Sunday, October 17, 2021

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Announces New Waterpark Additions Across the Country

© Water Country USA
There are a slew of new additions coming to several SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment properties next year, as a series of announcements over the park week have shown.  Up first is Water Country USA, located near Busch Gardens Williamsburg, which will debut Aquazoid Amped in May 2022.  The park has been working on the park's large family raft ride, Aquazoid, for some time now and we've been expecting a renovated version to debut soon.  


The Amped part of the slide reflects changes to the experience, which will now include a "full sensory immersive ride experience including an all-new special effects show, pulse-pounding music and dynamic lighting effects.  Riders plunge down 864 feet of fully enclosed twisting tube at speeds of 20 feet per second on this iconic attraction with vibrant new enhancements.  With a variety of light shows, each ride could be different than the last."

© Aquatica Orlando
Aquatica Orlando will be renovating one of its most popular slides, Dolphin Plunge, and debuting it as Reef Plunge in March of 2022.  The new version of the duel body slides will feature "eye-catching translucent cutouts and rings" as riders slide down 330 and through a dynamic animal habitat.  The new habitat will feature commerson's dolphins, leopard sharks, sardines and a "variety of other cold-water fish."

Aquatica Orlando is making other improvement in addition of Reef Plunge, including "the addition of over 1,000 loungers and beach chairs with increased shade for comfort and two food and beverage additions: a quick-service pizza place and a brand-new beach bar in addition to upgrades to the popular Banana Beach Cookout.  Multiple attractions will also receive upgrades, including enhancements to several water slides."


© Aquatica San Antonio
Aquatica San Antonio, located next door to SeaWorld San Antonio, will debut a new slide tower named Riptide Race in 2022.  The attraction looks similar to, or clone of, the slide tower of the same name that opened at Aquatica Orlando this year.  The tower features two separate tube slides that run right next to each other, with open cutout sections that show who's winning the race to the finish.

Riptide Race will start atop a 51 foot tower, and each raft can seat two sliders at a time.  There are both enclosed and open sections during the 565 feet of slide.  The water ride will be the first of its kind in the San Antonio market and is expected to open in March of 2022.

© Adventure Island
Finally, Adventure Island, located near Busch Gardens Tampa, will debut two new attractions and other renovations in 2022.  Up first is Rapids Racer, which looks like it's the same dueling waterslide addition going into Aquatica San Antonio.  It looks to have a different color scheme, though!  The park will also renovate their family raft ride, similar to Water Country USA, to create Wahoo! Remix.  The new slide will feature "synchronized light and sound elements," making formerly dark tunnels "glow and groove" as rafts pass through them.

Adventure Island will also built the Hang Ten Tiki Bar next year, offering up plenty of adult beverages to park goers.  The water park is also now staying open year round with heated pools.