SeaWorld, Intamin Partner on Highly Themed New Raft Ride

By Scott Fais
SeaWorld and Intamin Premiere New Float
SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment made a splash with Intamin (Booth #3424) on Tuesday by debuting the ride vehicle for “Infinity Falls.” Members of the press had a front-row seat as the curtain dropped on the next-generation rapids ride at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017.
“There has been nothing else like this,” said Mike Denninger, the V.P of theme park development for SeaWorld Entertainment. He said “Infinity Falls” will inspire guests to “play with purpose” as they make Earth-friendly choices following their visits. The mantra is at the heart of the company’s new “Park to Planet” initiative. 
SeaWorld worked with Intamin to establish a 42-inch height requirement, allowing younger children to ride. The new vehicle sits eight riders in a new seating configuration, while maintaining flush loading like that found on a roller coaster. With a capacity of 1,200 an hour, the 15 rafts feature a smaller circumference than other Intamin river raft rides.
“The smaller rafts deliver a more dynamic experience,” said Intamin’s Sandor Kernacs.
The ride begins with rafts slowly navigating a channel, passing live flamingos living nearby, before heading under a waterfall and navigating rapids of increasing size. Kernacs estimates his company has made nearly 100 rapids rides since the early 1980s, and believes “Infinity Falls” will have the most elements ever.