This week, Central Florida is experiencing a cold snap with near-freezing low temperatures, which makes it the perfect time for a preview of Ice Breaker, the newly launched roller coaster coming to SeaWorld Orlando later this year. Recently, we were invited to once again slap on our hard hats and construction vests, this time for a behind-the-scenes tour of the upcoming ride’s construction site, and we brought back an exclusive video detailing the anticipated attraction’s progress.
On January 21, 2020, SeaWorld Orlando hosted members of the media for a hard hat tour of Ice Breaker construction, led by Vice President of Design and Engineering Brian Andrelczyk. The new roller coaster, which is currently under construction near the park’s Wild Arctic simulator ride and Shamu stadium, is scheduled to debut this spring, but the majority of the bright orange track has already been installed.
Once complete, Ice Breaker will use linear induction magnetic launches to fling riders forward and backwards, falling down a 93-foot spike for the steepest descent of any coaster in Florida, and reaching speeds of up to 52 miles an hour. The track’s twists and hills, including a towering top-hat feature, will ensure plenty of “airtime” to float riders out of their seats.
A ride on Ice Breaker will last approximately 90 seconds, and a sophisticated track switch system means two 18-passenger trains will be able to run simultaneously. While the park would not confirm rider capacity estimates, based on the available information, we calculate that the coaster will be able to handle over 700 guests per hour.
For an up-close look at the under-construction coaster, click below to watch this video of our Ice Breaker hard hat tour:
For more about SeaWorld Orlando, and to plan your family’s trip to Orlando, check out The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2020. If you enjoyed this post, please subscribe to our YouTube channel and sign up for our newsletter here. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.