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DisneyExplorer
04-24-2007, 11:30 AM
i have heard through the grapevine that Sea World is planning an adventure park, does anyone know anything about this?
:goodvibes
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Horace Horsecollar
04-24-2007, 12:05 PM
i have heard through the grapevine that Sea World is planning an adventure park, does anyone know anything about this?
The full name of each of the three Sea World parks (San Diego, Orlando, San Antonio) is "Sea World Adventure Park" -- so it's not a case of "planning" an "adventure park."

There are two Sea World parks in Orlando: (1) Sea World Adventure Park, and (2) Discovery Cove.

Sea World is a adding Aquatica, a water park, as their third park in Orlando. See http://www.aquaticabyseaworld.com/

MJMcBride
04-24-2007, 01:43 PM
On a side note, is there anyone else who is wondering what took SeaWorld so long to make a water park? Wasn't that an obvious idea 30 years ago?

EUROPACL
04-24-2007, 09:49 PM
On a side note, is there anyone else who is wondering what took SeaWorld so long to make a water park? Wasn't that an obvious idea 30 years ago?

I would say it has more to do with the history of ownership.




Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. (HBJ) purchased the company in 1976 and 12 years later they ventured deep into the heart of Texas. In 1988 SeaWorld San Antonio opened just a few miles outside of San Antonio. Although the climate was more like that of its Ohio counterpart, the park did have a longer operating season. Still, this park was not open year-round like its sister parks in California and Florida. The stress and financial resources it took to build and maintain a state-of-the-art marine mammal facility in the late '80s eventually took its toll on the company.

HBJ, whose primary focus was producing school books, needed to reduce its assets in order to avoid a bankruptcy.

The Anheuser-Busch Company made an offer to purchase the SeaWorld parks. However, HBJ also owned and operated two other parks, Cypress Gardens and Boardwalk and Baseball, and out of fear of not being able to find a buyer for the two other parks HBJ refused to sell the parks individually. Despite a long negotiation, Anheuser-Busch bought all six parks: SeaWorld in San Diego, Aurora, Orlando and San Antonio as well as Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven and Boardwalk and Baseball in Haines City. Soon after the sale was final, Busch sold Cypress Gardens to the park's management and closed Boardwalk and Baseball. Anheuser-Busch put millions of dollars back into the parks to revive and to prolong their longevity

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seaworld

DisBride23
04-24-2007, 10:54 PM
I'm doing my thesis on that part of Orlando. When I spoke to a representative at SeaWorld, I was told that the best part about Aquatica would be the slides that take you through lagoons full of animals. So, you'll "be in their habitat". But, Aquatica is still in the very beginning of the construction phase. As part of my research, I had to take a helicopter to take my own aerials. As of three weeks ago, the pieces to one slide were being brought in.
So, that's the deal with Aquatica..

Jason71
04-25-2007, 07:57 AM
As of three weeks ago, the pieces to one slide were being brought in.
So, that's the deal with Aquatica..

Construction is actually starting to move along pretty rapidly, after a whole lot of nothing for months. You can now see the basic structure of the two main slides at either end of the park (each with multiple "lanes"), as well as the beginnings of a third slide in the middle. Cranes and trucks everywhere. Still a ways off, but you can begin to get a sense of the layout.

marconat
04-26-2007, 09:49 PM
Wow, now I have to go back and visit again.... Oh! well an other reason to visit Orlando ha! ha! Thing is, it takes me almost 2 years to put the money aside to go.... :sad1:

G8r4evr
04-28-2007, 12:38 PM
I would say it has more to do with the history of ownership.

Good ole' Boardwalk and Baseball...I used to love that place! I wonder why they didnt at least try and salvage it.

Aquatica looks awesome!!

Horace Horsecollar
04-28-2007, 01:12 PM
Good ole' Boardwalk and Baseball...I used to love that place! I wonder why they didnt at least try and salvage it. Bad location.

It was too far from the hotels of Orlando, Kissimmee, and Walt Disney World. If it had been near Sea World, it could have developed into a major Orlando-area attraction.

Boardwalk and Baseball was originally Circus World.

ConcKahuna
04-28-2007, 01:24 PM
Bad location.

It was too far from the hotels of Orlando, Kissimmee, and Walt Disney World. If it had been near Sea World, it could have developed into a major Orlando-area attraction.

Boardwalk and Baseball was originally Circus World.

Bad location and the fact that it has been entirely leveled and a housing community is going there. You can look up the development, it's called "Posner Park" or "Posner Place" or similar. I drive past it all the time.

G8r4evr
04-28-2007, 08:31 PM
Bad location.

It was too far from the hotels of Orlando, Kissimmee, and Walt Disney World. If it had been near Sea World, it could have developed into a major Orlando-area attraction.

Boardwalk and Baseball was originally Circus World.

Thats too bad. I thought it had great potential as a stand alone theme park...but maybe Im biased...we had several great field trips there when I was a kid =)

Grumpy_Disney_Dad
04-28-2007, 11:18 PM
Bad location.

It was too far from the hotels of Orlando, Kissimmee, and Walt Disney World. If it had been near Sea World, it could have developed into a major Orlando-area attraction.

Boardwalk and Baseball was originally Circus World.

Oh wow now that is a flashback. It just made me go dig out my "Official Clown for the Day" certificate I got for being in a Circus World Parade. Thanks for teh trip down memory lane

TomD
05-01-2007, 07:18 PM
Boardwalk and Baseball was originally Circus World.

I remember Circus World. I was picked to be a Clown juggler during a show. What a great day that was :thumbsup2

DisneyExplorer
05-27-2007, 12:29 PM
Good ole' Boardwalk and Baseball...I used to love that place! I wonder why they didnt at least try and salvage it.

Aquatica looks awesome!!

WOW!! Well remembered! Those were good times! Haha! What was the main mascot/character? was it specs?