Journey to Atlantis a new family ride that combines a roller coaster and water ride is scheduled to open May 24, 2007.

Journey to Atlantis, a new family ride that combines a roller coaster and water ride is scheduled to open May 24, 2007 at SeaWorld San Antonio. The first of its kind in the USA, the ride will be located between VIVA! And the Nautilus Amphitheater.

The Journey to Atlantis experience will begin with sixteen passengers boarding boats. Traveling uphill, the boats spin on a turntable when they reach the first plateau, rotating up to 360 degrees. Riders will experience a breathtaking view of San Antonio and SeaWorld from atop their 100-foot-high viewpoint. The boats will spin into position on the turntable, and then be propelled backwards down a reverse camelback. At the crest of the second hill, the boats rotate again before plunging down the final hill and splashing into a lake and through geysers and water spouts. The experience lasts 3 1/2 minutes.

Built by Mack GMBH, a German ride manufacturer, Journey to Atlantis is the first of its kind in the United States. A similar ride by the same manufacturer is featured at Germany’s Europa Park.

Journey to Atlantis will be the sixth major ride added to the world’s largest marine life adventure park. It will be particularly appealing for families with children, as riders need only be 42 inches high to enjoy the experience.

SeaWorld San Antonio opens for its 2007 season on March 3 and will be open through Dec. 31. Season Passports go on sale August 25. Guests who purchase the 2007 pass now will get the remainder of the 2006 season for free as well as the entire 2007 season.