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SeaWorld Orlando reveals opening date of Ice Breaker launch coaster

SeaWorld Orlando in Florida is finally opening its new Ice Breaker roller coaster, the theme park’s first launch coaster, in February 2022.

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SeaWorld Orlando is opening its coolest coaster, Ice Breaker, in February 2022. Named after the icy Arctic summits, Ice Breaker was originally set to debut back in 2020.

The ride was delayed due to COVID-19 and the opening moved to spring 2021. Ice Breaker is SeaWorld Orlando’s first launch coaster, featuring the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida.

Ice Breaker boasts 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.

SeaWorld Orlando’s first launch coaster

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“We recognize there was a lot of anticipation and excitement for this new ride, and then due to the unprecedented challenges of the last two years, the opening was delayed,” said Kyle Miller, park president.

“We know that they are going to love this one-of-a-kind thrill ride which complements our existing exhilarating ride portfolio perfectly. We are excited to finally be able to confirm Ice Breaker opening in February 2022.”

Ice Breaker joins SeaWorld Orlando‘s growing ride portfolio, from coasters such as Manta, Kraken and Mako to water rapids ride Infinity Falls and flume attraction Journey to Atlantis.

The name ‘Ice Breaker’ is a nod to SeaWorld’s conservation partner, Alaska SeaLife Center, which is dedicated to marine research, education and wildlife response.

Florida’s steepest beyond vertical drop

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“The Alaska SeaLife Center is excited to grow our partnership with SeaWorld,” Tara L Riemer, president and CEO of Alaska SeaLife Center, said in 2019.

Last year, SeaWorld Orlando released a POV video of Ice Breaker, officially unveiling the ride experience for the first time.

Elsewhere, Miral has revealed that construction of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi on Yas Island, home to the largest aquarium in the world, is 64 percent complete.

Mohamed Abdalla Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral, said SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will “feature the world’s largest marine aquarium and the UAE’s first dedicated research center”.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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