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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby bgtlover » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:09 pm

I finally was able to ride Mako Saturday. Last time I went the ride went down and didn't reopen that day. I will say it's the best hyper I've been on (previous fav was Apollo's Chariot). It's now my #2 coaster behind Fury 325 @ Carowinds. Of the 2 rides I had on Mako, the trim was barely noticeable on the 1st ride. The 2nd ride was more noticeable, but allowed the smaller hill before the MCBR have a nice extra pop of airtime. It also flew through the MCBR both times. It was only about 65 degrees so I can imagine them engaging a bit more when it's hot. Each hill had me out of my seat. I sat back row, far left seat both times. I'm glad they let me choose the last row since they were assigning seats. I waited about 10 minutes each time. Had I not been pressed for time I would have rode more.

My only complaints with the park that day was the fact they didn't open the Shark Realm area until 10 (park opened at 9). Is this normal for a Saturday...during Spring Break? I can see during the week when it's not forecast to be as busy. I've been going to the park for 10 years and have never seen this when I've gone. It just seems odd the area with the newest major attraction wasn't open (while yes I know it's been open almost a year). We were among the first to arrive in the park at opening too. I had a short window of time to get it in as I had other engagements outside the park for lunch and beyond. Also the 10am showing of Dolphin Days as scheduled on the website was cancelled so I didn't get to see it. I'll be back soon. We did ride Empire Of The Penguin and it was better than the first time I rode it when it first opened. We usually skip it since it usually has a 60+ min wait and not worth it for such a short ride, but had only a 5 minute wait since the park just opened. Of course they were having technical difficulties as we entered the area where they sort you for about 20 minutes. We waited since the attractions we came to do weren't open yet.
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby cparkes92 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:46 pm

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cparkes92 wrote:IMHO, Fun Spot is more trying to be like a slightly larger version of those go-kart parks you see in Pigeon Forge, Wisconsin Dells, and Branson

That's an insult to Fun Spot, you realize.

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby A.J. » Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:06 pm

cparkes92 wrote:Never been to either Fun Spot park despite going to Orlando in March almost every year for the last 15 years

Then you're missing out. I would place the Fun Spot parks between amusement parks and F.E.C.s for sure, but the Orlando one is worth at least an evening visit for White Lightning and a few classic flat rides.
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby Midgetman82 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:38 pm

The very last day I was in Orlando with family for spring break last year and after doing Wet 'n' Wild (may it Rest In Peace), we had a few hours to kill before hitting the airport and flying out so my dad allowed me the opportunity to drop into Fun Spot Orlando for a quick run on both coasters. It was a perfect close to our trip, and both coasters were quite fun! White Lightning was especially fun with all its airtime, and I managed two rides on it!

Keeping with the discussions on this board, I'm hoping to make it back to Orlando at some point in the near future specifically to drop into Sea World and try Mako! The park definitely offers the best bang for what a coaster junkie like myself pays for, especially considering the exorbitant admission fees of the other bigger parks.
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:51 am

I was at the media day this morning and am putting something together. Let me just say, I am also not a big fan of Rapids, but when you've got an 85' tall Intamin Vertical Lift I think I can make an exception! :lover:

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby chickenbowl » Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:57 am

Woah, that's super cool! That seems like a great choice of attraction to me!
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Postby SixFlagsAstroworld » Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:04 am

Wow! Looks so beautiful :lover:
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:05 am

So I just got back from Sea World and it was a pretty fun morning!




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First the big announcement...coming for 2018...Infinity Falls!

It's going in the back of the park in the Sea Gardens area which will be completely rethemed.

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Here are all of the juicy facts:

Name Infinity Falls

Location SeaWorld Orlando

Opening date Summer 2018

Description - Featuring the world’s tallest drop on a river raft ride, the adventure will immerse guests in a lush, freshwater rainforest while sharing the importance of water conservation. SeaWorld’s new river rapids ride connects the entire family with the awesome power of water and its importance to our planet in a thrilling way that cannot be experienced anywhere else.

Highlights
- Riders experience the excitement of category IV rapids
-Unique elevator lift creates the world’s tallest drop on a river raft ride
-Family-friendly thrill ride for all ages
-New village area to explore, and actively participate in helping freshwater ecosystems from inside the park

Story 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.

Type River rapids ride, Manufacturer Intamin Amusement Rides, Switzerland
Ride time More than 4 minutes
Track length 1,520 linear feet
Elevator lift The first of its kind in North America
Drop height 40 feet – the tallest river raft ride drop in the world
Rider height 42”
Ride vehicles Custom-designed, 8-passenger rafts with an expedition theme

And some artwork...
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The Sea Garden area will look a lot different next year!
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:17 am

Also, we were reminded that Kraken Unleashed (VR) opens in Mid-June!

A few things...

- The VR will be OPTIONAL
- There will be a new virtual queue (they are developing it in house) for the VR
- The story will mix Kraken and Journey to Atlantis
- Paper Mache Kraken will be leaving us!!!!!

And now some photos they shared with us...
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The super scary main bad guy dinosaur thing you'll encounter when of course, something goes wrong!
Kraken Volcano Climb 1.png
These next few are actual screen grabs from the VR.
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This is the base of the sub that you'll be piloting.
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BUT SOMETHING GOES WRONG!!!!

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:20 am

:lol: Stupid question, what's paper mache Kraken? The thing at the ride entrance?

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