SeaWorld's Aquatica water park in South Bay less than 3 months from opening
Park set to open June 1
Last Updated: 273 days ago
CHULA VISTA, Calif. - San Diego County's newest theme park is only weeks away from opening.
Click here to check out artist renderings of the water park
On Thursday, 10News was given a behind-the-scenes look at construction at Aquatica, SeaWorld's new water park in Chula Vista.
"We're right on schedule for opening on June 1st," said Aquatica SeaWorld Vice President David Cromwell.
SeaWorld bought the old Knott's Soak City late last year and is spending millions of dollars transforming the waterslide park into a SeaWorld-brand theme park.
The biggest difference locals will see at Aquatica is in the presentation. The landscaping is being redone and the old, faded slides are getting a makeover.
"Every slide is given a paint job. We're inspecting them. They're being smoothed out," said Cromwell.
While new rides will be added, Aquatica is rebranding the existing rides to match the tropical theme with exotic names like Walhalla Wave, Kata's Kookaburra Cove and Hooroo Run.
Aquatica will also have a SeaWorld flavor with live animals inside the park. Flamingos and sea turtles will be the first residents of Aquatica. Shamu, for obvious reasons, will not be featured in the wave pool.
The formula works in Orlando, where the Aquatica park pulled in 1.5 million visitors in 2011.
The park will mean hundreds of new jobs for the South Bay. A job fair is set for next weekend.
For more information on the job fair, click here.
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