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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby CoasterAuditor » Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:16 pm

I will say it is nice to see a new rapids ride be built. The usual water rides are becoming less and less common it seems. I doubt anybody in Virginia or wherever is like LETS GO TO FLORIDA FOR THE NEW RAPIDS RIDE but it will be a cool ride to ride whenever I go to SWO for the first time.
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Postby DoinItForTheFame » Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:20 pm

coasterbill wrote:The ride looks great. I don't understand why it's there or why they think this will draw a single person to the park but I mean... it's pretty.


This. So much. This.

The ride really does look great, and I'm sure it will be fun... But I when I think of people planning a vacation, (both enthusiasts and the general public) I just can't see someone saying "Holy crap Martha! Did you see this new rapids ride at Sea World?? We MUST GO THERE NOW!!!"
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:41 pm

CoasterAuditor wrote:I will say it is nice to see a new rapids ride be built. The usual water rides are becoming less and less common it seems. I doubt anybody in Virginia or wherever is like LETS GO TO FLORIDA FOR THE NEW RAPIDS RIDE but it will be a cool ride to ride whenever I go to SWO for the first time.


Forget Virginia (or wherever), nobody who lives in Central Florida is going to care either unless they already have a SeaWorld season pass anyway. Disney and Universal both have amazing rapids rides and Busch Gardens Tampa has had a rapids ride since 1982. I know sometimes enthusiasts give people too much credit when it comes to picking up similarities in rides but I feel like people know what a rapids ride is and they're not going to care. They'll ride it impulsively when they're at the park and they're hot but if someone is driving down I-4 and they see an Infinity Falls billboard wedged between the Harry Potter billboard and the Star Wars billboard I assure you that they're not going to care. :lol:

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby DoinItForTheFame » Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:51 pm

coasterbill wrote:...They'll ride it impulsively when they're at the park and they're hot but if someone is driving down I-4 and they see an Infinity Falls billboard wedged between the Harry Potter billboard and the Star Wars billboard I assure you that they're not going to care.


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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:18 pm

The walls weren't down on Monday, but the gift shop across from it was open and already selling Infinity Falls t-shirts. I wonder if anyone would buy one before the ride opens. :lol:
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby CoasterAuditor » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:32 pm

coasterbill wrote:
CoasterAuditor wrote:I will say it is nice to see a new rapids ride be built. The usual water rides are becoming less and less common it seems. I doubt anybody in Virginia or wherever is like LETS GO TO FLORIDA FOR THE NEW RAPIDS RIDE but it will be a cool ride to ride whenever I go to SWO for the first time.


Forget Virginia (or wherever), nobody who lives in Central Florida is going to care either unless they already have a SeaWorld season pass anyway. Disney and Universal both have amazing rapids rides and Busch Gardens Tampa has had a rapids ride since 1982. I know sometimes enthusiasts give people too much credit when it comes to picking up similarities in rides but I feel like people know what a rapids ride is and they're not going to care. They'll ride it impulsively when they're at the park and they're hot but if someone is driving down I-4 and they see an Infinity Falls billboard wedged between the Harry Potter billboard and the Star Wars billboard I assure you that they're not going to care. :lol:


Oh yeah people definitely know the similarities of water rides. I mean there's only three types that are universally at most parks.
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:23 pm

coasterbill wrote:Forget Virginia (or wherever), nobody who lives in Central Florida is going to care either

I've ridden Kali River Rapids once since I moved here in 2011 and Bluto's I haven't been on since I moved to Orlando.

And these two rapids rides are MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE RAPIDS RIDES!!!

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Postby anonymouscactus » Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:24 pm

Canobie Coaster wrote: I wonder if anyone would buy one before the ride opens.


My bet is yes, considering I saw people wearing Steel Vengeance shirts in 2017, and a Yukon Striker shirt on Sunday... -- I wonder if they liked the ride or not? :-P

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:04 pm

^ Fair point. =)

I do enjoy river rapids, but they get you so prohibitively wet that I need to be in the mood to ride one. I make exceptions if they're well done like Popeye or Grizzly River but I know others feel the same way.
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby bgtlover » Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:52 pm

Canobie Coaster wrote:The walls weren't down on Monday, but the gift shop across from it was open and already selling Infinity Falls t-shirts. I wonder if anyone would buy one before the ride opens. :lol:


Yes. Numerous people (including passholders who got a special deal on one recently) have bought them. I was there Saturday and quite a bit were being sold along with other IF souvenirs.

Whether or not the park needed a rapids ride, it would have been nice to have it open when I was there on Saturday as it was hotter than hell. I rarely ride these type rides, but would have that visit since it's new (I've been going to BGT since '07 and have never been on Congo River Rapids...lol). A place called "SeaWorld" should have had more water rides long before now. They are just now catching up to the other 2 SW parks with this.
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