SEAWORLD ORLANDO’S ICE BREAKER WINS COVETED USA TODAY 10BEST READER’S CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST NEW THEME PARK ATTRACTION
Ice Breaker, SeaWorld Orlando’s new launch coaster by Premier Rides was recognized as the Best New Theme Park Attraction of 2022 in the USA Today 10Best Reader’s Choice poll. A panel of experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY, editors from 10Best.com, and relevant expert contributors pick the initial nominees, and then the top 10 winners are determined by popular vote.
Jim Seay, President of Premier Rides, commented, “The Premier Rides Team is very honored that the well-traveled and experienced USA Today judges selected SeaWorld Orlando’s Ice Breaker as a finalist in the Readers’ Choice Poll.”
Seay continued, “The collaboration of the SeaWorld creative team and Premier’s team of ride engineers to come up with a one-of-a-kind coaster attraction that fit one of the most challenging sites was impressive. And it means so much to us that the public, the guests for whom we work so hard to entertain, voted and pushed Ice Breaker to the number one position. Thank you to the thousands who voted for Ice Breaker. We are very grateful.”
Already named by USA Today as one of the Most Anticipated Attractions in 2022, Ice Breaker did not fail to deliver. The attraction has been a huge hit with guests of all ages with rave reviews on social media and the ride was even highlighted in SeaWorld’s recent quarterly call where record earnings were announced.
Named after the icy Arctic summits, Ice Breaker features four airtime filled launches, both backwards and forwards, culminating in a reverse launch into the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida - a 93 feet tall spike with 100-degree angle. The thrills continue as riders fly over a near vertical Top Hat maneuver into a series of exciting twists, turns, and airtime hills.
Kyle Miller, park president of SeaWorld, in a statement, "Ice Breaker is a one-of-a-kind thrill ride which complements our existing exhilarating ride portfolio perfectly."
The ride queue offers an interactive educational experience, a reflection of SeaWorld’s partnership with Alaska SeaLife Center—which specializes in rescue, rehabilitation, education and research—a perfect alignment with SeaWorld’s own conservation activities and educational mission. This partnership will help educate riders about the Arctic and its inhabitants and a percentage of proceeds of Ice Breaker merchandise goes to the conservation fund.
"The Alaska SeaLife Center is excited to grow our partnership with SeaWorld. For many years, SeaWorld has been a stalwart supporter of the Center, and particularly our Wildlife Response program,” said Tara L. Riemer, President and CEO of Alaska SeaLife Center. “We are grateful for SeaWorld's contributions of funding and staff over the years to further our mission. This new collaboration will continue efforts to highlight Arctic rescue and conservation stories.”
With the opening of the Ice Breaker, SeaWorld Orlando reports that it has more roller coasters than any other theme park in the Florida city. The icy themed area offers the best views of the Ice Breaker as guests enjoy a signature drink at the Glacier Bar or a delectable bite at Altitude Burgers.
Seay added, “I also have to congratulate SeaWorld who captured four of the top five USA Today10Best positions which is a very impressive accomplishment and a testament to their commitment and strategy to provide outstanding attractions throughout their park system.”
ABOUT ALASKA SEALIFE CENTER
The Alaska SeaLife Center is the only facility in Alaska that combines a public aquarium with marine research, education, and wildlife response. While primarily dedicated to marine research and education, the nonprofit Center is the only permanent marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation facility in the state.
The Alaska SeaLife Center lies at "Mile 0" of the scenic Seward Highway on the shores of Resurrection Bay. Visitors to their "windows to the sea" have close encounters with puffins, octopus, harbor seals, sea lions, and other marine life while learning about the work conducted by researchers both in the field and in their laboratories. For more information, visit https://www.alaskasealife.org/
ABOUT SEAWORLD ORLANDO
SeaWorld Orlando is a marine theme park in Florida opened in 1973. With a mission for animal rescue and rehabilitation, SeaWorld Orlando strives to inspire others to take action and join efforts to save our planet and marine life. More information and the park’s operating schedule can be found at https://seaworld.com/orlando/
ABOUT SEAWORLD PARKS & ENTERTAINMENT
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is a leading theme park and entertainment company that owns and operates 11 theme parks in the United States, including the Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, Sesame Place brands. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainments is also an accredited zoological organization with the largest zoological collection on the North American continent. More information can be found at www.seaworldentertainment.com.
ABOUT PREMIER RIDES, INC.
Premier Rides is best known for its high-tech magnetic launch roller coasters. The company is also a global supplier of traditional roller coasters, observation wheels, towers, water rides and custom designed attractions. Premier’s service division offers engineering support, complete ride and train rehab, and it maintains and offers spare parts supply on a 24-hour emergency basis. The company is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland and has additional U.S., European, and Asian offices. For more information, please visit www.premier-rides.com or call +1-410-923-0414.