The Journey to Atlantis ride ride at SeaWorld Orlando recently reopened after refurbishment as a more family-friendly ride.
The ride still takes you through the lost city of Atlantis, but the story of the mermaids pretending to be nice then turning evil and the effects that go with it have ended. Now instead of the mermaids welcoming you and telling you not to be afraid before their evil metamorphosis, riders just hear some new pleasant music (from the old Allure show). Some of the mermaids are still there, but with their effects turn off, they no longer look evil. The large Madusa head is also still above you before you go up the first lift hill, but her eyes no longer glow a “scary” green and there’s no lightning effect.
The next change you may notice is that the “Beetlejuice” music has been removed as well. (It was always a mystery why one of the theme songs from “Beetlejuice” was in the ride.) After the big drop, as you round the bend, the mermaids no longer say “Leaving so soon? I think not!” The evil mermaid voices just before the roller coaster portion of the ride have also been removed.
No changes were made to the ride track itself, so although it’s still a somewhat scary ride with a big drop and roller coaster thrills, it’s not the kind of scary that may give your kids (or you) nightmares.
We reached out to SeaWorld for a comment but hadn’t heard back. We will update the story if/when we hear from them.
Here’s a full video of the newly updated ride: