Happy Birthday to SeaWorld Orlando’s water park, Aquatica! The Orlando water park opened its gates 10 years ago on March 1, 2008 and redefined the way Orlando splished and splashed. The water park was the first to offer unique animal encounters, immersive theming and lush landscaping along with water park thrills.
To commemorate the park’s milestone anniversary, SeaWorld commissioned the sculpting of a 22-ton sand sculpture depicting a birthday cake inspired by Aquatica’s new under construction water slide, Ray Rush. The sculpture measured 15’ wide and 8’ tall and took artists nearly 25 hours to complete!
Ray Rush will be a family raft ride where passengers travel through enclosed tubes and transparent spheres before encountering an open-air half-pipe shaped like a manta ray. Ray Rush is currently under construction on the northern end of the attraction and will take the place of Hoodoo Run, which closed permanently October 31. The attraction will be the first new slide since Ihu’s Breakaway Falls opened in 2014.
In addition to Ray Rush, Aquatica was also recently voted “Best Water Park” by Orlando Sentinel readers in the publications annual Best Bets reader’s choice awards in 2017.
Other popular attractions at Aquatic include Tassie’s Twisters, the wacky ride that swirls and twists you all the way to the bottom; Traumata Racer, the biggest thrill in the park that includes 8 racers ripping down a steep hill; Roa’s Rapids races guests along an action packed river, and of course there is the popular Ihu’s Breakaway Falls, the steepest multi-drop tower of its kind in Orlando.
To celebrate Aquatica’s 10th anniversary this March, look for discounted tickets to the Orlando water park here on Orlando Fun Tickets.