Today, SeaWorld Orlando revealed the first of 15 custom rafts for its new Infinity Falls river rapids attraction opening summer 2018. The 8-passenger raft features custom theming and décor resembling supplies found on real white-water rafting expeditions. The circular raft design puts riders face-to-face and allows friends and family to enjoy this exhilarating attraction together.
Aboard the raft, riders will embark on an adventure through a lush rainforest environment inspired by some of the world’s most incredible freshwater ecosystems. The new attraction will feature the world’s tallest drop on a river raft ride and allow visitors to experience the feel of exhilarating rapids. The ride will also feature an innovative elevator lift designed to transport the rafts to the top of the ride’s 40-foot drop.
Infinity Falls will be the first attraction at SeaWorld to tell a story beyond the ocean and share a message of water conservation through the adventure of a white-water river expedition. This is just one example of the park’s new “Park to Planet” initiative, a mission to help guests understand some of the challenges facing the planet and inspiring them to help.
The new attraction will be the centerpiece of a newly themed area designed to resemble the basecamp of explorers and scientists. After riding Infinity Falls, the entire family can explore the village and take part in interactive experiences that combine play with education to create a positive impact on freshwater ecosystems, reinforcing “Park to Planet” in real time. SeaWorld’s Animal Ambassadors will also provide up-close encounters with animals native to South America.
A sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle is at home in the ocean thanks to SeaWorld Orlando’s Rescue Team, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and the Volusia Marine Science Center. After three months of specialized care, the 183 pound sea turtle was returned to its natural environment this morning at Daytona Beach. The sea turtle’s story began on Daytona Beach in May, when it was rescued by the Volusia Turtle Patrol and brought to the Volusia Marine Science Center. Upon rescue, the animal was found with an amputated flipper and seemed to be struggling with digestive issues. After transportation to SeaWorld for rehabilitation, an X-ray diagnosis revealed a large amount of seashells in the sea turtle’s intestines which created an impaction. With patience, medication, and fluid therapy, the rescue team at SeaWorld removed the blockage from the sea turtle. After a clean bill of health from the veterinarians, the sub-adult loggerhead became the 17th rehabilitated sea turtle returned to the wild by SeaWorld Orlando this year. While National Beach Day and Labor Day weekend are popular times to visit the beach, it is important to be mindful of human actions can impact local wildlife. Many sea turtles find themselves tangled in fishing line or other unnatural debris, which can be life-threatening. In Florida, sea turtle nesting season runs through October. After a fun-filled day at the beach, it is important to clear your sandcastles and chairs which can be problematic obstacles for vulnerable hatchlings on their way to the ocean. The successful rehabilitation of endangered sea turtles is another great example of SeaWorld’s commitment to protecting sea life. For more than 50 years, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has helped animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. More than 30,000 animals have been rescued by the expert animal rescue team that is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.