We were invited to SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium as they began pouring water into the Atlantic Ocean habitat, which will hold 192,000 gallons of water once filled in the next couple of days. It is only one of about 30 habitats that will be filled, followed by filtration and the addition of salt. Sea animals will be introduced once that is done, for the official opening on May 4th, 2015. It will open with the Orlando Eye and Madame Tussauds – three separate attractions that are part of one building.
SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium will include more than 5000 sea creatures, and a 360 degree Ocean Tunnel! Sign up for the SEA LIFE Orlando newsletter for the opportunity to purchase tickets for May 1st – 3rd, prior to the May 4th opening.
There are upwards of 50 SEA LIFE Aquariums around the world, with SEA LIFE Orlando being the largest one that is built from the ground up. There will be diver feeding shows, and touch pools for more interactivity. There will be sea horses, sharks, rays and much more to see.
Combination tickets can be purchased for the three attractions, which begin at $35.00 for all 3 (adult price) and free parking – that is the best value! Guests can also buy tickets for just one attraction, two, or add LEGOLAND park on to the trio beginning at just $89.00 for adults.
Here is our interview with SEA LIFE Orlando curator Steve Blair about the attraction.
This is a look at the first filling of the Atlantic tank.
Here are some fun facts about SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium:
· 45,000 pounds of sand have been placed inside the aquariums
· More than 90,000 pounds of salt will be used to acclimate the water
· SEA LIFE Orlando will have temperate habitats which will help create a more diverse ecosystem to house colorful and vibrant animals
· The 360-degree tunnel, weighs eight tons and has a buoyancy of 60,000 pounds lifting it like a bubble
· The animals that will call SEA LIFE Orlando home include: Sand Bar sharks, Pacific Black Tip sharks, Grey Reef sharks and Bowmouth Guitarfish
· The aquarium’s windows are approximately four inches thick