that, this is how crowded it can get.

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2 hours ago, pianojohn said:

Yes.  It's a holiday weekend, great weather, AND all NYC schools are off this week. They should have opened the parking lot across the street, but other than that, this is how crowded it can get.

Here I thought the Village People had some kind of crazy following that I didn't know about but yeah it really was the perfect storm this weekend.

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Gonna be at the park on Thursday & Friday, and per the Queue Times site I'm not thinking it'll be too busy. Glad everything other than JTA is open (well.. except for now Ice Breaker to those under 54" I guess 😂), and was able to get some discounted Quick Queue's a while back for Thursday that should allow for maximum marathon-ing of the big three B&Ms. I have a few questions if anyone might be able to answer them:

  • Does the park start allowing people in prior to 10? We have bus option (Lynx 111) that gets us as ~10min walk from the park entrance, arriving at either 9:08 or 9:38. If they start letting guests in at 9:30, I'd rather take the earlier option to get there and set up QQ/lockers/dining plan before 10, so we can rope-drop Ice Breaker (not included in the QQ). 
    • Someone was saying that this park may open Manta at 10 but the rest of the park at 11, similar to how SWSA just opens Steel Eel for the first hour, making this above question moot. Is that their typical ride opening process?
  • If I wanted to get wrist bands for the dining pass/QQ, do I just do so at Guest Services? It'd be a little bit of a nuisance carrying around the page print-outs all day, and since I have both QQ passes on my phone, it'd be a little bit of a hassle to swipe between them every time we use them (in comparison to a wristband). 

Heavily looking forward to this first time visit!

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I'd say take the earlier bus. They MAY let you in earlier whereas the later bus you may feel rushed. 
When you get to the park, ask about redeeming your dining plan.  They may be able to access them before entering the park which would save you time.
Have fun!!

 

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From the park. I've heard a kids leg was seen hanging out for the entire ride. Also heard the comfort collar connector was banging kids in the head and causing bumps and big bruises. 

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1 hour ago, southpuddle said:

“An abundance of caution”… one of the most tired, eye-rolling phrases to come out of the pandemic 🙄😂

What? The phrase has been around for ages...
 

1 hour ago, tndank said:

I've heard a kids leg was seen hanging out for the entire ride. Also heard the comfort collar connector was banging kids in the head and causing bumps and big bruises.

I've heard the park is closing the ride and removing it beginning tomorrow. Also heard people make up all kinds of shit and post it on the internet.

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1 hour ago, boldikus said:

 

I've heard the park is closing the ride and removing it beginning tomorrow. Also heard people make up all kinds of shit and post it on the internet.

One seems way more reasonable than the other. But, if it's what you're hearing and think it's possible, feel free to share.

 

Also, in other news, construction walls are now going up for the 2023 coaster near the front of the park.  Work is starting.

 

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12 hours ago, tndank said:

Also, in other news, construction walls are now going up for the 2023 coaster near the front of the park.  Work is starting.

Ah, yes, the Wacky Worm with a 58" height requirement.

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15 hours ago, boldikus said:

What? The phrase has been around for ages...

I’m sure it has been, but it was in every press release and statement from every company on earth for the longest time at the onset of the pandemic. They couldn’t get enough of it 😂

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I know that while Kraken’s new colors have been mostly well-received, some have criticized that the trains weren’t updated. Seems that as they rotate the trains out for annual refurb they are taking care of that! 

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Hello everyone, I'll "finally" be heading to Orlando after a 4 year absence . I know the park made some mask & social distancing adjustments for COVID in 2020 & 2021 but am wondering if the "Single Rider" lines will once again be available as I will be doing a solo trip.

Thanks in advance as I found no information on the SEAS website regarding "stand by" lines other than paying for Quick Queue.

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There currently aren’t any single rider lines at SeaWorld. I actually don’t believe there ever have been in recent years but someone will have to fact check me. 
 

They have a 1x QQ for $10 option as an add on at the lockers at Manta, Mako, Kraken and possibly JTA that prints your a ticket. Otherwise, Quick Queue is your best bet. Hope this helps! 

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Manta used to have single rider a long time ago as they always toyed with the '4 staircases' they have going up to the ride. Sometimes merge the QQ with the regular line with a single rider adjacent... or 2 regular queues and 1 QQ and 1 single rider, etc. Depending on crowd levels. I don't think they've done that any time recently, though. I'm getting old. The signs on the staircases have Velcro on the back so they were easily switchable. Crowds are rarely an issue though except as the stadiums let out at show break.

I remember seeing a fancy kiosk at Infinity Falls for a one time QQ. Not sure about the others. Infinity Falls is a great raft ride, coming from someone who usually doesn't care about them. You do get soaked, though :)

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