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03-05-2007, 06:41 AM
SeaWorld unveils name for beachy feature

Scott Powers | Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted March 5, 2007

Today SeaWorld's new theme-park concept gets a name -- Aquatica -- and an identity that appears to be a cross between traditional water parks, SeaWorld itself and SeaWorld's high-end theme park, Discovery Cove.

"The way it's designed, it takes our guests from the serene to the extreme," said Joseph A. Couceiro, national vice president of marketing for Busch Entertainment Corp., SeaWorld's parent company.

With simultaneous events today in London; São Paulo, Brazil; and Orlando -- to reach SeaWorld's growing international market -- Couceiro and other Busch and SeaWorld executives will offer the first detailed look at plans for the water park being built across International Drive from SeaWorld Orlando. They also will be confirming what has been a poorly kept secret for at least six months: The park will be named Aquatica.

The park was first announced in the summer of 2005 as 58 acres and is supposed to open in March 2008.

Couceiro said Aquatica is to feature a lavishly landscaped beach area big enough to provide everyone with "breathing room" and an equally large wave pool, so that people who just want to relax as if they were at a beach resort may do so.

A beach-resort setting is also one of the featured attractions of Discovery Cove, the nearby 30-acre SeaWorld-owned park that opened in 2000. Like SeaWorld, Aquatica also will feature a variety of marine animals, and "some of the best rides anywhere in Orlando," Couceiro said.

"You will be able to tell you are at a SeaWorld park. And if there are similarities to Discovery Cove, that is not by accident," he said. "But it is not the same theme."

Scott Powers can be reached at 407-420-5441 or spowers@orlandosentinel.com.

03-05-2007, 08:54 PM
you are really hooked into the loop aren't you, Crazy?

03-05-2007, 09:11 PM
Haven't we known about this name for a long time? I don't get why they say it was only announced yesterday...

Anyway, the park sounds fun and I'm looking forward to its opening.

03-06-2007, 06:38 AM
Here's some more info. from the "loop". Also, there's a web site: http://www.aquaticabyseaworld.com/

Seaworld unveils Aquatica
New water park to open in '08 will have water slides, a rapids ride and a beach area where visitors can relax.

Scott Powers | Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted March 6, 2007

SeaWorld's new Aquatica water park will put as much emphasis on relaxation as on thrills, planners say.

Aquatica, which is to open in a year across International Drive from SeaWorld, is going to feature 36 water slides and a high-speed river ride with rapids aimed at competing with other thrill-ride theme parks.

But Aquatica also will have an 80,000-square-foot, highly designed beach area, and several calm lagoons for visitors whose main Florida goal may be to relax on the sand or splash lazily out into the water.

And then there will be the animals, highlighted by black-and-white Commerson's dolphins splashing about in the main lagoon.

"Aquatica will be a water park you would never expect, unless it was built by SeaWorld," said Jim Atchison, general manager of SeaWorld Orlando.

He and other SeaWorld Orlando officials unveiled detailed plans Monday for the 59-acre water park, which was first announced in June 2005 and has been under construction for more than a year.

Aquatica will be themed mostly for South Pacific islands, though there will be mixed motifs from Central and South America.

The signature ride will be a slide that takes people underwater in clear tubes, where they can zoom past dolphins and other marine life. The dolphins and other animals also may be seen from an observation deck, an underwater viewing window and on a lazy river tube ride that will take guests under the marine life tank.

The other anchor attraction will be a twin wave pool splashing onto an 80,000-square-foot beach that Atchison said would be "stunning."

The contrast of those two anchors is representative of the park as a whole, said Tim Cuddihy, vice president of Aquatica. Such attractions as the beach also offer no lines and no waiting, which will increase Aquatica's capacity. It will be able to handle 16,000 visitors per hour, making it the highest-capacity water park in the state, he said.

"Fifty percent of Aquatica's attractions will be immersive-type attractions. The advantage of immersive-type attractions are no wait, no lines, just walk up and enjoy . . . ," he said.

Aquatica will give SeaWorld three theme parks with widely varying purposes and markets, all based on SeaWorld's marine theme.

At the high end, starting at $149 per person, Discovery Cove offers visitors exclusivity, with limited admissions to a tropical resort-themed park, with an option (for another $100) to swim with dolphins. Basic one-day tickets to SeaWorld, with its full-complement of rides and shows, cost $64.95.

There's no immediate word on where Aquatica tickets will be priced. But Atchison said they would not necessarily fall in line with other water parks in Central Florida such as Adventure Island, Wet 'n Wild and Walt Disney World's Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, where tickets range from $35-$37 per person. He also said the ticket marketing would emphasize mutipark packages.

"This is SeaWorld's water park, and our intention is to market this so it is very easy for guests to get combo tickets for SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and Aquatica, and even our sister parks in Tampa, Busch Gardens and Adventure Island," Atchison said.

Aquatica will be the first all-new park in Central Florida since Discovery Cove opened in 2000.

Both Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty and Gary Sain, the new executive director of the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, praised Aquatica as an important new addition to Orlando's tourist attraction portfolio.

"It is a one-of-a-kind experience that exemplifies why our destination is the best place for families to visit in the world," Sain said.

Scott Powers can be reached at spowers@orlandosentinel.com or 407-420-5441.

Amity 3
03-07-2007, 10:30 PM
at a quarter of the price of Expedition Everest and Mission Space combined, AB parks are going to open a waterpark that is going to embarrass both of WDW's.

Seaworld, Discovery Cove, Aquatica...it's a direct challenge to WDW and Universal, my family wins either way. :)

03-15-2007, 06:26 PM
Competition is good.

This has some VERY cool aspects to it.

03-19-2007, 02:54 PM
The slides are already going up and roofs can be seen over the fences. Traffic is going to suck going home from work...