Thursday, April 13, 2017

Infinity Falls To Splash Into SeaWorld Orlando in Summer 2018

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Today SeaWorld Orlando announced the addition of a major new water-based attraction, named Infinity Falls, which will open at the park in the summer of 2018.

The ride will be a highly themed river rapids adventure that will be located in a totally rethemed section of the park around the current Sea Garden area.  This new section will be set in a village covered by rain forest canopy and will offer "interactive experiences that combine play with education to create a positive impact on freshwater ecosystems. SeaWorld’s Animal Ambassadors will also provide up-close encounters with animals native to South America."

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Infinity Falls will be manufactured by Intamin and use a traditional river rapids ride system that's merged with a high-tech vertical lift and drop sequence.  The 4 minute plus trip will stretch 1,520 feet long and feature elaborate theming along with "category 4" rapids that are encountered.  It will culminate with a vertical lift that raises the boats up to more than 40 feet above the park, after which they will plunge down a 40 foot drop into the rapids below - this is depicted in the concept art featured above and below.

The 40 foot drop represents a world record for a river raft ride, according to the park.  The use of the elevator vertical lift is also the first of its kind in the U.S.

“We are constantly looking at new ways to amaze our guests - Infinity Falls will do that, and more,” said Jim Dean, President of SeaWorld Orlando Parks. “From the excitement of the thrilling rapids, to the unique vertical lift element, it will be an adventure that appeals to the entire family. Infinity Falls continues our commitment to investing in our park, and developing new ways to entertain and inspire our guests with meaningful, fun-filled vacations.”

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Riders will sit in 8-seater, custom designed rafts that feature expedition theming while on Infinity Falls.  The ride will be family-friendly and come with a low 42 inch height requirement, so many members of the family can ride together.

As with all SeaWorld attractions, Infinity Falls and the new village area around it both have a compelling backstory that has been created:

Not long ago, a drone sent to explore the jungles of South America discovered previously uncharted structures in a remote area along the banks of a freshwater river. A group of explorers and scientists
were sent to investigate the discovery.  Upon arrival they set up base camp near an abandoned structure.  They studied and explored the river, falling in love with its power and the nature
living along its banks.  Inspired by the river, they developed a sustainable camp for others to
visit and explore so they too, could learn more about the jungle and how their connection to the waters of the world.

To further the excitement of the addition of Infinity Falls, check out this promotional clip that SeaWorld Orlando has created - make sure to take note of the on-ride virtual footage for an idea of the experience.  Looks great!