At Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home of Winter the dolphin, the star of the hit family motion picture Dolphin Tale, guests now get the red carpet treatment with a newly installed themed environment created by Wacky World Studios.
"We were anticipating an increase in visitors with the excitement around the film release, " said Krista Rosado, the aquarium’s Director of Marketing and Advertising, "and wanted to have a more dramatic entry into some of our most popular areas to create a sense of anticipation."
The environments created by Wacky World Studios include an exciting new entrance facade for the aquarium’s Atlantis Theater and a realistic, ferocious shark cutout that frames the video presentation in the underwater Shark Encounter exhibit.
Bruce Barry, President of Wacky World Studios, said the film made it the perfect time to add some new elements. "The entrance to the theater was almost invisible and the aquarium wanted something that would attract a visitor’s attention. The Shark Encounter just needed to have some drama added to enhance the experience."
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium had its first room open to the public in 1981, and today is an internationally recognized center for animal care, public education, and marine research. Its most famous resident is Winter, the dolphin in the film Dolphin Tale, which has grossed more than $35 million.
About Wacky World Studios
Based in Oldsmar, Florida in a 25, 000 square foot facility, Wacky World is the country’s leading full-service thematic and design studio, featuring a complete color and design department with the latest technology and graphic capabilities. First of its kind in the nation, it provides full turn-key services to meet a client’s every need in creating a fully cohesive thematic design. For over thirty years, the studio has worked with clients covering a variety of industries – including hospitals, amusement parks, and churches – creating, designing, building, and installing turn-key, award-winning themed environments.
Led by founder Bruce Barry, Wacky World’s dedicated team of more than thirty talented artists, craftsmen, sculptors, painters, carpenters, designers, and technicians have created spectacular themed environments nationally. The studio recently expanded its product offerings to include economically-priced environments for small to medium sized businesses and organizations, as well as themed room environment items to meet the design needs of homeowners.