Message from SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment about the new Aquatica Texas, opening at SeaWorld San Antonio in May 2012:
“The South Seas meets South Texas at Aquatica, a whimsical, one-of-a-kind waterpark only SeaWorld could create. Aquatica blends up-close animal experiences, waters from serene to extreme, high-speed thrills and white, sandy beaches.
“The new park will take over the land now occupied by Lost Lagoon, and it will be several acres larger. Lost Lagoon will close in September 2011.
“Lost Lagoon was a stereotypical waterpark. But Aquatica truly is a unique experience – a blend of exhilarating water rides and breathtaking animal experiences in a tropical oasis.
“Aquatica will be known for two things: for having the amenities and beachfront resort and for its iconic stingray raft ride – which takes riders through an underwater grotto to see several species of stingrays and tropical fish.
“We are keeping a few of Lost Lagoon’s most popular slides, and adding a couple new ones. We’re adding new rides, pools and animal encounters.
“The park’s signature animal – the majestic stingray – will be represented in a few different species, including cownose and spotted eagle rays. Macaws and Spoonbill birds and a multitude of colorful fish add to the park’s playful, high-energy atmosphere. Guests zoom and float through these amazing animal habitats, creating the most thrilling waterpark rides in the world. Visitors also will encounter unusual birds and animals in walk-around interaction opportunities. Goodwill ambassadors of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, these animals inspire guests to learn more about the environment and conservation.
“SeaWorld admission will be required in order to purchase a ticket to Aquatica.”