Coast Commission oversight restricts what developers can do with properties on California's Pacific coast, somewhat limiting SeaWorld's ability to offer all of the same types of attractions that it can develop in its other parks across the country. But that's the trade-off in having a SeaWorld park that's actually next to, well, a sea.
"This was great day and we thank the Coastal Commission for their support," SeaWorld San Diego's Park President Marilyn Hannes said in a statement. "We remain committed to long-term investment in the park and will continue to strive to provide new reasons to visit SeaWorld by giving our guests experiences that matter. We know our guests are going to love Electric Eel."
The California approval follows a decision earlier this week to allow sister park Busch Gardens Williamsburg to build a 315-foot-tall attraction, codenamed "Madrid."
The Virginia park earlier had announced that it would develop a new virtual reality motion theater attraction to replace the Europe in the Air show in 2018. Busch Gardens Williamsburg has not yet officially announced what the "Madrid" ride will be or when it will open, though the codename suggests that it might anchor a new Spain-themed land in the European-themed park. Current lands are themed to Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, and England.
The tallest ride in the park at this point is the 245-foot Mach Tower. Given that the park already has a drop tower attraction, one is left to wonder if the new, 315-foot ride might be some model of mega/hyper/gigacoaster. The park currently has eight coasters, including the 210-foot Bolliger & Mabillard hyper Apollo's Chariot. For what it is worth, Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Tempesto is the same model of coaster as SeaWorld San Diego's upcoming Electric Eel.
The news comes a week before many other parks around the country will reveal their plans for 2018 attractions, on August 16th's National Roller Coaster Day.
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