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Park News - (9/11/22) Intamin's New “FLUME BOOSTER" Confirmed
(8/13/22) SeaWorld San Antonio has posted the details of their Howl-O-Scream event this year. The list includes 8 scare zones and 6 free haunted houses.
The list of haunts includes: Dis-Assembly Line (NEW), Atlantis: The Cursed Chasm (NEW), The Swamp, Milton Creek Manor, Karver’s Kradle, and Zombie Horde.
The list of 8 Terror-Tories includes: GlaciAlley (NEW), Water’s Edge (NEW), The Swamp and Blackwater Bayou, The SINdustry District, Shadow Street, Ripper Row, Vampire Point and Zombie Zone.
2023 - Catapult Falls - (9/28/22) SeaWorld San Antonio confirmed their long rumored new flume ride for the 2023 season. The new ride will be called Catapult Falls and as rumored, this will be the world’s first “launched flume coaster” and they say it will be the only flume coaster with a vertical lift in North America.
Ummm… on that last title, I’ve got a protest a little bit, as Journey To Alantis at sister park, SeaWorld San Diego does feature a vertical / elevator style fill for that flume ride, though from an entirely different manufacturer. Ok… enough of that though, because Catapult Falls does look quite cool, as they also say that it will be the world’s steepest “flume coaster” with a 53º drop on the final hill.
Before that you, guests will get to experience the unique launch sensation of this new Intamin creation. From the look of the animation, it almost appears as if the flume will be launched via a high-speed conveyor-belt. Sort of like climbing onto a tread-mill from hell, it will launch the boats at 30 feet per second right into a small airtime hill and then down the other side into a quick splash pool before circling back towards the vertical lift and final drop.
(9/11/22) I think Intamin just revealed exactly what they have planned for the new flume ride planned for SeaWorld San Antonio just ahead of the IAAPA Expo Europe 2022 that starts on Monday. Intamin’s YouTube channel just uploaded a short 23-second video called “Intamin Flume Rides: Booster” that shows a flume boat get pulled up onto what looks like a launch track. A countdown begins…3… 2… 1… and then fade to white, with the words “Now Available FLUME BOOSTER” along with the sounds of a revving engine in the background.
While clearly this is just a teaser… I’m expecting that we’ll see more of this new technology in the near future, likely to be revealed by SeaWorld themselves with this new ride announcement.
If you’ve looked at the coverage of the leaked plans for the upcoming SeaWorld San Antonio flume ride, the speculation based on the plans is that the flume ride’s layout did indeed look like it was intended to feature some kind of yet-to-be-seen launch system (or Flume Booster) to shoot the boats down a flat section of track and then up and over a coaster like hill before dropping down into a flume-style drop on the other side.
(4/3/22) New plans for an awesome new attraction planned for SeaWorld San Antonio in 2023 have been posted to ParkFans this week. From the look of things, this is a new flume ride which is being put in a fitting location to the left of Great White where the park’s old Texas Splashdown log ride used to sit.
While my first impression on the plans, and based on previous company history, I was thinking this was a Mack Rides flume. However, according to the ParkFans reports, they believe the new ride to be from Intamin, so maybe they saw Intamin’s name somewhere in the documentation they had access to.
The plans for this flume show off something else of interest. After the boats dispatch from the station and travel along a slow river course for a time before the boats appear to leave the water and enter onto a straight section of track of some kind. While this could just be a traditional lift hill, the plans almost look like this section remains at ground level and then goes up a hill after it ends that travels over an existing section of the flume, and then down a drop on the other side into a splashdown area. The thought from ParkFans, which I can agree with, is that this may actually be a “launch” track that will launch the riders up and over a small hill. While I can’t recall Intamin ever making a launch’s flume ride before, I know Mack Rides actually has been doing this very thing for their new PowerSplash rides. Intamin is well versed in launch technology for their coasters however, so it wouldn’t be hard to believe that they might be ready to add it to their flume rides as well.
After this first drop and splash the boats will make a u-turn and head towards what is clearly some kind of vertical / elevator style lift system that will raise the boats to the top of the second drop. This second drop appears to be a sort of a coaster style drop that will go below the waterline and then rise-up for a little airtime hill before dropping again to the final splashdown. This is something you will see in many flume rides from both companies, such as Ripsaw Falls at Universal’s Islands of Adventure (Mack) and the incredible looking Chiapas at Phantasialand (Intamin). Meanwhile both companies are well versed in elevator style lift systems for their water rides, and I will admit that the plans for this look more like the new style single Intamin lifts than the Mack style enclosed lifts.
Regardless, I do love a good flume ride, and guests at the Texas parks can always use another way to cool down on those hot summer days, so this will be an excellent addition no matter who makes it.