SeaWorld in 2017: Exciting Wave of New Coasters, Rides and Shows

Kraken Virtual Reality roller coaster will rush into SeaWorld Orlando summer of 2017.

Grab a coffee and get comfortable because we have a lot of fun business to discuss. SeaWorld just announced a line-up of awesome new attractions, shows and events scheduled to open at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks in 2017.

The announcement includes major new ride additions at three of its theme parks; a virtual reality experience in Orlando, a new orca presentation in San Diego, and new shows and events at many other park locations.

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Here’s a sneak peek at what SeaWorld has in store for you in 2017:

Kraken® Virtual Reality (VR) Roller Coaster, SeaWorld OrlandoSummer 2017

SeaWorld will debut its first digitally enhanced ride experience as the legendary Kraken roller coaster is transformed into a virtual reality (VR) roller coaster experience. This thrill ride will be the only VR coaster experience in Florida. Guests will embark on a deep-sea mission alongside sea creatures inspired by extinct and legendary animals of the past, including the mighty Kraken.

Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster™, SeaWorld® San AntonioSummer 2017

A new generation of coaster, the first of its kind in North America, combining the thrill of the sea, the adrenaline rush of a multi-launch roller coaster and the inspiration of animal rescue.

The ride boasts 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 hills designed for maximum airtime, and a pair of high acceleration launches.

Ocean Explorer, SeaWorld San DiegoSummer 2017

Guests will be adventurers on a global expedition of scientific exploration, travelling aboard submarines to see Ocean Explorer’s remarkable undersea animals. Embarking on these mini submarines, visitors will become researchers on a mission to collect data and learn how they can help protect animals. This three-minute experience will include an onboard digital navigation dashboard, as well as a few other surprises along the journey, enhancing the riders’ understanding of our fragile ocean ecosystem.

New Orca Encounter, SeaWorld San DiegoSummer 2017

SeaWorld San Diego will also introduce new, inspiring, educational orca encounters, rather than theatrical shows, as part of its ongoing commitment to education, marine science research, and rescue of marine animals. These live documentaries will focus on orca enrichment, exercise, and overall health.

This change will start in its San Diego park next year, followed by Orlando and then San Antonio by 2019. The new Orca Encounter will be based on orca behavior in the wild: what they eat, how they hunt, how they navigate and how they communicate, helping guests gain a deeper appreciation and respect for the orcas and empowering them a sense of determination and purpose to help preserve the future of these majestic animals.

Electric Ocean, SeaWorld Orlando and San DiegoSummer 2017

Electric Ocean will debut next summer as a brand new, end-of-day spectacle event. As the sun goes down, the lights and energy go up, offering guests a different kind of fun after dark. The ocean comes to life with bioluminescent lighting, music and pathway entertainment, immersing guests in a glowing sea of wonder.


Dolphin Nursery, SeaWorld OrlandoSummer 2017

SeaWorld Orlando’s Dolphin Nursery will become more interactive in 2017, giving guests the opportunity to see mother and baby dolphins up close like never before. Large-scale acrylic windows will be created offering better guest viewing, including multiple levels to provide children a face-to-face perspective with baby dolphins. New slide out areas and a lifting floor will allow for easier access to mom and baby for the veterinary and animal care teams.

InvadR will join other thrill rides at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Spring 2017.

InvadR™, Busch Gardens® WilliamsburgSpring 2017 

A new wooden roller coaster, InvadR will join Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s collection of world-class thrill rides. The family thriller will be the park’s first wooden coaster and eighth roller coaster in total. A minimum height requirement of 46 inches make it an ideal ride for adults and children to share together, but the coaster will still feature exciting ride elements, including a more than 70 foot drop, and nine airtime hills.

The Wildlife Docs™: Live, Busch Gardens Tampa BayMay 2017

A live version of the great stories from the Emmy nominated weekly show, featuring live animals, video production, live ambassador presenters and performers in the park’s Stanleyville Theater.

If the new rides weren’t enough, we also have news that the Seven Seas Food Festival, a popular music and food event at SeaWorld in San Diego and San Antonio, is now coming to Orlando in 2017.

Other park events include: Lunar New Year and Wild Days at SeaWorld San Diego; Just for Kids and Summer Nights at SeaWorld San Antonio; Food & Wine Festival and Bier Fest at Bush Gardens Williamsburg, and the Red Carpet Series at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

You’ll love all the great savings is featuring for SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, family-friendly theme parks that deliver year-round fun with special events.

It’s going to be a New Year jam-packed with thrills and fun at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens.

By: Jeff Hyatt

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