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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby chickenbowl » Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:11 pm

Jew wrote:Doubt chance had anything to do with the show elements of the ride.

That's probably true, but my understanding is that the faulty hardware on the submarine vehicles is what 'killed' the attraction (the touchscreens were often broken too). They seemed to only get up to 2-3 subs (seating 6 per) operating at a time. This was well under the theoretical goal.

jedimaster1227 wrote:It just seems like Sub Quest was a low capacity attraction with little to the experience that wasn't worth the wait or the cost to operate. I'd imagine the park's overall satisfaction scores were increased on the days where the ride didn't operate versus those where it did.

cfc wrote:I watched a POV of Submarine Quest and thought how ticked off I'd be if I'd waited in line for it.

It's clear that the ride was ill-conceived from the get-go - The scope of theme-ing and ride experience was likely contained by a tight budget. But the actual operating up-time and rider capacity was considerably lower than the park planned/wanted/paid for.

From my experience, when the ride was operating it often had the longest wait times in the park. The demand for this type of attraction is there... This one was just a failure.

SIDE NOTE - Journey to Atlantis closed today for a 7-month rehab (opening May 24, 2019). We don't know the full scope, but I'd love to see a re-theme and re-name!
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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:35 pm

chickenbowl wrote:SIDE NOTE - Journey to Atlantis closed today for a 7-month rehab (opening May 24, 2019). We don't know the full scope, but I'd love to see a re-theme and re-name!

Oh wow, that's really extensive. I don't know that Sea World has the money to get it up to Orlando standards at the moment, so it could be just fixing a bunch of stuff on a 15 year old, mechanically complicated ride. Would be cool if they did add theming though.
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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby The Great Zo » Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:18 pm

chickenbowl wrote:SIDE NOTE - Journey to Atlantis closed today for a 7-month rehab (opening May 24, 2019). We don't know the full scope, but I'd love to see a re-theme and re-name!


I was there in mid-September and it had a significant amount of downtime. The coaster sections were a little rough, too. It seems like it could probably use some work.
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:27 pm

I hope it goes better than the Orlando rehab where they basically deactivated all the old theming. Granted this one didn't really have much theming to begin with.
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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby pǝʇɹǝʌuı » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:14 pm

Trip Report 1/3/19

Went with some friends to the park on Thursday. We had a great time! It wasn’t terribly crowded, but it wasn’t empty by any means either. I don't write TRs too often and there’s not a whole ton new at the park but I had a good time and I love this park so I figured I’d share some pictures and experiences real quick.

I grew up going to this park whenever I visited my grandparents in San Diego, so it has a special place in my heart. I stopped going during middle school after I read some youtube comments from animal activists, but I’ve since come to my senses and realized that these parks do a lot more good for animals than they do bad, especially when it comes to education and conservation. This trip was my first time back in 4 years, before that I had a much longer hiatus from visiting, so a lot of the stuff was new to me.

The first thing we hit up was the Orca Encounter show. Holy Cow! I loved it! They did such a good job designing and planning this show! It’s not as good as Believe was, but since they banned waterwork it never will be. It is much better than One Ocean, though, and I’m so glad they invested in the giant screen in the new backdrop for the stadium.

We hit up Manta before going to Sea Lions Live. It was the same show as 4 years ago with some Fortnite jokes thrown in. A great show, for sure, but I do miss the walrus coming out in the middle! We then visited the freshwater aquarium and shark encounter before going to the dolphin show.

I’m not sure if it was because of the new baby dolphin or the christmas show, but I was underwhelmed by this show. They did announce at the beginning that it was the baby’s first week of shows and that they’d be starting off a little slower. You can tell the little guy’s in training; he didn’t do much other than swim around, but he was admittedly cute to watch. I was sad to see that they only have one of their pilot whales left; I guess the other one died? They didn’t use the remaining one in the show, though, which was a little disappointing. They are truly beautiful animals, and last time I saw the show they did some impressive waterwork with them.

The Dolphin Connections show at Dolphin Point is not one to miss. There’s usually only 1 per day and it’s not at a stadium, but if you came to Seaworld to touch a dolphin, get there early and ensure you have a spot near the water! The trainers explain a bit about how they train the dolphins and then have a couple of their friendlier ones swim by the edge for guests to reach out and pet. There’s no extra charge for going and is an experience I would highly recommend!

This was my first time on Electric Eel, my 102nd credit. It’s nothing to go out of your way for, but it fits really well at the park and is a very fun ride. Of course, Atlantis was closed, but that was no surprise to me.

After hitting up Wild Arctic and the penguin encounter, we headed back to Manta for a couple more rides before we left. Holy cow! That thing was hauling. When we rode it earlier in the day, it didn’t quite deliver the airtime I had remembered from my last trip, but at night it was running great! I rode twice, once in the back row and once in the 2nd to front row and I think I like the front better. You can see the door opening better and the transitions feel a little snappier. Overall it’s just a good ride, and one of my friends who I had visited SFMM with earlier this year commented that it was like Twisted Colossus: it’s very re-rideable and overall just fun. What a compliment! I personally love the ride in every way; it’s a fun layout that intertwines with the scenery beautifully. I had to explain to my friends that the tunnel isn’t normally just a few snowflakes and a Santa voiceover, though.

Again, I don’t normally post TRs but this park has a special place in my heart and, while I’m happy with the addition of some great rides and the beautiful scenery of the park, I find it very depressing that they can’t do as much with the animals as they used to be able to. I’m glad most of the politics surrounding Seaworld parks has died down. Maybe one day they’ll swing back and start breeding Orcas again but until that happens I guess I’ll start saving money to take my kids to Norway to see these amazing creatures!
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The giant screen is impressive but not too distracting
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Beautiful animals in beautiful scenery
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The ride was a little more sluggish but more photogenic during the day
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Lots of great moments on this ride. I would love to see more Mack's in the US!
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You can't really see baby in this photo. He didn't make any jumps and stayed by mom when she wasn't doing something acrobatic.
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The stadium is very underused without divers and other effects
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The entrance to Electric Eel was arguably one of its best features.
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It's a good ride with some fun hangtime! A little less thrilling than I expected, though. If it were up to me I'd replace the non-inverting loop with just a normal vertical loop.
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Manta's trains looking sexy at night
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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby Jew » Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:57 am

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:
chickenbowl wrote:SIDE NOTE - Journey to Atlantis closed today for a 7-month rehab (opening May 24, 2019). We don't know the full scope, but I'd love to see a re-theme and re-name!

Oh wow, that's really extensive. I don't know that Sea World has the money to get it up to Orlando standards at the moment, so it could be just fixing a bunch of stuff on a 15 year old, mechanically complicated ride. Would be cool if they did add theming though.


There isn't a show building to add anything...All they could do is change the projections inside the silo.
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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby pǝʇɹǝʌuı » Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:04 pm

No mention of this yet?

Rumor is a 153ft tall dive machine called Mako and a shark encounter renovation for 2020 plus a penguin encounter rebuild for 2021. Not sure about the accuracy of these claims.
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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby padsquad2010 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:33 pm

I've seen the same thing. Haven't found any good sources.
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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby chickenbowl » Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:16 pm

The info is legit. The info was released at a Community Forum by the park. 153ft tall with 143ft vert drop. Will be faster, longer, taller than HangTime!

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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:45 pm

We have heard the rumors too. Not seen anything official from the park. Please do not link to any "rumor sites" or threads until something is officially announced. Thank you.

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