SeaWorld’s New Waterpark, Aquatica, Opens This Weekend, Bringing the Beach to San Antonio and Offering Up-Close Animal Experiences.
San Antonio, TX (May 18, 2012) – Tomorrow, SeaWorld will introduce its guests to Aquatica Waterpark, a whimsical aquatic park with up-close animal experiences, high-speed thrills and relaxing, sandy beaches. Aquatica is the single largest capital project in park’s history.
What makes Aquatica different from other waterparks are the immersive animal experiences it offers. The waterpark features live animals from lands all over the world. Southern stingrays, brilliant macaws and colorful fish bring to life the park’s playful, high-energy nature.
“What sets Aquatica apart from other waterparks is that we offer our guests powerful connections with marine animals and one-of-a-kind waterslides in a lush, tropical setting. This is an experience you can’t find anywhere else.” said Dan Decker, Park President for SeaWorld and Aquatica.
The park’s signature ride, “Stingray Falls,” takes four-seat rafts down twists and turns to an underwater grotto, where guests come face-to-fin with stingrays and tropical fish. It’s the only ride of its kind in the world. Guests at Aquatica will have the opportunity to experience stingrays in multiple ways. The most immersive program will be the “Stingray Encounter,” where guests can make reservations to feed and wade with stingrays inside the attraction. Guests can also feed and view the stingrays from a wall at the edge of the pool.
Aquatica’s stingray attraction, otherwise known as “Ke-Re Reef,” features 120,000 gallons of saltwater and will include cownose and Southern stingrays. With stingrays, tropical fish and birds, Aquatica will be home to more than 500 animals.
Experiences from Serene to Extreme
Guest can soak up the sun at any of Aquatica’s three beaches. The park features 42,000 square feet of white, sandy beaches, all of which are lined with reclining lounge chairs.
Three terraced pools, which feature naturalistic rockwork, are the perfect spots for guests to relax. Guests can unwind with shallow water swimming, in-water seating and cool waterfalls.
For thrill seekers, Aquatica features 10 slides that are sure to speed up your pulse. “Walhalla Wave” offers the biggest thrill at Aquatica. A first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, Walhalla Wave takes a clover tube with up to four riders on a 720-degree loop into a 50-degree drop before sailing up a 3-story zero gravity wall – giving riders a moment of weightlessness.
Aquatica features some of the coolest kids’ play places around. “Walkabout Waters” is a 3-story, interactive, outdoor funhouse that provides countless ways to get wet and stay cool. Navigating geysers, sprays, giant dumping buckets and spouts provides plenty of play for both the young and the young-at-heart.
New Waterpark Is SeaWorld San Antonio’s Single Largest Capital Investment
The new park is an extension of the Aquatica Waterpark in Orlando, Florida, and it represents the single largest capital investment in the history of the San Antonio park.
Both SeaWorld and Aquatica San Antonio are operated by the Orlando-based SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, which is a portfolio company of The Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX)
“We are proud to support SeaWorld’s continued expansion,” said Peter Wallace, Senior Managing Director at Blackstone. “The opening of the new Aquatica waterpark in San Antonio exemplifies the kind of positive impact private capital can and should have in building American businesses and creating new jobs. We look forward to continuing to work with SeaWorld’s exceptional management team as it grows the business.”
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, a portfolio company of The Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX), operates 10 parks across the U.S. including SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio; Busch Gardens parks in Tampa, Fla. and Williamsburg, Va.; Discovery Cove and Aquatica in Orlando; Sesame Place near Philadelphia, Pa.; and water parks Adventure Island in Tampa and Water Country USA in Williamsburg. The 10 parks play host to 23 million guests each year and employ 20,000 people nationwide.
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