Out and About: SeaWorld Orlando Gives First Look at Ride Vehicle for New ‘Pipeline’ Coaster at IAAPA

SeaWorld Orlando - Ride Vehicle for New 'Pipeline' Coaster at IAAPA

SeaWorld Orlando kicked off this week’s International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo (IAAPA) in Orlando with a first look at the ride vehicle for its upcoming “Pipeline: The Surf Coaster.”

Debuting in the spring of 2023, “Pipeline: The Surf Coaster” is the World’s first Surf Coaster and a first-of-its-kind attraction that can only be experienced at SeaWorld Orlando.

The new attraction celebrates the iconic surfing cultures found around the world with a unique surfboard ride vehicle that will give riders an immersive experience when their seats rise and fall to mimic the sensation of riding on a wave.

With a maximum speed of 60 MPH, guests will “ride the waves” and go on a journey of twists and turns, including a “wave curl” inversion which will simulate the feel of an “alley-oop,” which is a surfing maneuver that only the most experienced surfers in the world are able to perform.

The ride vehicle is oversized surf board, and the riders will have be in a standing-seated position, with restraints on their upper torsos. Riders will have legs/feet touching the surf board, though that might depend on how long a rider’s legs are.

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Here are some photos I took during SeaWorld Orlando’s IAAPA press conference of the ride vehicle:

SeaWorld Orlando - Ride Vehicle for New 'Pipeline' Coaster at IAAPA

SeaWorld Orlando - Ride Vehicle for New 'Pipeline' Coaster at IAAPA

SeaWorld Orlando - Ride Vehicle for New 'Pipeline' Coaster at IAAPA

SeaWorld Orlando - Ride Vehicle for New 'Pipeline' Coaster at IAAPA

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This is the video SeaWorld Orlando played while we were waiting for the press conference to start. It shows how the riders will be standing with a seat under them to allow for the restraints to work properly:

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“Pipeline: The Surf Coaster” will be located next to the entrance to SeaWorld Orlando. As we get closer to the ride’s opening, I’ll bring you more details.

So what do you think of the ride vehicle? Let me know in the comments.

 

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida, and is head editor/writer at TheDisneyBlog.com. She's lived in Orlando near Walt Disney World since 1995, and still finds there's so much fun to be had in Central Florida.
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