Atlanta, GA (October 14, 2005) – As of 5 PM Friday, the Georgia Aquarium sold more than 8,000 annual passes. The memberships went on sale at 9 AM Friday, October 14. The call center will continue to take orders 7 days a week. Thousands of orders were placed on the website which is available 24 hours a day. The new Georgia Aquarium opens November 23 to the general public, but Annual Pass holders will get the chance to see the aquarium first on November 21 and 22. Reservations are required for the 21st and 22nd and slots are still available, but in a limited number. The Georgia Aquarium is the world’s largest aquarium featuring more than 100,000 animals from 500 different species, in over 8 million gallons of water! “Once again, the people of Atlanta have shown their enthusiasm for the Georgia Aquarium,” Bernie Marcus, Georgia Aquarium Benefactor said. “From the day it was first announced, the Aquarium has been embraced by the city, and I am delighted by this overwhelming response to our Annual Passes.” After two visits the annual pass pays for itself, and as an added benefit, passes purchased before opening November 23, 2005 will be good through December 2006, giving more than 13 months of membership at the Aquarium. Two ways to purchase the Annual Pass: Visit www.georgiaaquarium.org Call 404 581 4000 (9 AM – 5 PM 7 Days a Week) Prices Annual Pass Daily Admission Adult $59.50 $22.75 Child (3-12) $43.25 $17.00 Senior (55+) $48.75 $19.50 * Prices include tax Membership benefits: Unlimited Aquarium admission 20% discount at Café Aquaria food court 20% discounts at Beyond the Reef and Sand Dollars gift shops A quarterly e-newsletter Be among the first to visit the new Georgia Aquarium! The Georgia Aquarium will hold exclusive Annual Pass days November 21st and 22nd prior to our public Grand Opening on November 23rd. A limited number of annual pass holders will be able to reserve tickets for this preview. Our timed ticketing program allows guests to reserve the date and time of their visit in advance. This ensures swift entry and room to explore once inside. Additionally, Annual Pass holders will have two weeks from October 15th to October 31st to reserve the date and time of their visit before regular daily admission tickets go on sale November 1st. ABOUT THE GEORGIA AQUARIUM The Georgia Aquarium will open in Atlanta, Georgia on November 23, 2005, as one of the world’s largest aquarium facilities. With more than 8 million gallons of marine and fresh water, and more than 100,000 animals of 500 different species, the Georgia Aquarium is a gift to the people of Georgia from Bernie Marcus, co-founder of The Home Depot, and his wife Billi, through the Marcus Foundation. The Aquarium will be overseen by a nonprofit corporation run by a board of directors. The mission of the Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific institution featuring exhibitions and programs of the highest standards, offering engaging and entertaining visitors’ experiences, and promoting the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world.