I'm excited about these Walhalla Wave style slides. I like the tornado funnel slides slides but after the first vertical pass it's kind of boring floating back and forth until you eventually stop, but this slides looks like it's the first initial vertical pass then off into the rest of the slide. Should be a lot of fun.
Right away when you look at the map you will probably notice four things: 1. Color. Aquatica is a waterpark full of fun and vibrant colors and we put a lot of thought and effort into really creating a bright festive atmosphere. 2. Water, water everywhere! In addition to several new slides, Aquatica still has fan favorite attractions from previous years. Plus, we have added a lot more places to get wet including our giant resort pools and Ke-Re Reef. 3. Beaches. Bring your beach towel to soak up the sun on more than 42,000 square feet of white sand beaches. Just imagine relaxing on these beaches in the middle of South Texas. 4. It’s Big! Aquatica was designed with more space for guests to relax and not feel crammed – giving guests the perfect setting for experiences from the serene to the extreme. Be sure to stay tuned to our Facebook page and blog for more Aquatica construction updates, photos, blogs, time-lapse videos and the announcement of our opening date. We hope you are as excited about the opening of Aquatica as we are!
Even though this one doesnt appear to have as many rides as the one in orlando...I feel the layout it better and more spread out. Has lots of room for expansion. Also it appears they are adding a ProSlide TornadoWave
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Yesterday I was fortunate enough to take a few seconds with Brian Morrow to focus on some of the other projects he is working on for the SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment properties, including a look at Aquatica Texas.
When our new water park, Aquatica San Antonio, opens up this May, one central feature will be a stingray pool. This pool will house many stingrays, but the most numerous will be the Cownose ray (Rhinoptera bonasus), which will number over 100. Of course, cownose rays are not native to San Antonio, but instead can be found along coastlines throughout the Atlantic Ocean (including our coast along the Gulf of Mexico). Our aquarium department has to get all of those stingrays to San Antonio from our sister park, SeaWorld Orlando. How? That’s where an eighteen wheeler, a 3,000 gallon fiberglass transport tub, complete with life support system and some dedicated SeaWorld team members come into play. The rays have to be moved by driving them straight from Florida to San Antonio.
The transport begins with the assembly of SeaWorld’s transport unit, which is loaded on a flat bed semi trailer. The fiberglass aquarium has small porthole windows with covers, to examine the animals inside at every stop. It has tight fitting lids and baffles, which keep all the water in, while also keeping the animals safe from sudden stops and starts. Essential to the whole operation is the life-support system, which has its own diesel generator. The water is constantly filtered and the temperature is controlled by a heating and cooling system. There is even a meter that is constantly checking the oxygen level of the water to ensure a safe, smooth ride for all the rays inside. A dedicated team of aquarists follows behind in another vehicle and makes sure all is well for the stingrays inside at every stop. This way, we can bring all of the fun of wading, feeding and touching beautiful rays to you next spring. We hope to see you there! Stay up-to-date by liking the Aquatica Facebook Page!
Right before our eyes Aquatica is coming together and the excitement is building! As we started the process of planning Aquatica we knew this area was going to go through a dramatic change. We decided early on to put up a camera to take a picture every minute of the day. Recently we put together the pictures taken from November through January of this year to create this time lapse video.
Our contractor, Guido Brothers Construction has been hard at work since last summer to help us create Aquatica. The same crew that brought you the lazy river, and Journey to Atlantis returned to help us build Aquatica. On the Aquatica project they have used 43 different subcontractors and by the end of the project over 1,600 workers will have had a role in building your new waterpark. Today work goes on 7 days a week for about 13 hours a day in order to have everything perfect on May 19th!
In this video you will get to see some amazing action through this time lapse photography. In the background you will see the construction of Stingray Falls and Ke-Re Reef. You will see the pools dug , formed and filled with concrete for Whanau Waters and Slippity Dippity. You will probably notice lots of action and even some rain. Let us know what else you notice in the video and be sure to check back for more pictures, videos and blogs about Aquatica!
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