The NIMBYs are powerful around Mission Bay, despite the fact the park was likely in place long before they moved into the neighborhood. They've got a their city council rep on board, routinely complain about the park's fireworks and any potential ride noise, and I suspect there's a PETA influence too. On top of stringent zoning and the Mission Bay Park master plan, Sea World also has to deal with the California Coastal Commission. They are buried in red tape. I wouldn't ever expect to see anything built taller than Atlantis.
Do we know where they're adding the turtle exhibit?
This looks great! Can't wait for 2011 to roll around and a replacement for the manatees to arrive....Wonders of the River stunk, so hopefully this will be a good replacement.
I am glad to see them do this after what they did to the Dolphin Show....honestly, it was the worst show I'd ever seen. Not much marine life, just a bunch of bad acting and random acrobatics coupled with a horrible story.
As for the 2014-2015 coaster.....the only way I see ANYTHING being built (I regularly visit) is if it's compact or doesn't rise very high, and completely enclosed. That is the only way I see anything being built. (Enclosed Jet Rescue Anyone?)
I've been astounded at the complete lack of support for Sea World... seeing as it attracts a large nunber of people to San Diego, and brings in revenue for not just the park, but for surrounding businesses as well. Sea World and Belmont are classic San Diego attractions being driven out of business by greedy city council members who seem to think the economy isn't effecting anyone.
We have InBev to thank for haulting the Premier that was on track for this year. The park had even held the flamingos from breeding two seasons ago to keep the population stable in anticipation of moving their exhibit. It's safe to say the NIMBY's are terrible around most parks, but they are a special breed of terrible down in Mission Bay. On top of all the other environmental red tape that was mentioned above. But at least they don't still have to deal with that psychotic hippie leatherface demon city council member, Donna Frye, who would try to stop them from constructing another drinking fountain let alone a decent roller coaster.
It's too bad for SWC. I know I'm in the minority of people around TPR that still really like the park having gone there a lot as a small child but I hate to see them keep getting the shaft ride wise while the rest of the parks have left them in the dust. It makes me even more bummed that BGVN was never given a chance to expand before it was shuttered. I assume the turtles are taking over the former manatee home. I'm sure it will be very nice as are most of their exhibits!
Plus it will finally give Robb a reason to visit which means we're making a Pizze Port run!!
Busch Gardens Van Nuys before the current brewery was expanded
Either way, I'm sure the sea turtle exhibit will be very nice. But as far anything "sizable" coaster wise goes, I think there's a snowballs chance in hell we'll ever see it in San Diego...
Let's hope hell freezes over then
Anyway, like I mentioned before, something small like an enclosed version of Jet Rescue is the largest size coaster I see them adding in the near (next 10 years) future.
And who wouldn't like a Jet Rescue type ride for SW SD if its enclosed and away from the water. No one can complain it's too big, or say it will produce large ammounts of noise.
On a side note, when I first saw the concept art for the flatride, I thought it was a Zamperla Air Race (the topper was what lead me that conclusion) and was like "OMG AIR RA.....crap its just a spinning flat". One of those could also do well in the park. Riptide Rescue will appease me for now. When this exibit/flatride opens, you can expect me to be in the parking lot two hours before opening. Plus I'll have opening day photos . Hey, it's the first time they've added something that wasn't remodeled (the flat) in years. That, is something to celebrate. It is a step in the right direction.
It's been pretty much confirmed by Huss on their website, an Airboat is coming to Sea World San Diego:
Additionally, a custom-themed Airboat ride will be delivered to a US- based group for an installation in California. The strong family appeal of the Airboat with its spinning, twisting and swinging ride movements will be beautifully underlined with a maritime-related decoration as part of HUSS Park Attractions delivery scope.
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