Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2004 8:16 AM | Contributed by janfrederick
A new attraction to draw visitors to San Diego's SeaWorld opens Memorial Day weekend, and even though the ride has been in the works for several years, it remains a sore point with some San Diegans. A vocal councilwoman says the park lied about the appearance of the ride.
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"It stands out like a sore thumb," Frye said.
As do you lady. As do you.
Well DUH, with a park like SeaWorld, that has multiple parks, they should have seriously done some research on this ride. Like to check if any of the other SeaWorld parks have a ride similar to the one proposed, in this case, it was of the SAME name. The council obviously didnt think this one through fully as they had hoped.
It's hard these days to have a park to be fully educational, SeaWorld was and with the addition of thrill rides, they have opened up to a wider market.
Maybe next time the council will look more into the park's proposal's so they actually know what's going on.
But I do love SeaWorld's comeback about the ride not being a coaster.*** This post was edited by sros208 1/20/2004 9:52:32 AM ***
Still, I agree that there's no reason an attraction shouldn't be passed due to educational value. And I agree the council should have asked for drawings. Afterall, it seems wrong to pass something and then complain because you didn't ask what it was going to look like. (Although, I suspect if SeaWorld did, in fact, show drawings/pictures they showed those of the Orlando ride, and this clearly looks a lot different).
But as far as an educational value, well who cares. I really do not understand town officials that balk at any attraction that gets added to any park. Considering how parks are often the lifeblood of the community that surrounds them, it seems they are biting the hand that feeds them. They need to embrace it and hope that the attraction will draw more people who are looking for something other than an educational experience.
I personally had no interest in attending any marine park until places like Sea World and Marineworld began adding rides. Hopefully the council will wake up and realize that Busch is trying to attract people who may not normally have any interst in attending Sea World. More attendees means more revenue, more revenue means more taxes and income to feed the town.
It's not hard to figure out the benefits of a ride like this, not matter how ridiculously horrid it looks.
*** This post was edited by Shaggy 1/20/2004 11:22:59 AM ***
I think the key aspect here is the all the noise began with a council member. I've had to deal with city councils before, and there's always one or two loose cannons that will do anything they can to complain and raise a stink as their heads swell; regardless of the topic at hand. I guess they think it will help them a seat for another term.
I think that it will look better when the landscaping is done. I think it looks better than all the hotels sticking up all around Mission Bay. But yah, it could have looked better.
As far as Frye, I'm fairly certain she saw the drawings and I'm sure the counsil knew exactly what Sea World was putting in. I think this is just her way of getting attention.
I'll give her one thing, of all the councilfolks here, she somehow manages to get in the news all the time...and that's without getting indited by a federal grand jury for taking bribes (3 of our council members), or having part of your district burn to the ground.
I'm sure she isn't that quick to point out that her district property values are through the roof because San Diego gets a lot of attention. And here she is bashing one of the reasons for the attention.
I have a feeling there's more to it than this. I think someone at Sea World peed in her cheerios (or didn't buy her some milk anyway). Just another excuse for attention.*** This post was edited by janfrederick 1/20/2004 11:43:33 AM ***Last edited by janfrederick, Wednesday, July 25, 2012 3:04 PM
I can't say that I blame them. Part of the reason people down there like Sea World is that it's like a more entertaining aquarium, and I don't think any of them want it to become a full amusement park. As is, its location, combined with the roads leading in and out, would NOT be able to support an amusement park.
Unlike us, most people would not like to see a 420 foot TTD clone sticking up in one of the most beautiful views San Diego has. I think a lot of people assume that this is another movement on a slippery slope to that reality.
Education? How about a business class for starters...;)
Ms. Frye got into office by making a lot of noise, the kind that the people in the Beach communities wanted to hear. As long as she keeps spouting the same rhetoric, she'll get re-elected. These people want it to be 1954 again, when there was no Mission Bay, no freeways ,and no Seaworld.
Locally (in PA) there was a township supervisor who was upset because Home Depot was moving into her township. She was insisting that Home Depot abandon its orange color scheme in favor of something else because "orange" was non a color that she thought was appropriate for her local neighborhood.
Gotta love nit picky local politics... especially zoning boards.
Unfortunately with all this flack, even though the City approved raising SWC's height limit to 160ft, I doubt we'll ever see a Jr. Hyper, floorless, or any other coaster for that matter, ever at SWC.
I agree with janfrederick, sure looks alot better than all the other tall ugly hotels in Mission Bay, but you sure don't see her attacking them. It's a done deal lady, give it a rest!
Also, I think that traffic is not an issue. Sea World already draws large crowds that are handled by the local roadways.
In terms of the Mission Bay scenery, I'm sure it will never be as nice as it was when it was a pristine wetland...before they dug it up and turned it into a recreation area.
I don't know, I think the ride is a lot more interesting to look at than the boxy hotels (Hilton, Hyatt, etc.) all around Mission Bay.
But aside from all that, the city council approved the plans. The only reason she is making a big deal (because they aren't going to tear it down), is to get re-elected.
I found that Orlando's version was about as much a coaster as Splash Mountain, or pretty well any other log flume for that matter. The ride does the flume thing for most of the ride, with a curved drop down and back up to the station. It's fair that Mack call it a water coaster, especially given the nature of some of the other installations around the world, but in my eyes, I agree with Patrick Owen, in that it's a water ride with some track.
I know the San Diego version has more track (or "coaster section", if you will), but what makes this unmistakeably coaster, yet every other flume on this planet not? Because it's a "Mack Water Coaster", right? It's a "Mack Water Coaster", of course, but how does that make it a roller coaster?*** This post was edited by auscoasterman 1/20/2004 4:31:27 PM ***
There are many people in this town who cannot accept that San Diego has become a thriving metropolis with a lot of potential - and Donna Frye is unfortunately one of them.
PB a hippie town? I always thought of it as more of a college hangout...
Golden Hill is not exactly an upscale neighborhood, although it was at one time. When the first of the high rises started going up over twenty five years ago, the population of that area realy didn't care, and for the most part most of them still don't.
I wonder if she complains about the powerboat races that can be heard from downtown? She's wacky.
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