Friday, December 1, 2023

Wacky World Studios creates new themed environment for Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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OLDSMAR, Florida, USA /PRNewswire/ — At Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home of Winter the Dolphin, the star of the hit family motion picture Dolphin Tale, guests now get the red carpet treatment with a newly installed themed environment created by Wacky World Studios.

“We were anticipating an increase in visitors with the excitement around the film release,” said Krista Rosado, the aquarium’s Director of Marketing and Advertising, “and wanted to have a more dramatic entry into some of our most popular areas to create a sense of anticipation.”

The environments created by Wacky World Studios include an exciting new entrance facade for the aquarium’s Atlantis Theater and a realistic, ferocious shark cutout that frames the video presentation in the underwater Shark Encounter exhibit.

Bruce Barry, President of Wacky World Studios, said the film made it the perfect time to add some new elements. “The entrance to the theater was almost invisible and the aquarium wanted something that would attract a visitor’s attention. The Shark Encounter just needed to have some drama added to enhance the experience.”

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium had its first room open to the public in 1981, and today is an internationally recognized center for animal care, public education, and marine research. Its most famous resident is Winter, the dolphin in the film Dolphin Tale, which has grossed more than $35 million.

About Wacky World Studios
Based in Oldsmar, Florida in a 25,000 square foot facility, Wacky World is a full-service thematic and design studio. The studio works with clients covering a variety of industries – including hospitals, amusement parks, and churches – creating, designing, building, and installing turn-key, award-winning themed environments. Led by founder Bruce Barry, Wacky World’s dedicated team of more than 30 artists, craftsmen, sculptors, painters, carpenters, designers, and technicians .

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She reports on design and technical design, production and project management, industry trends and company culture. From 2005-2020 she ran communications and publications for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA and publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association, and has contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a BFA from Pratt Institute. She has lived in Detroit, New York, Oakland, and now Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts community.

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