Details about new water ride headed to SeaWorld,
Here are five things we’ve learned about Infinity Falls, the river raft ride coming to SeaWorld Orlando in 2018. The attraction’s ride vehicle, a round, blue-and-green eightseater, was unveiled at the IAAPA Attractions Expo at the Orange County Convention Center on Tuesday.
The climactic ending will be a 40-foot drop, a world record for a river raft ride, said Brian Morrow, vice president for theme park experience for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.
It falls, so to speak, in the category of family adventure ride.
SeaWorld’s conservation mission is seeping outside its usual box. “It’s part of SeaWorld’s mission to tell new stories beyond just our oceans, but really about the connective ecological tissue around the country and around the planet — and that’s the rivers and streams that make their way to the oceans themselves,” Morrow said.
The vehicles are tricked out to look like part of a base camp that’s incorporated into the Infinity Falls storyline. “It’s supposed to resemble this scientific outpost,” said Mike Denninger, vice president of rides and engineering. “They’re in the rain forest. They’ve established a base camp. … This resembles their conveyance to move their equipment and themselves around the river.”
They’re going for a cool, futuristic, scientific look, Morrow said, a draw for young guests “who will come to our park and be inspired, that they, too, can be scientists.
“Science is cool,” he said. “Science is contemporary and modern, and we need those scientists to help us save the planet today and into the future.” An unusual vertical lift will carry riders and rafts to the top of the river. “It’s hoisted up very quickly. It’s actually a little ride element unto itself,” Denninger says.
As for the trip down: “It’s not a roller coaster — but you do get a nice slide down and a nice good splash at the bottom. It’s good for the riders and … you also get a good nonrider visual of that experience.”
But how wet will we get? “We studied how much water is good and how much water is just too much. There is a balance there,” Denninger said.
“We have the ability to sort of tweak up and down how much water gets into the raft,” he said. “We think it’s going to be just right.”
Brian Marrow unveils the passenger raft of the Infinity Falls attraction coming to SeaWorld Orlando in 2018. The reveal came in press conference Tuesday at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions annual convention at the Orange...