SeaWorld Orlando places the final piece of track and the first train for their first launch coaster. Ice Breaker features 4 airtime filled launches, backwards & forwards, including a reverse launch into the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida - a 10-story spike witha 100° drop angle! (Photos courtesy of Premier Rides, Midway Mayhem, & SeaWorld Orlando)
Baltimore, Maryland--The message from SeaWorld Orlando was music to the ears of coaster enthusiasts across the country: “Ice Breaker is on track to launch this Spring... literally.” With those words, the final track section and the first train were installed early this week at SeaWorld Orlando. Not only is Ice Breaker SeaWorld Orlando’s first ever launch coaster but it also features Florida’s steepest beyond-vertical drop. This new attraction will feature four airtime filled launches that accelerate riders both forwards and backwards. Thrill seekers will love being propelled -- in reverse -- up the nearly 10-story spike where they experience Florida’s steepest beyond-vertical drop -- at an angle of 100 degrees!
The final track piece completes the coaster course along which riders will travel more than 2,700 feet at speeds of more than 50mph.
Brian Andrelczyk, Vice President of Design and Engineering described Ice Breaker, stating “it can run not one, but two trains through the use of a unique, high-speed horizontal track switch” Brian contuned “The fun is just getting started … The launch track itself is special because we have an airtime hill on either side, so you’re going to get airtime on every hit of that launch – that totals to 16 hits of airtime throughout the entire layout! It’s going to be a really exciting ride keeping you out of your seat almost as much as you’re in it.”
Jim Seay, President of Premier Rides commented, “We are extremely proud to reach this important milestone. The ride looks spectacular and the installation has been a great team effort. We are honored to be a part of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s formula for success by supplying this one-of-a-kind, record-breaking coaster that is sure to be a must-see attraction this spring!”
Ice Breaker is named after the icy Arctic summits and the ride queue offers an interactive educational experience, a reflection of SeaWorld’s partnership with Alaska SeaLifeCenter—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.
"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.”
The opening of Ice Breaker will be the perfect addition to SeaWorld’s ever-growing ride portfolio and will become a must-do experience in Orlando.
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.