SeaWorld San Antonio: Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster Launches June 16
Inspired by the heroics of the SeaWorld Rescue Team, Wave Breaker’s jet-ski style car is the first of its kind in North America. The unique design engages riders in a straddled position and allows them to grip the handle bars as they race through a series of high-speed maneuvers and a pair of pulse-pounding launches over water.
“Wave Breaker takes our purpose of entertaining and inspiring our guests to the next level,” said SeaWorld San Antonio Park President Carl Lum. “We now have another exhilarating coaster that is sure to thrill riders of all ages while allowing them to join the ranks of our SeaWorld Rescue Team. For the first time, our guests will be able to feel what it’s like to race alongside our animal care team when a call for help comes in."
Guests will board Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster in a queue-house themed with stories from some of the 29,000+ rescues the SeaWorld Rescue Team has been involved with over the past 50 years. After loading, riders will make their way to a launch building for a mission briefing, where they’ll be assigned a sea turtle, dolphin or sea lion rescue. Once a mission has been assigned, riders will grip the handlebars and prepare to race into action covering 2,600-feet of track – the majority of which is located directly over water, creating the sensation that riders are racing across the park’s lake. Each rescue mission will take a train of 16 riders through a more than three minute ride, reaching speeds of up to 44 mph and heights up to 61-feet.
“Wave Breaker provides a coaster experience unlike anything in the current theme park landscape,” said SeaWorld Vice President of Theme Park Development Mike Denninger. “While other coasters feature dramatic changes in speed, once you hit Wave Breaker’s first launch you’ll be moving fast throughout the entire ride. When you combine that consistent high speed with the banked and serpentine turns throughout the track you get an unparalleled ride experience.”
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 features 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
About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The company is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 29,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.
The company owns or licenses a portfolio of recognized brands including SeaWorld, Busch Gardens® and Sea Rescue®. Over its more than 50-year history, the company has built a diversified portfolio of 12 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological collection. The company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., a publicly traded company. Visit www.seaworldentertainment.com for more.
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