SeaWorld Orlando's Journey to Atlantis is set to reopen tomorrow (January 28) following the first phase of an extensive refurbishment.
The popular water coaster has been closed since January 4, with reports suggesting that the "rehab" period is the first of several planned for 2010. New SeaWorld owners Blackstone are claimed to have set aside a significant sum of money to restore the ride to its original condition and re-establish it as one of the park's headline attractions.
Journey to Atlantis' audio system and special effects have degraded since its opening in 1998, when it was the first thrill ride at SeaWorld. The lengthy closure during January (which has stretched on beyond the original January 24 completition date) has enabled workmen to start the process of upgrading these, and has seen the ride being completely drained and work undertaken on external theming elements. Photographs of the refurbishment can be found over at Behind the Thrills.
SeaWorld Orlando's water park Aquatica is due for two planned closures next month (February 1-4 and 8-11) as the park takes advantage of the off-season to carry out essential maintenance.
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