SeaWorld Orlando recently invited The Disney Blog in for a hard hat tour of the construction of Ice Breaker – the first multi-directional launch vertical drop roller coaster in Orlando.
The layout fo Ice Breaker is a very tight footprint for the length of the experience. It is taking over the space between Shamu Stadium and Bayside Stadium and usurping the back of Mango Joe’s eatery for the queue and loading zone. It will expand the artic themed zone started by the nearby Wild Artic attraction.
SeaWorld’s Vice President of Design and Engineering Brian Andrelczyk took us on a hard hat tour of the construction site. Listen to him describe the project in our video:
The coaster will reach a speed of nearly 55mph over its 1,900 ft length (you ride some portions of the track multiple times, so your overall length traveled will be 2,750 feet). It features a beyond vertical angle of 100 degrees that you will experience multiple times as you go through the multi-pass LSM launch. While there are no inversions, there is an 80 foot tall top hat twist element.
While the final pieces of track have yet to be put into place, SeaWorld expects Ice Breaker to open this Spring.
With additions like Ice Breaker, and another roller coaster that’s rumored to be on the way next, SeaWorld Orlando is positioning itself as the theme park for thrill seekers that has been missing from Orlando’s lineup and further away from a park known for is nature inspired shows.