Just when you thought it was safe to assume that roller coasters in Orlando couldn't get any more exciting, SeaWorld Orlando announces a new 200-foot-tall coaster opening in 2016. A quick search of the hashstag, #NothingFaster will result in frenzy of activity ...a "sharknado," if you will... around this new thrill ride reported today by the marine-life park.
New 2016 coaster at SeaWorld to be Orlando's tallest, fastest, longest. #NothingFaster— SeaWorld (@SeaWorld) April 24, 2015
More details about the attraction are promised to surface in late-May. The news comes as SeaWorld continues their on-going quest to stay at the top of the thrill ride food chain by diving deep and adding new rides that take a bite out of thrill seekers' craving for bigger and faster roller coasters in Orlando.
Back in 2000, SeaWorld Orlando added the first roller coaster to their arsenal. Its name was Kraken (watch ride video). Standing at 149ft tall and flying at 65 mph, this was and still is Orlando's only floorless coaster. Fast forward to 2009 and Manta (watch ride video) hits the Orlando theme park scene.
As Orlando's only head first, face down positioned coaster, it had riders gliding through the air like a giant Manta Ray. Now, in 2015 it has been announced that another coaster will join the SeaWorld family next year. So far it is only known as #NothingFaster but at 200ft tall this coaster is said to be taller, faster and longer than any other in town. It will now sit atop of the food chain in the Theme Park Capital of the world.
To become the tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster in Orlando this new coaster will need to surpass some steep competition. The Incredible Hulk at Universal's Islands of Adventure clocks in at 67 mph as our fastest coaster. Topping the charts, Universal Studios Florida Rip Ride Rockit stands at 167 feet tall. And for 2 minutes and 50 seconds, you're in for a ride when you climb aboard Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Once complete, SeaWorld could hold the tallest, fastest, and longest Orlando roller coaster title. In 2017, the Skyscraper development will create the Polercoaster which is said to stand at 500 feet tall and will be built on International Drive in Orlando.
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