Sneak peek of under-construction 'Explorer's Reef' at SeaWorld

SAN DIEGO - Reporters will get a sneak peek Friday of the under-construction "Explorer's Reef" at Sea World, which park officials said would transform its front gate area into a "world beneath the waves."

Construction on Explorer's Reef began in December and is expected to be completed ahead of the park's 50th anniversary celebration slated for March 21, when it will open to the public.

The goal of the 16-month project is to heighten guests' experience upon their arrival to the park by adding a wave sculpture overhead, a coral reef and four freshwater and saltwater touch pools with rays, shark pups, crabs and fish, according to park executives. It will also include an open air marketplace where visitors can dine and shop beneath coral formations.

Park officials said that once the project is completed, entering the park would be faster and more efficient.

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