It’s been nearly a decade since SeaWorld San Antonio added a new roller coaster, so there is plenty of pent-up anticipation over the planned arrival of Wave Breaker next year. SeaWorld San Antonio President Carl Lum said he expects the theme park’s latest capital investment will pull in visitors from a larger geographic area. “It’s been nine years since we’ve had a new coaster. This is a big deal for us,” said Lum, who was in Orlando this week for the 2016 International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions expo. “This is an iconic ride. There’s not anything like it.”
Indeed, Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster will be the first attraction of its kind in North America. SeaWorld officials said it was inspired by actual marine animal rescue missions. Park officials would not disclose the cost of the new coaster. But they did confirm that work on the ride is progressing and Wave Breaker is on schedule to open in early summer 2017.