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Ice Breaker Now Officially Open At SeaWorld Orlando

It’s the moment we've been waiting for, SeaWorld Orlando’s long awaited roller-coaster Ice Breaker has finally broke the ice, and is open to guests visiting the park.

Ice Breaker was first announced on Sept. 12, 2019, and was supposed to open in the spring of 2020. But thanks to the pandemic, it was forced into hibernation, until now that is!

Named after the icy Arctic summits, Ice Breaker features four launches, both backwards and forwards, culminating in a reverse launch into the steepest beyond-vertical drop in Florida, a 93 feet tall spike with 100-degree angle. The thrills continue as riders fly over a near vertical top hat maneuver into a series of twists, turns, and airtime hills.

Ice Breaker is SeaWorld Orlando’s first launch coaster. “It’s a thrilling ride and it packs a punch that will exceed your expectations,” Vice President of Operations at SeaWorld Orlando, Rob McNicholas said during Friday’s event. “This could be a first coaster for a young child. It’s a family coaster. It’s smooth, repeatable and it’s a whole lot of fun!”

The brand-new coaster is the centerpiece of the theme park’s revamped Wild Arctic area and complimented by the Glacier Bar, and Altitude Burger.

The coaster opening was commemorated with a special ceremony featuring the breaking of an ice ribbon, in keeping with the ride’s Arctic theme.

The brand-new coaster will also highlight its conservation partner, Alaska SeaLife Center, with its dedicated research, rescue, rehabilitation and education facility.

“When I first heard about the concept about this - I was a little skeptical. Ice? Florida? Alaska partnership? How much could SeaWorld Orlando and the Alaska SeaLife Center have in common,” explained Alaska SeaLife Center President, Tara Riemer. “But, what we have in common is the commitment to what really matters. The commitment to the oceans, the commitment to the animals who live in those oceans. And so, that’s a common mission of both SeaWorld and the Alaska SeaLife Center, and one that we consider very, very important.”

Facts about the ride:

Maximum height

  • Rear spike: 93 feet

  • Top hat: 80 feet

Length of track

  • Track length: 1,900 feet

  • Track traveled: 2,750 feet

Maximum speed: 52 mph

Ride duration: 80-90 seconds

Number of trains: Two

Number of coaches: Three per train, with three rows per coach


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