SeaWorld San Antonio announces one-of-a-kind water coaster to open in 2023

Catapult Falls takes riders up an elevator before dropping them down a 53-degree slope

A new coaster will make a splash when it opens at SeaWorld San Antonio next year. The theme park on Tuesday announced that Catapult Falls, the world’s first vertical lift flume coaster, will open in 2023.

SAN ANTONIO – A new coaster will make a splash when it opens at SeaWorld San Antonio next year.

The theme park on Tuesday announced that Catapult Falls, the world’s first launched flume coaster, will open in 2023.

Catapult Falls involves 11 eight-person carts that send riders through a water-filled course before taking them 55 feet in the air via an elevator.

Carts are then launched at 30 feet per second, sending riders down a 53-degree slope. The carts then splash into a pool at 37 miles per hour.

The release states that the drop is the world’s steepest in a flume ride. Take a sneak peek at the ride in the video player above.

“Catapult Falls will be the perfect addition to our already fantastic line up of family rides,” SeaWorld San Antonio President Byron Surrett said in the release. “Not only will it provide thrills for those wanting the exhilaration of a coaster-type ride, but being a water ride, it will give guests one more way to cool down in the hot Texas temperatures. It will be the perfect family adventure ride.”

A news release from the park states that the ride lasts about five minutes.

The release adds that pass members will have first access to the ride when it opens next year. For more information, click here.

Catapult Falls is opening in 2023 at SeaWorld San Antonio. (SeaWorld San Antonio)
Catapult Falls is opening in 2023 at SeaWorld San Antonio. (SeaWorld San Antonio)
Catapult Falls is opening in 2023 at SeaWorld San Antonio. (SeaWorld San Antonio)
Catapult Falls is opening in 2023 at SeaWorld San Antonio. (SeaWorld San Antonio)

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