SeaWorld unveils new multi-directional hybrid coaster coming in 2020

Ice Breaker will be located in Wild Arctic plaza

ORLANDO, Fla. – A new multi-directional roller coaster is coming to SeaWorld Orlando in 2020.

Theme park officials made the announcement Thursday morning, unveiling renderings and a portion of bright orange track for the new Ice Breaker roller coaster.

The ride, which will be located in the Wild Arctic plaza, will be the sixth in the park and SeaWorld's first multi-directional roller coaster. 

Guests can expect 2,750 feet worth of travel distance and a 93-foot tall spike with a 100-degree angle as well as twists, turns, forward and backward launches and directional changes. It will have a 48-inch rider height requirement.

Brian Andrelczyk, vice president of design at SeaWorld, said the ride will have the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida.

"You'll transfer on to our launch track with a unique horizontal switch. Then you'll start launching backwards up beyond our vertical spike. You'll stall out and then you'll launch forwards and then backwards again and then forwards again at 52 miles an hour in total," Andrelczyk said. "It's going to be a really neat experience because you're going to pause for just a moment at the very top of it as you switch directions and roll forwards again and hit top speed."

The frosty theme of the ride is meant to highlight SeaWorld's conservation partner, Alaska SeaLife Center.

"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," Tara L. Riemer, president and CEO of Alaska SeaLife Center, wrote in a news release. "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."

Officials said anyone who wants to experience the thrilling new attraction should purchase a 2020 annual pass now before prices increase. Next year's pass will feature more perks, including added in-park discounts, extra guest tickets and exclusive ride time when Ice Breaker opens.

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