Just 2 days ago, rumors surfaced online about the possibility of a mega coaster coming to SeaWorld Orlando. Fast forward to today, and #nothingFASTER is trending on Twitter after official confirmation from the park that a new coaster is coming to the park in 2016.
In an official statement from the park:
Something is stirring beneath the surface at SeaWorld Orlando, preparing to rise from the ocean depths and soar to thrilling new heights. Get ready for the frenzy of SeaWorld’s new 200-foot-tall coaster. In 2016, this thriller will take its place atop the food chain as Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest coaster. More details on the new addition will surface in late-May. SeaWorld is a one-of-a-kind theme park with a variety of attractions including awe-inspiring animal encounters, thrilling rides and spectacular shows. Follow #nothingfaster as the frenzy starts.
This attraction is widely expected to be a B&M hyper coaster, as the park already has two coasters by the manufacturer and has experience working with them, although many enthusiasts are speculation that it could be a MACK coaster, as the SeaWorld chain has worked with them on all of the Journey to Atlantis water rides as well as Manta at SeaWorld San Diego. Speculation has lead to the conclusion that the station will be in the back of the park near Shark Encounter, and will feature an out and back layout into backstage areas near Kraken. For the ride to be the tallest, fastest and longest coaster means it has to surpass The Incredible Hulk and Expedition Everest to claim all three titles.
To be brief, theme park fans are going bananas over this announcement. It’s the kindof attraction we’ve been waiting for not just from SeaWorld Orlando, but in the entire Florida theme park industry! This announcement proves that new CEO Joel Manby isn’t wasting any time in turning SeaWorld around after years of controversy, dropping attendance and lower profits. Investing in attractions like this in such a lucrative market should be the first step in returning SeaWorld to it’s former glory.