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Pipeline – World’s first surf coaster, coming to SeaWorld Orlando

by Tharin White

Coming in 2023 to SeaWorld Orlando is Pipeline, the world’s first surf coaster. This launching coaster will take riders on a surfing adventure over roller coaster waves, complete with an inversion and wide-open views of the park. At 60 miles per hour and an estimated height requirement of 54 inches, Pipeline is sure to bring big waves to the coaster world.

Pipeline surf coaster announcement from SeaWorld Orlando.

First-of-its-kind surfing launch and moving seats

The innovative design elements that make this a first-of-its-kind roller coaster are the surfing launch and wave jumping motions that riders will experience. The unique surfboard-shaped ride vehicle will give riders an all-new experience from the moment it starts. Riders will be secured on the roller coaster in a standing position and will be launched at top speeds of 60 miles per hour, while feeling as if they are catching a wave. Riders will then feel like they are hanging loose when their seats rise and fall to mimic the sensation of riding on a wave while sending them through several twists and turns.

Pipeline coaster track layout.

Each rider will get the rush of cutting through waves as they race up to heights of 110 feet in the air and go upside down on a wave curl along the 2,950-feet of track. Pipeline will send riders on a journey reaching max speeds of 60 miles per hour, with five different airtime moments during the one minute and 50 second experience. The ride has a projected height requirement of 54 inches and is designed by Bolliger & Mabillard Consulting Engineers Inc.


Pipeline – World's First Surf Coaster Announcement and Construction Tour at SeaWorld Orlando

“We are always looking for exciting ways to take thrills to a new level. This first-of-its-kind roller coaster will be the perfect addition to the already incredible lineup of attractions at SeaWorld Orlando,” said Kyle Miller, SeaWorld Orlando Park President. “SeaWorld Orlando will be the only place in the world to ride a roller coaster like this and we welcome everyone looking for the chance to experience it.”

Riders go upside-down while standing in a surf position on the upcoming Pipeline roller coaster at SeaWorld Orlando.

Pipeline will be the seventh roller coaster at SeaWorld Orlando, adding to the theme park’s self-claimed reputation as the Coaster Capital of Orlando. It joins their ever-growing roster of coasters that include Mako, which was voted the “#1 Best Roller Coaster” by the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice poll, and Ice Breaker, which was voted the “#1 New Attraction” by the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice poll.

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