But in typical Disney fashion, as they giveth they also taketh away. While we’re getting one of the longest water park flume rides in Disney history, the latest rumors point to Shark Reef closing in October.
This isn’t the first time the snorkeling and shark viewing attraction has been rumored to be closing. Just two years ago various rumors pointed to a closure when the park went down for its seasonal refurbishment. The attraction reopened with limited hours and the underwater viewing area has been closed sporadically throughout this year.
According to WDW News Today, the attraction’s demise was the increasing maintenance cost. The attraction requires a complete salt water filtration system for a 362,000-gallon dual tank habitat that is filled with sharks, rays and tropical fish. With Miss Fortune Falls opening nearby, now might be the best time for Disney to remove Shark Reef but its’ removal also means that Aquatica would be the only water park in the Orlando area to feature live animal encounters.