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This is a really awesome looking ride - Mack does a great job combining interesting, fun, and family into a complete package, and huge kudos to Sea World for using themeing to tell a story AND add to the thrill.

 

As someone above mentioned, it's great to see a theme on this that is well executed and NOT about an animal or myth. Even though it's 'just' a disaster ride, they look like they knocked it out of the park on making this all real looking.

 

As far as thrills go, having the splash dive into the whitewater and under that propeller is total genius - much MUCH more interesting for the rider than a big outdoor splash - I'm curious if it has a "headchopper" feel when riding.

 

Great show!

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I took a ride on Storm yesterday, and really I think other people have summed up the ride generally. The wait time was around 20 minutes and the staff were running the ride very efficiently with a boat leaving about every 40 seconds. I do kind of wish the ride itself did go for a bit longer considering the ride it replaced went for a good 7 minutes.

 

The ride itself is pretty good without being too scary which really is a perfect fit for Sea World. The ride will be better once the fire effects are up and running but it's a overall very solid attraction and just pure fun. Also, if your sitting in the back seat prepare to get SOAKED. This is the only ride that a few hours later I decided to throw out my socks and buy a new pair as they were just destroyed by the Mack gods! I really do hope that these rides take off more as they are awesome!

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Looks like the old Arrow ride Sea Viper won't open up again.

 

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Sea Viper is being retired after bringing thrills to Sea World’s guests for 32 years. Sea World is constantly exploring new attractions like the $21M Storm Coaster which opened in December, and there are several new and exciting options in the pipeline...

 

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I would not rate this as a big loss, as the old Arrow Corkscrews have become pretty painful over the years. I'm curious to see what the park has in mind to replace Sea Viper.

 

Not the worst ride I've ever been on, but far from the best.

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Yeah, I thought it was even pretty bad for an Arrow and the trains were awful. No big lose here, and should hopefully open up some space for a nice replacement soon.

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It is surprising to see the ride retired so soon after the Sea Viper upgrades were completed. I wonder what must have changed in the four years to make the ride less capable/reasonable to operate now than it was when the upgrades first happened.

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Man! It really sucks for a Classic Ride to be gone! In my opinion this destroys the Australia Amusements! (Not what I meant!) But things won't be the same forever! I hope they will get a new exciting ride, or coaster!

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Not sad or surprised to see this one go. Unpopular ride with maintenance issues taking up a chunk of land in a park that's very tight for space. They were literally storing pieces of old rides underneath the lift hill, and it is the least family-friendly ride in a park that is aimed at a younger audience. I'm sure whatever it's replaced with will be better, no question.

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