Journey to Atlantis reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Journey to Atlantis, a flume ride at SeaWorld Orlando. (The minimum height to ride is 42 inches.)
Written by Robert Niles
This Mack water coaster debuted in 1998, as SeaWorld's first thrill ride. It's SeaWorld, where park rules dictate that you have to get wet, so it shouldn't have surprised anyone when the park's first roller coaster kicked off with a soaking flume-ride drop.
After boarding, riders proceed through a short dark ride sequence when the Siren beckons riders into the mythical city of Atlantis. But soon, the siren transforms into a demon and riders are expelled from the temple down the ride's signature waterfall.
After a turnaround, riders return to the temple for a final encounter with the siren/demon, in a short roller coaster segment leading to a final splashdown... and thorough soaking.
Actually enjoyed this ride 9/10 - Owen Scott
One of my favorite rides in all of Orlando (and has been for some time). The queue and surrounding area is beautifully ornate, and the interior sections of the ride are still enjoyable, if a bit outdated. JTA has 3 drops (yes, I said three)--the first is the largest and most noticeable, and the third is part of the "hidden" section that transforms into coaster track. But it's the second (less than 5 foot) drop, during the flume portion outdoors, that will get you drenched. It's an unexpected surprise that gets the whole boat laughing. Atlantis is a theme park classic--9/10. - Eric Stumpf
OK, so it isn't the world's best flume ride or the world's best roller coaster, but I really like this ride! The combination of water ride and roller coaster is really fun, and who doesn't like a little cool-down on a hot Florida day?! - Christy Hall
Very good ride. The facade is beautiful, as is the interior dark-ride scenes, though some effects are extremely dated and cheesy. It's also pretty thrilling with the major drop and coaster section. You can also get pretty wet on this one, which is perfect for a SeaWorld ride. - Bryce McGibeny
Good ride not better then Rip saw falls at IOA but I love the end the coastet part. - Giovanny Cruz
It is a good flume ride but not the best the drop is incredible and the coaster section at the end is a nice surprise. - Jack Ainslie
Great 2 drops in this ride but the inside is ridiculous and extremely outdated! 7/10 - D H
9/10. I actually like this better than Splash Mountain. Of the flume rides in Orlando, I rank them Dudley Do Right, Journey to Atlantis, Splash Mountain. - Nick Dakuginow
my little sis hates this ride because shes afraid of the medusa love it pure fun if you don,t want to get wet sit in the back - Manny Rodriguez
When I first rode this ten years ago I thought it was just another flume ride. Boy was I wrong! I love the last part of the ride with the transition to a rollercoaster! - Terry R
This ride has the opportunity to be great but as of late it's fallen into average status. The dark ride portion is nice, but of course could be updated. The drops give a nice little thrill and the roller coaster portion is quite a surprise on your first ride! Warning: you will get SOAKED in the front row, sprinkled in the others. - David Garey
9/10 Very good needs a refurb to make it a little longer - Vini Santos
My favourite flume ride i think. I love the little surprise coaster bit at the end which adds another hidden element, and yes, you WILL get wet no matter where you sit! - Samantha McCrae
my 2nd favorite log flume ride behind islands of adventures rip saw falls. i like the rollercoaster part. - luis m
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