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Orlando, Fla. Rising up in Orlando is a whimsical, one of a kind water park only SeaWorld could create Aquatica. Opening March 2008, Aquatica blends up close animal experiences, waters from serene to extreme, high speed thrills and wide, sandy beaches.
SeaWorld is famous for immersing guests in the mystery of the sea and its animals, said Jim Atchison, executive vice president and general manager of SeaWorld Orlando. Aquatica takes this immersion to a new level, inviting guests to play in, over, and under the water itself.
Setting foot into Aquatica, guests immediately experience the vastness of nearly 60 acres of lush landscape inspired by the vivid color, stunning flora and carefree personality of the South Sea Islands. Reminiscent of the rugged beauty of New Zealand, Australia and New Guinea, the landscape of Aquatica is striking. Crystal blue rivers wind through hidden grottos and refreshing waterfalls, while rich greenery and bright flowers adorn towering rock formations.
Peeking through this verdant landscape, brightly colored, quirky buildings topped with swooping, pitched roofs create an uplifting, carefree setting. Colorful, whimsical animals derivative patterns from New Zealand's Maori culture adorn carved totem poles and interactive fountains.
Live animals from lands all over the world including Commersons dolphins, brilliant macaws and colorful fish bring to life the park's playful, high energy nature.
Aquatica features the most thrilling water rides in the world with 36 water slides, six rivers and lagoons, and more than 80,000 square feet of beach area. Designed in a way that could only be done by SeaWorld, these distinct attractions will zoom, float and splash guests through amazing animal habitats and undersea adventures.
The parks signature attraction plunges riders in clear tubes through a crystal-blue lagoon with black-and-white Commersons dolphins. Guests feel as if they are flying beneath the sea among these beautiful animals. While similar in coloration to SeaWorlds icon, Shamu, these dolphins are also distinctly different. In addition to being much smaller, they are also fast, agile swimmers making them the perfect inhabitants for this lively park.
Aquaticas attractions offer equal emphasis on high energy thrill rides and immersive swimming experiences. A colorful mix of racing tunnels, raft rides and rivers offer crashing surf and high speed thrills, while pools, lagoons and lazy rivers invite guests to enjoy slower pace.
Many of the parks attractions even offer dual experiences within the same ride. Two immense wave lagoons create the world's only side by side wave pools that can be operated independently or together. Though side by side, each lagoon offers a very different experience one with crashing waves and 5 foot swells, the other with a gently rolling surf. Nine different wave patterns can be created throughout the two pools, with the ability to generate one immense wave, or even dueling waves.
Winding rivers throughout Aquatica also offer two different journeys from serene to extreme. One river carries guests through gentle waterfalls, past exotic birds and into an undersea grotto with thousands of colorful fish. An adjacent river offers pure thrill, jetting riders through rolling rapids, rushing geysers and racing waters.
Colorful eight lane racing slides, triple drop raft rides, double inner tubes, and a 6 story family ride round out the mix of thrills.
Even the littlest swimmers will enjoy one of a kind attractions at Aquatica. One of the worlds largest interactive water play areas includes a colorful rain fortress that towers 60 feet above a 15,000 square foot pool. The entire family can zoom together on slides and blast water cannons. In a separate childrens pool, even those Aquatica guests not old enough to walk can still slide down tubes with Mom and Dad in specially built rafts.
Plenty of wide, sand beaches, refreshing lagoons and cool shade from towering oaks and exotic trees create the ultimate water park for guest comfort. Personal cabanas dot the shoreline for those who desire a private retreat. The entire park is designed to limit wait times and provide easy access to rides, attractions and even restaurants. Those who don't want to leave the comfort of their lounge chair can even enjoy beachside waiter service. All of this allows more time for carefree family fun.
Aquatica will be the natural complement to a full days adventure at SeaWorld Orlando, and create a trio of SeaWorld parks in Central Florida that collectively provide experiences found nowhere else in the world.
