Secondly, wow. Previous posters hit it right on the head. This looks lame. I'm not a huge fan of the one at SWO, but compared to this it's now up there with Splash Mountain...
Anyway... Storytelling? At Sea World? The only "story" they're any good at telling is the myth of how great they are.
Keep the peace(es).
The presence of the turntables, though, suggests that there may have been a larger concept in mind. (Budget cuts, perhaps?)
However... No matter how hard I look, I continue to wonder why any oceanarium, places that supposedly exist to educate as well as entertain, even needs rides, "thrill" or otherwise. While I certainly understand (and enjoy!) the idea of getting soaked during hot weather, there are plenty of other ways to do so.
As for coming out to try the ride itself -- No, thank you, I'll pass on that. It would take far more than a new ride to convince myself or my wife to set foot inside the gate of ANY Sea World park again, or to recommend such to friends or family as a viable stop.
If you are curious to know why (I know that you may find such a reaction surprising), please feel free to contact me in private. I do not feel that this is the forum to go into such things in detail. You can, however, get a strong clue by reading my trip report on Discovery Cove.
Thanks again for responding.
I know that the Sea World chain is supposed to be all about education and I believe even the JTA is Orlando is more educational then JTA San Antonio. There's actually a story to tell over there.
I like the fact that my four year old niece can enjoy this new ride, but no one else in my family will. :(
I am one of the ACErs who participated in media day May 11, and we had a fantastic time. So first, I want to say thank you to Dan Decker, Fran Stephenson, Kami Huyse, and the entire Sea World San Antonio staff for giving us a day that went beyond exceptional! It was an honor and a privilege to participate.
I am not ordinarily a fan of water rides (only because I don't care to walk around wet afterwards), but JTA will be high on my list of "must do's" when we are at the SWSA park! Although I love 'thrill' rides, a ride doesn't have to go 80mph, turn me upside down, or exceed 3,000 feet in length to thrill me. And JTA did NOT disappoint.
I personally love the turntables, for the same reason I'm not disappointed that the ride isn't enclosed... the view is breathtaking. Yes, the view from the Tower of the Americas is wonderful, but what catches the eye from there is the main city itself. From JTA you can not only see the "city" (not the "buildings"), but the views of the park and the hill country are exceptional. I kept saying "I sure wish I could bring my camera up here!!"
We were amazed at how quiet the ride is as well. The lift is very quiet, and the turntables are SILENT. All you hear is the sound of the wind. The journey across the 'bridge' is very smooth, and I love the feeling of dropping into the "inverted" camelback in reverse.
For me, the tilt going over the "plunge" drop is what got my heart racing, and the trip down was a blast. What I really enjoyed too was looking around after the splashdown to see how wet everyone got!
I also love the "leisurely" journey around the lake back to the station. As someone who grew up around the ocean and spent a great deal her childhood on a boat, one of my favorite things is to simply coast along the waterways enjoying the breeze, the view, and the ride. And the ride back after splashdown brought that experience back for me.
I have ridden a lot of different rides, but I try not to compare one to another because they're all different in some way. No two rides will be absolutely identical and I prefer to judge a ride on its own merit... to go deeper than the 'outer appearance'... and in doing so, I can't say there are many rides I don't like. But I do have my favorites, and JTA is definitely one of them!
And Kami, my son and daughter-in-law were the ones who got close to the 50-ride mark... they clocked 47! They both really enjoyed the ride as well and I never saw them come back from a cycle without smiles and laughter.
I can't wait until we get our grandson for the summer in two weeks. He's 6 yrs old, and about 45" tall. He loves big rides but isn't tall enough yet for most of them. I was so excited to see the 42" height requirement on JTA and can't wait to take him on his first ride!
So thanks again for a wonderful day!