Record-Setting Swing Ride Planned for Texas SeaWorld

August 23, 2021, 3:39 PM · SeaWorld San Antonio will build the world's tallest and fastest Screaming Swing ride for 2022, the park announced today.

Tidal Surge will will swing riders up to 135 feet in the air at speeds up to 68 miles per hour when it opens at the Texas theme park next spring. The 105-foot-tall ride will carry 20 passengers in each of its two gondolas, which will achieve 230 degrees of rotation during their one minute and 20 seconds of ride time.

Tidal Surge
Concept art courtesy SeaWorld San Antonio

Made by S&S Worldwide, Tidal Surge will be the tallest installation of its Screaming Swing ride to date. SeaWorld previously installed an S&S Screaming Swing at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, where Finnegan's Flyer opened in 2019. That installation was just 80 feet tall with a top speed of 45 mph, however.

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August 23, 2021 at 11:48 PM

These sorts of rides are the most terrifying because when the seat breaks and you're sent flying, you'll have a good 10-15 second of hang time, at least, to contemplate your death before you smash on the concrete like a garbage bag filled with pizza dough.

I'm not saying these rides aren't entirely safe, only that they're particularly terrifying to people who worry about that sort of thing.

August 23, 2021 at 11:55 PM

It’s SeaWorld. They’ll build it over water, and you’ll be fine once you splash down.

At least you will be until the sharks in the tank eat you.

August 24, 2021 at 9:27 AM


August 24, 2021 at 9:47 AM

These rides are a blast, and even though Finnegan's Flyer is one of the smaller ones, its configuration on the edge of the Rhine River really increases the thrill level. I believe Skyhawk at Cedar Point is currently the biggest installation (103 feet tall, so this beats it by a whopping 2 feet), and there is a HUGE difference in intensity compared to smaller installations.

As far as flat rides go, these are highly thrilling while also being widely accessible to guests of all sizes (very forgiving lapbar restraint). They also have good capacity and relatively quick cycle times generating solid throughput when compared to other large flat rides. Additionally, they've become pretty reliable after some initial issues with a couple of the original installations. At some point I would expect these to be as ubiquitous as spinning pendulums.

August 25, 2021 at 11:18 AM

thecolonel should change her name to Debbie Downer. Just about every comment is “woe is me”.
As for the new ride, I hope they bring this to SWO.

August 25, 2021 at 8:12 AM

It’s SeaWorld. They’ll build it over water, and you’ll be fine once you splash down.

At least you will be until the sharks in the tank eat you

No that was funny. Spit out a little coffee with that one.

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