WEEKI WACHEE, Fla. — The Weeki Wachee Mermaids won't be performing for a few months, starting Monday.
- Renovations started earlier this month
- Ticket prices reduced while work is completed
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It's all part of a major renovation process throughout Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.
The renovations started earlier this month.
"Safety is our number one concern, so leveling out the sidewalks is always a big priority for us. Re-doing the bridge is another priority — that bridge is pretty old," John Anthanason, public relations manager for Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, said.
Renovations are also taking place inside the Mermaid Theater.
"All these seats are going to be refinished, there's going to be new paint jobs," Anthanason explained.
The mermaids will also be getting a new underwater stage.
Sections of the park, including the Mermaid Theater, Wildlife Show and Riverboat Cruise, will be closed while all of this is taking place.
Athanason said the changes are needed, but they still plan to keep the charm so many have grown to love.
"Keeping the aesthetic of what it once was, we don't really want to mess with the natural, what (the Mermaid Theater) looked like in 1957. But these seats need to be re-done," he explained.
Visitors say they'll be excited to see the changes on their next trip.
"If they're remodeling and updating it, I'm all for more comfort," Jill Simmons said.
Buccaneer Bay will be open during the renovation and the mermaids will still be posing for pictures with guests. Ticket prices have also been reduced until the renovations are complete.
They are expected to be finished by March 15.