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P. 28: Tidal Surge Screamin' Swing coming for 2022!

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18 hours ago, SharkTums said:

I hate to be that person, but, yeah, you missed out and messed up! Steel Eel in the back car is AMAZING!!!!!

I don't doubt you but the ops were so slow that day that even with qq a second ride was about a 30 -40 minute wait and eating apple strudel and ice cream at the Germany booth while listening to an accordion player do German tunes seemed a better use of my time.

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I visited the park for the first time today. It was a wonderful visit!

Texas Stingray surprised me. What an amazing wooden coaster. It has some great turns, quick airtime pops, a nice first drop (reminds me of GhostRider’s), and a decent length to it. Even though this was my first visit, it seems like a great addition to the park that was very much needed. I am glad this coaster managed to open a few weeks before the shutdown, otherwise it would probably still be closed like the rest of SeaWorld’s new coasters…

Steel Eel was also good. You really slam into your seat at the bottom of the hills in the back cars, but the airtime was very sustained and floaty. Horrible operations but the park wasn’t too busy so it didn’t matter. This is probably the best “hyper” west of the Mississippi, to be honest!

Wave Breaker was fine. It was cool to “ski” over the water, and the launches had a bit more kick than I expected, but it was all around pretty mild and definitely a family ride. It was my least favorite of the “big 4”, however the operations were very good and they ran two trains with very little stacking.

Great White was…well…Batman. I LOVE the Batman clones so this was a great ride as usual, but yeah, I can ride these anywhere. So I snagged a front row ride and called it good.

Overall the park impressed me. It was my first non-San Diego SeaWorld park, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. We ended staying until early afternoon and headed to SFFT for the rest of the day. Texas Stingray was really the highlight! I hear the park is adding a Screamin’ Swing soon based on the pieces that have arrive on site, that will also be a great addition. I think this park has a nice future ahead of them.

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SeaWorld San Antonio has announced details for this year's Howl-O-Scream!







The Swamp at Blackwater Bayou transports unsuspecting victims deep into a mystifying and horror-filled Louisianan bayou. These unwanted guests will venture through the moss, muck, and mayhem of a foggy boathouse, swamp, cemetery, and mansion.


Will you be able to escape alive or fall victim to the legends of The Swamp? 

New for 2022, The Swamp at Blackwater Bayou, transports unsuspecting victims deep into a mystifying and horror-filled Louisianan bayou.  These unwanted guests will venture through the moss, muck, and mayhem of a foggy boathouse, swamp, cemetery, and mansion. Voodoo curses will render victims blind, the undead and the cursed will torment, and animal-human hybrids will creep alongside as they try to make their way through 12 spine-tingling scenes of absolute horror.  Extremely brave explorers will be rewarded with three additional VIP scenes if they have enough courage to  risk a grizzly end! 



A beautiful and lavish hotel had to close its doors after mysterious murders and gruesome events began. After many years, the doors are opened for any brave individuals who dare to walk its halls… but you aren’t the only guest at Milton Creek Manor. Your room is ready, are you brave enough to check into terror?



Romero Corporation welcomes you to Matheson's Corners. Beware of your invitation to these parts...one wrong move and you may become part of the Zombie Horde!



They say that Mr. Karver put his heart and soul into his puppetry. They had no idea....



During maintenance at the park, an excavation crew uncovered a centuries old house buried deep beneath the ground. Upon opening its door, a sinister force is unearthed - Scarlett - a furious demon who wields a deadly deck of magical cards summoning creatures of Howl-O-Scream past.




New for 2022, The Swamp at Blackwater Bayou, transports unsuspecting victims deep into a mystifying and horror-filled Louisianan bayou.  Venture through the moss, muck, and mayhem of a foggy boathouse, murky swamp, cemetery, and abandoned mansion... or is it? Voodoo curses will render you blind. The undead and the cursed will torment you.  



Not for child’s play! Enter the Prey-ground if you dare, where your childhood nightmares come alive.



Welcome to the SINdustry district… where your wants and desires come alive (or dead?). Enjoy drinks, music, and freaks in this fantasy where your imagination will run free. You might regret it!



Stroll through the alleys of 19th century London, but be careful of dark corners. The spirit of Jack the Ripper lies in wait to disembowel more bodies.



