The second park we visited during our week in Florida was Aquatica. Aquatica is SeaWorld’s Waterpark and is just across the street from SeaWorld on International Drive. Aquatica was without a doubt mine & Bugs’ favourite park of the week. We are both water babies and would spend all day swimming if we could; although I was very apprehensive about going on some of the water slides as I have never been on anything quite like some of the rides at Aquatica. Bugs was overjoyed that he was old enough to go on all of the rides!
Mine and James’ favourite ride of the whole day was the one that we have been dreading for so long… Ihu’s Breakaway Falls. This is Aquatica’s newest attraction and is the tallest and steepest of its kind in Orlando. You climb the stairs to the top (which is almost 80 feet high), step into a capsule and wait for the floor to drop from beneath you! Standing in that capsule has to be one of the most terrifying things that I have ever done but as soon as the floor goes the ride is just totally AWESOME! You experience free falling for a few seconds and plunge at 20-24 feet per second. It is a totally exhilarating feeling and I would love to go on this again and again!
Dolphin Plunge was a big favourite for all of us but especially Bugs. He was terrified to go on this and I admit that I did have to give him a bit of a push at the top but his face when he got off and then went to go straight back on it told me that sometimes we all need a little encouragement 😉 Dolphin Plunge is a one of a kind water slide that has 250 feet of clear underwater tubes which goes through the home of the beautiful black-and-white Commerson’s Dolphins. If you are lucky they will race along with you.
Boo’s favourite ride of the day was Taumata Racer, which is a competitive mat ride with 8 lanes. We all loved this one and really enjoyed having a race to the finish. The ride starts in a tube and finishes with a really steep drop in the open air.
Other not to be missed attractions are…
Roa’s Rapids: Put on a life jacket and let the current take you. This is 1500 feet of fast rapids that is 3-4 times faster than your average waterpark river. I had a job to get the kids out of this literally but also because they were enjoying it so much. Every time we got to the exit I’d hear “Can we go again?” or a rather sneaky Bugs would pretend the current had just taken him past the exit so I had no excuse but to follow him 😉
Walkabout Waters: This is a 15,000 square feet interactive playground with lots of awesome features like a HUGE tipping bucket that the kids found hysterically funny when it tipped all over me, firing cannons, slides, waterfalls and so much more.
Loggerhead Lane: Grab yourself a rubber ring and float along Loggerhead Lane and through the gorgeous underwater Commerson’s dolphin habitat.
Big Surf Shores & Cutback Cove: These are two giant side-by-side wave pools set next to a white sandy beach.
Aquatica has the option to upgrade your day by hiring a Cabana; we did this and are so pleased that we did. You get a place to go and relax in the shade, a place to store your valuables in the provided locker and water in the fridge. It was great to be able to put everything in our locker and just go off and enjoy the facilities. Alternatively there are plenty of places to chill out on the beach and you can also rent a locker for the day to store any valuables.
For dining we opted for the Banana Beach All-Day Dining, which was a delicious buffet that you could go to unlimited times. We only needed to go once during the day but having the option to go back for a snack and a drink if we needed to was reassuring.
Aquatica is an amazing day out whether you want to spend the day on a lounger or ride some of the best water slides. It has something for all ages and you can be sure that the kids will be very very happy!
Tip: If it’s a busy day you might want to consider purchasing quick queue, this allows you to skip the queue on six of the best slides!
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