San Antonio, Texas
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Park News - (1/8/19) According to Behind The Thrills, the Shamu Express kiddie coaster at SeaWorld San Antonio is closing down to make way for a new experience. Well… kinda. While the park hasn’t released the details, the thought is that they will likely keep the coaster and retheme the trains to have a new Sesame Street character theme, much like what they are doing in Orlando where that park’s Shamu Express is becoming Super Grover’s Box Car Derby. It makes sense to do this in Texas as well, as the coaster is located smack in the middle of a Sesame Street themed kiddie play area mixed in with other rides themed to Sesame Street characters.
(10/10/18) SeaWorld has announced a whole new annual pass program, featuring four tiered passes: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each comes with added benefits over the previous tier, along with a slightly higher cost. For example the Bronze tier only gives you 50% off the price of parking and unlimited admission with a few Blockout Dates while upgrading to the Silver pass for a few bucks more will give you free parking, no blockout dates, plus discounts on food and merchandise in the park. Gold adds even more benefits and if you go all the way up to the Platinum level you can also use the pass for admission to 11 different parks in the chain. Follow this link to read up on all the details for each tier.
2018 - New Attractions - (3/6/18) SeaWorld San Antonio tells us that they will open their brand new Taumata Racer slide at Aquatica on March 10th.
(9/22/17) SeaWorld San Antonio has announced that the park is making a number of new additions to both SeaWorld and Aquatica for 2018 season. The plans include the introduction of a new Sesame Street themed parade in Spring 2018, a new Bier Fest (aka: beer festival) will also arrive for three weekends in September. Other popular events will also return in 2018 like Wild Days in early 2018 and The Seven Seas Food & Wine Festival in April, and Howl-O-Scream will return in the fall after dark, with the family friendly Spooktacular in the daytime.
In the summer however the park will see the arrival of Electric Ocean, a new style of nighttime entertainment offerings throughout the summer mixing nightly fireworks, party zones, music and more. The popular night shows, Shamu Celebration: Light Up the Night, Sea Lions Tonight and HydroPower Xtreme FX will return as well from June 15 through Aug. 12.
Aquatica will get Taumata Racer in the Spring, a new 6-lane head-first mat racer slide that will start things off by jumping into an enclosed tube slide section for a high speed turn before opening up into the high-speed hill finale 55 feet down to the finish line.
2019 - Turtle Reef, Sea Swinger, Riptide Rescue and Ihu's Breakaway Falls - (2/7/19) SeaWorld San Antonio posted a great picture on their social media showing off the progress on Ihu’s Breakaway Falls slide. Look for it to be ready for Aquatica’s opening day of the season on March 9th where it will become the tallest waterslide in Texas.
(10/20/18) A reader sent in some pictures taken last week showing off the construction taking place at SeaWorld San Antonio for the new 2019 expansion area.
(9/28/18) SeaWorld San Antonio announced Turtle Reef is coming in 2019, a new interactive turtle exhibit with an underwater viewing area, plus two new flat rides: Sea Swinger and Riptide Rescue. Look for it to open in Spring 2019.
Oh wait... there is one more new attraction on the way in 2019... this one over at the Aquatica waterpark. New for 2019 is Ihu's Breakaway Falls. The Orlando park has a slide with the same name, featuring three drop-pod slides at the top of an 80 foot tower tower. No stats were given out about the Texas version, other than the video implies it will still feature three separate drop pod slides.
(9/25/18) SeaWorld San Antonio has set a Sept. 27th date to make some kind of live announcement on Facebook. I can only assume this will be the big reveal about the park's 2019 plans, which we've been releasing detailed rumors and reports about for the past couple weeks.
(8/23/18) Building permits were found detailing exactly what SeaWorld San Antonio has in store for 2019. According to the official documents the new expansion will include a new Turtle animal exhibit and two new flat rides: a Huss Airboat and Zamperla Midi-Discovery.
