Last weekend we were invited out to SeaWorld San Diego to check out this years Christmas Celebration. In fact, I spent parts of two days at the park, a bit on Friday to get our Annual Passholder ornament and then back on Saturday for their Media event.
We have a lot of fun stuff to get to so let's head in!!
Some of the holiday treats you can find around the park!
“Pipeline: The Surf Coaster” at SeaWorld Orlando and “Artic Rescue” at SeaWorld San Diego will both debut in spring 2023
ORLANDO, Fla. (November 15, 2022) – Today at the annual International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo (IAAPA) in Orlando, SeaWorld unveiled the ride vehicles for two of its exciting new coasters that will both be debuting in spring 2023: SeaWorld Orlando’s “Pipeline: The Surf Coaster” and “SeaWorld San Diego’s Artic Rescue.” Last month, these two new attractions were announced, and now the first look at its ride vehicles have officially been revealed.
“Pipeline: The Surf Coaster” at SeaWorld Orlando
Debuting in the spring of 2023, “Pipeline: The Surf Coaster” is the World’s first Surf Coaster and a first-of-its-kind attraction that can only be experienced at SeaWorld Orlando. The new attraction celebrates the iconic surfing cultures found around the world with a unique surfboard ride vehicle that will give riders an immersive experience when their seats rise and fall to mimic the sensation of riding on a wave. Guests will ride waves on an iconic, gnarly surfboard, and go on a journey of twists and turns, including a “wave curl” inversion which will simulate the feel of an “alley-oop” – a surfing maneuver that only the most experienced surfers in the world are able to perform. With a maximum speed of 60 MPH, “Pipeline: The Surf Coaster” is ideal for thrill enthusiasts everywhere.
“Artic Rescue” at SeaWorld San Diego
This family-friendly, triple launch straddle coaster will debut at SeaWorld San Diego in spring 2023 as the longest and fastest straddle coaster on the West Coast. “Artic Rescue” takes passengers on a journey that starts at an indoor launch station inside the park’s Wild Artic exhibit and takes off outside on a unique snowmobile style vehicle. The coaster’s unique straddle snowmobile-style seats allow for an immersive ride experience for each rider as they lean into banks and turns and glide up heights as tall as 30 feet along the 2,800 feet of track. The ride reaches up to 40 MPH racing through the Arctic to help animals in danger while experiencing three exhilarating launches, each faster than the last. The new ride will bring awareness to the pressures the Arctic is facing and allow guests to visit, see and learn more about each animal whose species call the Arctic their home.
SeaWorld will also be introducing “Catapult Falls” in 2023, coming to SeaWorld San Antonio. “Catapult Falls” will feature the world’s steepest flume drop, North America’s only vertical lift flume coaster, and the tallest flume drop in Texas. This family friendly ride will catapult through the launch at speeds of 30 feet per second, allowing riders to feel the rush of a coaster while experiencing the rocking and swaying of riding on a track of water. Guests can stay tuned for a first look at Catapult Falls’ ride vehicles.
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About SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) is a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter, and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The Company is one of the world's foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The Company collectively cares for one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The Company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 40,000 animals in need over the last 55 years. SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. owns or licenses a portfolio of recognized brands including SeaWorld, Busch Gardens®, Aquatica®, Sesame Place® and Sea Rescue®. Over its more than 55-year history, the Company has built a diversified portfolio of 12 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological collection. The Company's theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests.
TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 11, 2022) – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay today announced Serengeti Flyer as the park’s all-new 2023 attraction. Serengeti Flyer will be the world’s tallest and fastest ride of its kind, a screamin’ swing, upon opening in spring 2023.
With each swing, riders will soar higher and higher above Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s expansive 65-acre Serengeti Plain while experiencing multiple negative-G moments before plunging back toward the Earth. Serengeti Flyer will feature twin dueling arms that soar progressively higher reaching speeds of 68 mph and a maximum height of 135 feet at the ride’s peak. Guests will be seated back-to-back in rows of 10 across two gondolas, allowing for 40 guests to experience the ride at once.
“Serengeti Flyer’s thrilling ride experience is bound to provide riders with a pulse-pounding encounter that can only be found at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay,” said Neal Thurman, Park President of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “We believe that Serengeti Flyer will be the perfect high-thrill addition to our world-class portfolio of attractions including Iron Gwazi, the Golden Ticket Award Winner for the Best New Roller Coaster in 2022.”
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay annual pass members will be among the first to experience the new attraction upon opening in spring 2023.
Unlimited Thrills in Store with a Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Annual Pass or Fun Card
Enjoy the breathtaking thrill of Serengeti Flyer all year long with a Busch Gardens Tampa Bay annual pass or 2023 fun card. Starting as low as $14 per month with exclusive pass member benefits valued at over $400, a Busch Gardens Tampa Bay annual pass is the best way to experience this all-new attraction.
Guests looking for incredible savings can pay for a day and get the rest of 2022 and 2023 free with Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s limited time fun card offer which provides unlimited access to the park’s world-class attractions, award-winning entertainment, up-close animal encounters, and vibrant seasonal events.
About Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure, offering 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. Busch Gardens is a unique blend of thrilling rides, an AZA accredited zoo with thousands of animals representing more than 200 species, and exciting seasonal events all year providing unrivaled experiences for guests of every age. For more information, visit www.BuschGardensTampa.com. Busch Gardens is owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world.
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