NEW ROLLER COASTERS “IRON QWAZI” AND “ICE BREAKER” AMPLIFY THRILLS AT SEAWORLD AND BUSCH GARDENS

Orlando, Fla. (September 12, 2019) – Today, SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay revealed details regarding NEW attractions coming to the parks in 2020. This marks the first time in four years that both parks have launched new coasters in the same year, in addition to a new water slide in Tampa. SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Pass Members will be among the first to experience the new attractions.

 

Iron Gwazi – Opening Spring 2020 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

A NEW legend is surfacing in 2020 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with the evolution of Iron GwaziTM, North America’s tallest, and the fastest, and steepest hybrid coaster in the world. Manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction, Iron Gwazi will be 206 feet tall, feature a 91-degree drop, and reach top speeds of 76 miles per hour. The journey will include three inversions and 12 airtime hills as it races along more than 4,075 feet of purple steel track. With a 48” height requirement, Iron Gwazi will be an exciting thrill attraction that families can take on together.

 

“Iron Gwazi is the evolution of a classic wooden coaster into a modern icon,” said Stewart Clark, Park President of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “From the bones of the original Gwazi, a new legend rises, reaching taller heights and faster speeds, delivering the next-level thrills that our coaster fans crave and expect from Busch Gardens.”

 

While elements of the former wooden attraction will be integrated into the new ride, the steel track and reimagined layout of Iron Gwazi present an entirely unique experience that tells a different story. Iron Gwazi will highlight the best of both worlds — the classic nostalgia of a wooden coaster and the bold innovation of a steel coaster. Thriving and adapting over millions of years, this evolutionary crossroad is perfectly represented in the crocodile, the largest living reptile and the animal inspiration for Iron Gwazi.

Solar Vortex – Opening Spring 2020 at Adventure Island

Spin and splash at Adventure Island on Solar VortexTM — America’s first dual-tailspin water slide.  This thrilling family raft slide combines high-banking rotations and rapid descents, sending sliders on a swirling journey through two open tailspin features. Manufactured by Whitewater, Solar Vortex will also include three dynamic AquaLucent™ elements — harnessing the power of the Florida sun into colorful patterns that shine through the slide as riders reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. Solar Vortex will be an electrifying new ride for families next year when it opens with the 2020 Adventure Island season.

 

Ice Breaker – Opening Spring 2020 at SeaWorld Orlando

Making its debut in spring 2020, riders will shiver through family friendly adventures on SeaWorld Orlando’s first launch coaster: Ice Breaker™. Named after the icy Arctic summits, Ice Breaker will feature four launches, both backwards and forwards, culminating in a reverse launch into the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida — a 93-foot tall spike with 100-degree angle.

 

Located near the Wild Arctic Attraction, the ride’s theme is reflective of this area with a nod to Ice Breaker’s conservation partner, Alaska SeaLife Center. Primarily dedicated to marine research, education and wildlife response, the Alaska SeaLife Center mission matches closely to SeaWorld Orlando’s, making them a perfect partner to help educate riders about the Artic and its inhabitants.

 

“The Alaska SeaLife Center is excited to grow our partnership with SeaWorld.  For many years, SeaWorld has been a stalwart supporter of the Center, and particularly our Wildlife Response program,” said Tara L. Riemer, President and CEO of Alaska SeaLife Center. “We are grateful for SeaWorld’s contributions of funding and staff over the years to further our mission. This new collaboration will continue efforts to highlight Arctic rescue and conservation stories.”

 

The opening of Ice Breaker is the perfect addition to SeaWorld’s ever-growing ride portfolio. From the roller coaster thrills of Mako, Manta and Kraken, to the water rapids of Infinity Falls and the flume fun of Journey to Atlantis, Ice Breaker joins the park’s famed attractions as a must-do experience in Orlando.

 

Best value for Floridians – Enjoy all NEW rides with an Annual Pass!

With three ALL-NEW attractions to enjoy, there has never been a better time to be a SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Annual Pass Member. Upon the launch of each attraction, Pass Members will enjoy EXCLUSIVE RIDE TIME on Iron Gwazi, Ice Breaker and Solar Vortex.

For 2020, the best value for Floridians is the FOUR PARK PASS, which includes admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island, SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando. In addition to exciting NEW rides coming next spring, guests who purchase an annual pass today can enjoy fan-favorite events included with their park admission in Orlando and Tampa. In the fall, there’s Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends and Halloween Spooktacular. Then, as the holidays draw near, visitors can experience the magic of Christmas Town and SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. And for culinary connoisseurs, the spring brings the Food &Wine Festival and the Seven Seas Food Festival to the parks. For pass holders, there’s something for everyone all year at SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

If you are planning a trip to Florida and plan on visiting either SeaWorld or Busch Gardens, please contact local discount theme park ticket vendor, The Official Ticket Center for the best rates on discount SeaWorld tickets or discount Busch Gardens tickets. They are locally owned and operated and have been in business of over 20 years and are even able to email your tickets to you.

