SeaWorld Orlando announces new thrill ride, part coaster, part animal attraction
Posted Thursday, April 3, 2008 9:57 AM | Contributed by Jeff
SeaWorld Orlando is preparing to build a roller coaster billed as the theme park's most ambitious and expensive attraction yet. It will be part thrill ride and part animal attraction, a theme that visitors will experience from the time they take their place in line until the time they leave the post-ride area, said Joseph Couceiro, vice president of sales and marketing for SeaWorld's parent company, Busch Entertainment Corp.
No, it's not Spidey. I have Radiator Springs at Disney’s California Adventure at 300 million, and I imagine Test Track was a little lower than that. The Tower of Tower at MGM (Hollywood Studios) was at 140 million. I only think Spiderman was a 100 million.
Are you guys reading it the way I am? Single biggest investment in a SeaWorld park....that means it has to top...the JtA rides, Kraken, and probably Great White. I'm not saying this won't be impressive, only that the pricetag doesn't have to be THAT ouchrageous (TM - Moosh).
Also, for "interaction between ride and animals"....expect something VERY similar to Dolphin Plunge at Aquatica... ;)
There are MANY different kinds of rays, and some will do better in captivity than others. I wouldn't put it past the park to name the ride "Manta Ray" and then have another kind of ray on display.
Think of the "crocs" in the Montu pit. They used gators instead, for a varierty of very good reasons.
^^^Brian, I think of this in terms of diversifying their offerings to cast a wider net, demographically-speaking.
Finally, can I suggest using a Vekoma Stingray INSTEAD of the aforementioned and assumed B&M flyer...of course, Moosh may already *know*, so that might be moot. Given the nature of SWF guests, the lower throughput shouldn't be too big of an issue...