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Aquatica is a chain of water parks owned and
operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. Aquatica parks are operating in Orlando, Florida,
San Antonio, Texas and Chula Vista, California.==History==SeaWorld Orlando originally announced plans
to build a water park on July 15, 2005. The announcement stated that it would be a
“natural” park and revealed the park’s iconic Dolphin Plunge water slides. On March 5, 2007, SeaWorld held a press conference
officially announcing Aquatica. It was expected the 59-acre (24 ha) park would
cost US$50 million to build. Construction continued in earnest throughout
2007 and into early 2008. Previews for employees and holders of park
annual passes were held in February. On March 1, 2008, the park opened to guests
for the first time, with the official grand opening held on April 4, 2008. In its debut year, the park hosted approximately
950,000 guests, making it the fourth-most visited water park in the United States and
eighth-most visited in the world. The park was an immediate success, reaching
its opening-year attendance goal in just six months.In early 2011, rumors speculated about
Aquatica coming to SeaWorld San Antonio in the future. According to the park president, SeaWorld
San Antonio would become a multi-day experience. SeaWorld officially announced plans to build
a water park on May 24, 2011. The announcement called it, “a whimsical waterpark
with up-close animal experiences, high-speed thrills and relaxing, sandy beaches”. The water park replaced Lost Lagoon that opened
in the early 1990s. Lost Lagoon closed on Labor Day weekend 2011. During October 2011 the construction of the
new water park started with excavation for the new entrance, the new sandy beaches and
the structure for the new Wahalla Wave water slide. In early November 2011 the new water slides
arrived in pieces at Sea World San Antonio’s parking lot, waiting to get assembled. Aquatica San Antonio officially opened on
May 19, 2012.On November 20, 2012, Cedar Fair announced it had sold its San Diego Soak City
park to SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. The water park originally opened on May 31,
1997, under the name White Water Canyon. At the time it featured 16 water slides and
a wave pool. In December 1999, Cedar Fair purchased the
park for $11.5 million and renamed it Knott’s Soak City U.S.A.. The water park had opened with a new beach
theme in May 2000. The acquisition by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
saw the park transformed into a 32-acre (13 ha) water park named Aquatica San Diego. The refurbished park reopened on June 1, 2013.==Locations====
Aquatica Orlando==Aquatica Orlando is located in Orlando, Florida. It is a sister park of SeaWorld Orlando and
Discovery Cove. The park is themed to the southern Pacific,
and features Australian and New Zealand based mascots including Roa (a kiwi), Kata (a kookaburra),
Wai (a Commerson’s dolphin), Ihu (a gecko), Papa (a royal spoonbill), Wae Wae (a takahē),
and Motu (a turtle). The park features a wide array of attractions
for all ages and swimming abilities, some of which pass by or through animal habitats. The park has two wave pools which share an
extensive, 80,000-square-foot (7,400 m2) man made white-sand beach area equipped with deck
chairs, sun beds and umbrellas. Body/mat slidesDolphin Plunge – the park’s
signature attraction, these two enclosed body slides pass through a pool containing a pod
of Commerson’s dolphins. The dolphins in this attraction were originally
from SeaWorld San Diego. Their names are Pepe, Ross, Ringer and Juan. Ringer was announced pregnant in early May
and gave birth on May 20, 2017 but the calf died a few minutes after birth. Ihu’s Breakaway Falls – consists of three
drop slides and one speed slide. Each one goes through many helixes. The slides are approximately 80 feet tall
and drop riders at an 80 degree angle. All four slides were manufactured by ProSlide
and opened in 2014. Taumata Racer – an eight-lane racing slide
with guests sliding down on mats through enclosed and open sections.Raft slidesWhanau Way – a
tower with four double-raft slides. (1 or 2 riders)
Tassie’s Twisters – a pair of funnel-like slides that can be ridden in single or double
rafts. This ride can only be accessed through Loggerhead
Lane. Omaka Rocka – Rafts each carrying one rider
