It is Spring Break time here in San Antonio so I decided to head over to SeaWorld to see how far along the construction is on their NEW roller coaster, Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster.
I was very much surprised when I saw how much of the track has already been installed. In SeaWorld's latest release they estimate that over 70% of the track has been laid. Both magnetic launchers have been installed and you can now almost follow along how the coaster will traverse the lake.
I took a number of pictures today in order to show you the progress the construction crew has made on Wave Breaker. I sure hope I get the picture descriptions correct. There is a lot of track spaghetti out there and trying to figure out stuff can be daunting. I also cropped a few stills off of SeaWorld's video of Wave Breaker and a few from Coaster Studios. I hope I don't run afoul of either of them for using something from their videos.
Some perspective as to where Wave Breaker was sited on the lake. The Great White would be to the viewers left. You can also see The Steel Eel and how it willcome close to the Wave Breaker's track.
Screen shot of Wave Breaker's final run back to the station.
This what that final run looks like now.
What the final run out looks like during construction.
The lower track is the last hill before the final run back to the station. The upper track is the first hill after you are launched.
A different perspective of the first and last hills.
This is an aerial shot of the first hill as it goes up and curves left and over the final hill which is going back to the station. This shot was taken from SeaWorld's construction video.
This shows how the first hill goes over the return one.
A picture of the first hill after the launch.
A different perspective of the first hill. You can view both magnetic launcher areas including the one prior to the first hill which is said to be only 61 feet. But I think they mean it will be 61 feet ABOVE the water as I suspect they will flood the construction area when the coaster comnpletes all of its inspection runs.
Both magnetic launchers are seen in this picture taken from SeaWorld's video. The first launch rail is the one on the left.
In this screen shot from the video rendition of the Wave Breaker you can see the first hill and then the second hill which looks a lot higher than the first. That one has not yet been erected.
A screen shot off SeaWorld's construction video. This shows the first launch hill and much of the construction site.
First hill and the last hill going back to the station. The Steel Eel is to the left.
General construction photo. The Great White is in the background with the Steel Eel in the foreground.
You can see how they incorporated the small island in the middle of the lake into Wave Breaker's run.
General picture showing both launch areas.
General picture showing the different track runs. The one on the right if coming off the first hill. The track on the left is the final run back to the station.
Some coaster track spaghetti. The Great White is in the background.
Another general construction photo.
Looking down the second launcher.
Screen shot of Wave Breaker taken from a SeaWorld video.
Just a minor nerd comment but I love when parks don't release the full layout image or a POV of a ride when announcing the attraction, makes it a lot more fun when you finally get on the ride for the first time. Also I didn't realize this thing is going to be almost entirely over the water, should look great and and make for a really unique experience. I honestly kind of forgot about this ride being built but it might turn out to be the surprise of the year in America at least.
Also if you are reading this Cedar Point, keep on doin you, don't announce or reveal anything, just build the thing then open it.
Love the pictures!! But, its funny to see how small the supports are for this type of coaster compared to others. They don't look big at all, but could also have to do to how close most of the coaster is to the ground.
Skramp wrote:Love the pictures!! But, its funny to see how small the supports are for this type of coaster compared to others. They don't look big at all, but could also have to do to how close most of the coaster is to the ground.
From the photos, it looks there will be a small lake beneath the coaster to give the appearance of a jet ski skimming over the water, so that's probably the reason the coaster is being built so low to the ground.
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