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Sea World San Diego Needs More Rides

Sea World San Diego: it basically needs more rides, which ones should go up?

From Cesar Garcia
Posted December 16, 2008 at 4:04 PM
Dont you guys think it needs more rides?
what types of rides will you like
to see go up here


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From Robert Niles
Posted December 16, 2008 at 4:03 PM
And the park's management agrees with you. :-)

(Okay, I can't speak for them, but I'd be willing to bet.)

Now, how about the local council and commissions? We need them to want more rides there, too.

That said, I think an "underwater" dark ride-style tour through aquarium exhibits, coupled with animation explaining various current and historical ocean ecosystems, could be a huge hit and right up SeaWorld's alley.

That, and a west coast version of Kraken. ;-)

From Alan Puscus
Posted December 16, 2008 at 4:23 PM
Maybe SW CA. could have the first west coast version of a vertical floorless like Sheikra/Griffon. Themed to a whirlpool or something and have it drop underground/water like Oblivion. As there isn't one anywhere in the region now, I'm sure it would pack'em in.

Sorry Bruce, this new thread must have you cringing.

Robert, I love the dark ride idea, but coaster first please.

From James Rao
Posted December 16, 2008 at 5:34 PM
Combine the dark ride/coaster idea and you'll have something pleasing to everyone! Start slow, touring through various water-based exhibits and set the premise for the story of the ride. Then, things can take a sinister turn as the ride becomes much more thrilling and the usual coaster elements kick in. Think "The Seas With Nemo and Friends" (EPCOT) meets "Revenge of the Mummy" (USO). I'd ride it...definitely!

From Rob P
Posted December 17, 2008 at 3:14 AM
The question is where Seaworld pitches itself. Is it an aquatic centre of research with shows and a ride or two thrown in for good measure or is it just another theme park destined to be choc full of thrill rides ?

I would have hoped that Seaworld continued to give precedence to the sea life over the rollercoaster. The balance is pretty good at the moment. We already have Shipwreck Rapids, Atlantis and Wild Arctic.To keep pace with Orlando they might consider approving Kraken or Manta. But just one of those would be enough coasters imho.
I would add my vote to an intelligent dark ride or even Aquatica 2 just so long as it wasn't simply another coaster.

Being an aquatic "zoo" plus entertainment makes Seaworld different.Let's keep it that way.

From Bruce Lane
Posted December 17, 2008 at 2:04 PM
@Alan Puscus,

(shrug) Not really cringing. I've long since given up on any of the Sea World parks going the way I think they should (though I do like Rob's remarks -- I didn't think I was the only one who felt this way!)

Given the apparent direction of Sea World's operating philosophy, though, I'm a little surprised the San Diego park hasn't gone in for more rides. My guess would be, as others have pointed out, that the city doesn't want that kind of attraction in the Mission Bay area.

Either that or, like Disneyland, they literally don't have the room or safe soil base to build it. Keep in mind that the water table in that part of SD is very high, and the area is earthquake-prone to boot.

Perhaps coasters in that particular part of California would pose more of a risk to visitor safety than the park's management feels is acceptable...?

Happy travels.

From Alan Puscus
Posted December 17, 2008 at 11:23 PM
Unless the Sea World parks start adding a new coaster/ride every year in lieu of marine exhibits, I can't see them becoming Six Flags rivals and losing their focus. Anything can happen though, especially if Manta significantly raises revenues. We'll see what happens the next few years.

Just answering the blog topic with a personal hope (vertical drop coaster.) To me, it would give me more incentive to spend my $65 there.

As for why SWSD hasn't stayed on par with it's siblings with a coaster or two. I don't know.
Poor footing? Quake prone area? Wouldn't the skytower, skyway and Atlanits rides be affected by these conditons? Considering that their footers must extend pretty deep. The massive tanks, stadiums and miles of concrete paths must carry some bigtime weight as well.

Or is it the city council issue? Does anyone out there know for sure?

From Chloe !
Posted December 26, 2008 at 5:01 PM
I definitly think it needs more rides. I go there all the time and the 2 rides they have now get old after a while. It would be cool if they could build a faster roller coaster.

From Jason Jackson
Posted December 27, 2008 at 8:00 AM
Isn't a major ride planned for SWC, but has been delayed due to the InBev merger?

From isaiah mercado
Posted August 3, 2010 at 4:05 AM
why are the good rides in florida? why doesn't seaworld san diego put an ACTUAL THRILL RIDE!? They should put a ride like Sheikra there or maybe like manta to get more attendance because Journey to atlantis suked.

From Nick Markham
Posted August 3, 2010 at 8:48 AM
^ Firstly, they have been prevented from adding certain large attractions (such as roller coasters) due to the San diego City Council not wanting Sea World to add any of that for some strange reason. Otherwise it would be a lot like Sea World Orlando.

Second, I think you are a bit confused, as not all rides in Florida are superior to those in California. California has better coasters (and for that, a whole lot more of them) and most of Disneyland's attractions are generally found far superior to Magic Kingdom's.

From isaiah mercado
Posted August 3, 2010 at 5:10 PM
^ The Universal Orlando is better with the Islands of adventure having THe Hulk and Dr.Doom Fearfall and spiderman , so that crosses off universal Hollywood- Seaworld Orlando has better rides than at San Diego- and Disney World has so much parks including two water parks and they have Rock n Roller coaster and Test Track and Expedition Everest and so many great shows. So Florida parks are better than California parks. But Six Flags Magic Mountain is the only exception. I dont think there's a six flags in Florida so that gives California a good park. I live in California and wen i compare the two states Florida is better. IMO.

From Russell Meyer
Posted August 3, 2010 at 8:11 PM
Sea World will always be saddled with the inability to integrate thrill rides because of where the park is located. San Diego does not allow for tall structures, so the park will always be height challenged. The park's main competition is actually the San Diego Zoo, not LA attractions, so it just needs to continue to stay competitive with one of the most innovative zoos in the country, which SW has been very successful at.

From isaiah mercado
Posted August 3, 2010 at 8:20 PM
You've got a pretty good point there but at least an indoor thrill ride would be good right? like Revenge of The Mummy, maybe a ride like that would pretty cool.

From Nick Markham
Posted August 4, 2010 at 12:17 PM
^We would love to see something like that, but the San Diego Council barely even wants to be a theme park. They seem to want it to stay an animal park!

From isaiah mercado
Posted August 4, 2010 at 5:55 PM
i think thats pretty lame of them because there is already San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park. I mean its good that its like a giant aquarium but i think it will get more attention if they have another ride. at least a dark ride would be good too.

From Russell Meyer
Posted August 4, 2010 at 5:59 PM
They could do an indoor ride, but they'd have to dig down, and considering the park's proximity to the ocean, digging down is not the cheapest thing to do.

From isaiah mercado
Posted August 4, 2010 at 8:34 PM
true true

From Rob P
Posted August 5, 2010 at 12:45 AM
...or they could build a water tunnel or coaster that goes over the I5 loops over to the old town and then back again.

Now that's a ride !

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