In a destination famous for immersing families in fun, the SeaWorld parks offer the ultimate in family togetherness, connecting guests to the sea and with each other in three immersive, interactive, but very different, ways, said Joe Couceiro, corporate vice president of marketing.
Guests are amazed by the wonders of the sea at SeaWorld. They can then visit Aquatica to indulge in the playfulness of the sea, as they zoom, float and splash through amazing animal habitats. For the ultimate in immersion, the companys Discovery Cove park offers a completely different experience an exclusive tropical paradise, with limited attendance, where guests have up-close encounters with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, rays and tropical fish. Whether making wondrous connections, having carefree fun, or enjoying up close animal encounters, the SeaWorld parks offer guests an unmatched Orlando family vacation.
Natural, exotic, untamed, fun SeaWorlds new water park, Aquatica, has an attitude all its own. Offering fun as endless as the sea itself, it's not what you would expect from a water park, unless that park is created by SeaWorld.
American Manufacturer, The Step2 Company LLC, offers quality play products to keep kids active
With summer soon to be here your little ones are probably more than ready to get outdoors and play. Step2, a childrens products manufacturer, has been hard at work to design and produce play products that meet the needs of todays young families. So after listening to loads of moms and conducting extensive kid testing, Step2 is proud to offer some exciting new choices to keep young bodies moving and imaginations growing.
The Step2 award winning Naturally Playful line, praised for its natural good looks and maintenance free plastic construction, welcomes three new items to this category.
The Naturally Playful Lookout Treehouse has large easy to climb steps to a shaded platform with pivoting 180 degree periscope and fun slide to get your toddlers up and exploring the great outdoors. MSRP: $129.99
The Naturally Playful Victorian Gazebo provides endless hours of imaginative play in this roomy hexagon structure with decorative railings and working double door. A durable, weather-resistant fabric roof offers protective shaded play in the cozy interior with drop leaf table and two attached seats for snacks and mealtime. MSRP: $199.99
For all around fun and good healthy exercise, the Naturally Playful Adventure Lodge Play Center is a giant all in one playground with large clubhouse, wave slide, rope ladder, two swings, two person glider, and backboard hoop. This is sure to be a neighborhood favorite so let the adventures begin! MSRP: $999.99
Sports: Your golf enthusiasts will enjoy the new Par 3 Mini Golf Course from Step2. It js easy to create a custom course with the snap lock track, three greens and challenging kid friendly obstacles. Two putters, two balls, and three flags complete your very own miniature golf course. MSRP: $39.99
Water Play: How about a trip to the water park right in your own backyard? The River Run Waterpark will encourage safe water exploration while your toddlers sit in comfort under a large shade umbrella (optional). Just fill the trough with water, push the button and let the fun begin. A large battery powered pump in a colorful water tower circulates up to 4.5 gallons of water through the troughs to the splash pool below. A paddle wheel, dam, sailboats and three inner tube swimmers will keep your children creating new summertime memories. MSRP: $59.99
Riding Toys: For your littlest tots, The Whisper Ride Buggy is the perfect vehicle for those trips to the zoo, amusement park or just around the block. Extra large silent ride tires, seat belt and optional canopy provide a safe, comfortable ride. And did we mention the pretend steering wheel with sounds, cup holder and storage compartment for snacks? All the right accessories in one sweet ride! MSRP: $59.99
The Extreme Roller Coaster: A child operated, gravity powered thrill ride brings amusement park fun right to your home. Its extreme styling and colors add to the excitement and offer your child endless hours of active play as they climb the track and push off the ramp over and over again. MSRP: $249.99
Playhouses: Last but not least, is the LifeStyle Grand Walk in Kitchen, the ultimate kitchen playhouse. This unique playhouse accommodates several children and offers loads of interactive play enhanced by just the right mix of electronics. It comes complete with a 103 piece accessory set and 11 wood stool, oak look foam floor all combining to provide role play experiences as vast as your childs imagination. MSRP: $259.99
Step2 products are available in toy stores nationwide and through online retailers. For more information on the full line up, visit www.step2****.