After deciding to go on West Coast Bash with TPR for the second year in a row I decided I really wanted to go to SeaWorld this time. I had been to the other two SeaWorld parks in Texas and Florida before so this would be the last one to complete the SeaWorld collection. I was particularly excited for Manta after hearing so many great things about it, and also just to go to a SeaWorld park. I hadn’t been to a SeaWorld since 2012, so how was it? Did it live up to all my expectations? Let’s find out!
When Manta at SeaWorld San Diego was first announced I initially thought that looks like nothing compared to the Orlando version. The Orlando version was also one of my favorite coasters and still is my favorite B&M flyer. (Tatsu is sometimes a little too intense.) After Manta was completed I started hearing really good things about it, which surprised me. Again I wasn’t expecting much, looks like a standard boring family coaster. I had even heard comparisons to Maverick at Cedar Point one of my all time favorites. So how was it? Let’s find out!
Manta was amazing! So much better than I had hoped it would be and I’d easily make a case for it being the best coaster in Southern California. Yeah it doesn’t look like much but it sure packs a punch. It’s a great coaster for families and enthusiasts alike, and it is a much more re ride-able verison of Maverick. I could ride this coaster all day long! Sorry Manta Orlando, the newer version is much much better!
Much more on Manta later, but for now let’s check out more of the park!
Journey to Atlantis in Orlando is one of my favorite water rides for it’s unique coaster setting and theming. Since then the subsequent iterations haven’t lived up to the original. This version doesn’t have nearly as much theming and effects as the Orlando one, but there’s a decent amount here and a much longer coaster section that I also thoroughly enjoyed this version. Plus there’s the totally unique elevator lift on this version, super cool! This ride was a pleasant surprise, I thought there was no way it could live up to the Orlando version but it had it’s own unique qualities to make it special in it’s own right. Now I’ll have to give the Texas version a try even though that one looks to be the worst of the three, but who knows it could surprise me as well.
After conquering the two coasters in the park I decided to see if I could make it on time to the Pet’s Rule show. I made it just in time with a minute to spare before they closed the doors.
Standard pet show stuff here, nothing too exciting but entertaining enough show. Now onto the next show.
This show was very entertaining and it was nice to see something different than the traditional Clyde and Seamore pirate show version. Glad these are changing throughout the parks. Next year Orlando will be getting a high school theme Clyde and Seamore show.
Now here’s my one issue with these park, kinda minor but could have very possibly ruined the whole day. So there’s ad all throughout the park to download the app for ride wait times and show times.
That’s exactly what I did before the trip but here’s where I run into a problem.
Now most of the times are pretty much the same except one BIG difference there. Notice the One Ocean show on the app says 2PM while the park map says 1PM. I didn’t pick up a park map until later in the day since I had the app, luckily while waiting for the Sea Lions Live show I noticed someone reading their map with a different showtime for the Shamu show. It was indeed at 1 PM and not 2 PM like the app said and good thing I noticed or else I would have showed up at 2 PM wondering where everyone was and missing the only Shamu show of the day. So morale here is, still pick up your traditional park maps for accurate show times.
Don’t worry there’ll be more pictures of Manta in a bit but in the meantime it’s time for some Shamu!
When I saw this show back in 2012 at the Orlando park I was a little unimpressed, so I was anxious to see how they improved upon it since. Let’s see how SeaWorld San Diego’s version is.
So all in all much better than the Orlando version I saw back in 2012. It’s still not as exciting as when trainers were allowed in the water with the animals but the difference I noticed in this version was there were a lot more whales. So hopefully I’ll see a similar version when I return to Orlando in a few days!
Standard rapids ride here nothing too exciting but a fun attraction regardless with some decent theming.
The Bayside Skyride doesn’t give you too many views of the park but does indeed give you some great views of Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. I wonder what a sunset ride on this would be like.
Back in 2012 I thought Blue Horizon’s was SeaWorld’s best show and it still doesn’t disappoint. There’s just so much here for everyone and it’s definitely incredible. Don’t miss Blue Horizons!
Before heading out for the day I just had to get a few more rides in on Manta. So let me tell you a little more about this incredible coaster!
Sea World San Diego is one of my favorite parks on the year, I don’t care what anyone says about SeaWorld I still enjoy it. Yeah yeah there’s been all this bad publicity around the parks since Blackfish and the company is definitely hurting, but I’d hate to see these parks close up shop. They do so much good in helping animals and educating that it’d be a shame to lose them. Every company has its faults and no matter where you come out on Blackfish I hope you still give SeaWorld another chance. I really hope to see theses parks still in operation 20 years from now, but until then I’ll keep visiting and having a great time. The rest of you are missing out. 😛