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World’s First Launch Flume Coaster opening at SeaWorld San Antonio

by Tharin White

Catapult Falls, the World’s first launched flume coaster, opens in 2023 at SeaWorld San Antonio. This upcoming attraction will be a world-first, record-breaking ride, perfect for cooling down in the intense Texas heat.

Catapult Falls launch flume coaster coming to SeaWorld San Antonio.

SeaWorld San Antonio announced the construction of a new water flume coaster, Catapult Falls, coming in 2023. The first-of-its-kind ride combines the thrill of a launched roller coaster, the excitement of a vertical lift elevator that lifts riders above the theme park, and a water flume ride with the steepest drop, to produce multiple rushes of adrenaline as well as moments of exciting splashes to cool guests down.

Fact sheet about Catapult Falls coaster coming to SeaWorld San Antonio.

Guests will experience the world’s first launched flume coaster. Eleven boats, each with eight riders, will catapult through the launch at speeds of 30 feet per second, allowing riders to feel the rush of a coaster while experiencing the rocking and swaying of riding on a track of water.  Once at the peak of the ride, guests will experience the world’s steepest drop in a flume attraction. Angled at 53 degrees, the chute plummets riders into a watery splashdown at over 37 miles per hour. The ride’s duration will total out at over five minutes.

World-first new launch coaster coming to SeaWorld San Antonio.

After winding through a series of twists and turns, Catapult Falls uses a state-of-the-art elevator, the only one on the continent in an attraction of this kind, to lift guests up seven feet per second to reach a height of over 55 feet. The views don’t last long as the ride prepares guests for the world’s steepest plunge.


World's First Launched Flume Coaster – Catapult Falls, Opens 2023 at SeaWorld San Antonio

Catapult Falls makes its debut in 2023, joining SeaWorld San Antonio’s collection of thrill rides including the Great White, a floorless inverted coaster; the Steel Eel, a hyper-coaster that takes guest through a series of gravity defying camelbacks; Texas Stingray, the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in Texas; Wave Breaker: the Rescue Coaster, where guests board jet ski-like cars and join SeaWorld’s Rescue Team to help an animal in need; and Tidal Surge, the world’s tallest and fastest ride of its kind.

No official plans have yet been announced, but Pass Members will have the opportunity to be among the first to ride this new attraction when it prepares to open next year.

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