SeaWorld Orlando is launching into 2020 with a brand new chill, er thrill. Ice Breaker, the record-breaking new multi-launch family coaster will debut at the park in Spring of next year.
The Arctic-inspired attraction will be SeaWorld’s first launch coaster and incorporate four launches — two backwards and two forwards — including a reverse launch into a 93-foot tall spike with 100-degree angle, which will be the steepest beyond-vertical drop in Florida.
Riders will also experience an 80-foot top hat, and twists and turns throughout the 90-second thrill ride.
Featuring 2,750 feet of track, Ice Breaker will have a height requirement of 48″ and reach speeds of 52-mph. SeaWorld is calling Ice Breaker a family-thrill attraction. VP of Design and Engineering Brian Andrelczyk described it as a "someone's first launched coaster, but something that teens and adults will still enjoy as well” in an interview.
Ice Breaker will be located near the Wild Arctic simulator attraction and share a similar snowy theme. No plans have been announced to integrate live animal habitats into the queue, but the attraction will promote the park's partnership with Alaska SeaLife Center, a marine wildlife research and education foundation.
“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 the Alaska SeaLife Center in a statement. “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.”
Ice Breaker will be SeaWorld Orlando’s sixth roller coaster. Mako, built in 2016, was the last roller coaster constructed at the Orlando theme park.