Journey to Atlantis

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For the novel by J. J. Fortune, see Journey to Atlantis (novel).
Journey to Atlantis attraction at SeaWorld Orlando.

Journey to Atlantis is the name shared by three water roller coasters located at SeaWorld theme parks. These attractions, while different from one another, tell a similar story of a trip to the mythical land of Atlantis. Each one combines roller coaster elements, such as chain lift hills and steep drops, with boat-based attraction elements, such as splash-down landings. All three attractions were designed by MACK Rides of Germany.

SeaWorld Orlando[edit]

Journey to Atlantis
SeaWorld Orlando
Coordinates 28°24′47″N 81°27′33″W / 28.413042°N 81.459241°W / 28.413042; -81.459241
Status Operating
Opening date 1999
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Mack Rides
Model Water Coaster
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Drop 60 ft (18 m)
Inversions 0
Duration 5:56
Height restriction 42 in (107 cm)
Quick Queue available
Single rider line available
Journey to Atlantis at RCDB
Pictures of Journey to Atlantis at RCDB

The original Journey to Atlantis made its debut in 1999 at SeaWorld Orlando, and was the first roller coaster to be installed at the park. It was the park's only thrill ride until the arrival of Kraken in 2000.

Journey to Atlantis features a small aquarium exhibit, "Jewels of the Sea", in its gift shop exit area. Inside, guests will find aquaria built into the floor and the ceiling of the exhibit, along with more traditional aquaria.

Vehicle design[edit]

The ride vehicles on Journey to Atlantis are actually boats with wheels on the bottom and on the sides. Each boat carries eight passengers, arranged into four rows with two passengers each. Two lap bars secure both passengers in the row.

Track layout[edit]

Journey to Atlantis begins as the boat is propelled via friction drives into a water flume meant to resemble an underwater canal. A siren beckons the boat closer until the mythical realm of Atlantis comes into view. The boat enters the city and all appears well, but soon the siren's true form is revealed, and the boat is carried up and out of the temple on a roller coaster chain lift hill. After a left-hand U-turn the boat starts up a second lift hill, entering a dry flume at the top of the hill that carries the boat to the large splash-down drop. The attraction's on-ride camera captures the boat's photograph as it slides down to the water below.

The boat makes a right-hand U-turn leading to a short drop and a final lift hill that leads back into the temple for one final encounter with the siren. At the top of this lift hill, the boat is now on a roller-coaster-type track. The boat escapes from the siren into the darkness, down a spiraling drop to the left before swooping up and landing in a final splash-down pool. The boat makes one final U-turn to the right before returning to the station.

SeaWorld San Diego[edit]

Journey to Atlantis
SeaWorld San Diego
Coordinates 32°45′50″N 117°13′24″W / 32.76389°N 117.22333°W / 32.76389; -117.22333Coordinates: 32°45′50″N 117°13′24″W / 32.76389°N 117.22333°W / 32.76389; -117.22333
Status Operating
Opening date May 29, 2004
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Mack Rides
Model Water Coaster
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill and Elevator lift system
Height 95 ft (29 m)
Drop 70 ft (21 m)
Speed 42 mph (68 km/h)
Duration 5:00
Capacity 1900 riders per hour
G-force 3.0
Height restriction 42 in (107 cm)
Quick Queue available
Journey to Atlantis at RCDB
Pictures of Journey to Atlantis at RCDB

The second Atlantis opened in 2004 at SeaWorld San Diego. This version lacks the large interior scenes that the Orlando version includes; but makes up for it with the addition of a much larger roller coaster ride. Also, the boats on this version have individual lap-bars.

Track Layout[edit]

Riders advance out of the station slowly onto the chain lift hill that is covered in fog machines, which give the illusion of climbing up water. At the top of the lift hill, riders make a full U-turn on a roller coaster track, which wraps around the larger of the ride's two tower-like buildings while negotiating a few small humps. This turn offers the riders a view of the main roller coaster portion, in which boats emerge into a sliding door above the U-turn. The boat heads toward the second tower, which bares an arched portico with fountain pouring down directly onto the tracks. The fountain turns off just as the boats slip under, plunging down a 70 ft. flume channel into a pool of water. During the plunge, photos are taken of riders. The boat then makes a left-handed U-turn in the water pool and meanders through the pond gently.The boat then enters the plunge tower building at the base. The building is dark inside. The boats enter a room which lights up dimly, and begins to flood. (Water comes through vents in the floor to achieve the effect) The boats roll out of the room into the darkness, and onto a special track that works like an elevator, carrying riders to the top. There is a short film in which a whale breaks through a glass building as the ascent begins. The elevator rocks from side to side while traveling up, as though being pushed by an ocean current. The elevator stops to reach the maximum height position on the ride's course. The front of the elevator then opens the sliding doors seen earlier, and the boat rolls down a 70 ft curved drop and rise element, followed by a small block brake section. The boat then drops again into another banked hill, followed by a bunny hop which lands in another pool of water. The boats then return to the loading area. A sliding switch track enables high-capacity, faster loading and unloading process.

SeaWorld San Antonio[edit]

Journey to Atlantis
SeaWorld San Antonio
Coordinates 29°27′18″N 98°42′02″W / 29.454944°N 98.700423°W / 29.454944; -98.700423
Status Operating
Opening date May 11, 2007
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Mack Rides
Model SuperSplash
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 100 ft (30 m)
Duration 3:30
Height restriction 42 in (107 cm)
Quick Queue available
Journey to Atlantis at RCDB
Pictures of Journey to Atlantis at RCDB

The newest version of Atlantis opened in 2007 at SeaWorld San Antonio. First announced in August 2006, this version is based on a different model than its cousins. Although initial plans had called for a more elaborate indoor station and "towers" to enclose the ride's two turntables, SeaWorld opted to reduce the number of drops and turns. Thus, this version more closely resembles a traditional Shoot-the-Chutes boat ride. It is based on the "SuperSplash" devised by MACK Rides.

Track Layout[edit]

Upon leaving the station, riders ascend a 100-foot-tall (30 m) lift hill. Once at the top, the boat enters one of two turntables that allows riders a 360° view of the park. After one full rotation, the boat is positioned to pass through its reverse camelback backwards. The second turntable provides riders with an additional 360° view of the park before the boat finally dives through a building and into the water. Additionally, SeaWorld added walkways and a "viewing area" next to the ride's splash zone and queue, enabling guests the option to get soaked. The boat makes a U-turn before climbing back into the station.