There’s water fun for the whole family at Aquatica next to SeaWorld in Orlando. What’s more you get to meet some sea creatures whilst you’re there, such as the amazing, playful black and white Commerson’s Dolphins or shoals of beautiful tropical fish. Look out for ‘character’ SeaWorld creatures too who pop up around the park to greet you, as well as the real life laughing kookaburra or the long-legged Spoonbill bird. You might catch a glimpse of a tortoise, macaw or an anteater…
Of course, that’s no less than you’d expect from SeaWorld’s water park and it’s just down the road from your Disney villa too.
Like any water park it’s full of watery adventures for all the family.
For the kids
There are two play areas designed to keep the youngsters happy all day. Kata’s Kookaburra Cove is full of waterspouts, rides and a beginner’s body slide, it’s the perfect place to enjoy the water. Restrictions no taller than 48”.
Find the 60ft Walkabout Waters which is a walking water play frame. Wander its paths and watch out for the water…who knows where it will blast out from next. It’s a huge fun-filled watery space measuring 15,000 square feet for hours of fun.
For thrill-seeking teens and others
If you like your water rides fast and thrilling, then these are for you whatever your age bar restrictions.
Race through enclosed tubes to take the Dolphin Plunge and find yourself racing alongside the black and white Commerson’s Dolphins. They might swim over your tube too. Restrictions: must be 48” tall, max weight 300lbs/136 kg.
Try the Taumata Racer for some real thrills. This 8 lane slide takes you head first down a dramatic hill alongside 7 others who are looking for thrills too. You must be at least 42” tall.
It will be your fastest ride yet on rings through tubes and half covered flumes on the newest thrill maker, the Omaka Rocka before eventually being ‘emptied’ out into the pool. Restrictions: must be 48” tall and no heavier than 250lbs/114kg.
Keep cool and calm
Want to take it slower? Ride down the lazy river at Loggerhead Lane and see the underwater tank of tropical fish as you drift along. You get the best view of the Dolphin Plunge here too. If you are under 48” you must wear a life vest for this ride.
Not so calm
On the lazy river head for the central island and then climb the tower to enjoy Tassie’s Twisters. At the top you’ll be shot through lightening fast tubes into a giant bowl and then spun and spun until you land back in the lazy river. Guests must be able to hold onto both ring handles without assistance.
Roa’s Rapids is a not-so-lazy river ride! You’ll be whirled, rushed through roaring seas and waves and come across gushing geysers all at great speed. Guests under 51” must wear life vests.
Try out the double side-by-side wave pools – the only double in the USA – and catch the waves you fancy. Cutback Cove is always breath-taking and thrilling with high rolling waves. Big Surf Shores is changeable. Sometimes you’re buffeted by the big waves and other times they are much calmer.
It’s a family ride with rings to seat three of you … then over the edge onto a 6 storey high slide and you’re on your way down! There’ll be twists and turns and tunnels before you reach the bottom of Walhalla Wave and Hooroo Run. Restrictions: must be 42” tall.
Share the experience of Whanau Way on double rings as you take the trip down this 4 lane slide – all of them different. If you are under 48” you must wear a life vest; guests must be able to maintain riding position holding handles on both sides.
Hire cabanas and loungers for the day to relax on between rides and to eat your picnic lunch which can be ordered from Aquatica.
When you are in need of sustenance opt for a Banana Beach Pass either a one-time visit option or an all day pass. They serve all-time favourites such as pizza, pulled pork, salads and mac ‘n’ cheese.
Mango Market will keep you happy with simple snacks similar to Banana Beach with the addition of soft ice cream and desserts.
Burgers, sandwiches and salads are available at WaterStone Grill as well as ice cold beer. There are several obligatory gift shops for those who can’t resist a souvenir or two.
Swimming for everyone
If your vacation is 5 days or more, Aquatica run swimming classes for all abilities so that you’ll feel safer in the water.
Did you know?
- Aquatica has more than 100 certified lifeguards to ensure your family’s safety
- There is a first aid station on site with emergency medical technicians and a registered nurse
- Parking costs $12 for cars and $16 for RVs. You can use your parking ticket for SeaWorld on the same day
- You’ll find showers, changing areas and a nursing mother’s station on site
- You can hire a locker for the day from $12 with a refundable $5 key deposit
- You can rent beach towels for $4 a day
- Life vests are free for use at the park