SeaWorld Acquires Knott’s Soak City

Terms of the deal were not disclosed

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    SeaWorld added a park to its repertoire on Wednesday, according to park officials.

    Knott’s Soak City is now owned by the Orlando-based SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and will undergo extensive renovations during the next few months.

    The Chula Vista water park will be turned into Seaworld’s third Aquatica-branded park in the nation. Two parks already exist in San Antonio and Orlando.

    There will be animals present in the new park, according to SeaWorld officials.

    “Having animals in our Aquatica parks adds an educational component to a water park visit that is both unexpected and enriching,” said SeaWorld president Jim Atchison in a statement.

    The first Aquatica opened next to to SeaWorld Orlando in 2008 and it has an annual attendance of roughly 1.5 million guests, according to the park. The renovated space in Chula Vista will feature an enclosed acrylic slide that allows riders to see animals underwater.

    Aquatica San Diego will be located at 2042 Otay Valley Rd. in Chula Vista, Calif., current location of Knott’s Soak City.

    Terms of the deal, including the cost, were not disclosed by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. The group now owns a total of 11 parks in the U.S.

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