Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Scott And Carol Present - Seaworld Announces 2017 Additions At IAAPA

The following is an unedited press release:

Orlando, Fla. (November 15, 2016) –  This morning Joel Manby, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment revealed exciting details about the company’s 2017 attraction expansion,  one of the largest new attraction years in the company’s 53-year history.  Also this morning, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens revealed three of the ride vehicles that will take guests on exciting adventures in 2017.

The press event and product reveals kicked off the 2016 IAAPA Attractions Expo, the attractions industry’s premier trade show and conference hosting more than 32,000 attractions industry professionals from around the world in Orlando this week.

“We are extremely excited with the scope and depth of the new attractions and events coming to our SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks in 2017,” shared Manby.  “From first-ever technologies and ride vehicles to inspiring new experiences, our 2017 new attractions are uniquely suited to create meaningful and fun vacations for our guests.”

The three ride vehicle reveals were: Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster™ at SeaWorld San Antonio, Submarine Quest, part of the new Ocean Explorer realm at SeaWorld San Diego, and InvadR, the wooden hybrid coaster debuting at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

The following is an unedited press release:
Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster™, SeaWorld® San Antonio
A new generation of coaster, the first of its kind in North America, combining the thrill of the sea, the adrenaline rush of a multi-launch roller coaster and the inspiration of animal rescue is coming to SeaWorld San Antonio. 

Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster boasts a variety of features inspired by the reality of jet skiing across a body of water. The unique jet ski-style car design is the first such coaster design in North America and engages riders in a straddled seating position. The design will allow riders to lean into a series of banked and serpentine turns, and grip the handle bars as they race over hills designed for maximum airtime, and a pair of high acceleration launches. Inspired by the Emmy® award-winning program, Sea Rescue®, the coaster enables riders to feel what it’s like to race alongside SeaWorld’s heroic animal care team and veterinarians as they spring into action at a moment’s notice to help rescue animals in distress.  The queue line will reinforce SeaWorld’s rescue mission through interpretive and educational videos.  

Wave Breaker Ride Stats:
  Maximum Height                             61 feet
·         Length of Track                                2,600 feet, the majority of it over water
·         Maximum Speed                              44 mph
·         Number of Trains                             3
·         Number of Vehicles                         8 per train
·         Number of Passengers                     2 per vehicle, 16 total per train
·         Minimum rider height                     48 inches
·         Launch speeds                                  Launch 1: 38 mph, Launch 2: 44 mph
·         Ride elements                                   Banked and serpentine turns, airtime humps, straddle seating    

·         Ride Manufacturer                           Intamin

The following is an unedited press release:
Submarine Quest, SeaWorld San Diego
The signature attraction for SeaWorld San Diego’s new Ocean Explorer realm is Submarine Quest,
taking guests on a global expedition of scientific exploration as researchers on a mission to collect data and learn how to help protect animals. This three-minute experience will include an onboard digital navigation dashboard, as well as a few other surprises along the journey, enhancing the riders’ understanding of our fragile ocean ecosystem.

Submarine Quest Ride Stats:
·         Minimum rider height                    The ride is intended to be a family ride
·         Track Length                                  759 feet of elevated track moves through the entire realm
·         Ride Duration                                 3 minutes
·         Number of Vehicles                        7
·         Number of Passengers                    6 riders (maximum) per vehicle
·         Ride Restraint                                 Individual lap bar
·         Manufacturer                                  Chance Rides

The following is an unedited press release:
InvadR™, Busch Gardens® Williamsburg:  Booth #2773
A new wooden roller coaster, InvadR, will join Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s collection of world-class thrill rides.  The family thriller will be the park’s first wooden coaster and eighth roller coaster in total. 
This “hybrid” coaster, with steel supports and a wooden track, will utilize repurposed ride cars from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s popular (and now retired) wooden coaster, Gwazi. 

A minimum height requirement of 46 inches make it an ideal ride for adults and children to share together, but the coaster will still feature exciting ride elements, including a more than 70 foot drop, and nine airtime hills. Located in the New France village of Busch Gardens, guests will travel more than 2,100 feet through a wooded terrain and underground through a tunnel.

InvadR Ride Stats:
·         Minimum rider height                    46 inches
·         Ride Elements                                74-foot drop and nine airtime hills
·         Track Length                                  2,118 feet of track                                                          
·         Maximum Speed                            48 mph
·         Ride Duration                                 1 minute 30 seconds
·         Number of Trains                           2
·         Number of Vehicles                       8 per train
·         Number of Passengers                   2 per vehicle, 16 per train
      Ride Manufactuer                          Great Coasters International, Inc.

Also New in 2017:
Kraken® Virtual Reality (VR) Roller Coaster, SeaWorld OrlandoComing Summer 2017
SeaWorld will debut its first digitally enhanced ride experience as the legendary Kraken roller coaster is transformed into a virtual reality (VR) roller coaster experience.  This thrill ride will be the only VR coaster experience in Florida.

Guests will embark on a deep sea mission alongside sea creatures inspired by extinct and legendary animals of the past, including the mighty Kraken.  A custom digital overlay with uniquely designed headsets, fully integrated both mechanically and electronically into the coaster train, delivers a new one-of-a-kind adventure.  The addition of VR to this fan-favorite brings a new level of excitement and interest in Kraken, for both new and returning guests. 

Electric Ocean, SeaWorld Orlando and San Diego – Coming Summer 2017
Electric Ocean will debut next summer at SeaWorld parks in Orlando and San Diego as a brand new, end-of-day spectacle event. As the sun goes down, the lights and energy go up, offering guests a different kind of fun after dark. The ocean comes to life with bioluminescent lighting, music and pathway entertainment, immersing guests in a glowing sea of wonder.  

New Orca Encounter, SeaWorld San DiegoComing Summer 2017
SeaWorld San Diego will introduce new, inspiring, educational orca encounters, rather than theatrical shows, as part of its ongoing commitment to education, marine science research, and rescue of marine animals. These live documentaries will focus on orca enrichment, exercise, and overall health. This change will start in its San Diego park next year, followed by Orlando and then San Antonio by 2019.

The new Orca Encounter will be based on orca behavior in the wild: what they eat, how they hunt, how they navigate and how they communicate, helping guests gain a deeper appreciation and respect for the orcas and empowering them a sense of determination and purpose to help preserve the future of these majestic animals.  This new encounter will look at broader themes such as research, rescue, conservation, habitats and distribution, husbandry and care, and social structures. 

The new behavioral-based orca experience, will inspire as well as educate guests about the majesty of these complex animals, and reinforces the company’s commitment to provide educational experiences with the park’s resident orcas.