Journey to Atlantis was a very good water ride. This wont rank high on any coaster list of mine, but it is still an excellent ride. More of a water ride than anything else (not to mention a questionable credit), Journey does what water rides are intended to do: get you wet. The soaking I got on Journey was probably the second best drenching I have ever experienced, second only to Popeye a little further down I-Drive. It was unexpectedly good, and even though I wasnt really happy about getting soaked, thats what I got myself into and I can look past that.
The themeing was good. Not up to the standards of some indoor rides like the Mummy, but certainly among the best. Sure, the storyboard may have been a little confusing to follow, but the detail was still there. the building itself was well-themed, much like Buschs boat ride in Williamsburg. Typical Busch theming excellence.
As far as the ride goes, it will be hard to beat. The big drop absolutely soaks you. I rode up front and that was a mistake as I left the ride without a dry spot. A woman asked me as I exited through the gift shop "was it worth it?". Jokingly I replied no, but it was indeed worth it. I would have really liked it on a hot day, but it was manageable with a clothing change once I got back to the car. Oh, did I mention the tidal wave that flushes the boats after the first drop? Or how about the water canons unlike any water canons I have ever seen? How about the little dip before the second lift that just adds to the insanity?
I would have trouble understanding how anyone could walk away from Journey without being thoroughly soaked, or how someone can call a 4 minute ride short. Oh well, I enjoyed Journey to Atlantis more than I would have ever imagined, and to me, it is the second best water ride in Central Florida, and vastly underrated at that.