The demon dolls have found a new place to wreak havoc, stalking the pathway in front of Mr. Karver’s Kradle. Frightful surprises await those who dare to take a closer look.



The disturbing, grotesque, and outright terrifying collide as the world's most frightening urban legends descend on this decaying town for a night of terror.



A horrible accident changed the residents of Matheson's Corner into the living dead. This Horde continues to spread the poisonous zombie making substance. There's always room for more!

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SeaWorld San Antonio has announced Tidal Surge, the largest installation of an S&S Screamin' Swing!


SeaWorld San Antonio Welcomes World's Tallest and Fastest Screaming Swing


SeaWorld San Antonio is proud to announce the all-new, world record breaking, high-thrill attraction – Tidal Surge. Opening in Spring 2022, Tidal Surge will be the World's Tallest and Fastest Screaming Swing and will take riders on a journey above the clouds to feel the sensation of flying high above the park.

Tidal Surge will seat 40 riders and feature two pendulum-like arms that will soar progressively higher to a staggering height of 135 feet at its peak. The dueling arms will alternate sides and sway back-and-forth at 68 mph, creating multiple airtime moments that levitate guests out of their seats with each heart stopping swing. Riders' legs will dangle and hang as they soar over the waterski lake and take in the beautiful views of the park, while reaching multiple negative G moments before plunging back towards the earth.

The colossal Tidal Surge will mark a major addition to SeaWorld San Antonio's thrill ride portfolio, which currently includes four thrilling rollercoasters, a high swing, two animal rescue adventure experiences and a fun-filled family coaster perfect for families with younger children. With this new addition, SeaWorld San Antonio will feature even more adrenaline-pumping experiences, spanning a range of ages and thrills.

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Now there's a Screamin' Swing worth a line!  For comparison, Barnstormer at Dollywood hits 45mph and the swing height maxes out at 110 feet.  23mph faster and 25 feet higher? Sign me up!

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18 hours ago, KBrylczyk said:

Now there's a Screamin' Swing worth a line!  For comparison, Barnstormer at Dollywood hits 45mph and the swing height maxes out at 110 feet.  23mph faster and 25 feet higher? Sign me up!

ORRRR just fast enough and just tall enough to be taller and faster than Skyhawk, the current record holder.


Crazy it took this long for it to lose its title!

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1 hour ago, Hilltopper39 said:

Every single park in the country could have a Screamin Swing ride and I'd be okay with it. Hopefully SeaWorld got a package deal with this one and are going to go ahead and slap on down in Tampa, Orlando, and San Diego in the future.

I couldn't agree more, every park should have a Screaming Swing and a Giant Pendulum.

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On 4/24/2021 at 6:49 PM, cfc said:

I'd like to ride Steel Eel someday, as I have a soft spot for those Morgan Hypers.

Rode it last night for the 1st time. . . LOVED it.  

SO much airtime, especially in the back car.

tho I think it would be even better if  those seats had a little cushion (overheard from the row in front of me on one of the airtime hills "this is gonna hurt when we land"). . .LOL

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ThemePark Review got invited to SeaWorld San Antonio's kick-off event for Howl-O-Scream last night (the event starts in full tonight at the park), and i was able to attend to report back on the scares and fun they are offering up this year!


This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Howl-O-Scream and SeaWorld San Antonio has gone all out for this year - making it the biggest Halloween event in Texas - and also the scariest.

This year the Event features 5 Houses (1 new), 7 Terror-Tories (3 new), and 5 bars (that serve along with lots of options, some specialty drinks for Howl-O-Scream).   The event is certainly geared towards those who are older, and the bars do offer non-alcoholic versions of the frozen drinks. . but as it doesn't take place until the evenings, there's still plenty for families to do at the park thruout the day!

The area that hosts Howl-O-Scream proper is just beyond Sesame Street Bay of Play  - you pass thru the Howl-O-Scream pillars, and you can follow the path all around the lagoon - with the houses, Terror-Tories (scarezones), and Bars spread along the way.  Making this a really large, and pretty immersive event.



Before you get to the main Howl-O-Scream entrance tho, there are some fun kid-friendly options to enjoy in the Sesame Street area, including some "not so scary" displays:


and this *amazing* Cornfield Hay Maze SWSA has created just for the Howl-O-Scream event.  
Perfect for the kiddos:




But once you pass thru the "gates" into the main Howl-O-scream area?  the frights get a bit more extreme:

the New Terror-Tories scare zones include Prey-Ground & SINdustry District, as well as the Swamp at Blackwater Bayou.

