Aquatica is Seaworld’s waterpark is located across the street from SeaWorld Orlando, in Florida. It opened in March 2008 and is themed to the southern Pacific, and features Australian and New Zealand based mascots including Roa (a kiwi), Kata (a kookaburra), Wai (a Commerson’s dolphin), Ihu (a gecko), Papa (a royal spoonbill), Wae Wae (a takahē), and Motu (a turtle).
The 59-acre water park combines fast and fun slides with opportunities to interact with animals. While it doesn’t offer the thrill factor that recently opened Orlando’s competitor Universal’s Volcano Bay or even Blizzard Beach do, it certainly excels in having a fantastic atmosphere, great food and beverage choices, and a large selection of family-friendly rides.
Dolphin Plunge is the most well know ride where you slide into a dolphins tank. But you can also enjoy rapid raft rides at HooRoo Run and go down in a unique multi-drop tower at Breakaway Falls.
The park also feature a dolphin exhibit that is view able from an observation area, the lazy river. Romans’s rapids is a “fast” version of a lazy river that is one of the most simple but uniquely entertaining water park attractions around. There also a kiddy section for the younger crowd and a huge tree house contraption full of water booby traps for you to run into. Finally, Aquatica has a huge area filled with sand that leads to two large pools that have man made waves. In 2014 the park opened Ihu’s Breakaway Falls sending guests plummeting downward from more than 80 feet in the air before swirling through twists and turns.
We went there in October 2012 on our Florida road trip and went for free with a Universal/Seaworld Platinum Pass (There are also several book ahead promotions on the website – 10USD).
I personally enjoyed all the water slides and Roman rapids. You can also get in with bags and leave them of rented lookers at a small fee. Despite the park’s enormous number of lounge chairs, guests quickly scoop them up and stake out their turf even on off peak season like in our visit. The alternative is to rent Cabanas but the price is prohibitive. The lines for many of the rides can get quite long on busy days as well.
Despite of those downfall the park is beautifully landscaped with a great mix of slides and in my view is worth spending a day at.
By Ana Alegria and Carlos Canaes. Updated 8/06/2017
Location: 5800 Water Play Way, Orlando, FL 32821, United States
Tickets from $49,99 advanced ticket online
Opens all yearTop Rides
Dolphin Plunge, Ihu’s Breakaway Falls
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