New Water Slide Coming to SeaWorld San Diego Aquatica May 2014

Earlier this year, SeaWorld Aquatica debuted their third water park, opening in Chula Vista, CA, just miles from the SeaWorld San Diego marine park.  At the time of the opening, there were already rumblings of a possible park expansion and plans to add new and exciting aquatic experiences for their guests.  Recently, after a successful first summer season, the water park has already announced an expansion plan slated to be completed by Summer of 2014.  Continue reading for more details from the SeaWorld San Diego Aquatica press release.

Welcome to SeaWorld's Aquatica San Diego!

Welcome to SeaWorld’s Aquatica San Diego!

From SeaWorld San Diego Aquatica Press Release:

For those who prefer life in the fast lane, the new Taumata Racer high-speed racing water slide at Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark will zoom riders down a 375-foot slide, around a 180-degree swooping turn, and in and out of tunnels before racing them across the finish line.

Taumata Racer Illustration  ©SeaWorld Aquatica

Taumata Racer Illustration ©SeaWorld Aquatica

 

Less than five months after opening Aquatica, located in Chula Vista, the park is making another splash by adding the new thrill ride.  Taumata Racer, which will rise nearly 60 feet, will be located between Walhalla Wave and Kata’s Kookaburra Cove on the northwest side of the park.

“We’re thrilled to bring Taumata Racer to Aquatica,” said David Cromwell, the waterpark’s vice president.  “This new mat-racer water slide is a unique blend of competitive racing and high-speed thrills.  It will be a welcome addition to the park and certainly an experience that families and friends will be able to enjoy together.  This is exactly the type of attraction that will make Aquatica an even more exciting waterpark.”

Taumata Racer Slides ©SeaWorld Aquatica

Taumata Racer Slides ©SeaWorld Aquatica

 

Taumata Racer, manufactured by ProSlides of Ontario, Canada, will feature six side-by-side lanes.  Park guests will speed down the steep hill on a mat head first.  The minimum height requirement is 42 inches.

“”In its first season, Aquatica lived up to the expectations of the SeaWorld brand,” said Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox.  “The company’s continued investment in the guest experience will produce an exciting new attraction for visitors next year and demonstrates SeaWorld’s long-term commitment to business in Chula Vista.”

View of Aquatica from the highest point in the park - Walhalla Wave

View of Aquatica from the highest point in the park – Walhalla Wave

 

Taumata Racer will be as memorable for its fun and excitement as it is for its name.  Named for a famous hill in New Zealand, Taumata is short for the 85-letter Maori word “Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua-kitanatahu.”  Roughly translated, this Guinness Book of World Records word means “The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who traveled about, played his flute to his loved one.”

Construction on Taumata Racer, which will join HooRoo Run as one of Aquatica’s fastest water rides, is scheduled to begin in November.  The new racing slide will make its debut to the public when the park opens Memorial Day weekend in 2014.

Hoo Roo Run

Hoo Roo Run

 

Aquatica San Diego, a lushly landscaped waterpark, combines up-close animal experiences, high speed thrills and the amenities of a beachside resort.  Among dozens of slides and rides at this whimsical, South Seas-themed waterpark is Big Surf Shores, one of the largest wave pools in Southern California, and Loggerhead Lane where guests can float in an inner tube along a 1,250-foot lazy river.  Caribbean flamingos and freshwater turtles round out the Aquatica experience, as only SeaWorld can.

Waterfalls of Loggerhead Lane

Waterfalls of Loggerhead Lane

 

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment inspires millions, through the power of entertainment, to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world.  The Company has been creating innovative entertainment experiences that blend imagination with nature for more than 50 years and is best known for its 11 U.S. theme parks, attractionsthat hosted more than 24 million guests in 2012 and include the beloved SeaWorld, Busch Gardensand Sesame Placebrands.  The parks offer guests a variety of up-close experiences, from animal encounters that invite exploration and appreciation of the natural world, to thrilling rides and spectacular shows.  In 2011, SeaWorldParks & Entertainment began expanding its popular brands into media and entertainment platforms to connect people to nature and animals through movies, television, and digital media; plus began developing new lines of licensed consumer products.

SeaWorld Aquatica San Diego

Flamingos of SeaWorld Aquatica San Diego. Animal experts on hand to answer guest questions.

 

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care.  The Company maintains one of the largest animal collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations.  SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment also operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue and rehabilitate ocean marine animals that are ill, injured and orphaned, with the goal of returning them to the wild.  The SeaWorld rescue team has helped more than 22,000 animals in need over the last four decades.

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About Chrysty Summers

Growing up in southern California, Disneyland has always been a staple for my family. Today, my husband and I spend most of our free time at the parks, where you can usually find us soaking up the atmosphere of Buena Vista Street in California Adventure. We also love traveling to Walt Disney World as often as we can, especially during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival in the Fall! Find me on Twitter @PenelopePeach for live updates from around the parks.