-- but for this kickoff event, SWSA was shining the spotlight only on the new for this year Swamp at Blackwater Bayou Terror-Tory that features the brand new House: the Swamp at Blackwater Bayou, as well as a large bar/entertainment option, and Steel Eel.


let's pass thru the gates and have some fun:

they rolled out the "Black Carpet" for us:

Trying to put on an "Imma not gonna be skared" face. . . .



but yes, some of the things in this section just terrified me.  the least of which was the Live Snake (on the tree) you could touch and take pictures with (part of Seaworld's Conservation and Teaching policies). . but nope. . I just took the picture :)

They had some really great Cajun food options out for us (and the humidity made it a perfect match for the Swamp theme) - I was really impressed by this stunning Ice Sculpture:

and I got to meet/say hello to Ray from SeaWorld San Antonio (who is also a member here at TPR) who filled me in on the event happenings and how excited he was for Howl-O-Scream to be kicking off today:


The scare actors were out in full force, and staying in character.   As the sun began to set, it got creepier and they got me to jump a few times as they snuck up on me here and there during the event:





The Lone Star Lakeside Bar has been remade into:  Liquid Voodoo Bar:


and here's a sampling of the Howl-O-Scream special menu
(note: both frozen drinks can be served without the alcohol for those under 21 if they wish to partake)



The new house didn't open until 8pm:


but this really fun option opened right at 7:

Yes, during Howl-O-Scream, you get to ride the Coaster (s) with Monsters!
this sounded amazing, so headed there to try it out (after sampling the special drinks and a nibble or two of the Cajun snacks)


it really makes for some great pictures!      (in the full event, I believe every coaster will have the option to ride with monsters)



it was nice and dark by this point, so after an announcement, some voodoo curses, and fireworks?  the Swamp at Blackwater Bayou opened for us:


Not gonna post any pics from inside the House, because you should experience it yourself, but I must say that it's very well done:  not only are there trees/swamp, and voodoo witchdoctors inside, but there's also a decaying/decrepit mansion that houses all kinds of ghouls and monsters - who may (or may not) jump out at you from (well) hidden spaces.

It's a great effort and a fine addition to the Howl-O-Scream houses.

and it's incredible that the houses are all free with admission (although there is an option that one could purchase a "skip the line" pass for the houses if one so chooses, I was told).

back out into the main walkway, and more of the Monsters had come out and about as it got darker:




this young lady was an attendee who was there with her uncle and was having a great time!


All in All, this is a great event, and I plan on going back to enjoy the full Howl-O-Scream event in the next couple of weeks - it runs Fri/Sat/Sun (with one Mon tossed in) from 9/17-10/31

So Scary, So Freaky, and So Much Fun.

SeaWorld San Antonio has really knocked it out of the park with this event.  


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Good report, Bert--thanks. It's always interesting to see how different parks in the chain do Howl-o-Scream. I'm looking forward to HOS in Orlando next month. Williamsburg should try the "ride with monsters" thing, too.

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Spent Saturday at SeaWorld SanAntonio with a group of folks from Thrill Seekers United for quite the fun event (which included a Fear Pass to get into all 5 houses on the day before Halloween - yes the lines were L-O-N-G so thank goodness for that. . . as well as a surprise up-close look at Tidal Surge construction).

it was really my "true" 1st time to experience the park, and I had a blast.

Full trip report (and my day today at SFFT coming up in the near future) with LOTS of pics (:P) . . but I wanted to share this pic now, as sometimes?  I manage to get a beautiful pic.

no filters used, just my iPhone 11, and some good timing on my part:



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I've started my Holiday Lights weekend in San Antonio trip report over in my "bert goes to Texas theme parks" thread.

starting off with the ACE event at SeaWorld.       I did all the rides, a couple of backstage tours of coasters, most of the shows, and had a great time.



