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Aquatica - Seaworld's new water park
It won’t be long before Seaworld opens its brand new water park, Aquatica. Work started on it in early 2006 but its opening is now scheduled for March 2008, so all you lucky guests who are visiting after that date will get the chance to visit this great new attraction. It is located on 58 acres of land on the east side of International Drive, and will be about one third the size of the original Seaworld park, and about twice the size of Discovery Cove. They are expected to limit the numbers to 7, 500 people, which will make it a better experience. Aquatica is going to be a combination of water rides and slides high speed thrills, relaxing sandy beaches and animal experiences. It will feature 36 water slides, six winding rivers, and lagoons with tropical fish, so there is plenty for everyone to do and see.
There will be 2 large wave lagoons, one with crashing waves and 5ft swells, and another for the scarier ones among us with just gently rolling surf. Apparently they can generate 9 different wave patterns. The winding rivers will also offer many different experiences, from calm water and gentle waterfalls to rolling rapids, racing water and rushing geysers. On the way there will be an undersea grotto full of colourful tropical fish.
There will be racing tunnels, triple drop raft rides, eight lane racing slides, and inner tube river adventures. Smaller children will also be catered for with an enormous interactive water play area. Here there will be a 60 ft high rain forest fortress, and a 15, 000 gallon pool, plus family orientated slides and water cannon. There will be over 80, 000 square feet of white sandy beaches with shady cabanas. The landscaping will be themed on the lush flora of the South Sea Islands, New Zealand, New Guinea and Australia, with crystal clear rivers, hidden grottos and sparkling waterfalls. The buildings will be brightly coloured and all around there will be carved totem poles decorated in typical Maori style.
I am sure that one of the most popular attractions will be a special water slide where you slide down a pair of clear acrylic tubes into a pool inhabited by black and white Commerson’s dolphins. It will feel as if you are flying under the water. These dolphins will be brought over from SeaWorld in San Diego, and are a bit like miniature killer whales. They will often jump out of the water as they are very agile. As yet there are no prices released, but it is expected that it will be more expensive than the other water parks, but less expensive than Discovery Cove. They aim to make queues small, so this will necessitate higher prices and limited numbers. It sounds absolutely amazing and I am sure will be worth a visit. We can’t wait to try it out.
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