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

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Certainly an interesting choice for a ride. Anyone know the height requirement for it? The other big 3 rides all have a 54" requirement and I know green lantern at great adventure is 54" so was thinking this might be the same.

For a park that I always see as more of a family park it feels like they need something like invadr so kids have something to ride once they age out of the sesame street area but aren't tall enough for the big 3 and possibly now 4.

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9 hours ago, Satans Hockey said:

Certainly an interesting choice for a ride. Anyone know the height requirement for it? The other big 3 rides all have a 54" requirement and I know green lantern at great adventure is 54" so was thinking this might be the same.

For a park that I always see as more of a family park it feels like they need something like invadr so kids have something to ride once they age out of the sesame street area but aren't tall enough for the big 3 and possibly now 4.

I think the website has already stated it's 54 inches.

I feel like the point about height requirements at SeaWorld is one that everyone is making, myself included, but maybe they don't care about having things for people under 54 inches? For now atleast? I mean my youngest hit 54 inches when she was almost 7 years old, maybe they realize that in the Orlando market that if you've got little kids and want rides for little kids you're gonna go to Disney, no matter what SW builds, so why go after that market? And with as many "adult" events as they offer (7 Seas Food Fest, Brews n BBQ, HowlOScreams) maybe they'd rather focus on thrill rides for those guests. 

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Last night I had the chance to experience Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld Orlando... The event is in its second year and builds upon the same formula that has been found at the other SeaWorld and Busch parks for years. This year's lineup features two "new" houses, one reimagined house and two returning, along with seven scare zones and four shows (one of which is an up-charge experience). 

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Having just been to the parks two weeks earlier for the daytime offering of the Halloween Spooktacular, I was amazed to see that the vertical construction on Pipeline: The Surf Coaster had progress to new heights. The coaster's initial 110 foot tall banked turn the comes immediately after the coaster's launch is already nearly complete. At this pace, I'd expect that the coaster's track installation could be completed sometime between late November and early December. 

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The new turn towers over any other park structures in the area.

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You can also see where the loading station, the train storage and transfer track will be, all running along the berm of the park by the parking lot. 

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Time for some Halloween thrills...

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Howl-O-Scream's central hub is the education pavilion area normally used for SeaWorld camp, educational programs and field trips. 

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It wouldn't be a Halloween event without fire and ghoulish dancers.

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Sliders roam this section of the park, so be on the lookout and don't be surprised if they spark a light upon the path in front of you.

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From the main hub you enter the park by Bayside Stadium. "Frozen Terror: Alive in the Ice" is the first scare zone to pass through.

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Halloween and chainsaws go hand in hand.

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Beneath the Ice: Terror at Base Camp Aura is a returning house from last year. The experience runs through the majority of the former entrance queue and loading station for the Wild Arctic simulator attraction.

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Pipeline can be seen from multiple angles in the park.

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Here you can see the launch track leading into the first turn.

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Over at Flamecraft Bar, this was going on... For some reason.

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The Waterfront is home to the Cut Throat Cove scare zone...

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Here there be pirates.

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Lost Souls Hideaway is a new Drag Cabaret show at Howl-O-Scream Orlando. It is a $10 up-charge to experience and reservations are required.

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Manta is among the lineup of park rides that operate during Howl-O-Scream. 

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I couldn't really explain what happens in here if I tried...

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Some of the scare zones have scare actors haunting from above.

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Yes, they sell bug food here. No, I did not try any.

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Terrors of the Deep is a scare zone by Shark Encounter.

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Terrors of the Deep was the original name of the Shark Encounter exhibit, so this was a fun nod to that part of the park's history.

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Adult capri-sun pouches...

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If you've seen it at any of the other SeaWorld or Busch parks, you've seen it here.

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There's dancing. And stomping... And Jack does some Ripping.

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These knife drummers are easily the best part of the show.

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Over in Waterway Grill a temptress sings alluring tunes...

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All while an aerialist performs acrobats over guests' heads.

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Captain's Revenge: Drowned in Darkness returns this year to offer more pirate chills. 

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Let me get one last look at you...

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Artsy...

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Sirens' Last Call Bar is easily the event's biggest themed bar space.

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They have ghoulish dancers...

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And lots of room for people.

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There's a dedicated shop in the main event hub.

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While a neat concept... 

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Read the fine print before buying.

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And keep an eye out for sliders on your way out of the park!

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Nice report Adam, I went last Thursday and the event was absolutely dead. We had a good night, plenty of rides and minimal waits for all of the haunts, but it did feel like it lacked a little bit of energy this year maybe because of how thin the crowd was (and how sober I was). Then again this year with the waterfront area and Manta open there is quite a bit more space, the parking lot was pretty full so maybe there were more people than there than it seemed like there was. Speaking of Manta they were using a temporary entrance near the photo shop, and the exit snaked through a back stage area back over to the path by the Pizza restaurant, which I suspected they would do when I saw some temporary walls there back in September.

