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(12/29/17) SeaWorld Orlando Betting On Various Special Events To Boost Attendance (MORE...)
(11/15/17) SeaWorld Orlando Shows Off First Infinity Falls Raft (MORE...)
(10/18/17) New Ray Rush Slide Details (MORE...)
(10/14/17) Aquatica Adding Ray Rush for Spring 2018 (MORE...)
Park News - (12/29/17) As SeaWorld Orlando continues to work at improving attendance at the theme park, they are falling back on what has worked well for them in the past, by offering new and different special events during the park’s slower months. This will bring a New Year’s Eve celebration to the park on Dec. 31st, with fireworks at midnight and special entertainment and food offerings available throughout the night until 12:30am. We will also see the return of the “Praise Wave” Christian music concert series on Saturday nights from Jan. 20 through Feb. 10.
New this year however is something called the “Three Kings Celebration” that will take place from Jan. 1 - Jan. 6. “Families are invited to help commemorate the arrival of the Three Wise Men with authentic festive cuisine and celebratory experiences held in honor of the cherished tradition of Latin cultures. The new event features guest favorites from SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration along with several new experiences centered around the Epiphany.”
It will include a Three Kings Processional, a special Holiday Feast at Sharks Underwater Grill, live musical entertainment, Rudolph’s Christmas Town, Sea of Trees, the “O Wondrous Night” live nativity along with special Latin-inspired dishes and drinks offered in the park and created just for this new event.
2018 - Infinity Falls - (11/15/17) SeaWorld Orlando unveiled the first raft for the park's new Infinity Falls ride opening in 2018 at the IAAPA Tradeshow taking place in Orlando this week. I believe the custom raft is from Intamin and featuring some light themeing to tie into the ride's theme, and featuring 8 seats, divided into two sections of 4 on each side of an entry point for loading/unloading.
"Aboard the raft, riders will embark on an adventure through a lush rainforest environment inspired by some of the world’s most incredible freshwater ecosystems. The new attraction will feature the world’s tallest drop on a river raft ride and allow visitors to experience the feel of exhilarating rapids. The ride will also feature an innovative elevator lift designed to transport the rafts to the top of the ride’s 40-foot drop."
"The new attraction will be the centerpiece of a newly themed area designed to resemble the basecamp of explorers and scientists. After riding Infinity Falls, the entire family can explore the village and take part in interactive experiences that combine play with education to create a positive impact on freshwater ecosystems, reinforcing “Park to Planet” in real time. SeaWorld’s Animal Ambassadors will also provide up-close encounters with animals native to South America."
(9/30/17) A quick look around SeaWorld Orlando this week was posted by Midway Mayhem, including a look inside the Infinity Falls construction site as some steel is being driven into the ground on the site. The video also looks in on other park projects, like a current rehab taking place to Journey To Atlantis.
(8/21/17) A nice aerial photo of the Infinity Falls construction site was posted to Twitter this weekend.
(6/12/17) Take a careful look at the third picture in this Tweet and you'll see that the site for the park's new Infinity Falls river rapids attraction has been all cleared out, with construction moving into high gear on this 2018 new attraction.
(4/17/17) I obtained a few more facts about the new Infinity Falls ride coming to SeaWorld Orlando in 2018. As suspected, the ride hardware will be coming from Intamin, and it will have a length of 1,520 feet that will take about 4 minutes to travel through on the 8-passenger rafts, with a 42” height restriction. The final drop, which they are listing as the “tallest river raft ride drop in the world” will be 40 feet.
(4/14/17) SeaWorld Orlando announced all the details of their new attraction for 2018... Infinity Falls. As rumored this will be a new river rapids raft ride, themed as a ride through a thick rainforest area, that will feature an elevator style lift at the end followed by the "world's tallest river rapid drop".
"To bring Infinity Falls to life, designers were inspired by the rainforests of South America and the flowing rivers found within. Each raft will twist and turn through a lush jungle environment as guests experience the feel of exhilarating Class IV rapids. A unique vertical elevator will lift each raft for a dramatic launch into the river, 40 feet below."
Infinity Falls will be the centerpiece of a newly themed surrounding area, fully immersing guests in a rainforest canopy. After riding the rapids on Infinity Falls, the entire family can explore the village and take part in interactive experiences that combine play with education to create a positive impact on freshwater ecosystems. SeaWorld’s Animal Ambassadors will also provide up-close encounters with animals native to South America.
2018 - Ray Rush @ Aquatica - Confirmed - (10/18/17) According to the latest bit of info sent my way I'm told that the new Ray Rush slide coming to Aqautica next year will be from WhiteWater West and feature a combination of three major elements: a Master Blaster style launch at the start, though I'm not sure if this is on an incline or just to gain extra speed in a small space for the launch into the second element, the transparent AquaSphere which is interesting looking, though I don't think you'll spend much time inside, before you move on towards the Manta half-pipe style element which will then lead to back down for the splashdown.
(10/14/17) Aquatica is adding a major new waterslide for 2018 that appears to be unlike anything else in the area. The are calling it Ray Rush and it will take the place of the HooRoo Run slide which will close forever on October 31st. Ray Rush will include three unique slide elements new to Aquatica, packed into a single family-raft slide experience.
First, riders will be launched at 33 feet per second with water jets designed to propel rafts into the first of several enclosed tube sections. Next, riders will swirl into a colossal translucent sphere which spins the raft around the slide walls before entering another enclosed tube section. Finally, riders will drop into an open-air halfpipe that resembles the shape of a manta ray. Rafts will soar back and forth on the wings of the manta before entering the final enclosed tube section that ends with a splash.
2019 - Orca Encounter - Planned - (3/17/16) SeaWorld has announced that starting today they will end their Orca / Killer Whale breeding program, and that the animals currently in the park’s care will be the last generation of orcas at the SeaWorld parks. They did note that at least one of the whales, Takara, is currently pregnant, so there will be at least one more baby to be born, keeping in mind that they have a gestation cycle of 17-18 months.
SeaWorld also announced that their new “Orca Encounter” program that will see the park’s current theatrical style show in San Diego transformed in 2017 into an educational experience focused on enrichment, exercise, education and conservation, will be followed by similar updates of the facilities at the San Antonio park (assuming in 2018) and then the Orlando park by 2019.
SeaWorld also announced today a broad new partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to protect our oceans and the animals that call them home. The company is committing to educating its more than 20 million annual visitors on animal welfare and conservation issues through interpretative programs at the parks and expanded advocacy for wild whales, seals, and other marine creatures.
“We are pleased to join with HSUS on the significant issues facing marine mammals and their ocean homes,” said Joel Manby. “The work done by zoological facilities like SeaWorld is critical for the protection of animals in the wild, especially marine mammals. To that end, SeaWorld has committed $50 million over the next five years to be the world’s leading marine animal rescue organization, to advocate for an end to the commercial killing of whales and seals and an end to shark finning.”
Fall 2022 - Sesame Street Land - Announced - (5/19/17) As part of an announcement about an extended agreement between SeaWorld Entertainment and Sesame Workshop, they revealed that SeaWorld Orlando would become home to a new Sesame Street themed land no later than Fall 2022. No further details were given at this time.