In a year of lackluster attractions to the Central Florida area, Infinity Falls literally beats everything new this year in Orlando Theme Parks. Not only is it a fantastic ride experience, it is a perfect addition to Seaworld Orlando.
I was able to visit Infinity Falls during its soft opening run on Saturday. Going in with rather low expectations, I was pleasantly surprised to find one of the best water rapids rides I have been on.
Climb aboard your raft for a journey of discovery down this lost jungle river. Wind your way around soaking fountains and waterfalls as you pass the remains of an ancient civilization. Hang on as the roaring world class rapids send you flying through chutes before you plunge down the tallest drop of its kind into churning whitewater. Your adventure ends at Harmony Village with a greater connection to the world’s rivers, inspired to spread the message of conservation. – Seaworld Orlando
Before I get into the ride experience itself, the queue itself looks nice, but it’s rather boring. In the day and age of interactive queues, this falls short. On the outside of the actual queue (area going into it) I did notice there are some interactive games – I didn’t get a chance to fully look at these. Also, there is hardly any shade throughout the queue (except a few small areas). My guess is they will add more later on, but this line is going to be a hot one in the peak summer months. The queue does have some small props scattered about. No real nods to conservation though, except for some small stickers on some of the items. I guess you are supposed to learn before entering the queue ?.
The loading area is nicely themed, and the rafts have some unusual names (I believe these were voted on?). Load moves fairly quickly on the conveyor, so move fast to get seated. You are seated two to a section with a combined seatbelt for both seats. They are rather small rafts, so those with long legs may feel a bit squished.
So what sets this ride apart from the likes of the top named rapids rides such as Popeye’s & Bluto’s at Islands of Adventure or Grizzly River Run over at Disney California Adventure? Two words: Unique & Fun!
Yes, it’s your typical rapids ride from the looks of it. But once you board it, you are in for a completely unique and fun ride experience. The ride is divided into basically four parts: Small/Medium Rapids, Incline (Water Jets/Effects)Experience, Rough Rapids, and then the Elevator Lift/Drop. It’s longer than it looks too- was expecting a shorter ride.
The ride theming is beautiful, with lots of foliage and rockwork about – it’s almost as if you are actually floating down a jungle river.
The ride starts out rather calm, passing by Flamingos as you first start the ride. From there, you go under a “waterfall” type effect through a small covered archway. Next, you are on to small to medium rapids. But don’t let those rapids fool you – there are some small but steep drops in the path, and if your going back first into the drop, plan on tons of water rushing in behind you.
You then go up a motorized incline that goes under the final drop of the ride. On the incline, there are water jets/cannons that will most likely drench you AGAIN from wherever you are in the raft.
From there, you hit the really rough rapids. They are insanely fun and one of the best parts of the ride. It’s fast and intense! Lots of steep drops in the path here too, with water rushing in at all angles.
The final part is the elevator lift bringing you to the top of the drop hill. The elevator experience is really fun! It looks like you are going up the side of a waterfall, and it’s very well done. Once at the top, the drop itself isn’t anything extremely intense, but it is a nice ending to a very well done ride experience (it has a decent sized “splashdown” as well).
I cannot boast enough about the entire ride experience of Infinity Falls. I was grinning and laughing with excitement the whole time. It is just flat out FUN. Add to that the uniqueness of the ride, it is an all around fantastic experience.
Unlike other rapids rides, you are normally “safe” from getting too wet. On Infinity Falls, you literally get drenched no matter where you sit. Between the steep drops in the rapids and the water cannons/effects, there really isn’t a safe zone. I walked up drenched from head to toe, as well as everyone I was riding with.
So take a trip over to Seaworld Orlando to ride this fantastic water rapids ride. It truly is the best new attraction to Orlando Theme Parks this year.
The ride officially opens October 4th at noon, but you can catch it in Soft Openings through October 3rd.
For more information, visit: https://seaworld.com/orlando/rides/infinity-falls/