After our first visit to SeaWorld and my daughters’ mixed reactions from riding a roller coaster (The Steel Eel) for the first time, I was a bit hesitant to accept Sea World’s invitation for my family to attend the Press Event for their newest roller coaster, Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster. But, I love roller coasters and I desperately wanted to go back to Sea World, this time with my whole family, so we accepted their invitation. This post is written in exchange for passes to the park.
Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster
“Wave Breaker is an exciting and novel coaster for families to ride together, and adds to SeaWorld’s strong lineup of top-rated coasters,” said SeaWorld San Antonio Park President Carl Lum. “But what truly delights me is that this attraction best represents what SeaWorld is all about – it brings together the best of SeaWorld in one thrilling ride, and carries a message that leaves guests feeling inspired.”
I was so excited to ride another roller coaster at Sea World with my family, but didn’t realize that our experience would educate me so much about Sea World and the incredible work they do all the time to help sea animals. And that’s exactly why they built this roller coaster – to give people the thrill that Rescue Team members feel every day helping sick and injured animals and educate the public about the work they do, and how we can make small changes to help sea animals too.
Before you even get on the ride, you weave through the entrance area where you learn about the more than 30,000 rescues by the SeaWorld Rescue Team over the past 50 years. Then when you get on the ride you are assigned a specific animal to save on your mission – a sea turtle, dolphin, or sea lion. I rode the ride twice and “rescued” both a dolphin and a sea lion. After the briefing of your mission, you race into action on a 2,600-feet track, along with 15 other riders, reaching speeds of up to 44 miles per hour and heights up to 61-feet!