Whether it’s your first visit or your hundredth visit, you’re bound to discover something new every time you visit the Orlando theme parks. That something new could be a small change such as an updated queue or a big change like a new ride. Lately, the theme parks have been opting for the latter with Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, and SeaWorld Orlando all adding new rides in recent years. This spring it’s once again SeaWorld Orlando’s turn to unveil a new ride: their first-ever launched roller coaster, Ice Breaker. If you’re planning a visit to SeaWorld for the big debut or if you’re just curious about Orlando theme park news, read on for all the details about Ice Breaker.
All About SeaWorld’s Newest Rollercoaster
SeaWorld Orlando may be best known for offering unique animal encounters but they are quickly establishing themselves as the ultimate destination for Orlando’s best thrill rides. They currently have four roller coaster rides and the addition of Ice Breaker will bring that to a grand total of five. Each of their current coasters are inspired by animals and oceanic myths, and Ice Breaker is no exception. The coaster will be located near the Wild Arctic Attraction and is inspired by the icy Arctic landscape that polar bears, seals, and many other animals call home.
What makes Ice Breaker unique is that it is SeaWorld’s first multi-directional launch coaster. Ice Breaker is a linear synchronous motor (LSM) coaster allows for constant acceleration throughout the ride. The Ice Breaker will feature four launches – both backwards and forwards – before sending you down a huge drop sure to elicit more than a few screams. That’s because at 93 degrees this beyond vertical drop is the steepest drop in all of Florida. After the drop, you’ll barely have time to catch your breath before the coaster sends you soaring over a near vertical top hat (80 feet) maneuver.
On February 24, SeaWorld Orlando announced that the final track piece was added to Ice Breaker. The coaster is on track to open in the spring, so if you’re planning a spring break trip to Orlando you could be among the first to experience Ice Breaker.
A New Conservation Partner
In addition to adding a new roller coaster, SeaWorld will also join forces with a new conservation partner – the Alaska Sea Life Center. The Alaska Sea Life Center studies marine ecosystems and animals in Alaska and also provides care for injured marine animals. In addition to their research facilities, they also have a public aquarium and offer educational programs. Look for SeaWorld to release more details about their new partnership as they put the finishing touches on the Ice Breaker.
Other Rollercoasters at SeaWorld
After you’ve enjoyed an exhilarating ride on Ice Breaker, check out Sea World’s other coasters.
Journey to Atlantis
The first ever coaster to open at SeaWorld is actually a combination roller coaster and flume ride. The ride begins with a dark room journey with theming inspired by the Greek myth of the lost city of Atlantis, and then speeds up for the roller coaster portion including a thrilling 60 foot drop sure to generate Shamu-sized splashes. You’re sure to get soaked on this ride, making it ideal for hot Orlando summers. The ride’s exits leads to the Jewel of the Sea Aquarium where you can see jellyfish and colorful tropical fish.
Kraken Unleashed is SeaWorld’s floorless roller coaster inspired by the fictional sea monster of the same name. The coaster features a 153-foot-tall chain lift hill and reaches top speeds of 65 mph. It’s a thrilling ride with seven inversions including a dive loop, zero-g roll, corkscrew, cobra roll, and two vertical loops.
This flying roller coaster is inspired by manta rays and their gliding movements. The chain lift hill is 140 feet high and the ride features four inversions including a corkscrew, pretzel loop, and two inline twists. Even if you don’t want to ride the coaster, it’s worth stopping by Manta to see the nearby aquarium home to over 60 marine species.
Named after the swift mako shark, Mako is currently SeaWorld’s fastest roller coaster with speeds up to 73 mph. There are no inversions but don’t be fooled – this isn’t a ride for the faint-hearted. After the chain lift hill you’ll drop 200 feet and go through a series of twists and turns, and even go backwards. The ride also has two airtime hills where you’ll feel weightless.
Stay at Rosen Inn International
After a day of dive loops, cobra rolls, and beyond vertical drops, you’ll want an Orlando hotel where you can rest and relax. Rosen Inn International is near SeaWorld Orlando and a quick 10 minute drive will take you from the thrills of Ice Breaker to the tranquility of your guestroom. Book your stay by calling us at 407-996-1600 or click on the orange Check Room Availability button at the top of the page.