Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster® is now thrilling guests at SeaWorld San Antonio. This family coaster launched us into a fun adrenaline-filled mission inspired by the heroics of the SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team. Our family was able to experience the rescue coaster right before its official opening to the public and you seriously don’t want to miss it. Really, just one more reason to come to San Antonio and enjoy SeaWorld.
To help you decide if this ride is right for you and your family let me share some additional details. Our girls are 5 and 9. Our 5 year old (who rode in the front with me) is almost 50 inches tall. The minimum height requirement is 48 inches so she cleared it easily but she is a tall 5 year old. Her previous roller coaster experiences include Shamu Express and The Barnstormer and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom. Obviously this was their first ride where they are “launched” might have been a first even for me. You can see our ride video (sorry for all my screaming) and get a better sense of the ride speed, track, and our excitement.
Our nine year old rode in the section directly behind me. Even my husband enjoyed the ride. He’s usually a bigger thrill seeker than me and the fast pace kept his heart pumping as well. The combination of theme, launches/speed, car style, being over the surface of the water, and those steeply banked turns made this coaster super fun. This said, for us the best part was that it’s a family coaster that the four of us could ride together and all enjoy.
SeaWorld Rescue Mission
Speaking of theme… while we waited in line to board Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster we were able to read stories from some of the more than 30,000 rescues by the SeaWorld Rescue Team over the past 50 years. Before launch, we were assigned a mission – ours was a sea turtle rescue but the other missions can be a dolphin or sea lion rescue. After the mission briefing we were counted down and launched directly over the water to race into action covering 2,600-feet of track. Each rescue mission takes a train of 16 riders through a more than three minute ride, reaching speeds of up to 44 mph and heights up to 61-feet.
This roller coaster is just an awesome combination that thrills AND informs riders. When we were done with our ride our daughters wanted to know more about rescue missions. While we have been SeaWorld San Antonio season pass holders for over eight years this was the first time our girls really seemed to connect what SeaWorld’s mission was really all about.
That excitement carried over to our conversation with Jon Peterson, Manager of Rescue Operations and Dr. Lara Croft, Staff Veterinarian at SeaWorld Orlando where we learned about the many types of rescues SeaWorld conducts. My daughters’ excitement was palpable and they were super motivated to start doing their part to help marine animals. You can see that video interview on our MyTotsTravel Facebook page.
If you’re ready to race into action book your visit to San Antonio ASAP and follow SeaWorld on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (@seaworldtx). Visit SeaWorldSanAntonio.com for all the latest launch updates. Happy Travels!