In a surprise announcement, Cedar Fair has sold its Knott's Soak City San Diego water park to SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment for an undisclosed amount of money. The water park will be heavily renovated and reopen as Aquatica San Diego next June.
|Concept art of the new Aquatica San Diego|
"These parks reflect the highest standard of quality in attractions, entertainment and theming, but the presence of animals makes the experience something truly special. Aquatica San Diego, like its sister parks, will feature guest experiences with a variety of exotic animals," said Jim Atchison, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. "Having animals in our Aquatica parks adds an educational component to a waterpark visit that is both unexpected and enriching."
|One can see how Knott's Soak City will be dressed up for Aquatica|
“For this particular property, a unique opportunity presented itself to team with SeaWorld to offer a premium product to its guests in the San Diego region,” said Matt Ouimet, president and chief executive officer. The proceeds from the sale will be reinvested in the company's "core assets," which will include the three year renovation of all the hotel properties at Cedar Point.
|Present Day Soak City San Diego, soon to be Aquatica|
While Soak City currently has a beach vibe going on, we can expect that the lush tropical landscape that Aquatica is known for will replace that next season. Hopefully when new or modified attractions are out of the contract negotiation phase and can be released, we will learn more about what the new park will offer. The transition is already starting, with the Knott's Soak City San Diego website being stripped as I type, and the Facebook page already removed.
SeaWorld Sand Diego just finished a very successful summer season that saw the opening of the multiple launch coaster, Manta, and recently announced an 18 month renovation of the park's entrance area that will totally transform and modernize the facility.