Catching Waves at Pipeline's Grand Opening
On the morning of May 27, members of the public flooded SeaWorld Orlando to secure their place in line for Pipeline: The Surf Coaster.
The innovative Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M) coaster soars up to 110 feet, reaches speeds of 60 miles per hour, and covers 2,950 feet of track. The coaster trains also facilitate a unique experience through their simulation of surfing, with five prolonged airtime moments enhanced by seats that move up and down with the track’s elements.
The ride was designed with surfing tricks in mind, bringing riders along on an oceanic adventure without ever having to step foot in the water.
“Your surfboard will go upside down in a maneuver meant to mimic an alley-oop, which is known in the surfing community,” shares Rob McNicholas, vice president, operations at SeaWorld Orlando.
The coaster’s debut will also help maintain the health of Florida aquatic life. SeaWorld Orlando announced the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida as the official ride partner of Pipeline, lauding the organization’s efforts to protect Florida’s coral reef system—the only to exist in the continental United States.
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings also participated in the opening ceremony by speaking to the importance of SeaWorld in the Orlando community and proclaiming May 27 as “Pipeline: The Surf Coaster Day”.
“SeaWorld has been a wonderful partner in this community now for 50 years, having opened their doors in 1973. Since that time, 4,600 employees contribute to the vibrancy of our community. SeaWorld helps contribute to the 74 plus million people who come here to our community to visit on an annual basis,” said Mayor Demings.
Following the dedication and countdown complete with performers and confetti cannons, eager guests were ushered into the Pipeline queue to surf the waves for the first time.
IAAPA celebrates the successful collaboration between valued members B&M and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and encourages industry professionals visiting SeaWorld Orlando to surf the waves on the groundbreaking new coaster.