San Antonio, Texas
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Park News - (7/25/17) Sad news from SeaWorld San Antonio, as the park reports that Kyara, the last killer whale calf to be born in captivity 3-months ago, passed away yesterday (July 24). The park's medical staff had been treating the calf for an infection, possibly pneumonia, during the days leading up to her death. Kyara was born to Takara at the San Antonio park on April 19th.
(4/24/17) SeaWorld San Antonio was the site of the birth of the last killer whale to be born in captivity at a SeaWorld park late last week. Both mom (Takara) and her calf are said to be doing well.
(4/5/17) SeaWorld San Antonio will kick off the park's 3rd annual Seven Seas Food & Wine Festival on April 21st. Sip and savor more than 85 chef-created dishes, unique wines, craft cocktails and beers from around the world as you stroll through the park each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from April 21st – May 29th. Highlighting 11 countries in six distinctive maritime regions, festival goers can sample tasty bites inspired by the great chefs of Italy, Greece, France, Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica, Korea, Japan, Argentina, Brazil and Spain. The interactive event also features live entertainment such as the Japanese taiko drummers and the Art of Food, which transforms ordinary fare into an extraordinary art form.
(1/31/17) SeaWorld San Antonio will kick off their 2017 “Wild Days” weekend events in March for four back to back weekends as well as the entire week of March 11-19. The park will host different celebrity wildlife experts including Jungle Jack Hanna, as well as put on an assortment of special shows such as SeaWorld Live, Flying High and a new one this year, Texas Untamed. Visit the official website for details.
2017 - Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster - (6/16/17) SeaWorld San Antonio opened their new Wavebreaker: The Rescue Coaster to the public earlier today, but Screamscape was on hand yesterday with Taryn on hand as our latest local rep in Texas to cover the media preview for us. As the name implies, SeaWorld's latest coaster has been themed around the famous SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team, where guests are asked to climb aboard a jetski themed coaster train, sit in on one of three different rescue mission briefings before being launched out for your adventure flying, twisting and turning over the waters. Oh... before I forget... I should say you will be launched twice (tire propelled launch system) up to 44mph during the 2,600 foot layout on this new Intamin coaster, which is always a good thing. The coaster also comes with a family friendly height restriction set at 48”. Now here's a few comments from Taryn:
The queue line is filled with photos and videos of actual rescues preformed by the Sea World rescue team. We were able to briefly speak with two members of the San Diego team and although they were not asked to contribute their rescue stories, they did recognize some of the animals!
The launch station tells a brief story about which rescue mission you have been chosen to complete. I was able to get three different missions (dolphins, sea turtles, and sea lions.) After speaking with Mike Denninger, VP of Theme Park Development, those are currently the only 3 stories offered but more could be added in the future!
Additionally from Mr. Denninger, the coaster is intentionally designed to be lower to the ground to complete the feeling of being on a jet ski. That's why there are only two big hills and the rest is all banks and turns. He called it a "family thrill coaster" which I believe describes this to a T.
First Impressions are really good... I'd say it is a great ride, super smooth, and the addition of a second launch in mid-ride is a nice surprise with wonderful scenery. The restraints on the train are fairly cozy, and only after multiple rides did my legs begin to ache a little.
So there you have it... and for the larger riders out there, there is a test seat out front for those concerned about fitting, but according to Taryn, she saw riders of all shapes and sizes seem to fit without issue. So check out the video below of Wavebreaker in action.
(9/27/16) SeaWorld Texas is set to make the official announcement about their new coaster sometime later today. However USAToday spilled the beans a bit ago and have revealed that the name of the new Jet Ski themed coaster will be Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster. Yeah... that's a bit of a mouthful, so we'll just call it Wave Breaker from here on in.
It will have a maximum height of 61 feet and top speed of 44mph, gained through the use of two magnetic launch zones. Lets hope for some airtime and animation of the layout later today.
(7/16/16) A local news article claims that SeaWorld San Antonio will begin construction on a new $18 million attraction in August. They claim SeaWorld isn’t saying much about what is on the way, but it’s been fairly clear and obvious for months now. In April the park released what appears to be a Jetski themed coaster teaser video (see below) and before that, way back in November 2015 a chainwide presentation took place that showed off artwork of exactly what just such a JetSki themed coaster would look like in the park, mentioning it likely for the 2017 season. Of course, if that wasn’t enough of a clue the filing for a new attraction trademark name last month for something called, “Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster” really should lock it in.
(6/28/16) According to a post on twitter, SeaWorld San Antonio’s 2017 jet ski themed coaster addition may be named, “Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster”, based on a new finding in the US Trademark database.
2018 - New Killer Whale Educational Program - (3/17/16) SeaWorld has announced that starting today they will end their Orca / Killer Whale breeding program, and that the animals currently in the park’s care will be the last generation of orcas at the SeaWorld parks. They did note that at least one of the whales, Takara, is currently pregnant, so there will be at least one more baby to be born, keeping in mind that they have a gestation cycle of 17-18 months.
SeaWorld also announced that their new “Orca Encounter” program that will see the park’s current theatrical style show in San Diego transformed in 2017 into an educational experience focused on enrichment, exercise, education and conservation, will be followed by similar updates of the facilities at the San Antonio park (assuming in 2018) and then the Orlando park by 2019.