Get ready to get up for the next big roller coaster at SeaWorld Orlando.
The park confirmed today that it has begun work on its seventh roller coaster, an unnamed thrill ride that will debut in 2023. SeaWorld Orlando is promoting the new roller coaster with the hashtag, #HighSurfAdvisory.
“Visitors are invited to prepare to feel the power of the Pacific right here in Florida, letting the waves propel them on a one-of-a-kind ocean adventure,” the park said in its press release.
Concept image courtesy of SeaWorld Orlando
It’s pretty clearly Bolliger & Mabillard’s track in both the concept image released by the park, as well as its new hype video.
And those runners are getting up too. It’s been ages since we’ve seen a new standing roller coaster from B&M. But the Swiss company filed a patent in 2020 for a new passenger restraint system for a roller coaster this seemed to pave the way for B&M to relaunch its stand-up models, with this new SeaWorld so-called Surf coaster appearing to be the first US installation.
The unnamed coaster will be seventh overall and fourth B&M at SeaWorld Orlando, which bills itself as the “roller coaster capital of Orlando.” While SeaWorld has more roller coasters than any single park in the Orlando metro area, Universal Orlando has a total of nine roller coasters now operating at its two adjacent theme parks. Down the street, Walt Disney World has eight roller coasters now open across its four parks, with a ninth under construction.
But Central Florida’s undisputed roller coaster king remains SeaWorld Orlando’s sibling, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, which has 10 roller coasters for fans making the trip on Interstate 4 from Orlando.
SeaWorld Orlando will therefore need a few more coasters if it is to claim the state title. Not that fans would complain if the park wanted to go.