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Merlin Entertainments is excited to announce a new IP partnership with Silvergate Media to bring its hit property Octonauts to Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai, part of the SEA LIFE global aquarium chain.

Opening in June 2020, it will be the largest Octonauts attraction worldwide, creating an authentically themed experience that will give families the opportunity to play and explore in a fully submersed Octopod [capsule] within Changfeng Ocean World’s huge new ‘Stingray Bay’ experience. Visitors to the new attraction will join their favourite characters including Captain Barnacles, Kwazii and Peso, and learn about the world’s oceans and sea life. Guests will also be able to purchase Octonauts products in a dedicated gift shop.

The attraction builds on the momentum of previous SEA LIFE partnerships with Silvergate Media in the UK, Europe, Australia and the US, with additional new activations due to be announced later this year.

Silvergate Media’s animated TV show, Octonauts, continues to appeal to audiences around the world with the show’s storytelling, educational narratives and compelling characters enabling it to cross cultural divides. Currently, Silvergate is readying the launch of the fifth season of Octonauts which will air this year.

“Fun and discovery are at the core of what we do at Merlin and that is why Octonauts is an ideal fit for us. The new attraction will bring Octonauts to life in a way that has never been done before and we are very confident it will drive growth in visitor numbers when it launches at Changfeng Ocean World.”

Anthony Newman, SEA LIFE Global Brand Marketing Director, Merlin Entertainments:

“Our partnership with Merlin Entertainments underlines our ongoing commitment to dive deeper into innovative and immersive events that bolster our brands. This new interactive adventure with Changfeng Ocean World will give fans an unforgettable Octonauts experience that truly reflects the show’s core values of education, exploration and entertainment - it’s a perfect brand synergy.”

Ron Allen, EVP Commercial, Silvergate Media