SeaWorld San Diego already has a Huss Airboat ride called Riptide Rescue (see the video below) and the Zamperla Midi-Discovery is a more compact version of their full scale spinning/swinging pendulum ride that holds 16 riders and swings them up about 50 feet in the air on each end.
Both of these are good mid-level thrill rides, with the Airboat being a fun one that parents can ride with their smaller kids on, with the discovery serving as a good compact thriller and a stepping stone for tweens on the fence between kiddie rides and the park’s bigger coasters.
(7/27/18) A few new pictures of the construction wall just put up at SeaWorld San Antonio this week were sent in by a reader. As for what's going on... a reader came across a building permit just filed for the park describes the project as "SITE WORK ONLY INCLUDING UTILITY, DRAINAGE AND GRADING FOR FUTURE AQUATIC ANIMAL EXHIBIT POOL, RIDES AND PLAZA". Interesting... more than one ride and a new animal exhibit of some kind.
Also digging through the rumor mill... I'm hearing the park had been looking at a couple of new ride options for their next project... either a new flume ride (as guests are still disappointed they removed the old log ride) or said to have been talking about installing another wooden coaster from GCI like InvadR at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
(7/26/18) A reader sent in a picture showing off the first section of construction fencing going up next to Shamu stadium near the Smokehouse.
(7/23/18) Early clearing and survey flags for construction on a new attraction for SeaWorld San Antonio has been reported "behind the smokehouse" next to Shamu Stadium and along the Rio Loco ride area. Signs were also spotted backstage with directions printed on them that would indicate that the direct pathway betwen Rio Loco and Shamu Stadium will be closed, with the signs directing all foot traffic to detour onto the pathway through Bayside Stadium instead while they were "Making waves for a future new attraction".
Plenty of open land there that could be used for virtually anything. Anyone know more about what's on the way?
2020 - New Wooden Roller Coaster - Rumor - (9/25/18) Interesting new details have come to light regarding the wooden coaster planned to open at SeaWorld Texas in 2020. While they are shooting for something more family friendly I believe, with a 44" to 48" rider height requirement and height of about 100 feet tall, they are still hoping to grab some wooden coaster records in the Texas marketplace to promote. Though with so many of the states bigger woodies having been converted into Hybrids (Texas Giant, Iron Rattler) then it may not be too hard to build something with a record. It also confirms that it will be built on as an expansion to the "turtle" themed area being added in 2019.
(9/19/18) The early word from Screamscape sources regarding the 2020 wooden coaster plans for SeaWorld San Antonio is that the park is expected to use GCI for this one, and much like how InvadR was done at the Williamsburg park, they plan on reusing the remaining GCI Millennium Flyer trains from the closed Gwazi coaster in Tampa.
(9/17/18) I'm not sure how true this is, but according to a posting at Wild Gravity Travels, SeaWorld San Antonio may be planning on adding a new small wooden coaster experience to the park as early as 2020. If true, then we have to wonder if they will go for something from the GCI like InvadR at Busch Gardens Williamsburg or something more kid friendly like Gravity Group's Oscar's Wacky Taxi built at Sesame Place.
???? - New Killer Whale Educational Program - (7/23/18) While the Shamu Show at the San Diego park was turned into an education only show and the stage set transformed dramatically for 2017, thus far there has been no indication that SeaWorld is still planning on going forward with similar plans to do the same to the killer whale stadiums in San Antonio or Orlando just yet.
(3/17/16) SeaWorld has announced that starting today they will end their Orca / Killer Whale breeding program, and that the animals currently in the park’s care will be the last generation of orcas at the SeaWorld parks. They did note that at least one of the whales, Takara, is currently pregnant, so there will be at least one more baby to be born, keeping in mind that they have a gestation cycle of 17-18 months.
SeaWorld also announced that their new “Orca Encounter” program that will see the park’s current theatrical style show in San Diego transformed in 2017 into an educational experience focused on enrichment, exercise, education and conservation, will be followed by similar updates of the facilities at the San Antonio park (assuming in 2018) and then the Orlando park by 2019.