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if, like me, you dislike the "paper" Season Passes that SWSA typically hands out?

they posted this important update to their FB account today:




since I was going to be in San Antonio today for a visit to Fiesta Texas anyways, I decided to stop first at SW for a couple of hours and take advantage, since they just started offering this today.

it was easy/peasy to swap out my paper pass for this hard plastic card, and the pictures really don't do it justice.

it's pretty stunning:




so if your pass is from SWSA? 


you have ~2 weeks to get to the park to update to this for free!

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Theme Park Review got invited to attend the VIP launch event for SeaWorld San Antonio's newest ride, Tidal Surge - which officially opens to the General Public this Saturday 3/5/22.

I was honored to be able to attend on TPRs behalf last night and report back, as SWSA *really* knows how to throw a party!

Arriving at SWSA for check in - the main entrance at SWSA is always so beautiful


Well, look who's here!  

SFFT Park President Jeffrey Siebert, who attended the launch party with his son and others from SFFT.

it's always so great for Parks close to each other to support each other in this way!
(and behind us is a peek at the new Riptide Racer in Aquatica - also opening 3/5/22)


we were shuttled from the front gate back to the Tidal Surge ride area, and greeted with quite the set up.

is that a Red Carpet there?


why yes it is.  

there were many costumed characters roaming and interacting that we could chat with and pose with.  The outfits were really impressive too.


As noted, SWSA really throws fantastic launch events. . let's take a look at the food that was out at the party:

Beautiful Ice Sculpture surrounded by the most amazing Shrimp  (and off to the side charcuterie / cheese options)


a flatbread station with multiple options thruout the party


a Quesadilla station also with multiple options


and such an incredible desert spread that even I wasn't able to try all of them :)


SeaWorld San Antonio also opened up one of the shops alongside the party, to show off (and make available for us to buy) the initial Tidal Surge merchandise
(these shirts are SO soft. . . I'm gonna have to buy another of em!).


and then Chuck from SeaWorld got up on the stage and welcomed us all and thanked us for coming.   He told us all about the stats for the new ride (and the opening of Riptide Racer at Aquatica).

Tidal Surge is not just the tallest Screaming Swing in Texas, or in the United States.  It's the tallest in the world!  

Congrats on SWSA for this record breaking ride that's going to be a big draw, I think, as it's really fun (and terrifying) at the same time!


We headed over to check out the ride, on this beautiful night.

Here it is in action at the apex of the swing:


and wow, does it look incredible up close!
(tho was told that the intention is to keep it darker, and that the special lighting was really just for the event.   It looks so good tho, I really do hope they consider keeping some of the spotlights on it)


the Test Seat has now arrived, and I love that it has a Red Light/Green Light to indicate if someone can meet the restraint requirements.





As of yesterday, Tidal Surge also now has "cubbies" installed on either side of the ride pad, so folks can store small items
(tho there are also lockers going to be installed in the near future for those with bigger items to store)


the ride cycled for a bit, allowing many of the attendees to enjoy the awesome feelings of weightlessness - both airtime and hang-time on the swings.  
And let me tell you, in the seats facing the station at the Apex when you're staring straight down into the lake, it's both trilling and terrifying at the same time.  Although it's a different experience in the seats facing out towards the lake, as you swinging "stupid fast" towards Steel Eel, and at the height of the swing staring straight down at the queue building!

after about 45 minutes tho, Tidal Surge stopped cycling for a bit. . because . . Fireworks!






after the impressive Fireworks spectacular (many in SWSA Blue/White color combination. . tho most of the ones I captured don't seem to be in those colors. . LOL), 
the DJ's started pumping the music, Tidal Surge starting thrilling more riders, and the Firedancers came out to entertain.


the DJs got the folks dancing - spurred on by the SWSA costumed folks - and soon there were quite a few folks out enjoying the dance floor.

I even managed to get a stealth pic of Chuck moving to Nikki Minaj towards the end of the night.


far too soon, it was time for me to head back to Austin, but I had a wonderful time.

Tidal Surge is sure to be a big hit for SWSA, and I urge y'all to make the trip out to San Antonio Texas to #ridethetide !

Official POV from Seaworld San Antonio:




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Great report Bert, I plan on getting a SeaWorld Platinum pass this year and hitting all the new rides.  I've never been to SWSA, so I'm looking forward to making my first visit to the park!

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one more pic of Riptide Racer I snapped from the main gates.



and the specialty cocktail. . can't remember what it was called (Liquid .. something). . but it was fizzy, and green and SO good)


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