SeaWorld San Antonio has confirmed that its new water park, Aquatica Texas, will open to the public for the first time on May 19, 2012.
The Aquatica Texas opening date will fall just before the Memorial Day weekend, when SeaWorld San Antonio is likely to be swamped by huge crowds. It will replace the closed Lost Lagoon water park, and will cover an 18 acre site. Guests will be required to pay an additional entry fee to visit the new attraction, which was not the case for the previous park.
Like the original Aquatica in Orlando, Aquatica Texas will combine elements of a traditional water park with SeaWorld's signature marine life exhibits. SeaWorld San Antonio has released a preview video which discusses some of the major rides and other elements that will form part of its new addition:
Themed around a South Seas oasis, Aquatica Texas will feature a mixture of high-tempo water slides and more relaxing attractions. Included in the line-up will be a raft ride, eight new slides, water play areas, marine life experiences, private cabanas and sandy beaches.
In common with the intimate Discovery Cove park at SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio plans to limit the number of guests that can visit Aquatica Texas at any one time. As with the Florida park, the aim is to give guests more time to enjoy up-close encounters with marine creatures.
You can find more details of the attractions that will be housed at the new park in Theme Park Tourist's coverage of the original Aquatica Texas announcement.