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The Ocean is one tough place to be, and SeaWorld are certainly planning ahead with what looks to be the start of an expansion of its thrill rides at Orlando.
In the face of stiff competition in Central Florida, SeaWorld needs to keep it’s place in the ever changing tourism ‘food chain’.
New rides and attractions are springing up all over the place right now and the latest confirmation form SeaWorld is that they plan on being around for a lot longer!

In 2016, a brand new roller coaster will take top spot for the tallest, fastest, longest ride in Orlando.  Here’s the rumour list so far;

  • The tallest roller coaster in Orlando
  • The longest roller coaster in Orlando
  • The fastest roller coaster in Orlando
  • Due to open in 2016
  • Rumoured to be built by Mack Rides
  • 200ft tall
  • #nothingfaster hashtag
  • Further updates expected late May 2015
  • To be the fastest, it must beat the Incredible Hulk at 74mph
  • To be the tallest it must beat the Rip Ride Rockit at 167ft tall
    (Note the Polercoaster will arrive on I-Drive in 2017 at 500ft tall!)
  • To be the longest in ride duration, Animal Kingdom’s Everest lasts 2 mins 50 seconds.

Speculation about the location of the new giant coaster hints towards it taking up a location stretching from Shamu’s Happy Harbor, by the Nautilus Theater (A’Lure) and leading out to the I-Drive area, past the Kraken.

Also, from the press release teaser, the theme is curiously appealing;

“Something is stirring beneath the surface at SeaWorld Orlando, preparing to rise from the ocean depths and soar to thrilling new heights. Get ready for the frenzy of SeaWorld’s new 200-foot-tall coaster. In 2016, this thriller will take its place atop the food chain as Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest coaster. More details on the new addition will surface in late-May. SeaWorld is a one-of-a-kind theme park with a variety of attractions including awe-inspiring animal encounters, thrilling rides and spectacular shows. Follow #nothingfaster as the frenzy starts.”

The references to ‘top of the food chain’ immediately makes most of us think of the Shark as a theme.  We might be mistaken, as the true ‘pinnacle of the food chain’ is actually said to be the killer whale.
With that in mind, SeaWorld may be gradually considering changing it’s Shamu heritage from performance to thrills?
Expect more info in May, but we might have a long wait as SeaWorld teases us for a good few more months yet as they play hard on the publicity!
Well done SeaWorld, let’s keep this beautiful park at the very top of the food chain too!

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