SeaWorld’s Aquatica waterpark in San Antonio is launching a brand new water slide experience to join the many other thrills and spills on offer.

The Tonga Twister will be 415 feet long and over 50 feet high and will be the first water ride in Texas to feature two exciting body slides designed with their own distinct twists and turns.

An interesting feature of the new water slide will be the special AquaLucent tubes. They project lighting effects and patterns all around to create an electrifying light show that accompanies each guest as they enjoy this extraordinary water-sliding experience. High-energy music will also be piped into the tubes to elevate the excitement levels even further as the guests navigate the unique twists and turns.

The new water slide joins Aquatica’s many other attractions such as Wahalla Wave and Stingray Falls. The former was the first of its kind in America, and the latter the first of its kind in the world featuring a family raft ride taking guests on a winding adventure through an underground grotto where they can see tropical fish and the titular stingrays.

With SeaWorld launching their new season this month and announcing lots of exciting new rides and events throughout the year, their Aquatica water park was expected to feature something special too, and this new water slide certainly fits that description.

The Tonga Twister will be open for guests to enjoy from March 7.



SeaWorld San Antonio opens their 2020 season on Saturday, February 22, and there are plenty of reasons to be excited. There will be groundbreaking new rides and attractions for the whole family, as well as festivals, parades and other fun events throughout the year.

On top of the established four unique coaster experiences at SeaWorld, thrill-seekers will now be able to enjoy the tallest, longest and fastest wooden rollercoaster in Texas. The record-breaking Texas Stingray reaches a top speed of 55mph and includes a breathtaking hundred-foot drop.

Special events over the 2020 season include two Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends in March, where children can enjoy hands-on activities and photo opportunities with the famous furry characters. There will also be several Sesame Street-themed party parades during the summer.

The Seven Seas Food Festival occurs during weekends from April 3 to May 25 and will feature a new German realm for guests to enjoy among all the other cuisine, culture and music.

Other exciting attractions include an impressive ski stunt show and a global beer festival, plus special Halloween and Christmas celebrations. There is also the behind-the-scenes Inside Look in November, where guests can meet animal experts while visiting the animal care facilities that are not open to the public.

It is shaping up to be a big year for SeaWorld San Antonio!



Since it first opened its doors in 1965, SeaWorld has rescued 36,000 animals in its ongoing mission to help stranded, ill and injured marine and terrestrial animals.

Working in partnership with animal care experts, rescue specialists and veterinarians, the much-loved amusement park has been successfully rescuing and rehabilitating animals for almost 55 years.

As Donna Wieting, director of NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Protected Resources, said: “SeaWorld’s work rescuing and rehabilitating wild animals is of the highest calibre and the reason why the rescue team has been a long-standing and valuable partner.

“We also value SeaWorld’s mission to educate the public about marine wildlife conservation and the role they play in protecting animal habitats,” Wieting continued.

Jon Peterson, senior leader of Zoological Operations at SeaWorld Orlando, describes SeaWorld’s commitment to animal rescue: “Our teams remain on the frontlines of marine mammal rescue because of our enduring commitment to supporting rescue, rehabilitation and return,” said Peterson, adding: “In a perfect world, animals would never need to be rescued, but until that changes, our teams will continue to work closely with our partners to help save these animals.”

For every ticket purchased for SeaWorld Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego, funds go towards the rescue and rehabilitation of the animals that are rehomed at the resort.



SeaWorld San Antonio has revealed plans about the launch of its highly awaited Texas Stingray, poised to be the tallest, fastest and longest wooden roller coaster in the state of Texas.

Developed by Great Coasters International (GCI), the new attraction will reach a top speed of 55 mph and comprise of a 100-foot drop, 16 airtime hills, 3,379 feet of track, a sensory-bending hundred-foot tunnel and much more.

The record-breaking rollercoaster will be located close to the new Turtle Reef exhibit between Orca Stadium and the Rio Loco river rapids ride.

Scott Bacon, SeaWorld San Antonio’s vice president of general services, commented about the new ride:

“Texas Stingray marks a new wave of excitement for SeaWorld. We continue to provide new reasons to visit SeaWorld and offer exciting new adventures for our guests with a blend of thrilling rides, family attractions and incredible animal and educational experiences.”

With the arrival of Texas Stingray, SeaWorld San Antonio will now be home to five unique coaster experiences, including the Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster, Great White, Steel Eel and Super Grover’s Box Car Derby.

Texas Stingray is due to open in spring 2020.