SeaWorld Aquatica San Diego Opens

Written by Joseph Taylor. Posted in Features, In the Parks, SeaWorld San Diego

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Published on June 03, 2013 at 1:00 am with 12 Comments

On Saturday, June 1st, Aquatica San Diego opened its doors to guests. The park was previously a Knott’s Soak City and required six months of extensive renovation to make the conversion. MiceChat was on hand for the grand opening of this impressive new water park with a SeaWorld twist.

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The Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony

SeaWorld invited the media and some VIPs to a special opening ceremony on June 1st. The event featured musicians and native dancers.

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SeaWorld San Diego (and now Aquatica San Diego) park president, John Reily, was there to greet eveyone and give the opening remarks.

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Miss Chula Vista and other paegent winners were also on hand.

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John Reily then handed over the mic to Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox and, her husband, County Supervisor Greg Cox.

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Then the moment finally arrived! The lei rope was cut and Aquatica was finally opened. However, before the ceremony was complete, we were escorted to the wave pool for the waking of the waves.

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The waves have awakened!

The waves have awakened!

Aquatica Park Overview

Today, we’ll give you a general overview of the park, but join us next week for our full review of San Diego’s Aquatica.

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There are many differences between Aquatica and the former version of the park, Knott’s Soak City. One of the biggest changes is the addition of animals. This park currently has two types of animal residents: turtles and flamingos.

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What surprised me the most was how true the park turned out from the renderings.

What surprised me the most was how true the park turned out from the renderings.

They have gone and refurbished all of the rides from Knotts, taking out the rust and thoroughly repainting them.

They have refurbished all of the rides from Knotts, taking out the rust and thoroughly repainting them.

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There aren’t any new attractions this year, but there is a lot of open land, so expect some new things in the future.

One of the new and exciting things is the new dining options. The menu is filled with different takes on popular choices like chicken and waffles, carne asada fries, and other delicious options. Additionally, I’ve been told that they’ve invented new options will they’re excited for everyone to enjoy. We’ll be taking a closer look at the food in the park in part two.

There aren’t any new attractions this year, but there is a lot of open land, so expect some new things in the future.

There aren’t any new attractions this year, but there is a lot of open land, so expect some new things in the future.

If you’ve visited Knott’s Soak City in Chula Vista before, Aquatica is a very different park. While the attractions are the same, they have been “aquatica-fied” and now have a breath of fresh air. SeaWorld has really gone all out with this park and it shows. You can even see the change from passing the park on your way to it!

I’ll be back soon with part two and a closer look at Aquatica next week.

About Joseph Taylor

Joseph Taylor writes many of the In the Parks articles relating to Sea World and the surrounding San Diego attractions for MiceChat. He is an avid theme park and roller coaster enthusiast centered in Southern California.

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  1. Aquatica looks great.
    Anybody think John Reily looks amazingly like Stan Kasten (LA Dodgers president)? :)

  2. I’m really looking forward to seeing this park and watching it develop. The six month refurbishment was just the first phase in making this a new must-do San Diego attraction. We expect a lot of great things from this park in the seasons to come.

  3. I can’t wait to see more! It looks beautiful and so much better than the previous park! Great report Joseph!

  4. [...] Taylor of MiceChat.com has a great article and photos of the opening of Sea World Aquatica in San [...]

  5. Looks wonderful and thank you for the pictures!

    Wondering if this park with be ticketed with admission to SeaWorld? Part of an annual pass maybe?

    • There are SeaWorld San Diego + Aquatica San Diego one year and two year passes available. One year is $190 and two year is $290.

  6. So far it looks beautiful! I just hope they can keep the vibrant alive and popping! It seems like an impossible task for the older water parks with all of the sun and chemical exposures. As the previous commenters stated, can’t wait to see this place in a few years.

  7. The park looks great!!! Can we get Sea World to take over the Soak City in Buena Park too? ;)

  8. I was invited to the park for an advanced scrrening with the media on may 30th so I got to enjoy a fairly empty park and oh my gosh this park was absolutely amazing the transformation has been more then incredible and they have done an amazing job repairing the old and worn out Knotts Soak City.

  9. [...] in time for summer, SeaWorld’s newest Aquatica opened this past week, bringing flamingos, turtles and even more fun to San [...]

  10. I am hoping for a really great water park to develop on this property. Aquatica in Orlando is pretty good, but I’m hoping for a park like they have at the Atlantis in the Bahamas! Sure its on a beach in the Caribbean, (yeah…I know “), but their “not so lazy” river, called “the Current” is an awesome 45 minute or so experience, the way it is integrated into the other slides and rides was really well done.

  11. One of the problems this park has always had and will likely continue to have is that it is in Chula Vista, one of the cooler cities in So California. I’ve always thought this park should have been developed along the I15 inland corridor.

    It’s a very nice little park and yes, lot’s of room to expand but it will always be hard to get people to a water park when it is 69 degrees and breezy in July.