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SeaWorld swims to the surface with new coaster Ice Breaker this summer

The Orlando theme park has opened its first launch coaster and will have special Electric Ocean parties on weekends this summer.
SeaWorld’s first launch-style coaster, Ice Breaker, opened in February. It has both backward and forward launches to flip riders’ stomachs with what it says is the “steepest beyond vertical drop” in Florida.
SeaWorld’s first launch-style coaster, Ice Breaker, opened in February. It has both backward and forward launches to flip riders’ stomachs with what it says is the “steepest beyond vertical drop” in Florida. [ SeaWorld ]
Published May 20

Like its sister park Busch Gardens, SeaWorld Orlando also had a coaster ready to open in 2020 and kept it on ice for two years.

SeaWorld’s first launch-style coaster, Ice Breaker, came out of hibernation in February. It has both backward and forward launches to flip riders’ stomachs with what it says is the “steepest beyond vertical drop” in Florida, from 93 feet high at an unnerving 100-degree angle.

SeaWorld Orlando opened Ice Breaker in February. Named after the icy Arctic summits, it has four launches, both backward and forward, culminating in a reverse launch into the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida — a 93-foot-tall spike with a 100-degree angle.
SeaWorld Orlando opened Ice Breaker in February. Named after the icy Arctic summits, it has four launches, both backward and forward, culminating in a reverse launch into the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida — a 93-foot-tall spike with a 100-degree angle. [ SeaWorld ]

The latest addition gives SeaWorld more roller coasters than any other theme park in Orlando (Busch Gardens still holds the Florida crown), further evidence that it has shifted toward rides and away from animal performance attractions in recent years.

But there are some new animal presentations. Dolphin Adventures, which opened last May, explores the world of bottlenose dolphins. Also new is the Sea Lion and Otter Spotlight, which opened last July. It still has some of the comedy of the old Clyde and Seamore shows, but it has a more educational bent.

For dining, the new Altitude Burgers offers a build-your-own-burger bar.

This summer brings the return of Electric Ocean, running weekends May 27-Sept. 5 with DJs putting on a family-friendly dance party. The nights end with a fireworks show and dancing fountains.

Special events this summer include a Guy Harvey Weekend June 18-19, with special appearances by the renowned artist and conservationist. The park ends the summer with a Craft Beer Festival, running weekends Aug. 5-Sept. 5.

If you go

$89.99, age 3 and younger free. Parking is $30. 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando. 407-545-5550. seaworld.com/orlando.

SeaWorld in Orlando is bringing back Electric Ocean, a nighttime event that features pyrotechnics, fire effects, lights and water fountains. There’s also a family friendly dance party starting at 8 p.m. before the 10 p.m. fireworks show.
SeaWorld in Orlando is bringing back Electric Ocean, a nighttime event that features pyrotechnics, fire effects, lights and water fountains. There’s also a family friendly dance party starting at 8 p.m. before the 10 p.m. fireworks show. [ SeaWorld ]
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