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Sea World to retire the Sea Viper

Sea World to retire the Sea Viper
July 22, 2014

After bringing thrills to Sea World’s guests for 32 years, the Gold Coast theme park is to retire its Sea Viper rollercoaster.

The first Australian rollercoaster to feature three inversions, the Sea Viper opened in 1982 as the Corkscrew. In the year after its opening, the ride was attributed to a 20% increase in Sea World’s attendance in the year after its opening.

Explaining the closure of the ride, a statement from Sea World explained “Sea Viper has been a wonderful attraction but there comes a time when all rides need to retire.

“Sea World is constantly looking at new attractions like the $21 million Storm Coaster which opened in December and there are several new and exciting options in the pipeline.

“Our theme parks are ever changing to ensure we continue to bring you, our guests, the best possible theme park experience possible.”

Originally developed by Arrow Dynamics, the ride’s train carriages were replaced with a new low-profile train manufactured by KumbaK when the ride was rebranded in 2009.

Village Roadshow Theme Parks is expected to announce a replacement ride in the near future.


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