SeaWorld has made a lot of announcements about the new attractions slated for their parks next year, and all of them were discussed today at the 2017 IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando.
A wooden coaster with everyone’s favorite grouch at the helm, an immersive virtual reality experience featuring a feisty warrior, a triple-launch roller coaster and thrilling rapids in a rainforest river experience are some of the incredible adventures to debut at SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, and Sesame Place in 2018.
For reference, here’s SeaWorld’s full lineup of upcoming attractions:
Infinity Falls, SeaWorld Orlando – Summer 2018
Inspired by the rainforests of South America, SeaWorld Orlando debuts its latest world-class attraction in summer 2018 – Infinity Falls. Featuring the world’s tallest drop on a river raft ride, the thrilling adventure winds through a lush, freshwater rainforest while sharing the importance of water conservation. The realm will include interactive stations with a focus on play that inspire guests to care for and protect our oceans and waterways. Infinity Falls will connect the entire family with the awesome power of water and its importance to our planet.
Oscar’s Wacky Taxi, Sesame Place – Spring 2018
Sesame Place, the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street, will debut its first wooden coaster, Oscar’s Wacky Taxi, in spring 2018. The new family-friendly coaster is one of the largest new attractions in the park’s 37-year history and will feature a bright yellow, taxi cab-inspired train with everyone’s favorite grouch at the helm. The hybrid wooden-steel coaster will send riders soaring down an exhilarating first drop of 40 feet, traveling over 1,200 feet of track with exciting twists, turns, plenty of airtime hills and a mid-course tunnel, sure to delight even the grouchiest of riders. A 40” rider height requirement (with a supervising companion) or 46” height requirement for single riders will make this the perfect first coaster for many park guests to share.
Battle For Eire – Action VR Ride, Busch Gardens Williamsburg – Spring 2018
A revolutionary virtual reality attraction, the first for Busch Gardens Williamsburg, debuts next spring. Battle For Eire–Action VR Ride is a motion-based theater simulator with state-of-the-art 360-degree virtual reality headsets, creating an innovative experience unlike any other in the attraction industry. Located in the Ireland village of the park, it features a fierce fairy warrior named Addie, who leads riders on an unforgettable adventure through her Irish homeland. Riders will be completely immersed within the story and be able to see, hear and feel actions happening all around them, both through the virtual reality headsets and within the motions of the simulator.
Electric Eel, SeaWorld San Diego – Summer 2018
SeaWorld San Diego’s new Electric Eel will be the tallest and fastest roller coaster in San Diego when it debuts summer 2018. Bringing a whole new level of excitement to the park, this triple-launch experience will thrust riders forward and backward, accelerate to more than 60 mph in seconds and rocket skyward nearly 150 feet, opening up an upside-down view of Mission Bay. Both rider and non-riders can also learn about the elusive eel through an interactive game and an exhibit with real California moray eels.
Taumata Racer, Aquatica San Antonio -Spring 2018
Taumata Racer is a high-speed, competitive waterslide where riders zoom downhill on six side-by-side lanes, headfirst on bodysurfing mats.The thrill ride launches riders in an entry tunnel that makes a swooping, 180-degree turn, then straightens out to make two additional descents over the 375-foot slide length and 55-foot drop in under 10 seconds.
Ray Rush, Aquatica Orlando – Summer 2018
A brand-new family raft slide is splashing into Aquatica Orlando in spring 2018. At nearly 60 feet tall, Ray Rush is where family and friends can take on three exciting thrills as they slide, splash and soar like never before. 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 half pipe 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.
Vanish Point, Adventure Island, Tampa Bay – Spring 2018
Guests are in for the slide of their lives when Adventure Island® Tampa Bay’s new epic drop slide, Vanish Point®, opens in spring 2018. Inspired by the point on a wave where water and gravity form a perfect partnership, the crest of this 70-foot tower challenges you with two 425 ft. wave paths. Step into one of two skyboxes, and face your fears as the floor disappears beneath you. Or, get horizontal on a 455-foot long slide ending with a high speed finale.
New Sesame Street Parades, SeaWorld San Diego and San Antonio – Summer 2018
SeaWorld Parks and Sesame Workshop have helped families discover the wonder and joy of childhood, with a Sesame Place park near Philadelphia and through successful Sesame Street play lands at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks. In 2018, the iconic brand expands inside SeaWorld San Diego and San Antonio with the addition of a neighborhood street party parade, featuring everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends, themed floats and performances along the parade route.
The two companies recently announced the extension of their nearly 40-year partnership, extending SeaWorld’s status as Sesame Workshop’s exclusive theme park partner in the United States and to include the development of an additional Sesame Place® theme park, the continuation of Sesame Street characters in park, and a new Sesame Street land to be built in SeaWorld Orlando.
“The Sesame brand provides instant recognition, deepening the experience for our guests,” explained Chief Creative Officer Anthony Esparza. “Our shared goals of educating and entertaining allow us to bring the magic of Sesame Street to life within our parks.”