Sunday, October 27, 2019

SeaWorld San Antonio Texas Stingray Update + Aquatica San Antonio New for 2020?

© SeaWorld San Antonio
One of few new traditional wooden roller coasters being built for the 2020 season, it's been exciting to follow along with the progress of the Texas Stingray at SeaWorld San Antonio.  The park started major vertical construction of the ride this past summer, so it's arguably the further along than any new for 2020 coaster out there.

The park has shared another recent update for the ride, and a ton more progress has been made.  It looks like the first half of the ride is now in place, with tracking still needing to be added.  The park just completed the Texas Stingray's 100 foot first drop, which can be seen above.  Not many Great Coasters International rides have a straight drop like that, and it looks awesome!

Here is the full update from SeaWorld San Antonio.  Another recent construction video, from YouTube, gives an idea of the presence the ride has from inside the park.

Also quite interestingly it appears as though Aquatica San Antonio, which is adjacent to the theme park, will add a new slide next year as well.  Maybe that was announced earlier and I missed it!  This video says that Tonga Twister will open next year, a body slide that "features translucent technology" and appears to be added to one of the existing slide towers.  The park promises more on that addition in the future.