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So I know the permits have been out for the 2019 attractions but I’m curious if they will talk about the rumored 2020 attraction. After all, BGT teased us with their 2020 coaster.

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^ did they ever announce anything for 2019? or is that what this is?

 

There announcing tomorrow morning the 2019 additions and I’m hoping for some 2020 teasers. Sorry if that was unclear.

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SeaWorld San Antonio released their 2019 plans earlier today.

 

The theme park will open a new area Turtle Reef habitat. The area will include an interactive sea turtle attraction and two rides, Riptide Rescue and Sea Swinger. Based on the concept art, Riptide Rescue appears to be a Huss Airboat. Sea Swinger appears to be a Zamperla Midi Discovery.

 

Aquatica will see the addition of Ihu’s Breakaway Falls, a multidrop tower slide.

 

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/news/2018/09/27/seaworld-san-antonio-aquatica-adding-new-rides-and.html

 

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. plans to add an interactive sea turtle attraction and multiple rides that are expected to be completed in time for SeaWorld San Antonio’s spring 2019 season.

 

The Turtle Reef habitat will give guests an up-close look at an endangered species and enable them to better understand the threats turtles face in the wild. The centerpiece of the attraction is a 126,000-gallon coral reef-themed environment featuring rescued and nonreleasable green sea turtles, as well as hundreds of multicolored Caribbean fish.

 

The San Antonio park is also adding a pair of new rides — Riptide Rescue and Sea Swinger. The first will have guests board boats and set out on a sea turtle rescue mission, while the latter will swing riders 180 degrees in multiple directions.

 

Aquatica, which is SeaWorld San Antonio’s companion park, will also get a new ride. Ihu’s Breakaway Falls, a multidrop tower slide, is set to debut next spring as well.

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I found it very strange that (for a SeaWorld Park) this park really didn’t have many animal exhibits.

 

In the park proper I think I only counted two (Pacific Point and the dated penguin and puffin building) and otherwise the only way to actually see any animals was to go to the shows or to leave the park (presumably getting a hand stamp) and walk across the entry plaza to go look at dolphins. Like most SeaWorld parks, it’s also light on rides which is more noticeable here due to the distinct lack of animal exhibits.

 

This looks great and addresses two big needs for the park. I love it. I feel like a Zamberla midi discovery is sort of a cheap and sh*tty ride for a SeaWorld Park but they ride just fine and I’m sure they’ll make it look nice. I’m most excited for the turtles anyway.

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Nice to see flats being added to the park as well as larger attractions and coasters. Really turning the Sea World parks into well rounded parks. These look like solid additions to start the process of taking it into the next stage of it's life.

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I'm glad to see SeaWorld continuing to invest in animal experiences in tandem with adding rides... Rides add more immediate returns, but SeaWorld's distinct approach to animal exhibits is a part of the company's DNA and something that I hope to see continue for a long time across all of the parks.

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I posted in the SWO thread about buying a platinum pass for SWSA from out-of-state b/c it was so much cheaper and a Texas trip was in my plans anyway. I read the actual printable ticket and it says SeaWorld Texas platinum passes are valid for Texas residents only. I went back through the website and read everything I could find and could not find this information. So I repeated the process of buying a pass right up until the payment screen and did not find this information.

 

I called and the person at SeaWorld CS said that if purchased the pass on Ez-Pay installments that I had to be a resident of Texas, but since I paid in full, the passes would be valid. This seems very odd. I sent an email to customer service as well to confirm so I can have something in writing.

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Response from SeaWorld:

 

Dear Mr. Glenn,

 

Greetings from SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment!

 

Thank you very much for your information request on SeaWorld San Antonio. It is always a pleasure to hear from our guests, for you are the one that helps make our park a success.

 

I spoke to my supervisor and she said that at this time it is okay that you have the Platinum pass. Please stop at any kiosk to redeem your e-voucher and obtain your actual pass.

 

Sincerely,

 

Deborah

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I just also bought a platinum pass from SWSA and am certainly not a Texas resident. I visited the park this past weekend and had no issues redeeming the pass and using it. I signed up for EZ pay as I would love to keep that low monthly payment and visit the other Sea/Busch parks, so far no issues.

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I have purchased the SWSA platinum pass in the past without being a TX resident and didn't have any issues (paid in full, not EZ pay).

 

BUT, I was not able to successfully redeem any of the passmember offers for BGT/SWO through the online passmember portal. I was fine if it was something I could do in person in FL, but I just couldn't get it to work in advance online.

 

I also was denied the platinum preferred parking at BGW because they said they don't honor that for other region platinum passes, but they didn't give me any issues with a FL platinum pass this year, so YMMV.

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Yeah I've had a sea world san diego platinum pass in the past and was also not able to redeem most of the offers for the platinum at other parks. I had emailed before, and they replied saying that the offers were only good for home park with the exception of the florida passes which are by far the most expensive. However if its a perk that does not require online redemption I've had no issues in the past redeeming it. I've also always gotten the preferred parking at every park but I do know that BGW has changed their pass structure a lot in the past year so while that would be a bummer to lose there its not a deal breaker especially at the price the SWSA platinum pass is. So all in all still think its a wonderful deal.

