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Postby teacherkim » Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:42 pm

Yeah, I saw on youtube that they basically just have the landscaping and testing left.....and that testing had started. But announcing the date in the coming weeks doesn't sound like there will be much chance we will get on it on the 28th. Probably worst possible scenario, we can watch it test but not ride. Boo. I thought for sure when it said open summer of 2018 a few months ago that we would be safe by the last Saturday in July.

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Postby Hilltopper39 » Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:03 pm

That structure around the vertical lift looks amazing but .........man those stairs around the thing are a bit of an eye sore. Hopefully they landscape it out of a view a bit or something.

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Postby ragerunner1 » Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:12 am

Hilltopper39 wrote:That structure around the vertical lift looks amazing but .........man those stairs around the thing are a bit of an eye sore. Hopefully they landscape it out of a view a bit or something.


Hopefully they will paint the stairs blue to match the tower and add some more landscaping to block the view over time. But the tower and overall ride is really looking good. Sea World has a winner on their hands.

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Postby coasterbill » Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:31 am

I still don't "get" this attraction at all, but it certainly looks nice.

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Postby Hilltopper39 » Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:45 am

coasterbill wrote:I still don't "get" this attraction at all, but it certainly looks nice.


Same, as much as I like rapids rides I like not being totally soaked more. (I still want one of these in a waterpark, then I'd ride it all day)

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Postby grsupercity » Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:57 am

I always chuckle when people say America doesn't work with Intamin anymore. They may not have built a massive hyper coaster in the last couple years but it seems like every year thee still pumping rides into ameraica via Rapids, drop towers tire launch coasters ect
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:01 am

Hilltopper39 wrote:
coasterbill wrote:I still don't "get" this attraction at all, but it certainly looks nice.


Same, as much as I like rapids rides I like not being totally soaked more. (I still want one of these in a waterpark, then I'd ride it all day)


I feel you, but obviously these rapids rides are quite popular as they get lines and keep getting built. I can tell you that kids LOVE them. KT is at a Disney camp this week and the highlight for most of the kids is riding Kali River Rapids, maybe because all of us no fun adults don't normally let them ride and get soaked in their clothes?

Also, it's hot here like 11 months out of the year so it's a good place for a rapids!

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Postby Hilltopper39 » Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:20 am

SharkTums wrote:
Hilltopper39 wrote:
Also, it's hot here like 11 months out of the year so it's a good place for a rapids!


Hopefully it opens while we're still in one of those 11 months where it's hot.

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:32 am

I feel like people will enjoy the ride when they're in the park, I'm just skeptical that anyone's going to be driving down I-4 and see an Infinity Falls billboard between the Harry Potter billboard and the Pandora billboard and plan a trip to SeaWorld... especially since Disney and Universal already have very similar attractions.

I just don't know if a ride with a heavy staffing commitment that's expensive to operate is the right move for SeaWorld unless it actually draws some gate. I'm sure it'll be fun and I'm sure they'll make it look great and maybe this is why they get paid the big bucks and I don't but I'm pretty confused by Infinity Falls.

That said, I love the Sesame Street move. I love it even more because it's opening in the same year that Star Wars land and Potter coaster are opening. SeaWorld can't compete with that, so capitalizing on a strong kids IP that appeals to an entirely different demographic than those areas seems brilliant. I don't know how much faith I have in Infinity Falls moving the needle though.

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby Hilltopper39 » Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:52 am

coasterbill wrote:I just don't know if a ride with a heavy staffing commitment that's expensive to operate is the right move for SeaWorld unless it actually draws some gate. I'm sure it'll be fun and I'm sure they'll make it look great and maybe this is why they get paid the big bucks and I don't but I'm pretty confused by Infinity Falls.

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I'm as ignorant as anyone about the industry but I would guess that the initial cost of the attraction was considerably less than Mako or another full size coaster. Concrete is a lot cheaper than steel so maybe the costs of the project off set the long term operations expense.

coasterbill wrote:I feel like people will enjoy the ride when they're in the park, I'm just skeptical that anyone's going to be driving down I-4 and see an Infinity Falls billboard between the Harry Potter billboard and the Pandora billboard and plan a trip to SeaWorld... especially since Disney and Universal already have very similar attractions.


I mean realistically would anything SeaWorld built attract people over Universal or Disney? I feel like generally speaking people come to Orlando for multi day trips to Disney and Universal, then maybe add on some other parks/attractions here and there in between so similar rides at other parks maybe isn't that big of a deal. If it does matter then maybe this will tick of Universal enough to build a Flying Dinosaur Coaster in Jurassic Park haha.

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