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT REVEALS MAJOR ATTRACTION NEWS

Orlando, Fla. (May 19, 2011) – Universal Orlando Resort today announced that its newest attraction will be based on Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s blockbuster 3-D-CGI feature “Despicable Me,” bringing minions, mayhem and a whole new level of 3-D family fun to its guests. The “Despicable Me” experience will replace the Jimmy Neutron attraction at Universal Studios Florida. Continue reading

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex 10 Year Master Plan

NASA officials announced on 4/12/11 that Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has been selected to permanently display space shuttle Atlantis upon retirement of the Space Shuttle Program. Atlantis, one of three orbiters in the space shuttle fleet, will fly the last scheduled space shuttle mission before being retired in 2011. 

 

The $100 million exhibit for Atlantis will be the marquee element of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s 10-year master plan. Initial design concepts for the 65,000 square-foot home for the space-flown orbiter include viewing the space shuttle “in flight,” showing how the spacecraft worked in space and providing a unique vantage point for guests to look at the complex vehicle up close. Complementing the orbiter display will be interactive features reflecting major accomplishments of the Space Shuttle Program, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station.

 

Officials with Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex plan to break ground on Atlantis’ new home in 2012 with a grand opening planned for 2013. The orbiter home will be located in the Shuttle Plaza at the main Visitor Complex; incorporating the Shuttle Launch Experience attraction. To purchase your Kennedy Space Center Tickets, please call our office toll free at 1-877-406-4836 TODAY.

New SeaWorld Orlando Shows On YouTube

This is a quick post on some great new Sea World show that are coming up. Behind the Scenes of One Ocean – their NEW Shamu Show, opening April 22nd. I’ve seen some of the on-screen video and it’s very inspiring, energetic, and you WILL get soaked in the splash zone! Can’t wait!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps_0bojgPiA

Sea World Orlando’s Bands, Brew & BBQ is a Sizzlin’ Good Time and Bigger Than Ever

Sea World Orlando's Bands, Brew & BBQ

Sea World Orlando's Bands, Brew & BBQ

 

Central Florida’s can’t-miss BBQ festival and concert series kicks off its four-weekend run on Saturday, February 12, at Sea World Orlando. This year, Bands, Brew & BBQ debuts all-new sizzling food and more thirst-quenching brew choices than ever before. Continue reading

Sea World Orlando ~ New Shamu Show “One Ocean” to Premiere

New Show To Open at Sea World

New Show To Open at Sea World

 

 Sea World Orlando ~ Sea World parks across the United States will debut an all-new killer whale show this spring and summer, connecting guests to the sea with a new level of energy, excitement and vibrancy as it educates and inspires them to make a difference in this world. Continue reading

Sea World Orlando ~ Do You Shamu Cam?

New Shamu Cam No Operational

New Sea World Shamu Cam Now Operational

 

For all you fans of ShamuCam, if you haven’t noticed already, the camera is now showing underwater video of our killer whales in the Sea World Orlando main show pool. Continue reading

Sea World Orlando Christmas Celebration Features All-New Sea of Trees and The Christmas Market

Christmas Time at Sea World Orlando

Christmas Time at Sea World Orlando

 

Sea World Orlando ~ The weather has cooled off slightly in Orlando this week, a perfect time to gather family and friends and head to Sea World Orlando’s Christmas Celebration. Continue reading

Sea World Orlando’s Christmas Celebration Kicked Off On Black Friday

Sea World Gets Ready For The Christmas Season

Sea World Gets Ready For The Christmas Season

 

While you were focused on stuffing your Thanksgiving turkey, Sea World Orlando was busy decking their halls with the sights, sounds and tastes of the holiday season for the kick off of Sea World’s Christmas Celebration on Black Friday.  But, the only BLACK (and white) you would have found at Sea World on the busiest shopping day of the year would have been shamu. Continue reading

Sea World Orlando Christmas Celebration Holiday Dining Experiences

 

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration 2010

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration 2010

 

Sea World Orlando ~ The holidays are a time for family, friends and good food.  Each year, new traditions are created and the old are celebrated merrily.

Start a new tradition this year by experiencing Orlando’s mouth-watering holiday feasts at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. Continue reading