Florida’s weather is no joke, especially in the middle of summer. Luckily, most of your favorite theme parks are home to epic water rides. From splashy playgrounds to water rides, you’ll want to look for these attractions when you need to beat the heat!
Walt Disney World
If you’re looking for a splash while at Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdoms are the places you want to be!
Splash Mountain is the Magic Kingdom ride that will help cool you off during a hot day at the park. The iconic log flume ride attraction is located in Frontierland. It features characters and music from the 1946 film “Song of the South”. Splash Mountain takes riders inside and outside at various times throughout the journey and is a mostly mild ride. During the ride there are ample opportunities for splashes with four drops from various heights, including the thrilling 5-story drop. You’ll definitely leave this ride soaked…the attraction uses 950,000 gallons of water!
Casey Jr. Splash N Soak Station
Little ones can cool off at the Casey Jr. Splash N Soak Station in Storybook Circus. The wild circus train water play area is perfect for preschoolers to splash and play. Parents can sit back and watch from dry seating areas. The train surprises kids with billows of refreshing “steam” erupting into the air periodically. Circus animals like monkey,s elephants, and camels also spray visitors with nice, cool water.
Kali River Rapids
Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, guests can head to Kali River Rapids, located in the Asia area of the park. The wild whitewater attraction takes riders on an adventure through the lush jungle. The expedition is a 12-person raft ride that takes riders down the Chakranadi River. What starts as a casual journey passing waterfalls and geysers quickly turns choppy. Chaotic rapids and a 30-foot drop will result in a raft full of soaking wet riders. Spraying jets disguised as statues and elephants shooting water from their trunks also blast riders. You must be 38″ or taller to ride Kali River Rapids.
There aren’t any water rides to enjoy at EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. However, both parks have several indoor attractions to duck into when you need to take an air-conditioned break.
At Universal’s Islands of Adventure, you can head to Toon Lagoon to cool off. This is where you’ll find a few water rides that can be a reprieve from the hot summer sun.
Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls
Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls is a thrilling adventure that is part roller coaster, part log flume. The classic cartoon series comes to life with an adventure that keeps riders on the edge of their seats. The story behind the ride is that Snidely Whiplash has kidnapped Nell Fenwick. Royal Canadian mountie Dudley Do-Right is on a mission to rescue her, and he’s taking riders along on the journey. Around every corner, you’ll see zany puns and jokes from the animated series. The biggest splash of all is waiting at the bottom of a giant 75-foot drop! You must be at least 44″ to ride Ripsaw Falls. Guests who are under 48″ will need an adult to ride with them.
Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges
Elsewhere in Toon Lagoon is Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges. This river raft ride is a crazy trip down raging rapids. Bluto has taken Popeye’s girlfriend Olive Oyl and it’s up to the riders to rescue her. Tons of water splashes riders at every step of the way of the journey. Be on the lookout for an 18-foot octopus and park guests firing cannons from of Me Ship, the Olive! The family raft ride has a minimum height requirement of 42″.
Curious George Goes to Town
Over at Universal Studios Florida, there are a few water play areas in Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone. These areas are great for smaller guests looking to beat the heat. Curious George Goes to Town is a huge wet and dry playground made of cartoonish buildings. Curious toddlers can enjoy water pumps, hoses, levers, dumping buckets, and more water fun.
Also in KidZone is Fievel’s Playland, a wet and dry playground inspired by “American Tale”. In this playland, kids can pretend they have shrunk to the size of a mouse. Guests can explore cartoonish oversized props like a giant boot and a 1000-gallon cowboy hat. There is also a three-story water slide for kids to ride down, either by themselves or with a parent.
There aren’t specific height requirements for these areas, but they are geared towards younger kids. They provide a safe place to play for children who might not be big enough to enjoy the water rides at the parks.
At SeaWorld, the obvious place to get a little splash is in the soak zones at the park’s animal shows. For a more thrilling “water break,” make your way to one of two water rides at the park.
Journey To Atlantis
Journey to Atlantis is a family-friendly water ride that is half roller coaster, half log flume. The ride starts as a calm trip through the watery passageways of the sunken city. Along the way, things turn dark and riders take a wild 60-foot plunge into sparkling waters below.
If Journey to Atlantis isn’t enough to cool you off, then Infinity Falls is sure to get the job done. SeaWorld Orlando’s newest attraction is a raging whitewater expedition. It builds all the way up to Class 4 rapids and features a 42-foot drop! Riders for both of these water rides have to be at least 42″ tall. Infinity Falls actually has a maximum height of 77″ as well.
Busch Gardens Tampa
You can embark on a similar white water journey on the Congo River Rapids at Busch Gardens Tampa. This water ride is only a moderate thrill level, but you will end up soaked for sure. All along the river, giant gushes of water are waiting to crash on riders as they fly down the rapids. The minimum height requirement for Congo River Rapids is 42″.
Elsewhere in the park, you can expect to get drenched on Stanley Falls in Stanleyville. The old-school log flume attraction is one of Busch Gardens’ first-ever thrill rides. It takes riders on a series of twists and turns before a splashy finale down a 40-foot drop.
For a few drier places to beat the heat, check out Orlando’s awesome indoor attractions!