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Column by Andy Guinigundo
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Overseas guests stuck in the area because of the Icelandic volcanic ash don’t have to just sit at the airport. They can take a ride on the new Omaka Rocka slide in Aquatica, fly on Manta at SeaWorld or check out the new Sesame Street Safari of Fun area at Busch Gardens for free.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is offering free one-day admission to any United Kingdom, Irish or Continental European tourists stranded in Florida due to the interruption in international air travel caused by Icelandic volcanic ash.
The offer is valid at SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Stranded tourists must present to the parks’ front gate Guest Services window a valid return airline ticket from Wednesday, April 14, 2010 through Wednesday, April 21, 2010 or until normal flight schedules resume. One ticket will be offered at each park for each return flight ticket presented. Children under age 3 are free.
Update: Free admission has also been extended to all airline crews affected by the travel interruption through April 21.
More information is available by calling 1-888-800-5447.
Orlando’s newest water park has another new slide. Aquatica recently opened Omaka Rocka – a waterslide with high-speed tubes and half-pipe funnels that’ll have guests splashing and sliding frontward, backward and climbing the walls.
Omaka Rocka is a water slide version of a half-pipe. Guests brave enough will experience near-vertical thrills previously experienced only by skateboarders and snowboarders. Riders speed down flumes into large funnels, sliding high up one side and then the other, rocking back and forth. Coming out of the funnel, they’ll skim into a drenching splashdown.
For unlimited slides, Aquatica is offering an After 2 pass. For $49.95, adult and kids can visit the park every day after 2 p.m. for the rest of the year. (Disney World is also offering an After 2 pass for Florida residents to its two water parks for $60.)
Below the video, Darius Rucker, singer for Hootie & the Blowfish, takes a turn on the new slide.
A new family water slide is coming to Aquatica in spring 2010. Omaka Rocka will feature high-speed tubes and half-pipe funnels that’ll have guests splashing and sliding frontward and backward and climbing the walls. This is the first water slide of its kind in the world.
Riders will speed down flumes into massive funnels, sliding high up one side and then the other, rocking back and forth, feeling a sensation of near weightlessness. Coming out of the funnel, they’ll skim into a splashdown.
Omaka Rocka will give everyday guests the feel of a half-pipe, previously experienced only by skateboarders and snowboarders.
Aquatica, SeaWorld’s water park, first opened in the spring of 2008. Omaka Rocka will be their first major new slide. You can read all about Aquatica and its opening in Vol. 1, Issue 3 of Orlando Attractions Magazine.
It was nearly two months ago that the sale of Busch Entertainment Corp. and its theme parks to The Blackstone Group was made public. Now a new name for the company has been revealed.
“SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment” replaces “Busch Entertainment Corporation” with the closing of the sale announced jointly today by Anheuser-Busch InBev and The Blackstone Group.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates 10 parks across the U.S., including SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica in Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, and Adventure Island in Tampa.
“[SeaWorld] is one of the world’s most widely recognized and respected family travel brands,” said Jim Atchison, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment President. “SeaWorld has been a brand associated with quality family entertainment since SeaWorld San Diego opened its gates for the first time in March 1964.”
For now, Busch Gardens retains the Busch name.