Excitement is building as SeaWorld San Antonio unveils its latest heart-pounding attraction, “Catapult Falls,” set to open in Spring 2024. This groundbreaking coaster is not only anticipated but poised to make waves in the theme park world as the world’s first launched flume coaster, boasting North America’s only vertical lift. Thrill-seekers will have plenty to scream about as they brace themselves for a speedy downward plunge, complete with the steepest drop of any flume ride.
Jodi Davenport, President of SeaWorld San Antonio, shares the park’s enthusiasm for this innovative addition: “Sometimes it takes a little delayed gratification to produce something completely innovative; it was important to us to ensure that our first-of-its-kind water flume coaster is perfected in every part of the ride experience, and that is what we have done. We know our guests are going to agree it was worth the wait once they take their first jaw-dropping plunge on the world’s first launched flume coaster.”
“Catapult Falls” is set to redefine the theme park experience by combining the thrill of a launched roller coaster, the excitement of a vertical lift elevator that soars riders above the theme park, and a water flume ride with the steepest drop. The result promises multiple rushes of adrenaline and exhilarating splashes to cool down guests on those hot Texas days.
The attraction features eleven boats, each accommodating eight riders, catapulting through the launch at speeds of 30 feet per second. This allows passengers to experience the rush of a coaster while enjoying the rocking and swaying sensation of riding on a track of water. After navigating a series of twists and turns, “Catapult Falls” incorporates a state-of-the-art elevator, the only one of its kind on the continent in an attraction of this kind. It elevates guests at a rate of seven feet per second to reach a staggering height of over 55 feet.
Once at the peak of the ride, adventurers will encounter the world’s steepest drop in a flume attraction, angled at an astonishing 53 degrees. The thrilling chute propels riders into a refreshing splashdown at speeds exceeding 37 miles per hour, providing the perfect remedy for guests looking to beat the Texas heat.
“Catapult Falls” joins SeaWorld San Antonio’s collection of award-winning and industry-first coasters, including Tidal Surge (the world’s tallest and fastest ride of its kind), Texas Stingray (the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in Texas), and Wave Breaker: the Rescue Coaster (where guests embark on jet ski-like cars to join SeaWorld’s Rescue Team in aiding animals in need), among others.
Prepare for an adrenaline-pumping adventure like no other as SeaWorld San Antonio’s “Catapult Falls” takes thrill-seekers to new heights, offering an unforgettable blend of innovation, excitement, and refreshing splashes. Spring 2024 can’t come soon enough for theme park enthusiasts eager to experience the world’s first launched flume coaster with a vertical lift!