Article from Centre Daily / Orlando Sentinel - June 23, 2005
Orange County puts SeaWorld expansion plans on hold

ORLANDO, Fla. - SeaWorld Orlando's expansion plans are on hold after an Orange County board wouldn't approve them, saying the marine-themed park hadn't provided enough details.

Members of the county's Development Review Committee on Wednesday asked SeaWorld for a long list of specifics, including how tall the structures would be, what they would look like and how much land would be paved. County planners estimated it would be late September at the earliest before SeaWorld could come back before the committee.

The main ride at the proposed park was to be a water slide that would compete with those at the Universal Orlando-owned Wet 'n Wild, which opened in 1977, as well as Disney's water parks, the Orlando Sentinel reported Thursday.

But SeaWorld officials have kept quiet on its plans for its property along the east side of International Drive, a decision that has irritated county planners.