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Intamin Roller Coaster Coming To Sea World San Antonio in 2017

By on 11/16/2016

Race into action on a new generation of coaster that combines the thrill of the sea with the adrenaline rush of a roller coaster in ways never before seen or experienced.  Coming to SeaWorld San Antonio in summer 2017, Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster will enable riders to feel what it’s like to race alongside SeaWorld’s heroic animal care team and veterinarians as they spring into action at a moment’s notice to help rescue animals in distress.

“The new coaster promises a ride of a lifetime that’s also unique to SeaWorld’s mission,” said SeaWorld San Antonio Park President Carl Lum.  “Replicating an adventure limited to only a few trained professionals, Wave Breaker will launch riders into an exhilarating experience similar to going on an animal rescue mission.  The coaster is sure to thrill, but also brings awareness to the brave efforts of our animal teams as they join forces with organizations around the world to help ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned animals.”

Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster boasts a variety of features inspired by the reality of jet skiing across a body of water. The unique jet ski-style car design is the first such coaster design in North America and engages riders in a straddled seating position. The design will allow riders to lean into a series of banked and serpentine turns, and grip the handle bars as they race over air time humps and a pair of high acceleration launches.  Reaching heights of up to 61-feet, the majority of the coaster’s 2,600-foot track will be directly over water, creating the sensation that riders are racing across the park’s Ski Lake. With a minimum height requirement of 48”, Wave Breaker promises to be a dynamic coaster experience for the whole family.

“Inspired by our guests’ ongoing requests to learn more about how they can help support animal rescue efforts, each ride begins by telling the story of a rescue mission and invites guests to become personally involved in helping to protect animals,” adds Lum.  “Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster will definitely be a thrilling ride, but we also hope it brings riders on a journey of discovery, as together we work to protect the wild wonders of our world.”

Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster marks a major addition to SeaWorld San Antonio’s coaster portfolio.  With the addition of Wave Breaker, SeaWorld San Antonio will feature four coaster experiences, spanning a range of ages and thrills Wave Breaker joins:

  • The Great White® – a floorless steel rollercoaster challenges riders to 360-degree flips, breathtaking loops, corkscrews and thrilling curves at speeds of up to 50 mph
  • Steel Eel® – a true hypercoaster featuring a 15-story vertical drop, followed by a series of camelbacks giving riders periods of weightlessness
  • Shamu Express® – a junior-sized coaster perfect for families with younger children

Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster facts:

  • Manufacturer: Intamin, Switzerland
  • Type: Launch coaster Wave Breaker will use electromagnetic propulsion, which uses electricity to propel the coaster train along its track.
  • Construction Timeline: Construction is slated to begin October 2016, and Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster will debut in summer 2017
  • Ride Length: More than 2,600 feet of track
  • Maximum Speed: 44 mph
  • Seats: 8 coaches per train, 2 riders per coach
  • Guest Capacity: 886 riders per hour
  • Ride Duration: More than three minutes
  • Height Requirement: 48 inches
  • Location: The queue line for Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster will be located across from Penguin Plaza

Here’s an animated video of what the coaster will look like:

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One Comment

  1. Eric

    11/17/2016 at 8:43 pm

    2017 will see some good coasters, despite next year being kind of meh. Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster, I would say is a rather interesting coaster concept, with the jet-ski theming. I think it’s supposed to be a family-friendly launch coaster, not super intense, but don’t know what the height requirement will be. With the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks doing good, with new coasters (Tempesto, Mako, Cobra’s Curse, Wave Breaker, and Invadr), hopefully SeaWorld San Diego will get a new coaster in 2018 or 2019.

    Other new coasters for 2017. Gale Force at Playland’s Castaway Cove was supposed to debut this year, but got delayed till next year. Busch Gardens Williamsburg will debut GCI wood coasters Invadr, and King’s Island will debut GCI wood coasters Mystic Timbers, and I saw where the trains were unveiled at IAAPA for both coasters. There are the rumored RMC coasters… RMC T-Rex coaster at Silverwood and RMC Mean Streak at Cedar Point, but still no official confirmation yet.

    Speaking of IAAPA, Intamin, the manufacturer of Wave Breaker has introduced a new ZacSpin concept, utilizing a launch system instead of a chain lift. New flat ride concept Skywarp, that could give Larson Super Loop a run for its money.

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