descend into one of two slides with segments that look like a tornado funnel laying on
its side.Multi-person family raft slides (round rafts)Walhalla Wave – a twisty slide with
enclosed, pitch-dark segments. Nearly lasts a minute. (2 – 4 riders) (2 riders required)
Ray Rush – Fully loaded water adventure with three ways to slide, splash and soar
like never before. First, water jets launch your raft from zero
to awesome in just seconds. Your adventure takes a twisting turn as you
spin inside a colossal water sphere. Finally, dive into the giant manta wings,
swooping up and down a different path each time. (3 – 6 riders) (3 riders required)
KareKare Curl – (New for 2019) – A “curve shaped wave” which riders will experience
when climbing the vertical wave wall. True to its name and holding two passengers,
this new slide delivers a high-adrenaline, weightless adventure, making Aquatica Orlando’s
leaders for waterpark thrills. (2 riders required)Lazy riversRoa’s Rapids
– a faster, aggressive version of the lazy river with geysers, speed zones and center
islands. Loggerhead Lane – a traditional lazy river
that passes through a grotto of cichlids and the Commerson’s dolphin exhibit.Wave poolsCutback
Cove – the deeper of the two wave pools (6 1/2 feet deep), Cutback Cove is a narrower
pool than Big Surf Shores and can sometimes carry slightly larger waves as a result. Big Surf Shores – a somewhat wider pool
than Cutback, Big Surf is oftentimes closed in the slower seasons, or halfway open depending
on the amount of guests in the park.Children’s areasKata’s Kookaburra Cove – designed for
younger children, with smaller slides and play features. Walkabout Waters – a play fortress with
slides, ladders and dumping water buckets.==Aquatica San Antonio==Aquatica San Antonio is located in San Antonio,
Texas. The water park opened on May 19, 2012 and
is a companion to SeaWorld San Antonio. It features a wide array of attractions for
all ages and swimming abilities, some of which pass by or through animal habitats. Stingray Falls – New – First kind in the
world – A family raft ride that takes you through twist and turns, and then goes through
an underground grotto with stingrays and tropical fish. Wahalla Wave – New – First kind in America
HooRoo Run Tassie’s Twisters
Kiwi Curl Woohoo Falls
Cutback Cove Slides Walkabout Waters
Ke-Re Reef Roa’s Aviary
Zippity Zappity Whanau Way
Loggerhead Lane Big Surf ShoresIn 2014, Aquatica San Antonio
opened Roa’s Aviary which is in the middle of Loggerhead Lane (similar to Tassie’s Twister
in Orlando). The aviary has a waterfall entrance to prevent
birds from getting out. The 34,000 square foot facility features multiple
species of birds.==Aquatica San Diego==
The former Knott’s Soak City San Diego in Chula Vista, California reopened as Aquatica
San Diego on June 1, 2013. It features a wide array of attractions for
all ages and swimming abilities, one of which passes by a flamingo habitat. The water park was featured on the episode,
“Appalachian Splashin” on Xtreme Waterparks. SlidesWhanau Way – A 60-foot-tall water slide
complex with six body slides, four enclosed and two open air. HooRoo Run – An 80-foot-tall water slide complex
featuring two enclosed and two open air body slides with the steepest drop being an 80-foot
drop at 45 mph. Woohoo Falls – Three 60-foot-tall, single-inner-tube
slides. Two enclosed and one open air. Kiwi Curl – Three 60-foot-tall double-inner-tube
slides. Two enclosed and one open air. Walhalla Wave – A 78-foot-tall four-person
family raft water slide. Tassie’s Twister – A 75-foot-tall ProSlide
Tornado water slide that drops 60 feet (23 m) into a large six-story funnel. Taumata Racer – A six-lane racing slide
with guests sliding down on mats through enclosed and open sections.Pools and Children’s AreasBig
Surf Shores – A 550,000-gallon wave pool. Located near a freshwater turtle exhibit. Loggerhead Lane – A 1250-foot-long lazy river
that passes by the Caribbean flamingo exhibit. Walkabout Waters – A four-story interactive,
area that features two slides, hoses, jets, geysers and a 500-gallon bucket that unloads
every five minutes. Kata’s Kookaburra Cove – A play area designed
for children with a pool, and a waterfall. Slippity Dippity – A play area designed for
children featuring smaller slides.==See also==
Adventure Island Discovery Cove
SeaWorld Water Country USA
Incidents at SeaWorld parks

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