Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster

Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster is a double launch roller coaster at SeaWorld San Antonio amusement park in San Antonio, Texas. The roller coaster is designed to emphasize SeaWorld's animal rescue efforts. Opened in 2017, it is the first jet ski roller coaster in North America and would incorporate cars designed as jet skis used by SeaWorld's rescue team. Most of the track was built over the park's lake.[1]

Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster
SeaWorld San Antonio
LocationSeaWorld San Antonio
Coordinates29°27′19″N 98°41′46″W / 29.4553°N 98.6961°W / 29.4553; -98.6961Coordinates: 29°27′19″N 98°41′46″W / 29.4553°N 98.6961°W / 29.4553; -98.6961
StatusOperating
Soft opening dateJune 10, 2017
Opening dateJune 16, 2017
Cost$18,000,000
General statistics
TypeSteel – Launched – Motorbike
ManufacturerIntamin
DesignerSeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
ModelFamily Launch Coaster
Track layoutOut and Back
Height61 ft (19 m)
Length2,600 ft (790 m)
Speed44 mph (71 km/h)
Inversions0
Capacity886 riders per hour
Height restriction48 in (122 cm)
Trains3 trains with 8 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 16 riders per train.
Quick Queue available
Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster at RCDB
Pictures of Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster at RCDB

ConstructionEdit

The park's lake was partially drained and inflatable rubber dams were put in the lake to allow the construction site to be drained, but not the rest of the lake. The park closes annually from January to late February and during this time SeaWorld re-themed the area near the coaster's entrance queue. SeaWorld San Antonio regularly posted construction update videos on their YouTube channel. The roller coaster was officially opened on June 16, 2017.[2]

Ride experienceEdit

Once riders are seated and restrained, the train exits the loading station and enters a video orientation tunnel. Once the orientation is over, the train is launched up a camelback hump. The train then glides across the surface of the park's lake simulating a jet ski ride. Halfway through the ride, the train is launched one more time up the tallest point of the coaster (61 feet) and crosses the only section of the track that is on land (a small artificial island in the lake). After a few more seconds, the train returns to the station.[3][4]

CharacteristicsEdit

StatisticsEdit

It stands 61 feet (19 m) tall with a top speed of 44 miles per hour (71 km/h). 300 concrete pillars hold the coaster's track. The track is 2600 feet in length.[5]

TrainsEdit

It operates with up to three trains. Each train will seat 16 riders in eight rows of two.[5] The ride theoretically can serve 886 riders per hour.[5] Riders are restrained with lap restraints. Along with the theme, the trains resemble jet skis.[2]

ThemeEdit

It is themed after SeaWorld's animal rescue team. Most of the coaster is just above the surface of the park's lake to make guests feel as if they are on a mission to rescue an animal.[2][6]

ReceptionEdit

Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster was ranked in the Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards for best new ride of 2017 with 6% of the vote, to come in fifth place.[7]

Golden Ticket Awards: Best New Ride for 2017
Ranking
5[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fechter, Joshua (September 27, 2016). "SeaWorld San Antonio to add $18 million roller coaster in 2017". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Marquez, RJ (June 16, 2017). "SeaWorld unveils Wave Breaker roller coaster inspired by rescue missions". KSAT. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  3. ^ Alvey, Robb (June 16, 2017). "Wave Breaker Roller Coaster Multi-Angle POV! Front Seat! SeaWorld San Antonio Texas New 2017". Theme Park Review. YouTube. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  4. ^ "Now Launching! Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster' Now Thrilling Guests at SeaWorld San Antonio". Broad Way World. June 15, 2017. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Marden, Duane. "Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster - SeaWorld San Antonio (San Antonio, Texas, USA)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  6. ^ Sanchez, Omar (June 15, 2017). "SeaWorld unveils first new ride in 10 years". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Park and ride winners" (PDF). Amusement Today. September 2017. Retrieved July 30, 2020.