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06/04/17 at 10:15pm in Project 2017 (Latest Edit: 06/04/17 at 10:18pm by CastleOSullivan.)
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(06/04/17 08:06pm)Pretzel Kaiser Wrote:  In the park's defense, this is supposed to be baby's first dark ride.  I'm fine with it because if kids come off of this excited about the oceans, that's a win.

I think "baby's first dark ride" is a perfect description. However, I fail to see how this even teaches anything. You're just playing video games on a screen that hardly correspond with the ride's action, because aside from the final show building, there hardly is any.

It looks like they had a beautiful idea, and didn't go very far with it. The last scene looks cool, and the quality of that should be more throughout the ride. I guess it's fine for kids, but it doesn't meet my expectations as a well-rounded family ride.

On the other hand, the area looks quite imaginative. I'm glad they found a new use for the giant moray eel from BGT's Iceploration.

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06/04/17 at 10:38pm in Project 2017 (Latest Edit: 06/05/17 at 06:27am by Pretzel Kaiser.)
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It does teach a few things, but the important part right now is inspiring kids. Apathy for the environment is a big issue and there are lots of forces out there that are trying to prevent change to help maintain the environment (see President Covfefe). If kids learn how cool these animals are, even with lame button presses, that's a big win,
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06/05/17 at 08:19am in Project 2017
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That has got to be the worst themed ride ever. Geeze, I wouldn't mind the monorail aspect if the theming was on point. You're outside on a monorail, but you're supposed to be in a submarine underwater. I am greatly disappointed.
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06/05/17 at 05:51pm in Project 2017
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Agreed. If they themed the ride to a rescue helicopter or something, the open-air high-in-the-sky monorail would make more sense.

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06/18/17 at 06:05pm in Project 2017
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(06/04/17 10:38pm)Pretzel Kaiser Wrote:  It does teach a few things, but the important part right now is inspiring kids.  Apathy for the environment is a big issue and there are lots of forces out there that are trying to prevent change to help maintain the environment (see President Covfefe).  If kids learn how cool these animals are, even with lame button presses, that's a big win,

My friend rode it on media day. He gave the ride a huge thumbs down. For an attraction that is suppose to be immersive, the openness of the ride being outdoors takes that away and you are easily distracted by the surroundings. It's really difficult to follow the storyline of the ride with the onboard interaction when you have kids screaming on nearby attractions and with people walking around the pathways below and around you. And the storyline itself isn't engaging enough to keep you focused.
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06/18/17 at 09:04pm in Project 2017
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I'm not attempting to suggest that it's a good ride by any objective standard. What I'm trying to say is that if ride give kids that "spark" that leads to caring about animals and the environment, that's a good thing. Kind of like how Sesame Street isn't an interesting show for adults, but if it gets kids to read...
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06/18/17 at 10:29pm in Project 2017 (Latest Edit: 06/18/17 at 10:30pm by ApolloSeat33.)
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To be perfectly fair, the ride wasn't initially marketed toward infants. They only started majorly advertising it that way once the ride soft-opened and was being absolutely read to filth by guests.

I rode it during its soft-open period and it was atrocious. The kids I saw riding it like it - I guess - but only because it's pretty and you see things from the air. Adults were pissed that they waited in line for virtually nothing. The games aren't engaging to anyone. You can't follow along with any sort of story. If you try to look around while on the aerial portions, you can't keep up with whatever's going on the screens. The ride itself is so bare-bones that it is not going to make a kid give a crap about aquatic marine life; the rest of SeaWorld is quite capable of doing that on its own and will be far more effective at it.

The area around the ride is beautiful, and the ride system is just fine. But the content of the ride is abysmal and needs to be replaced immediately, and the park knows it. Fortunately this is theoretically salvageable and with some new videos and software onboard, and better theming in the interior parts, they could have a decent attraction. Now do I think that will actually happen? Hmmmmm....

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