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SEAWORLD TEXAS
San Antonio, Texas
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

 

 

Park News - (6/22/21) SeaWorld San Antonio will celebrate 20 years of fear this fall when they launch Howl-O-Scream 2021, which they call “the biggest and scariest Halloween event in Texas”. Look for Howl-O-Scream to run on seclect nights from Sept. 17 through to October 31, 2021 and and will offer a brand new haunted house (no details given), a bunch of returning fan-favorite haunts, Scare Zones and Terror-tories and the Monster Stomp show at the Nautilus Theater. Visit the official website for all the details.

 

 

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icon_STOP2022 - Riptide Race @ Aquatica - (10/16/21) Riptide Race is coming to Aquatica San Antonio for 2022. Guests will climb a 51 ft tower and race down in a two-person raft with a partner against rides in the slide next to them. The slide will feature side-by-side action sections with low-slide-walls so riders can see who is winning the race before the final splashdown at the end of the nearly 565 foot slide. 
    I don’t know if the final layout will be the same or not, but the experience should be very similar to the Riptide Racer that was added to Aquatica Orlando a few months ago. You can enjoy our video of the Orlando version below, which includes POV footage of both sides.

 

icon_STOP2022 - Tidal Surge - (10/6/21) The new Tidal Surge attraction at SeaWorld San Antonio for 2022 has now gone vertical according to the latest construction update posted to the park’s Facebook page. The bottom of the giant legs for the S&S ride system have now been set in place for what they say will be the world’s tallest (105 ft) Screamin’ Swing ride. Check it out below.

 
    (8/25/21) SeaWorld San Antonio has announced Tidal Surge is coming in 2022. Tidal Surge will be the world’s tallest and fastest screaming swing (S&S) when it opens next year.

 
    (4/18/21) While SeaWorld San Antonio hasn’t confirmed just what it is they are working on for 2022, the arrival of large blue ride pieces in the parking lot have given it away. Thanks to one of our readers for sending in what are clearly pictures of an S&S Screamin’ Swing attraction, just like the Finnegan’s Flyer ride that was added to Busch Gardens Williamsburg a couple seasons ago. They also included a look at the construction site, full of activity to get it ready for the new ride.

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    (2/28/21) While it was noticed that land clearing had begun in SeaWorld San Antonio for the park’s next big attraction in early 2020 before the COVID-19 shutdown, not much happened on the cleared site next to the lake for the remainder of the year as the company shut down the majority of their construction projects at the time.
    New pictures taken at the park and posted by Behind the Thrills (see below) show that activity has begun once again on the site which now has concrete framing in place and rebar sticking out of the ground. As Texas has now thawed from the bitter cold that struck it earlier this month, I would imagine that the park will begin pouring the concrete foundation for the new attraction any day now, if they haven’t already. 
    Plans could have changed but last year documents were posted (scroll down) claiming that the park had hired plans to be drawn up to add a Mack Powersplash ride as well as a “2021 swing ride” as future additions to the park. Before these were released the waterside location they are working on was actually rumored to us to be for a planned S&S Screamin’ Swing attraction, similar to the Finnegan’s Flyer attraction that was just added to Busch Gardens Williamsburg in 2019. Obviously the timeline has been pushed back, but it would be interesting to see if the park is still planning on building both of these attractions, possibly in close proximity to each other.


    (12/24/20) Behind the Thrills has posted a couple of pictures on Twitter showing off the unannounced new attraction project at SeaWorld San Antonio, along with some new building structure going up near Texas Stingray as well.
    Given the lack of any serious progress on the construction site for the rumored new ride(s) by the lake, I’m guessing these projects have been pushed back until at least 2022.


    (6/16/20) Remember when we posted awhile back a rumor that SeaWorld San Antonio could be getting a Mack PowerSplash? The construction for 2021 that was seen earlier this year was also rumored to be for a new S&S Screamin’ Swing attraction, but based on the attachment in the tweets below the park is apparently planning on building BOTH rides: A Mack PowerSplash and S&S Screamin’ Swing.



    (2/28/20) While the site being worked on is much larger than what might be needed, the early rumor I’m hearing about what may be coming to SeaWorld San Antonio in 2021 is actually an S&S Screamin Swing attraction, similar in design to the Finnegan’s Flyer attraction that opened at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in 2019. (See below)
    Given the location however, I have to wonder if they are building some kind of pier structure to put it on over the water, or if they are actually in the process of perhaps reclaiming that area to use a dry land for the attraction and other possible uses.

 

???? - Mack PowerSplash - Rumor - (2/28/21) While it was noticed that land clearing had begun in SeaWorld San Antonio for the park’s next big attraction in early 2020 before the COVID-19 shutdown, not much happened on the cleared site next to the lake for the remainder of the year as the company shut down the majority of their construction projects at the time.
    New pictures taken at the park and posted by Behind the Thrills (see below) show that activity has begun once again on the site which now has concrete framing in place and rebar sticking out of the ground. As Texas has now thawed from the bitter cold that struck it earlier this month, I would imagine that the park will begin pouring the concrete foundation for the new attraction any day now, if they haven’t already. 
    Plans could have changed but last year documents were posted (scroll down) claiming that the park had hired plans to be drawn up to add a Mack Powersplash ride as well as a “2021 swing ride” as future additions to the park. Before these were released the waterside location they are working on was actually rumored to us to be for a planned S&S Screamin’ Swing attraction, similar to the Finnegan’s Flyer attraction that was just added to Busch Gardens Williamsburg in 2019. Obviously the timeline has been pushed back, but it would be interesting to see if the park is still planning on building both of these attractions, possibly in close proximity to each other.

 
    (6/16/20) Remember when we posted awhile back a rumor that SeaWorld San Antonio could be getting a Mack PowerSplash? The construction for 2021 that was seen earlier this year was also rumored to be for a new S&S Screamin’ Swing attraction, but based on the attachment in the tweets below the park is apparently planning on building BOTH rides: A Mack PowerSplash and S&S Screamin’ Swing.


 


    (2/24/20) While at SeaWorld San Antonio they are kicking off the season not only with the opening of the Texas Stingray, but they’ve also already started ground clearing for something BIG for 2021. According to the teaser wall graphic, it says #RideTheTide and “Something Big is Coming”. If you check out the photos of the site in our FB post below you’ll see they have walled off the water on the opposite side of the park’s lake from Wave Breaker for this new attraction, which seems to indicate that it will ride through or over the water at this part of the lake.
    This has already led to some fun speculation… like could it be another Mack Power Splash? Maybe the Mack Power Loop we were also wondering about for Magic Mountain next year. Or maybe the park is planning on building the first Dive Machine in Texas?! After all, they’ve dammed up the water here for something… and perhaps they’re thinking of an underground / underwater tunnel at the base of the Dive, much like what was just done for Yukon Striker at Canada’s Wonderland. Just something to think about, so stay tuned! 

 

 

???? - 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.

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Track Record

SeaWorld Texas
San Antonio, Texas
SeaWorld Parks & Ent.

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2020 - Texas Stingray & Tonga Twister

2019 - Turtle Reef, Sea Swinger, Riptide Rescue and Ihu's Breakaway Falls

2018 - Taumata Racer

2017 - Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster

2016 - Discovery Point

2015 - Sea Lion High and Pacific Point Preserve

2013 - Pets Ahoy

2012 - Aquatica

2011 - One Ocean &
Sesame Street: Bay of Play

2010 - Azul: Lure of the Sea & Sidewinder Bowl Slides

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