Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster

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Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster
SeaWorld San Antonio
Coordinates 29°27′19″N98°41′46″W / 29.4553°N 98.6961°W / 29.4553; -98.6961 Coordinates: 29°27′19″N98°41′46″W / 29.4553°N 98.6961°W / 29.4553; -98.6961
Soft opening dateJune 10, 2017
Opening dateJune 16, 2017
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Type Steel  Launched  Motorbike
Manufacturer Intamin
Designer SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
ModelFamily Launch Coaster
Track layoutOut and Back
Height61 ft (19 m)
Length2,600 ft (790 m)
Speed44 mph (71 km/h)
Inversions 0
Capacity886 riders per hour
Height restriction48 in (122 cm)
Trains3 trains with 8 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 16 riders per train.
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The park's lake was partially drained and inflatable rubber dams were put in the lake to allow the construction site to be drained, but not the rest of the lake. The park closes annually from January to late February and during this time SeaWorld re-themed the area near the coaster's entrance queue. SeaWorld San Antonio regularly posted construction update videos on their YouTube channel. The roller coaster was officially opened on June 16, 2017. [2]

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Ride experience

Once riders are seated and restrained, the train exits the loading station and enters a video orientation tunnel. Once the orientation is over, the train is launched up a camelback hump. The train then glides across the surface of the park's lake simulating a jet ski ride. Halfway through the ride, the train is launched one more time up the tallest point of the coaster (61 feet) and crosses the only section of the track that is on land (a small artificial island in the lake). After a few more seconds, the train returns to the station. [3] [4]



It stands 61 feet (19 m) tall with a top speed of 44 miles per hour (71 km/h). 300 concrete pillars hold the coaster's track. The track is 2600 feet in length. [5]


It operates with up to three trains. Each train will seat 16 riders in eight rows of two. [5] The ride theoretically can serve 886 riders per hour. [5] Riders are restrained with lap restraints. Along with the theme, the trains resemble jet skis. [2]


It is themed after SeaWorld's animal rescue team. Most of the coaster is just above the surface of the park's lake to make guests feel as if they are on a mission to rescue an animal. [2] [6]

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