SeaWorld adjusts height requirement on Ice Breaker ride days after opening

ORLANDO, Fla. — SeaWorld’s newest roller coaster, Ice Breaker, opened to the public on Friday and has already experienced some growing pains.

Over the weekend, SeaWorld changed the minimum height requirement for the coaster, raising the minimum from 48 to 54 inches.

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“Ice Breaker is one of the most anticipated coasters of 2022 and it has been extremely popular among guests since opening Feb. 18,” SeaWorld said in a statement. “We are experiencing some operational issues with smaller riders and so out of an abundance of caution, we raised the height requirement from 48 inches to 54 inches for the time being as we work with the manufacturer and safety professionals to make adjustments. Ensuring our guests have a safe and thrilling experience in our park remains our top priority.”

The ride doesn’t have a steep climb to get the attraction going: instead, it launches its riders four times, both backward and forward.

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Riders will fly over a near vertical top-hat maneuver into a series of exciting twists, turns and airtime hills and features the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida and stands 93-feet tall, with a 100 degree angle.

Ice Breaker is a little over a minute long and has close to 3,000 feet of track.

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“Ice Breaker is a one-of-a-kind thrill ride which complements our existing exhilarating ride portfolio perfectly. With the opening of Ice Breaker, SeaWorld features the most coasters in a single theme park in Orlando and we are excited to introduce the rest of our guests to this highly anticipated coaster,” said Park President Kyle Miller.

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