SEA LIFE Aquarium
Client: Merlin Entertainments
Opening in 2015, SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando houses more than 5,000 sea animals from oceans and waters from all across the globe. Once each group of marine life acclimate to the aquarium waters, they move into one of the 32 habitat displays showcased at SEA LIFE Orlando. After the smaller animals jump in, the larger marine life, such as sharks and rays, join them in the aquarium. Guests at the attraction get up-close to many sea creatures through many different types of displays, including built-in tunnels and curved walls, cold water rock pools, floor-to-ceiling aquariums, and more.
A&ES provided various components within the SEA LIFE Aquarium, including the magnificent floor-to-ceiling shark shipwreck scene, encompassing ceiling beams, walls, textured flooring plants, netting, and rope. Guests explore a sunken ship and themed props as they get a glimpse into an undersea scene from years ago. A A&ES-fabricated yellow submarine projects out into the visitor area providing a well-recognized focal point to the attraction. In the retail area, distressed wood dividers, pipes, and sea-creature-cutouts welcome guests into the queue lines. Themed wooden multimedia display frames feature authentic under sea barnacles, anemones, and coral. Above, the illuminated dangling jellyfish and cumulous clouds add whimsy and fun focal points. Wood fencing, themed crates and media display frames sit above the touch pools. Specialty lighting imagery provides floor vistas blending into the overall, blue-themed underbelly of the sea.
Other A&ES-created elements include whimsical seagrass fabricated from aluminum, which offers multi-color visual accents, while coconut palm tree replicas with preserved leaves decorate the stingray area. Mangrove trees represent the massive Florida Everglades area, paying tribute to one of the earth’s most critical natural sanctuaries. Ancient Mayan-ruin accents in the underwater sculpture add mystery and history to the sea’s tales and vistas. Themed benches feature Pacific Ocean scenery leading to the distressed wood-themed painted door that opens to the wood fencing and flooring on the final exit ramp.