Journey to Atlantis
Specific Type: Water Coaster
Sea World San Antonio is home to one of three nation-wide Journey to Atlantis coasters. The other two are at Sea World San Diego and Sea World Orlando. Seeing as these rides are a lot like log flumes, they are still classified as roller coasters due to that they do run freely on track and have a small drop and back up a hill at some point while running on just steel track. While many may not consider these as actual roller coasters, Roller Coaster Database has counts them as roller coasters.
Journey to Atlantis at Sea World San Antonio is located toward the back of the park at Sea World San Antonio and stands out fairly well with its bright blue track. Riders reach a maximum height of 100 feet on this ride and can get fairly wet on the final splash down at the end of the ride. A unique feature on this coaster is the way the boats are turned once at the top of its course. Instead of the track turning, the boats are actually turned ninety degrees to the next section of track and so on.
Once loaded into the sixteen passenger boats, the boats leave the loading station and proceed directly up the lift hill. The lift hill takes them up fairly slowly and once at the top, the riders enter the first of two turn tables of the ride. This first turn table actually gives riders a full 360 degree view around the park, instead of just turning them into the next section of track to their right. Once given a brief view of their surroundings, riders enter the next section of the ride and exit the turn table. This section of ride is most likely why it is classified as a roller coaster in the first place, as trains dive downward about fifty feet and back up a little less than fifty feet. At this point, the trains are not floating as on a lot of log flumes they float along the trough in the air. Here it is complete steel track and the boats are running completely by their wheels. After this section, the boats enter the second and final turn table of the ride. This time, the turn table just turns a short ninety degree turn to the right and the boat is released on down the flume where riders get the most wet. After floating slowly around a 180 degree turn to the right, riders enter back into the station.
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