Saturday, 30 June 2012

Aquatica water park

Aquatica is one of many water parks located in the Orlando area. Other water parks include Wet n Wild, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. However we only visited Aquatica as it was situated next to our hotel, the Double Tree by Hilton by Seaworld. This made it very handy for us to visit and was ideal when we wanted a day of from walking round the other parks.

walkabout waters at aquatica
The 'Walkabout Waters' attraction was very popular with younger children.
This water park is actually part of the SeaWorld group, that also includes SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and Busch Gardens. We purchased a ticket for 14 days unlimited access to Aquatica which also includes SeaWorld and Busch Gardens for around £80 each. Discovery Cove is was not included as it is considerably more expensive to enter than the other parks.

Getting to the park was a synch as the bus picked us up  from the hotel and was at the park in less than 5 minutes. Once inside you soon realise that there are all types of water rides to suite all ages.

taumata racer

All of the rides have names, some of the most popular are:

  • Dolphin Plunge - This ride is the most popular in Aquatica. You speed through a tube and into a pool of  black and white dolphins, that often race alongside you as you shoot through the clear tube.
  • Taumata Racer - A very popular ride for those looking for the ultimate thrill. You lay on a mat as you race head first down a steep hill with eight other people.
  • Tassie's Twisters - As you lay on an inflatable ring you travel through a fast tube while spinning around, before being thrown out into the Lazy River. A real fun ride.
  • Roa' Rapids - As the name suggests, you wind your way through a river of white water, experiencing geysers, waves and high tides as you go. 
  • Walkabout Waters - A very popular attraction with younger children. There is so much fun to be had in Walkabout Waters, as there is so much to do whilst exploring the giant play area.
  • Omaka Rocka - Another ride with high speed tubes where the rides splash and slide every which way as they climb the walls.
  • Whanau Way - Choose from four different slides as you speed down on the double inner tube inflatables hanging on for deal life.
  • Loggerhead Lane - Climb aboard the single or double inflatables for a relaxing ride down the lazy river and past an aquarium with dolphins and tropical fish.
  • Cutback Cove - A great place to relax on the sandy beach or catch the waves at Big Surf Shore.
As you can see we were spoilt for choice, but as Jessica was only four at the time we stuck to the rides suitable for youngsters. Her favourites were Loggerhead Lane (see picture below) and Walkabout Waters.

loggerhead lane

Eating and Dining

As you would expect there are plenty of places to buy refreshments in Aquatica. We chose the Banana Beach Cookout for our meals. You simply pay a one off fee and you can enter as many times as wish during the day. As we spent two full days here during our holiday we found it great value and there was a good choice of food and drink available.