San Antonio: Aquatica water park set to open at SeaWorld

San Antonio: Aquatica water park set to open at SeaWorld
The $24-million Aquatica water park debuts May 19 at SeaWorld San Antonio in Texas. (SeaWorld)

Not everything is bigger in Texas.

The new Aquatica water park at SeaWorld San Antonio will be one-third the size and cost half as much as the innovative Aquatica water park at SeaWorld Orlando.


Debuting May 19, the Aquatica park in Texas will feature 18 water slides on 20 acres at a cost of more than $24 million.

That's considerably smaller than Florida's $50-million-plus Aquatica which debuted in 2008 with 36 slides on 60 acres as the new high-water mark for water parks.

Like its Florida cousin, the Texas water park will feature a South Seas theme, sunbathing on sandy beaches and a marquee attraction with a see-through waterslide tube that passes through a fish-filled aquarium.

Aquatica is a rebranding of SeaWorld San Antonio's existing Lost Lagoon water park as a separate admission attraction with the addition of a few new slides and updated themes for several others.

Among the attractions planned for Aquatica Texas:

Stingray Falls - A Proslide Mammoth slide with four-seat family rafts that wind through an underwater grotto past stingrays and tropical fish.

Walhalla Wave - A first-of-its-kind in the U.S., the Proslide TornadoWave slide with four-seat cloverleaf rafts takes riders up a zero gravity wall.

HooRoo Run - Dual 48-foot-tall Proslide Pipeline slides with single and double inner tubes that pass under waterfall curtains.

Tassie's Twisters - A pair of Proslide Bowl tube slides that deposit riders inside a large bowl.

Kiwi Curl - A pair of 450-foot-long high-speed WhiteWater body slides.

Woohoo Falls - A pair of WhiteWater tube slides, including one that travels through a pitch-dark tunnel.

Big Surf Shores - A 400,000-gallon body-surfing wave pool with five-foot swells.

Cutback Cove Slides - An activity pool for teens and adults next to the wave pool with waterfalls and a WhiteWater corkscrew slide.

Loggerhead Lane - A 1,200-foot-long lazy river with jet tunnels, foam shooters and misters.

Walkabout Waters - A three-story WhiteWater AquaPlay Eruption water play tower with sky-rocketing geysers and giant spill buckets.

Ke-Re Reef - Touch and feed stingrays or wade into the water to interact with the animals in the Ray Connection pool.

Zippity Zappity - A series of Proslide Kidz slides that feed into the children's play area.

With Aquaticas at SeaWorlds in Florida and Texas, that leaves only San Diego without a water park. Which begs the obvious question: When will SeaWorld San Diego get an Aquatica water park?

SeaWorld officials aren't commenting, but here's hoping one day we get the full-size Orlando version of Aquatica rather than the trimmed-down Texas model.