Although Orlando is mostly known for it’s popular theme parks, it’s also got some of the best water parks in the world! With summer approaching and the weather getting warmer, it might be time to think about experiencing some of the following water parks for yourself on your next Orlando vacation!
Most Unique Attractions: SeaWorld’s Aquatica
SeaWorld’s Aquatica is one of the most unique water parks in the world, featuring one-of-a-kind thrills and even sparkling white sand beaches. Although Typhoon Lagoon features a saltwater reef where guests can snorkel with the fish, we believe the most unique attraction is located at Aquatica. The Dolphin Plunge slide sends you down a clear tube through a habitat that is home to Commerson’s dolphins, which can be seen as you speed down the tube. If that’s not a unique adventure, we don’t know what is!
Riptide Rush is the park’s newest record-breaking attraction opening on April 3. The world’s tallest dueling racer features a series of twists, turns, and high-speed tunnels. Starting at the top of a 68-foot tower, you can race opponents down 650 feet of slide to the finish line. You must be at least 42″ tall to ride the two-person attraction.
Aquatica is also home to the tallest, steepest, and only multi-drop tower of its kind in Central Florida. After stepping into a breakaway box and crossing your arms and legs, guests will wait for the 3…2…1… countdown before this watery free-fall plunges you 40 feet down an 80-degree drop before taking you through several 360-degree spirals. This ride puts you face-to-face with your friends, but you never know who is going to drop first!
Best Thrills: Volcano Bay
Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Park is full of thrilling attractions, from water coasters to drop slides and everything in between. The park’s main attraction is the Krakatau Aqua Coaster, a unique raft ride/roller coaster combo. Canoe rafts take riders in and out of the centerpiece volcano through a series of hills and dark twists before the final plunge down a huge drop. Also inside volcano are the Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides. This pair of slides sends brave riders from the top of Krakatau through drop doors all the way down to the bottom in intertwining tube slides.
Other wild rides include the Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides, which send riders racing into pools four feet and six feet below respectively. Even Volcano Bay’s “lazy” river is quite the adventure. TeAwa the Fearless River is a high-speed whitewater journey full of choppy rapids and rapid turns.
Most Kid-Friendly: LEGOLAND Florida Water Park
Disney water parks are known to cater to families, but the most kid-friendly water park is LEGOLAND Florida’s water park. This park has a targeted demographic of kids between the ages of 2 and 12, and features a number of LEGO-themed children’s play areas. The Build-A-Raft River even allows for riders to create their own rafts using soft LEGO bricks. The park also features a wave pool, kid-friendly water slides, and water cannons.
Best Wave Pool: Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
As the park’s signature attraction, you can expect Typhoon Lagoon to have the biggest and best wave pool in Central Florida. Typhoon Lagoon is home to one of the world’s largest outdoor wave pools, which features 6-foot high waves every 90 seconds. The chalkboard near the edge of the beach has the day’s wave schedule, so keep an eye on that to catch a wave! You can also show off your surfing skills or learn to surf like a pro at a private session where 25 surfers per session is the maximum.
Best Theme: Disney’s Blizzard Beach
As far as theme parks go, Walt Disney World offers the most magical experiences you could imagine, and Blizzard Beach is no exception. Themed as a spectacular “ski resort,” Blizzard Beach is a winter wonderland in the midst of tropical Florida, where you’ll find water-filled slalom courses and toboggan runs that had been filled with water from the mountains of melting snow that came from a “freak” snowstorm. It’s all Disney legend of course, but it’s the perfect story that helped theme this awesome water park.
No matter which Orlando water park you choose, there is something for the entire family at each one. For more water rides, check out the attractions that will help you beat the heat while you’re in the theme parks!