San Diego Business Journal

SeaWorld Parent Acquires Knott’s Soak City in Chula Vista

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Orlando-based SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, parent of SeaWorld San Diego, has acquired Knott’s Soak City San Diego, located in Chula Vista, from Cedar Fair Entertainment Co.

Financial details were not reported. SeaWorld San Diego spokesman David Koontz said the company would not be divulging additional details until completion of transaction elements still under contract negotiation.

A SeaWorld statement said the Chula Vista park, at 2042 Otay Valley Road, will undergo extensive renovation over the fall and winter, and reopen next spring as SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s third Aquatica-branded park. Both SeaWorld Orlando and SeaWorld San Antonio now operate Aquatica parks.

“Aquatica San Diego, like its sister parks, will feature guest experiences with a variety of exotic animals,” said Jim Atchison, president and chief executive officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. “Having animals in our Aquatica parks adds an educational component to a water park visit that is both unexpected and enriching.”

The first Aquatica opened adjacent to SeaWorld Orlando in 2008. It is now among the nation’s most visited water parks, with annual attendance of approximately 1.5 million, the company said.

In addition to birds and tropical fish, Aquatica Orlando features Dolphin Plunge, the park’s centerpiece water attraction, with an enclosed acrylic slide that allows riders to see animals underwater.

— SDBJ Staff Report