Ice Breaker

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Ice Breaker
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Ice Breaker's entrance.
SeaWorld Orlando
Location Orlando, Florida, USA
Status Operating since February 18, 2022
Rider height 54 inch minimum
Statistics
Manufacturer Premier Rides
Type Steel - Launched
Riders per train 18
Propulsion LSM launch (multi-pass)
Height 93 feet
Top speed 52 mph
Length 1900 feet
Inversions 0
Drop angle 100°
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Ice Breaker is a steel launched roller coaster at SeaWorld Orlando in Orlando, Florida, USA. It opened on February 18, 2022.[1] The ride was manufactured by Premier Rides.

History

A car from Ice Breaker at IAAPA 2019

This ride was first acknowledged by SeaWorld Orlando on June 1, 2019 in a cryptic video with the hashtag #BreakTheIce, indicating some sort of ice theme. Around the same time, construction fences appeared near Mango Joe's within the park, indicating a potential site for the coaster.[2]

On September 12, 2019, the ride was officially announced, with the park confirming Premier Rides as the manufacturer and Ice Breaker as the name.[3] Vertical construction then began the following month.[4] One of the cars was revealed at IAAPA 2019.[5] Track installation was completed in February 2020.[6]

Slated to debut in Spring 2020, the opening of Ice Breaker has been pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic. Premier Rides have reportedly filed a lien against SeaWorld claiming they have fallen behind on payments.[7]

SeaWorld announced on July 30 that Ice Breaker would be delayed until 2021, along with all other major unfinished projects.[8] Work resumed in December 2020.

Launch testing began on January 30, 2021 and the ride took its first full-course test runs on February 2.[9]

In August 2021, SeaWorld announced that Ice Breaker would open in February 2022.[10] The ride had its media day on January 27, 2022.[11] Season passholder previews started the following day on January 28.[12] It opened to the general public on February 18, 2022.[13]

Ice Breaker was originally marketed with an inclusive 48 inch (122 cm) height requirement, but it was raised to a more-restrictive 54 inch (137 cm) requirement shortly after opening. SeaWorld Orlando said that the change was made "out of an abundance of caution".[14]

Design

Elements

The ride incorporates a 93 foot tall beyond-vertical spike and has a maximum drop angle of 100 degrees. After leaving the station, a sliding track section is used to transfer the train on to the launch track. The train is launched both backwards, up the beyond-vertical spike, and forwards. When the train is launched forwards fast enough, it will continue onwards and complete the remainder of the ride. Ice Breaker has a total of four launches, forwards and backwards.[6]

Theme

The theme is based on the Arctic, and the queue line has interactive exhibits designed to educate visitors on SeaWorld's partnership with the Alaska Sealife Center and their rescue efforts.[6]

Trains

2 trains with 3 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows, for a total of 18 riders per train.

References

  1. "SeaWorld’s ‘Ice Breaker’ coaster to open Feb. 18". https://www.wfla.com/news/florida/seaworlds-ice-breaker-coaster-to-open-feb-18/. 
  2. "SeaWorld Orlando Teasing "Cool" New Coaster for 2020 Season". NewsPlusNotes. http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2019/06/seaworld-orlando-teasing-cool-new.html. 
  3. "REVEALED: SeaWorld’s thrilling new coaster, Ice Breaker". https://orlandoinformer.com/blog/seaworld-orlando-ice-breaker-roller-coaster/. 
  4. "SeaWorld Orlando's Ice Breaker Coaster Goes Vertical". http://www.amusementinsider.com/2019/10/seaworld-orlandos-ice-breaker-coaster.html. 
  5. "Premier is supplying Ice Breaker to SeaWorld Orlando". NewsPlusNotes. http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2019/11/premier-is-supplying-ice-breaker-to.html. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Ice Breaker at SeaWorld Orlando is Now Complete!". NewsPlusNotes. https://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2020/02/ice-breaker-at-seaworld-orlando-is-now.html. Retrieved 2 March 2020. 
  7. "SeaWorld falls behind $2.7M on Ice Breaker roller coaster construction bills, company claims". Click Orlando. https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2020/06/16/seaworld-falls-behind-27m-on-ice-breaker-roller-coaster-construction-bills-company-claims/. 
  8. "SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Parks Postponing 2020 projects to 2021". Coaster101. https://www.coaster101.com/2020/07/30/seaworld-and-busch-gardens-parks-postponing-2020-projects-to-2021/. 
  9. "Ice Breaker Launch Testing Underway at SeaWorld Orlando". https://orlandothemeparkzone.com/2021/02/02/ice-breaker-launch-testing-underway-at-seaworld-orlando/. 
  10. "SeaWorld Entertainment Announces 2022 Opening Dates for New Coasters". NewsPlusNotes. 2021-08-26. http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2021/08/seaworld-entertainment-announces-2022.html. Retrieved 2021-08-27. 
  11. "Thank you so much to everyone who came out yesterday for the Media Preview of Ice Breaker at SeaWorld Orlando! This is a great addition to the already amazing collection of coasters SeaWorld has and we can’t wait for everyone to experience it starting February 18! 🧊 #ridewithace". ACE Florida Region. 2022-01-28. https://www.facebook.com/ACEFloridaRegion/posts/1882250831960434. Retrieved 2022-01-31. 
  12. "The All New Ice Breaker Roller Coaster (SeaWorld Orlando)". https://endlesssummerflorida.com/ice-breaker-roller-coaster-seaworld-orlando/. 
  13. McReynolds, Landon (2022-02-18). "SeaWorld Orlando opens Ice Breaker roller coaster to public". Click Orlando. https://www.clickorlando.com/theme-parks/2022/02/18/seaworld-orlando-opens-ice-breaker-roller-coaster-to-public/#//. Retrieved 2022-02-19. 
  14. "SeaWorld's New Ice Breaker Raises Height Requirement", Theme Park Insider (2022-02-21). Retrieved on 13 March 2022.

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