SeaWorld Orlando has yet another attraction in the works for its Aquatica water park in Central Florida.
The marine theme park operator, part of the overall Orlando-based SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), filed for permits with the state for its “Project North Beach.” Documents show the project is less than an acre on property and is — as the name states — on the north side of the water park.
Here’s more from state documents:
The proposed project is located in the Northeast portion of the waterpark, west of the perimeter back of house roadway, north of an existing restaurant and southeast of an existing attraction. The project includes the demolition of existing hardscape, curbing, buildings and utilities to facilitate the construction of a new attraction and associated hardscape, utilities and equipment. This application proposes to demolish 0.15 acres of impervious area and construct 0.15 acres of new impervious area, for a net zero change in impervious area. This would maintain the overall impervious area in the basin at 0.32 acres below that which was originally permitted.
Executives with SeaWorld declined to comment. “No information to share yet but stay tuned for some exciting announcements from Aquatica in the near future,” Lori Cherry, spokeswoman with SeaWorld, told Orlando Business Journal.
However, this is in line with the theme park’s commitment to provide new attractions to all its parks on an annual basis.
The last big additions to Aquatica were the KareKare Curl water slide earlier this year and the Ray Rush water slide in 2018.
See gallery at the top of the page for a look at Ray Rush at Aquatica.
Overall, SeaWorld Orlando is in the midst of major expansions locally. Last month, SeaWorld Entertainment shared details about its upcoming roller coasters, with one headed to Orlando called “Ice Breaker,” and another planned for Busch Garden Tampa Bay called “Iron Gwazi.” (See the gallery below for a look at Ice Breaker.)
In addition, all these new attractions are coming during a time when the company is searching for a longterm CEO. On Sept. 16, CEO Gus Antorcha — who had been with the company less than 7 months — resigned, and Marc Swanson, the company’s CFO, took on the role as interim CEO.
SeaWorld Entertainment’s three Orlando properties include SeaWorld Orlando, the Aquatica water park and Discovery Cove, an experience where you can interact with bottlenose dolphins, feed tropical birds and more. SeaWorld Orlando is one of Central Florida’s main theme parks and helps further boosts Orlando’s $70 billion tourism industry, which last year drew a record 75 million visitors to the region.