SeaWorld San Antonio will add unique Journey to Atlantis for 2007
Posted Wednesday, August 23, 2006 1:58 PM | Contributed by Rihard
Journey to Atlantis, which is scheduled to open on May 24, 2007, will combine the elements of a traditional roller coaster and water ride. It will feature 16-passenger boats that will travel uphill and then spin on a turntable when they reach the first plateau, rotating up to 360 degrees. Riders will get a 100-foot-high view of the Alamo City before being propelled backward down a reverse camelback.
Judging by the concept picture in the press relese (you can find it on SeaWords website) the ride doesn't look to be as heavily themed as the Florida version. This is the first JtA to feature rotating tables and a reverse ride experience though.
The Florida version is fun and the theming is great, but doesn't make a whole lot of sense story wise (they want to hurt us why?).
After untold eons, Atlantis rises in the harbor of a quaint Greek fishing village, spurring a modem, full-scale media invasion. Spanning an area the size of nearly six football fields and towering taller than a 10-story building, the ancient city radiates anew, revealing glorious Greek temples and rolling Mediterranean hills. The main temple looms large, crowned with a radiant dome that shines like a beautiful blue beacon. But inside, dark secrets dwell within the mysterious maze. The magnificent building surges with water and shakes with unearthly sounds. Guests soon plunge into the middle of a fierce battle for the lost city of Atlantis. Eight riders at a time will encounter the Sirens—Atlantis’ wicked spirits who fight to keep the city their own—and bone-chilling temperatures, a dangerous swirling vortex, blasting fountains and two of the steepest, wettest, fastest drops to be found at any theme park.
So there you have it, I guess. Atlantis has risen and the Sirens inhabiting the city wish to keep it their own. You (as a rider) are intruding and a threat.
Strike anyone else as odd that the best of the SW parks, ride-wise, is getting more? Not putting SWF down, but SWSA already has a B:TR, one of the better Morgan hypers, and a very good rapids ride. At least the day we were there, the park was PACKED to the gills. Thank goodness for morning ERT, and granted it was a Saturday, but I don't recall EVER seeing a line aof cars THAT long to get into any park.
I guess I'm *thniking* that SWSD or SWF could have gotten a better return from a new ride (obviously not THIS ride though, hehe).
Is anyone else kinda bored with it? I mean, SWO got the best, SWSD, got a cheap version, and now we just get a shute the shutes ride? I'm hoping there is an indoor section as well to this 3.5 minuete ride.
Without seeing any pictures of the ride, the decription makes it sound similar to SFA's trouble-plagued Typhoon SeaCoaster, at least a more modern version. Maybe SFA needs to replace TSC with one of these...
Well Jeff, its a clone of an existing ride. Even with some theming, the existing ride is not that great and is basically a very expensive Shoot the Chutes. They should have went with the Supersplash at Plopsaland instead. It features a vertical lift (easy to theme to Atlantis!), the lift flips the boat around and then does the drop. That would make it unique for North America.
I haven't been to SWSD, but SWSA in my opinion is miles better than SWO as a park. The shows are better. (Much better). The park is cleaner. It doesn't feel so packed in. That having been said, Kraken is a good ride, and Atlantis was fun. (We went on both about 5 times each). Even if this is a clone, I think it'll be a good addition to an already exciting mix. A B:TR Clone, A Morgan Hyper (which was quite good), a couple of good water rides and a water park that is above average (not for its size, but for its quality).