Controversial water ride opens next week at SeaWorld San Diego

Posted Friday, May 21, 2004 8:41 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Journey to Atlantis finally opens next week at Sea World San Diego after environmental concerns and local opposition. Busch officials worked on the project for six years.

Read more from The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Friday, May 21, 2004 10:31 AM
People will always complain. Give them free season passes they will shut up!
Friday, May 21, 2004 10:39 AM
janfrederick's avatar Man, there are a lot more things in that area to complain about.

Hmmm....speedboat races, jetskis, holiday weekend crowds, rowdy parties, the occassional person getting beat to death (not that it is a bad area, just some of the visitors get out of hand every so often).

Oh, and the fact that Fiesta Island is a dump and the entire Mission Bay was rebuilt in the 50's and destroyed wetlands.

Jeeze, and folks are complaining about a ride? Come on! Crown Point is way too far from the ride to hear screams.

Friday, May 21, 2004 12:13 PM
Thats funny, recently on the news, There were tests they conducted at mission bay and the water is really really contaminated from Seaworld puttin there excess fluids in the bay without filtering them properly.
Friday, May 21, 2004 1:56 PM
I think that's just the crowds at Mission Bay letting excess fluids out in the bay instead of in the proper restroom facilities. You can blame things on Sea World, but come on, Mission Bay gets packed on the weekends, especially in summer. You can blame "dumping" on Sea World, but that's like blaming Exxon for the Oil spill in the 80's, it wasn't only their fault, but the tanker crew.
Friday, May 21, 2004 2:27 PM
No man, it's all those seals cutting loose on the beach.
Friday, May 21, 2004 4:33 PM
janfrederick's avatar What seals? I've seen a few tourists that might have mistaken for a seal, but I've never seen a real one on the beach.

Remember that they also say to stay out of the water 72 hours after a rainstorm because of all the crud from the city (leaky cars and other general nastiness).

But that shouldn't prevent folks in Crown Point from yelling about Shamu doo-doo. That is, unless they don't keep their cars tuned up.

Anyway, back to the announcement. Woo hoo! It looks like a whole lotta fun! I've never been on a water coaster unless Splash Mountain can be considered one.

Friday, May 21, 2004 5:31 PM
There is a huge population of seals that live in the bay. They are most readily seen if you take a tour that goes by the bait docks. It's wall to wall seals, with just as many in the water. And yes, San Diego is like most California coastal communities that dump their runoff directly into the bay instead of enlarging their treatment facilities. Not that they can keep those working properly. Sewer line breaks and pump station failures frequently send raw sewege into the bay. It's a fact of life here. Seaworld is an infantesimal part of the eqation.
Friday, May 21, 2004 8:33 PM
Yes, Crown Point is deffinately too far away to hear the screams from Sea World. I would also like to know how building this tipped the balance of the park. It was built on land already occupied by Sea World so I don't know what the heck Mrs. Frye was talking about.

I can't wait to go to the passholder preview on Sunday. Maybe I'll do a trip report.

Sunday, May 23, 2004 4:29 PM
Donna Frye is the poorest excuse for a champion of environmental and residential rights. Believe me because I live here in San Diego and I'm sick of hearing her ranting and raving about this city. She's one of the few people in the San Diego population who wants the city to go back to the small navy and fishing town it was in the early to mid 1900s and cannot accept the fact that we are a big city. She'd rather see Qualcomm Stadium demolished and replaced with a green belt, that's how ridiculous she is.
Monday, May 24, 2004 1:43 PM
I have witnessed the political hypocrisy in all of this when recently on a televised commercial for the CITY of San Diego (and at the bottom of the ad it said it was paid for by the city of San Diego tourism board) there was a shot of the new atlantis boat splashing into the lagoon ( among other images of Balboa Park, Old Town, the Coronado, etc). The city apparently has no real problem with this new boon to tourism as they are advertising it themselves! Note: I saw the noted commercial two weeks ago (I live in Las Vegas) during primetime viewing of Survivor on CBS. Perhaps San Diego would prefer to see Sea World relocate, along with the millions of annual tourist dollars and hotel bookings? Remember Marineland of the Pacific, San Pedro, CA? No growth = no more Marineland.

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