The best way to escape Orlando’s scorching weather is by visiting one of the many water parks. There are more than half a dozen to choose from, and they are home to some of the world’s best water rides. In this ultimate guide, we’ll take you through park by park and show you the best rides each one offers. Just use the menu below to hop straight to each water park.
Orlando’s 4 big water parks
Resorts in Orlando with water parks
With wave pools, beaches and high-speed water slides, this one-of-a-kind water park is home to some of the world’s most thrilling H2O-based attractions. Aquatica is run by Seaworld and it promises unlimited fun in the sun. Take a look at which rides Aquatica has in store…
Ihu’s Breakaway Falls
Get ready to brave Orlando’s tallest, steepest, and only multi-drop tower slide of its kind. At nearly 80 ft tall, Ihu’s Breakaway Falls is where you’ll face your biggest fears. Stand in the see-through capsule and wait for the floor to drop out from beneath your feet.
The classic family favourite, Dolphin Plunge takes riders down 250 ft of clear tubes, underwater, and through Aquatica’s beautiful Commerson’s dolphin habitat.
Big Surf Shores & Cutback Cove
Guests can catch a wave in the world’s only side-by-side wave pools. Filled with a combined 860,000 gallons of water, these enormous pools deliver very different experiences.
Grab an inflatable and experience weightlessness as you speed down flumes into massive tunnels on Omaka Rocka.
This adventure river zips guests through 1,500 ft of rapids, past geysers and through waterfalls at an exhilarating speed.
For fun at a much slower pace, take a trip on this lazy river, passing exotic birds and tanks of colorful fish.
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There are plenty of places to eat and drink at Aquatica. Try the Waterstone Grill, which serves an assortment of sandwiches and salads, desserts and drinks. Alternatively, head to the Mango Market, a grab-and-go restaurant serving picnic baskets full of tasty lunch items. At Banana Beach, an all-you-can-eat buffet, you’ll find pizzas, hot dogs, pulled pork, baked chicken and yummy desserts.
Aquatica is open all year round. For specific hours of operation and to buy tickets at the best rates, please call our concierge team on 1-866-341-8086 (US) or 0800 43 34567 (UK).
Typhoon Lagoon water park
One of two water parks run by Disney, Typhoon Lagoon is a great place to escape to on a hot and sunny day. The lazy river and water slides provide excitement wherever you look. Here are the best rides to check out when you arrive.
Side-by-side slides offer gentle thrills and spills for younger visitors (there’s a maximum height limit, which means parents have to wait at the bottom).
Crush ‘n’ Gusher
Pair up on this multi-passenger, rollercoaster-style raft ride as you zoom through the 400-ft-long tubes and create a big splash in the water.
Hurtle 214 ft downhill for a 5-story drop in the dark until you reach the big surprise! Tweens, teens, adults and kids will love the thrills and chills this attraction brings.
Float away on this blissful lazy river, which takes you on a tour around the entire water park. Paddle along the current as you lay on your rubber ring, drifting under waterfalls, rope bridges and a canopy of tall trees.
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There’s no shortage of dining options at the waterpark. Try Typhoon Tilly’s, a shipwreck-inspired restaurant serving fried shrimp, fish baskets and BBQ pork sandwiches, or stop off for a spot of ice cream at Happy Landings. It offers root beer floats, sundaes and more. Another option is to drop into Lowtide Lou’s for a selection of wraps, sandwiches and frozen cocktails.
Operating hours are subject to change and vary throughout the year. To find out the opening times take a look at their website.
Blizzard Beach water park
Themed like a wintry ski resort, Blizzard Beach offers beaches, calming rivers, ‘snowy’ slides and brightly colored play areas. Here’s which water rides Disney’s Blizzard Beach features.
Downhill Double Dipper
Ready, steady, go! With these side-by-side slides, you can race against your friends to see who can reach the bottom first. Plummet 50 ft downhill at top speeds and disappear through a black hole.
Choose between 3 different inner-tube slides for an instant water rush. These one-of-a-kind water flumes each offer a different experience to the next.
Ride up to Mount Gushmore on colorful wooden chairlifts with umbrella canopies. The slow-moving lift gives you a scenic view of the park and ends at the Green Slope, a prime location for even more attractions.
Blizzard Beach’s most extreme ride, Summit Plummet has a near-vertical drop and is one of the world’s tallest and fastest free-fall body slides. This sheer 120-ft drop is perfect for thrill seekers.
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Looking for a sweet snack? There’s a kiosk within the water park serving up sundaes, waffle cones and frosty desserts. You can also visit the snowmobile next to the chairlift ride for simple snacks. Another option is to take a snack break with either a hot dog, a beer or a salad at the ‘Avalunch’ stand. You can book tickets to the park and get up-to-date opening hours by contacting our concierge team.
Redefining the water park experience, the brand-new Volcano Bay (opening in May 2017) is the best water park in Orlando for adults. It offers attractions to suit every member of the family and is split into four areas, Rainforest Village, River Village, Wave Village and, of course, The Volcano. These are the rides you can look forward to…
Krakatau Aqua Coaster
Experience dark twists and turns in the volcano before plunging through a waterfall on a four-person ‘canoe’.
Surf’s up! Head down to the beach for a swim or splash around in the sparkling lagoon, set at the foot of Krakatau volcano.
Honu ika Moana
Prepared to get drenched on these two twisting multi-person slides. Honu reaches new heights whilst ika Moana sprays water directly at guests from the center of the raft.
These 4 twisting slides are inspired by trees’ twisting roots. Riders can enjoy all 4 twisting tracks, but be prepared to get completely soaked on the way down as tiki statues spray big jets of water!
Resorts in Orlando with water parks
Cool down and make a splash in Reunion Resort’s water park – located just 5.5 miles to Walt Disney World. The surrounding tropical gardens and tall palm trees create the best place to relax after a day at the theme parks. Float along the lengthy lazy river or get your heart racing with the 110-foot water slide – there’s entertainment for all ages. Take shade in the lounge areas with a cocktail at hand whilst the younger guests enjoy Reunion’s water fun.
The nearby splash park is the best water park in Orlando for a 5 year old, located next to the Sandy Ridge communal pool. With a swirly slide, playground and water fountains, there’s lots of fun to be had.
The food and beverage service on site is open Monday through Sunday, 11am- 4.30pm (times may vary).It’s an easy access eatery for snacks and beverages when visiting the water park.
An aqua paradise isn’t far away if you stay at the Encore Resort at Reunion. With more than 2 million gallons of water, it isn’t just any ordinary water park. Whether looking for thrills or relaxing water fun, there’s plenty to choose from. Drift down the lazy river or be adventurous, trying out the Tsunami and Aqua Drop water slides. For younger kids, there’s even a Surfin’ Safari splash zone to cool down from the Orlando sun.
If you get hungry when at the water park, nearby is Bis Grill, the best place to refuel with a snack or two.