SeaWorld San Antonio
Time to move on to the park after which the complex is named: SeaWorld San Antonio. The 1988 Marine Park that opened as the world’s largest marine park has quite changed over the years, and though the remaining size is less than half of the size at opening, it still remains to be a giant park.
We call SeaWorld San Antonio a combination of a classic SeaWorld park with Busch Gardens. The park is home to a fun animal line up, but thanks to local competition a big thrill line up can be found here as well. Of the three SeaWorld parks, SeaWorld San Antonio has the most coasters! Including the freshly repainted Steel Eel, and to the left, Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster, a Jetski-themed multi-launch coaster.
We also saw the park’s Ocean Discovery Show, where the pre-show was a visit of Tyonek, the stranded baby beluga that was rescued off the coast of Alaska and thrives at SeaWorld San Antonio. We got to meet his buddy, a Pacific Whitesided Dolphin as well.
The only other beluga shows we’ve seen were Azul, the show that was replaced by Ocean Discovery, and Chimelong Ocean Kingdom‘s.
The park’s also home to the Mack Supersplash, Journey to Atlantis. This rendition feels bare and a bit basic, but is still fun. I have a feeling this 2007 installment is the next attraction to get some TLC.
Back to coasters! Great White, located in the back of the park, is the first coaster to ever be in a SeaWorld park, an immediate reaction to the local competition, and it still runs surprisingly smooth.
FUN FACT: This version of the ride layout is actually the smallest of its kind, the ride takes a few sharper turns shortening the track layout by about 150 ft., despite being 8 ft. taller than the original at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL.
This year the park added Texas’ longest, tallest, and fastest wooden coaster to complete the Texan coast themed area, and we couldn’t be happier. Texas Stingray is one of the country’s best wooden coasters.
We have already launched a full review of Texas Stingray, here! But we still wanted to show you some of the great integration in this report.
The ride has some of the best balances between airtime and lateral movements, and keeps up its pacing throughout the entire ride. The coaster feels unique to other woodies and does not at any point feel repetitive. Great Coasters International and SeaWorld San Antonio really did a fantastic job.
The 3,379 ft. long coaster is actually a terrain coaster with quite some changes in elevation and was designed well ahead of the name being chosen. The waving wings of the ride’s sprawling layout made it a no-brainer to name the ride Texas Stingray.
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