Tidal Twister, the new Skywarp Horizon ride at SeaWorld San Diego? Is it a roller coaster, a track ride, or something else?So what is
The only sure way to know what this unique experience is? To ride it. So I did, in advance of the ride's official opening to the public on Friday.
Perhaps the best way to describe the ride is as a figure-eight Himalaya, but with some airtime moments at its apex. As for whether this is actually a roller coaster, even though both trains are connected, there are moments when the drive wheels are not pushing the trains, so it does technically coast. But the experience hugging the ground is much more like a next-gen Himalaya than what I would consider a proper coaster. Debate away.
Nevertheless, it's fun and definitely unique. My biggest question after riding is how long will this ride hold up? It's not exactly smooth at the start and there's already noticeable wear on the track from the trains' vibration. I've been doing this for a long time, and I have yet to find a ride that got smoother after its media day. Watching this ride, though, can be a moment of Zen, especially from the adjacent sea star touch pool.
Across from that touch pool, fans can enjoy some time in the shade watching the fish in the renovated Aquaria. Every SeaWorld attraction comes with a message about conservation, so Dr. Judy St. Leger of Rising Tide Conservation was at the media event this morning to talk about the importance of supporting aquaculture over ocean harvesting.
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