Thursday, February 18, 2016

SeaWorld Announces Five New Attractions for SeaWorld San Diego and Unveil SeaWorld Orlando Mako Coaster Cars

SeaWorld announced five new attractions they will add in 2017 at Sea World San Diego. The biggest and main one will be Ocean Explorer, a three-minute long dark ride which will be both indoor and outdoor. The Ocean Explorer attraction will include a submarine ride: "Embarking on these mini subs, visitors will become researchers on a mission to collect data and learn how they can help animals. This three-minute experience will include an onboard digital navigation dashboard, as well as a few other surprises along their journey, enhancing the riders' understanding of the ocean ecosystem."

During the attraction "park guests will trek through sea-base stations, make special connections with incredible animals and discover how they too can take action to protect the oceans". According to Screamscape "guests will encounter interactive "sea-base stations" that are actually aquariums featuring different kinds of sea life such as giant Spider Crabs, Jellyfish and a Giant Octopi. The dark ride will also somehow incorporate digital technology also onboard the subs, such as digital navigation, dashboards, and displays that will show educational information about each of the animal species encountered along the way".

In addition to the submarine ride and the aquarium exhibits, Ocean Explorer will include three flat family rides, including a wave swinger ride where visitors will ride in chairs "suspended from the tentacles of a giant jelly" and other kiddies rides.

SeaWorld Orlando also unveiled the shark themed lead car to the first B&M Mako train, inspired by the look of the Mako shark itself, "the coaster car features similar looking features, such as the five gill slits, eye placement and a “sleek, hydro-dynamic look”. Mako will feature a total of 3 trains, and seven passenger cars per train, for a total of 28 riders per train.

Screamscape asked Sea World why the trains will have seven cars only and the official response was "The 7-row trains on Mako will provide a more nimble and dynamic ride experience, better connecting your movements to those of the quick and agile Mako shark!"

Pictures: copyright Sea World

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