It's been confirm!
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is proud to announce the addition our 11th park. Aquatica Texas will open at SeaWorld San Antonio in May of 2012. More details to follow all evening!
What is Aquatica?
The South Seas meets South Texas at Aquatica, a whimsical, one-of-a-kind waterpark only SeaWorld could create. Aquatica blends up-close animal experiences, waters from serene to extreme, high-speed thrills and white, sandy beaches.
The look and feel of Aquatica is inspired by the vivid color, stunning flora and the carefree personality of the South Sea Islands.
Crystal-blue rivers wind through hidden grottos. Refreshing waterfalls and rich greenery surround stunning sand beaches.
The park icons - whimsical animal patterns inspired by the Maori culture of New Zealand - adorn carved totem poles and colorful structures.
Aquatica features three terraced pools, a giant wave pool, meandering rivers and racing rides – including a one-of-a-kind family raft ride that goes underwater through a reef filled with stingrays and tropical fish and another ride that sends family rafts up a zero-gravity wall where riders experience weightlessness.
More than 42,000 square feet of white, sandy beaches cover the park.
Vibrant flora represents exotic beach destinations from all over the world. Several species of tropical plants, such as palms, bamboo and banana trees, create serene gardens throughout the park.
The park’s signature animal - the majestic stingray - will be represented in a few different species, including cownose and spotted eagle rays. Macaws and Spoonbill birds and a multitude of colorful fish add to the park’s playful, high-energy atmosphere. Guests zoom and float through these amazing animal habitats, creating the most thrilling waterpark rides in the world. Visitors also will encounter unusual birds and animals in walk-around interaction opportunities. Goodwill ambassadors of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, these animals inspire guests to learn more about the environment and conservation.
Aquatica’s expansive sand beaches, refreshing lagoons, personal cabanas and beachside service will set a new benchmark for guest comfort at waterparks.
The park is designed for ease of access with all the luxury and amenities of a beachside resort.
Aquatica features thrilling water slides, rivers, lagoons, and more than 80,000 square feet of beach area. Designed in a way that could only be done by SeaWorld, these unique attractions will zoom, float and splash guests through amazing animal habitats and undersea adventures.
Guests make memorable, powerful connections with wildlife at this interaction program. Wade in the water with the majestic stingray as you touch, feed and learn more about these magnificent animals.
This above-ground pool offers guests a chance to see and feed several species of stingrays. Despite the name stingray, these animals are as harmless as they are mesmerizing.
This 3-story, interactive, outdoor funhouse 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.
Adjacent to the wave pool, this 3,360-square-foot big kids’ tropical activity pool features a corkscrew water slide, inviting waterfalls and plenty of poolside lounge chairs for sunbathers.
Surrounded by white, sandy beaches, these inviting pools are the perfect spot to relax. Separate pools for lesure swimmers and families with toddlers gives guests plenty of choices for taking a dip. Nearby hammocks are the perfect place for shade and serenity.
A separate pool for families with toddlers gives guests plenty of choices for taking a dip. Kids enjoy several small slides and water play elements. Nearby hammocks are the perfect place for shade and serenity.
Kata's Kookaburra Cove
Little ones can splash safely in this 3,000-square-foot area where whimsical sea creatures are welcoming play elements for tiny tots to enjoy.
Private cabana rentals
Rental storage fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo
Casual dining, markets and shopping
Complimentary life vests
The park’s signature attraction takes five-seat rafts down twists and turns to an underwater grotto, where you come face-to-fin with stingrays and tropical fish. It’s the only ride of its kind in the world.
A first of its kind in North America, this family raft ride sends guests soaring through watery waves to the top of a zero-gravity wall, giving riders the sense of weightlessness.
One of the park's most exhilarating rides, guests choose single or double tubes for their decent down a 48-foot tall ride, which features open and closed slides, water curtains, and lots of twists, turns, and drops.
Guests ride using double or single tubes and select one of two different slides, both of which send riders spinning inside of a large bowl before their twisting, turning descent.
Thrill-seeking guests experience speed and high wall turns down one of two body slides, each more than 450 feet long.
Guests ride single tubes down one of two distinct, heart-pounding slides. For the adventurous rider, one of the tubes is pitch dark.
Hop in a tube, swim, walk or float and enjoy a relaxing time along a winding, 1,200-foot-long water route enhanced by tunnel jets, foam shooters and misters.
Big Surf Shores
The avid body surfer can kick it up at this huge wave pool where guests splash in over 400,000 gallons of water with swells of up to 5 feet.
What is Aquatica?