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I posted in the SWO thread about buying a platinum pass for SWSA from out-of-state b/c it was so much cheaper and a Texas trip was in my plans anyway. I read the actual printable ticket and it says SeaWorld Texas platinum passes are valid for Texas residents only. I went back through the website and read everything I could find and could not find this information. So I repeated the process of buying a pass right up until the payment screen and did not find this information.

 

I called and the person at SeaWorld CS said that if purchased the pass on Ez-Pay installments that I had to be a resident of Texas, but since I paid in full, the passes would be valid. This seems very odd. I sent an email to customer service as well to confirm so I can have something in writing.

 

I don't see anywhere on SWSA's website that you have to be a resident of Texas in order to purchase a Platinum pass from that park. It doesn't even say you have to be a TX resident to use EZPAy( however I attempted to purchase myself to see, and it would only allow full payment so it would appear you must be a resident of TX to get EZPay). The only thing it references in terms of usage is that you have to redeem it there first before using at any of the other parks:

Platinum Pass Passport eVoucher must be redeemed at SeaWorld San Antonio for first use.

 

Full Details:

The electronic and printed version of this Annual Pass may not be copied, transferred or resold and is valid only for the person listed above. The Park and Park’s exhibits are subject to closure at the Park’s discretion. The electronic and printed version of this Annual Pass will be voided if altered. Tickets and Annual Passes are non-refundable. Valid for admission at SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Diego, SeaWorld San Antonio, Aquatica Orlando, Aquatica San Diego, Aquatica San Antonio, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Sesame Place, Adventure Island, & Water Country USA. Excludes Discovery Cove in Orlando, FL. Platinum Pass Passport eVoucher must be redeemed at SeaWorld San Antonio for first use. Please present your electronic or printed Annual Pass to the Toll Booth Attendant for FREE preferred parking at SeaWorld San Antonio. Reserved Seating valid at Shamu Theater, Sea Lion Stadium & Beluga Stadium. Expires 1 year from date of purchase. Service fees not included.EZpay is a monthly payment program that requires a 12 month commitment. Pass Members will automatically remain on EZpay on a month-to-month basis after that commitment is met. Click for EZ Pay Terms and Conditions

 

Bring a friend free tickets are valid on select dates. Pass Member must be present with guest at time of entry. Must redeem through SeaWorldSanAntonio.com upon Log In. Additional restrictions apply.

The one-time Animal Experience must be redeemed through SeaWorldSanAntonio.com upon Log In. Additional restrictions apply.

The Annual Photo Key must be redeemed through SeaWorldSanAntonio.com upon Log In. Additional restrictions apply.

 

 

I think one thing about all these various passes is they aren't consistent between each other. BGW has Memberships, while the rest are still calling them Annual Passes...even though they were updated to be more like BGW's memberships. Also, depending on the park, you can get the Platinum level no matter what state you live in with some, but not others. Same with EzPay. While SWSA, SWO & BGT require you to live in that state to use EZPay, BGW allows residents from all 50 states to use it. That may just have to do with state laws.

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I don't see anywhere on SWSA's website that you have to be a resident of Texas in order to purchase a Platinum pass from that park. It doesn't even say you have to be a TX resident to use EZPAy( however I attempted to purchase myself to see, and it would only allow full payment so it would appear you must be a resident of TX to get EZPay).

Actually, they offered me EZPay, though I chose to pay in full since this is kind of a one time thing for me, going to 2 SeaWorld parks next year. I live in southwest Missouri, so SWSA is the closest park in the chain to me. They probably have EZPay fenced geographically so that people who live closer to other SeaWorld parks can't get it, but I can confirm I am eligible even though I don't live in Texas.

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I don't see anywhere on SWSA's website that you have to be a resident of Texas in order to purchase a Platinum pass from that park. It doesn't even say you have to be a TX resident to use EZPAy( however I attempted to purchase myself to see, and it would only allow full payment so it would appear you must be a resident of TX to get EZPay).

Actually, they offered me EZPay, though I chose to pay in full since this is kind of a one time thing for me, going to 2 SeaWorld parks next year. I live in southwest Missouri, so SWSA is the closest park in the chain to me. They probably have EZPay fenced geographically so that people who live closer to other SeaWorld parks can't get it, but I can confirm I am eligible even though I don't live in Texas.

It may have something to due with proximity then.

I actually wouldn't mind switching to their Platinum for the price. I'm planning to go in June. The (current) full price difference is only $12 more than what I pay a year now for just BGT & SWO. The only thing stopping me is the loss of benefits at the FL parks. I would still get free parking and in-park discounts. However I'd lose the free and reduced priced tickets for guests since those are only available at the parks in the state you buy the platinum from. There are other things as well I wouldn't be eligible for either here. While I've seen others say they were able to in the past get some of those offers at the kiosks, those were with the old pass system.

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