 

Houses were good but a bit hit or miss with how many actors we encountered, that could have been because it was a slow Thursday night. Beneath the Ice and the Pirate house were the standouts this year for me. We had a great time and I'd go back in a heartbeat, especially with Pipeline opening next year. 

 

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It looks like SeaWorld has improved Howl-o-Scream this year. When I went last year, I thought they did a great job with the themed bars and that the houses and Terror-tories were "hit or miss."  The voodoo zone was the best, while the two best houses were the pirate ship and a creepy waterfront hotel.

They were really pushing the Jello-shot syringes.

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really nice report.

I honestly had no idea that "Monster Stomp" is a packaged show. . .costumes, sets, and show are exactly the same as in the other parks?  for some reason, I never even considered that!

pretty cool, actually.

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2 hours ago, cfc said:

They were really pushing the Jello-shot syringes.

if they're anything like the ones at SWSA?  (and I assume they are all coming from same supplier perhaps?) . . they were pretty strong.    Was feeling it after the 3rd.

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Great report, Adam! Those shots of the surf coaster construction look nice, especially near nightfall.

Other than the (ugh) bugs things to buy and eat, was there other themed food to try, as well?

Just curious, as I usually am. 😉

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$10 upcharge show? That's the first I've ever heard of that at this park... or any park... -- are you not allowed to tell us what happens in lost souls? What happens in lost souls stays in lost souls? ;)

Edit:  ok I just found a video from media day, looks fun! Not sure I'd pay an upcharge, but I applaud them for trying something different!

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On 10/28/2022 at 10:43 AM, jedimaster1227 said:

If you've seen it at any of the other SeaWorld or Busch parks, you've seen it here.

1) Monster Stomp is NOT the same at every park. Completely different tone and song list. I watched a clip of the 2022 show at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and it is vastly different from the Sea World one. The only similarity is the show's title. I know this since I worked on the show. 

2) Did you even see the Longshoremen or Drag shows? Hard to have a trip report if you didn't experience either of them. The drag show (which I did see) was GREAT. Adult humor but nothing worse than you'd hear at HHN. And the Longshoremen were hilarious.

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On 10/29/2022 at 11:26 AM, bert425 said:

really nice report.

I honestly had no idea that "Monster Stomp" is a packaged show. . .costumes, sets, and show are exactly the same as in the other parks?  for some reason, I never even considered that!

pretty cool, actually.

It is NOT a packaged show. The only similarity is the title. They are all VASTLY different productions from the song selections to the cast to the choreography and costumes. 

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I feel like this coaster quietly might be really good. I mean I don't think anyone was really looking forward to another mid sized B&M in the same park with 3 other B&M's but the layout looks great and the unique trains with a launch, this one might be a lot of fun.

 

And most of the time coasters at SeaWorld have pretty short lines so add in another high capacity ride and everything there might be a walk on 80% of the year lol. 

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On 10/21/2022 at 9:08 AM, Hilltopper39 said:

I think the website has already stated it's 54 inches.

I feel like the point about height requirements at SeaWorld is one that everyone is making, myself included, but maybe they don't care about having things for people under 54 inches? For now atleast? I mean my youngest hit 54 inches when she was almost 7 years old, maybe they realize that in the Orlando market that if you've got little kids and want rides for little kids you're gonna go to Disney, no matter what SW builds, so why go after that market? And with as many "adult" events as they offer (7 Seas Food Fest, Brews n BBQ, HowlOScreams) maybe they'd rather focus on thrill rides for those guests. 

As a local who visits 2-3x a month, I would agree with your logic. That said, it never goes unnoticed when friends/family who visit that there is a limited number of rides that the entire family can enjoy together. I think that Antarctica solved for some of this back when the ride existed, despite its flaws. Maybe SEAS has done the math and the strategy you mentioned just works for them. It’s also become a heavy day drinking park on recent years which is probably becoming more and more lucrative. 

I never thought I’d say this, but Mako is probably one of the most wide-appealing rides at the park if you overlook the height requirement. It’s incredibly accessible, typically solid operations and short lines, and it’s still so butter smooth as a crowd pleaser 6 years later. It’s the only ride my parents, in their 60s, seem to want to do each time at SeaWorld.
 

The general consensus I’ve heard from locals and visitors alike seems to be that Manta is just too intense for the average park goer, Kraken is a little “shaky”, and  Ice Breaker’s punchy — you’re just lucky if you can safely get out of the train and comfort collar without passing away. 

 

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