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Seems that Seaworld San Diego is getting a head start on marketing their 2017 attraction also:

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So the big question here would be; Dark Ride or Coaster?
 
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Unless plans have changed, it's going to be a dark ride. I doubt the park is going to try to become a roller coaster capitol any time soon, since they have a 30 ft. height restriction on coasters.

I'm more interested in what form it could take. 2017 seems too early for a ride involving live animals. That's all I can think of so far.
 
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RE: SWSD's Project 2017

It could be related to the possible theme for the new ride, though I don't know why they would pick crabs but whatever
 

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Project 2017 has been revealed and is named Ocean Explorer and contains a new dark ride, a wave swinger, and aquariums.
SeaWorld San Diego said:
Coming 2017 - Ocean Explorer will combine multiple aquariums, exciting rides and digital technologies to engage park guests in an experience centered on exploration and adventure inspiring them to protect the wonders of our oceans.

SeaWorld San Diego said:
The heart and destination of Ocean Explorer will be a series of undersea research bases housing specially-designed aquariums and interactive activities displaying unique as well as elusive ocean animals.  
Animal Experiences

The jellies exhibit will consist of hundreds of colorful jellies displayed in oval and round kriesel aquariums. Water flowing along the edges of the aquarium walls will create a gentle current for the jellies to swim safely and freely.  Giant Pacific and tropical octopuses will each live in habitats that will mimic their natural ocean environments. Japanese spider crabs, the world’s largest arthropod, will dwell in a large rocky reef-designed aquarium that guests can enjoy from multiple viewing locations including crawl tubes.
Rides
As adventurers on a global mission of scientific discovery, guests will travel to Ocean Explorer’s remarkable animals aboard submarines, the signature ride of the attraction. Embarking on these mini subs, visitors will become researchers on a mission to collect data and learn how they can help animals. This three-minute experience will include an onboard digital navigation dashboard, as well as a few other surprises along their journey, enhancing the riders’ understanding of the ocean ecosystem.
Ocean Explorer will also feature an exhilarating wave swinger ride where guests will literally fly through thousands of real bubbles in chairs suspended from the tentacles of a giant jelly. Three family-friendly rides will round out the fun of this immersive, new attraction.
Construction Begins 2016
Construction on Ocean Explorer will begin in summer 2016 on a 3-acre site where the Animal Connections exhibit and the Circle of Flags are currently located on the southeast side of the park. This multi-million dollar attraction is scheduled to open in late spring of 2017.

Learn more about the project HERE
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SeaWorld San Diego said:
NEW ATTRACTION IN SAN DIEGO: 5 WAYS OCEAN EXPLORER WILL INSPIRE YOU TO ACT

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FEBRUARY 16, 2016

Coming in 2017

SeaWorld San Diego will unveil a new fun, interactive and educational attraction that is sure to inspire! Ocean Explorer, an experience centered on science, exploration and adventure, will allow guests to make special connections with incredible animals and discover how they help protect our oceans.

The new Ocean Explorer will give guests a variety of different ways to explore these underwater habitats, including:

1. Embarking on submarines, the signature ride of the attraction, you will travel to Ocean Explorer’s remarkable undersea animals as researchers on a mission to learn how to help animals.

2. It will bring you eye-to-eye with amazing animals, some of which have never been seen at the park before.

3. It will mesmerize you with spectacular jellies.

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4. And awe you with glimpses of the Giant Pacific and other tropical octopuses living in habitats that mimic their natural ocean environments.

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5. It will introduce you to the huge Japanese spider crabs, the world’s largest arthropod.

Ocean Explorer, the “newest, fully immersive attraction at SeaWorld San Diego is the next chapter in creating experiences that matter for our guests,” says Brian Morrow, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s vice president of theme park experience design. “Ocean Explorer demonstrates our ongoing commitment to creating new and fresh attractions, exhibits and events that provide the exciting, educational and entertaining experiences SeaWorld is known for.”

The new attraction will feature enriching educational displays and onboard digital educational content to enhance the riders’ understanding of the ocean ecosystem.  Enriching educational displays, technologies and graphics will be key components of Ocean Explorer.

This attraction is scheduled to open in late spring of 2017.
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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.
 
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Pretzel Kaiser said:
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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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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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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Pretzel Kaiser said:
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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