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Aquatica (water park)

Aquatica is a water park operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and located near Orlando, Florida. The park, which opened to guests on March 1, 2008, is a companion to SeaWorld Orlando and is located across International Drive from the main theme park.

 The park is themed to the southern Pacific and features Australian and New Zealand based mascots.

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.[1]

Development history

SeaWorld 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. 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.

Attractions


The park features a wide array of attractions for all ages and swimming abilities, some of which pass by or through animal habitats.[3]

Body/mat slides


    * Dolphin Plunge - the park's signature attraction, these two enclosed tube slides pass through a pool containing a pod of Commerson's dolphins.
    * Taumata Racer - an eight-lane racing slide with guests sliding down on mats through enclosed and open sections.

Raft slides


    * Whanau Way - a tower with four double-raft slides.
    * Tassie's Twisters - a pair of funnel-like slides that can be ridden in single or double rafts.
    * Omaka Rocka - Aquatica's newest ride, clover shaped carrying each one rider rafts descend into one of two slides that look like a tornado funnel layer on its side.
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