SeaWorld Orlando's Aquatica water park will soft-open on March 1, and the Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach, S.C. will soft-open on April 15.
Soft openings mean that the park is open to the public, but has not had its official opening for the news press yet. With new parks, attractions very often are either not yet ready or are operating at much lower capacity during a soft opening. Basically, soft openings are a chance for parks to "work the kinks out" before the reporters and TV cameras show up.
Of course, since so many visitors now get their information about theme parks from the Web, not local papers or TV, and because websites don't wait until official media openings to post information about a new park (heck, we here at TPI won't!), parks really don't get time to operate under the radar anymore.
Which is my way of saying, if you are at Aquatica on March 1, or Hard Rock Park on April 15, your fellow TPI readers are counting on you for trip reports, attraction ratings and many, many pics. ;-)
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