Journey to Atlantis

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Journey to Atlantis is the name shared by three Water 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
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SeaWorld Orlando
Park sectionSea of Legends
Coordinates28°24′47″N 81°27′33″W / 28.413042°N 81.459241°W / 28.413042; -81.459241
StatusOperating
Opening date1998
General statistics
TypeSteel
ManufacturerMack Rides
ModelWater Coaster
Track layoutWater Coaster
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill
Drop60 ft (18 m)
Inversions0
Duration5:56
Height restriction42 in (107 cm)
Animatronics5
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 1998 at SeaWorld Orlando. It is one of the five roller coasters at the park. Along with Wild Arctic, it was one of the park's only thrill rides until the arrival of Kraken in 2000. The two other roller coasters came after, Manta in 2009 and Mako in 2016.

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.

In March 2017, the ride finished its usual seasonal maintenance but Sea World changed the ride's whole theming, taking out all effects of the evil mermaids (audio and lighting).[1]

Vehicle design[edit]

The ride vehicles on Journey to Atlantis are 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 with a large splash 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
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SeaWorld San Diego
Coordinates32°45′50″N 117°13′24″W / 32.76389°N 117.22333°W / 32.76389; -117.22333
StatusClosed for Refurbishment
Opening dateMay 29, 2004
Cost$18,555,020
General statistics
TypeSteel
ManufacturerMack Rides
DesignerMack Rides
ModelWater Coaster
Track layoutWater Coaster
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill and Elevator lift system
Height95 ft (29 m)
Drop70 ft (21 m)
Speed42 mph (68 km/h)
Inversions0
Duration5:25
Capacity1900 riders per hour
G-force3.0
Height restriction42 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 elevator tower which stands at a height of 95 feet, while traversing a small hump. This turn offers the riders a view of the main roller coaster portion and parts of the park, in which boats emerge above the U-turn. The boat heads toward the 83 foot tall plunge 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 60-foot (18 m) 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 crevices in the wall 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 two boats simultaneously. 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 boats drop down a 70-foot, 270° curved drop and rise element, followed by a small block brake section. The boat then drops again into another banked hill, followed by a banked bunny hop which lands into another pool of water. The boats then meander through the pool and up a small lift hill to the loading area. A sliding switch track enables high-capacity, faster loading and unloading process.

SeaWorld San Antonio[edit]

Journey to Atlantis
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SeaWorld San Antonio
Coordinates29°27′18″N 98°42′02″W / 29.454944°N 98.700423°W / 29.454944; -98.700423
StatusOperating
Opening dateMay 11, 2007
General statistics
TypeSteel
ManufacturerMack Rides
ModelSuperSplash
Track layoutWater Coaster
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill
Height100 ft (30 m)
Duration3:30
Height restriction39 in (99 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.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Roseboom, Matt (March 27, 2017). "Evil mermaids removed from Journey to Atlantis ride at SeaWorld Orlando". Attractions Magazine. Retrieved September 28, 2018.