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New attraction hybrid planned for SeaWorld Orlando

Part coaster part animal attraction promised

SeaWorld Orlando is planning a new major attraction that will be part rollercoaster part animal attraction. Although the cost has not been announced, it is expected to become the Florida park’s single most expensive attraction.

Busch Entertainment officials are reluctant to call the attraction a rollercoaster, but say it will have coaster components. Described as “both appealing and compelling” by Busch Entertainment’s Joseph Couceiro, the attraction will open 2009.
“It’s going to have animal components, marine-life components and will have a very unique, state-of-the-art ride, a roller coaster if you will, that will provide a sensation of gliding,” says Couceiro. “The combination of the animals and the ride is what makes it special.”
Busch recently introduced a waterslide though a dolphin enclosure as part of its new Aquatica waterpark in Orlando. The new attraction at SeaWorld, which has yet to be named, is expected to combine entertainment with marine-life education. Land is already being cleared for construction.
“It’s us investing in a destination that we feel very confident about,” adds Couceiro. “We want to make sure that we remain as a must-do experience when visitors come to Orlando.”

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