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Orlando’s SeaWorld is taking its famous animal interactions to new depths with its first water park, Aquatica, due to open in early March.
The lush, 24-hectare site — which features 36 water slides, wave lagoons, six rivers, grottos full of colourful exotic fish and more than 80,000 square feet of beach — allows visitors to “play in, over and under the water.”
The stars at Orlando’s newest theme park resemble their killer whale cousins at SeaWorld just across the street, only they’re much smaller — one- to two-metre black and white Commerson’s dolphins. But where most of SeaWorld’s whale encounters take place from the viewing stands or beside the massive show pool, visitors to Aquatica will be invited right into the mammals’ wet world via plastic tubes that will let them “fly” through the dolphins’ lagoon.
There will be more leisurely encounters, for those who don’t fancy plunging 90 metres. A Lazy River will meander past exotic birds, tropical fish and an underwater view of the dolphins’ habitat. For a rush, there’s the Adventure River with 450-metres of rapids, geysers and waterfalls.
For more information on Aquatica and SeaWorld, see seaworld.ca or aquaticabyseaworld.com. Admission prices have yet to be announced for Aquatica, but there will be special package deals for Canadians, including a seven-day pass to both SeaWorld and Aquatica that will allow admission for adults at kid prices between April 1 and Sept. 30.