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AFTER opening its doors in 2000, Discovery Cove in Greater Orlando, Florida, is in the midst of a major expansion as the park looks for new and exciting ways to bring people close to marine animals. According to Stewart Clark, vice-

president of operator SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, Discovery Cove has become renowned for its tropical reef attraction - so much so that a new reef area is currently being developed in the park. “When we first opened Discovery

Cove, we really didn’t know what to think about the park,” Clark said. “The challenge was, let’s bring in a thousand guests a day and let’s give those guests an experience that they would never be able to get anywhere else in the world and really just bring them closer to the animals. “The attention to small details is really what we teach our employees here. It combines that theme

park experience with the high-level resort experience.” The new reef area at Discovery Cove is set to open in October.

UK town backs modern Tropicana design

“OVERWHELMING” support has come in for a modernistic rebuild of the now derelict Tropicana waterpark in Weston-super-Mare, UK, following a month-long consultation with people in the town. Local businessman Richard Nightingale, who has spearheaded a drive to bring the venue back to its

former glory, said he was taken aback by the response to designs he unveiled for the seafront attraction. The entrepreneur said people favoured a modernistic waterpark proposal, as opposed to a traditional

design with minimal facilities. His review comes after he revealed architect Ferguson Mann’s blueprint for the site - the third of his design ideas - at a public display. The £19m (US$30m) plans depict a “drum-like” modern waterpark with a large swimming pool and

flumes. The proposal also includes shops, an ice rink and roller skating park as well as a tram transporting people up and down the town’s promenade. Nightingale said: “I’ve been surprised at the overwhelming support this week for a

modern design for the Tropicana. People are looking at the more traditional designs and saying it has a warehouse-type look which reminds them too much of the site being derelict. “Instead, a lot of people want to see the whole thing rebuilt into a modern building full of facilities and I have to say I agree with them.”

Polo Rak cuts ribbon on ice- themed park

STANDING as an unique contrast to the arid landscapes in and around the United Arab Emirates, Ice Land Waterpark has opened in Ras Al Khaimah to much applause. The polar-themed resort, designed by Polo Rak - a

joint venture between India’s Polo Amusement Group, RAK Properties and RAK Investment Authority - can accommodate over 10,000 guests a day.

Housing more than 50 water attractions and waterslides, Ice Land Waterpark showcases a number

of landmark attractions including the world’s largest man-made waterfall and the largest “rain dance pool” in the world. The park is equipped with a full set of in-house utilities including four megawatt power generation, a water desalination plant capable of producing 525,000 gallons a day and water filtration systems to maintain four million gallons of pool water. Balwant Singh, managing director of Polo RAK, said: “Ice Land Waterpark will distinguish itself from

other waterparks around the world through its unique ‘enduring guest experiences’ concept wherein we will offer guest experiences with segmental appeal to tap a wider range of age, lifestyle and culture groups. For instance, we have built Kids Cove as a dedicated place for toddlers.” Penguin Falls, located at the entrance of the park, is the world’s largest man-made waterfall that stands

120ft tall and 540ft wide with 100,000 gallons of water cascading down its contours every minute. The interactive Penguin Bay area, meanwhile, is the largest rain dance pool in the world, measuring 30,000 sq. ft and offering shaded discos, open discos, rain showers and a fully equipped live music stage.

New reef attraction planned for Discovery Cove

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