Hey Thrill Seekers,
Whilst doing my weekly investigations I came across something very interesting.. SeaWorld appear to have filed some plans with Orange County for a new project on top of the new coaster Ice Breaker which is set to open this year. The permit is for site work which will always be the first stage in any construction project and although it will usually only mean clearing the land ready for whatever the project may be it leads us to believe a new attraction will be coming to the park and if there is ever any speculation of a new coaster we will of course roll with it!!
thecoasterkings.com put in a public records request and obtained a copy of the demolition site plan which shows the boundaries for the demolition and also a code name for the rumoured attraction ‘SWO – Penguin’
The image below posted by thecoasterkings.com shows an overlay of the site plan. It looks as though the demolition will take place in the area of the path between Bayside Stadium and SeaFire Grill as well as some of the path and roadway on the outside of the park.
Coaster kings have said that ‘the overall project area is roughly 3.6 acres – for comparison, Kraken occupies roughly 4 acres, so there’s definitely ample space here for a fairly large attraction.’
These early rumours point towards a possible new coaster. Screamscape have rumoured a possible B&M wing coaster as it is just about the only B&M coaster not yet featured in the vast amount of Florida theme parks. The only thing that throws me off that idea though is the code name being Penguin, now of course penguins cannot fly so a winged coaster would be a little unusual unless they themed it around penguins ‘flying’ through the water I suppose?
On the other hand, a coaster set to open this year at SeaWorld San Diego is a B&M Dive Machine called the Emperor coaster which is easiest explained with the video below..
With the code name being penguin and a new coaster coming to San Diego being based around an Emperor Penguin it could be a good shout for this 2021 project don’t you think?
Either way a coaster added by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is never going to be a bad one is it!!
What would you prefer to see, a winged coaster or a dive coaster?? I’d personally prefer a dive coaster as i’m a hugeeeee fan of Sheikra at Busch Gardens, it’s a coaster that really gets your adrenaline pumping.
Of course, we’ll keep you updated if any of these rumours are confirmed, at the moment it is just speculation.