It’s an aquatic park with up-close animal experiences, high-speed thrills and relaxing, sandy beaches.
Is Aquatica different from Lost Lagoon?
Simply put, yes. Lost Lagoon was a stereotypical waterpark. But Aquatica truly is a unique experience – a blend of exhilarating water rides and breathtaking animal experiences in a tropical oasis.
What will Aquatica be known for?
Two things: for having the amenities and beachfront resort and for its iconic stingray raft ride – which takes riders through an underwater grotto to see several species of stingrays and tropical fish.
Will there be new rides and features?
We’re adding new rides, pools and animal encounters. One family raft ride is the first of its kind in North America and the other the only raft ride of its kind in the world!
Can I buy a ticket to Aquatica without buying a SeaWorld ticket?
An Aquatica ticket can only be purchased as an upgrade to a SeaWorld ticket. SeaWorld admission will be required in order to purchase a ticket to Aquatica.
How much is a ticket or pass to Aquatica?
The price of an Aquatica ticket or pass is not yet finalized. Please check our website for updates on pricing and pass options.
Is Aquatica in the same location as Lost Lagoon? Is it any bigger?
The new park will take over the land now occupied by Lost Lagoon, and it will be several acres larger.
Are some of the current rides staying?
Most of Aquatica will feature completely new experiences. We are keeping a few of our most popular slides, and we’re adding a couple new ones – both of which have never been created in North America.
When will the new park open?
Aquatica Texas will open in May 2012.
When will Lost Lagoon close?
Lost Lagoon’s final season will end on September 5, 2011.
SeaWorld San Antonio will replace its water park next year with an extension of its beach-theme park in Orlando, Fla.
Aquatica is slated to open in May 2012 to replace Lost Lagoon, which has been at SeaWorld San Antonio for the past 18 years. An expansion of its predecessor, the 18-acre section will have private cabanas, terraced pools and two new family raft rides.
“What we're trying to achieve is to create a water park that is vastly different from what you can visit in Texas,” said Dan Decker, president of SeaWorld San Antonio. “Something that's really core to our business is ... marine life, aquatic life and birds. That, combined with this resort feel, will be a more relaxed place.”
SeaWorld plans to limit the number of people that can enter Aquatica to maintain that comfortable environment, Decker said, though he could not specify how many people would be allowed in the water park at once.
That exclusivity will come at a higher price.
Admission to Lost Lagoon is free with park admission, but visitors will have to pay extra for tickets to enter Aquatica. Officials did not say how much those tickets will cost. For non-Florida residents, tickets for Aquatica Orlando cost $41.99 for adults and children.
Jeff Henry, part owner of the Schlitterbahn's New Braunfels park, said he hopes lower admission fees will keep vacationers from leaving his park for SeaWorld's next year. The New Braunfels park expanded this summer with additions that included a lazy river and tree house-themed resort rooms at its new Tubenbach section.
“Most of our customers will be able to appreciate a reasonable gate price,” Henry said. “Swimming with marine animals is always extra money.”
But on Monday, one-day general admission at Schlitterbahn was listed as $62.97 on its website, slightly more expensive than SeaWorld. Tickets for SeaWorld were advertised as $59.99, and general admission for Six Flags Fiesta Texas was listed as $54.99.
“Any improvements to our tourism attractions benefit the destination and the city as a whole,” Fiesta Texas spokeswoman Sydne Purvis said about the competitor's expansion plans. “White Water Bay is our water park, and it's free with park admission.”
Aquatica Texas' signature attraction will be a family raft ride that twists and turns through an underwater grotto that moves riders through an acrylic tube running through a pool with several species of stingrays. Guests also will be able to wade with the animals in an in-water connection program, and there will be a separate pool for park-goers to feed stingrays. There also will be eight slides, water play areas for all ages and a more intense raft ride.
The park also will have macaws, roseate spoonbills and colorful fish.
Construction on Aquatica Texas will begin later this month. Lost Lagoon will end its final season on Labor Day this year, and Aquatica is scheduled to be completed before Memorial Day weekend 2012.
Marco Barros, president and chief executive officer of the San Antonio Area Tourism Council, said the opening of the new park will help boost San Antonio's presence as a tourism destination.
“We're always excited that the parks are expanding and announcing improvements,” Barros said. “That's what really keeps families coming back to San Antonio.”
I think this is really going to be great for Texas, but Fiesta Texas, Schlitterbhan, Splashtown really needs to step up their game more if they want more people in their park next year. But thats great since less people at Fiesta Texas and more rides for me. Now there is going to be more people at Sea World finally!!!