ORLANDO -- SeaWorld Adventure Park confirmed reports that it plans
to build a second theme park to open here in 2000.
The park would offer encounters with marine creatures and birds,
a spokesman said. The park will occupy a 30-acre tract just south
of SeaWorld, and construction will begin before year's end.
Because of its small size (SeaWorld Adventure Park in Orlando by
comparison takes up 200 acres), there will be a cap on the number
of visitors admitted.
The park's centerpiece will be a large pool that could be used
for animal contact similar to SeaWorld's existing Dolphin
Interaction program. There will be an island complex with several
water areas labeled Stingray Exhibit and Coral Reef. A large
exhibit area involving birds in an aviary is planned.