Reader poll: The best water park in Orlando

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Aquatica at SeaWorld Orlando: Dolphin Plunge.
Dolphin Plunge at Aquatica – SeaWorld’s water park.

There are plenty of amazing theme parks in the Orlando area, but it is also home to many first-class water parks as well! In case you need a little help remembering their specific characteristics, here’s a rundown of each one:

Aquatica – SeaWorld

At Aquatica, SeaWorld’s water park, you’re surrounded by pristine beaches, beautiful landscaping, great attractions for guests of all ages and of course, wild life! You can race with your family on the Taumata Racer mat slides, get a rush thru the speed river at Roa’s Rapids, zoom down the tube slide that takes you right through the commerson dolphin pool or just sit back and relax on the beautiful white sand beaches. Keep an eye out for various animal interactions throughout the day too!

Wet ‘n Wild – Universal Orlando

This water park for thrill seekers. Rides include Disco H20, a large funnel attraction that puts you into an actual disco complete with music and lights. The Black Hole is a two-person raft attraction that starts out in a space ship and takes you down a winding course in complete darkness. Mach 5 is an excellent collection of three mat slides with a length of over 1700 feet! And we can’t forget about The Bomb Bay, a 76-foot near vertical slide that starts off by dropping you through a trap door! Wet ‘n Wild has many other intense, and not-so intense attractions, that everyone can enjoy. While not on Universal Orlando property, Wet ‘n Wild is owned by the resort and it seems like only a matter of time before Universal fully claims it as its own.

Typhoon Lagoon – Walt Disney World

This is the largest of the Disney waterparks. Along with all of the fun attractions that Typhoon Lagoon has to offer, they also feature a special area, the Shark Reef, where guests can snorkel with tropical fish and sharks! “According to Disney legend, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon was created by an epic storm. Surfboards were hurled into palm trees and boats were tossed around like toys.The typhoon made the storm-soaked Mount Mayday an ideal source for exhilarating waterslides. Surrounding the mountain, a 56-acre topsy-turvy tropical paradise was formed—full of waterways, rivers, rapids and slides.”

Blizzard Beach – Walt Disney World

Blizzard Beach is where you can experience all the fun of a waterpark while being in a snowy atmosphere, complete with ski lifts and Christmas music – minus the cold temperatures! The story behind Blizzard Beach: “After a freak snow storm blanketed Florida in white, a ski resort sprang up with slalom courses, toboggan slides and iceberg walkways. When the weather shifted back to hot, the whole resort started to melt. What to do?An enterprising alligator saw an opportunity. Clad in a scarf and hat, the gator slid down the ski jump, shouting ‘Yahoooo!’ all the way. With a big splash he landed in a pool of melted snow below the mountain, and the slushy, slippery slopes became an exhilarating water park like no other in the world.”

So, the moment of truth…

 

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See my in-depth review of Wet ‘n Wild

See my in-depth review of Aquatica

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Jo Carter
Jo Carter
August 10, 2013 2:06 pm

Has to be Aquatica!!

Debbie Woodward
Debbie Woodward
August 10, 2013 2:11 pm

Typhoon Lagoon all the way, can’t beat that wave pool 🙂

Jack
Jack
August 25, 2013 5:59 am

If your ever stopping at tenerife go to siam park. Biggest man made waves in the world, amazing wave pool. The whole parks amazing the tower of power is like their summet plummet. I know it’s off topic but yea…

Buck Lightning
Buck Lightning
August 10, 2013 2:14 pm

Typhoon Lagoon.

Joy Shaw
Joy Shaw
August 10, 2013 2:22 pm

Aquatica !

Tammy Stewart Westbrook
Tammy Stewart Westbrook
August 10, 2013 2:33 pm

I haven’t been to Aquatica yet!! But out of the rest I say Typhoon Lagoon!! 🙂

Kristen M Eby
Kristen M Eby
August 10, 2013 2:41 pm

I love Typhoon Lagoon, have not been to Aquatica yet though

Matthew Lynch
Matthew Lynch
August 10, 2013 2:52 pm

For me it has to be Aquatica, although I’m not a water park fan it has something special in appearance and more the Sea World feel it. Than the standard water park feel and appearance of Wet & Wild.

Kellie Gleason
Kellie Gleason
August 10, 2013 3:11 pm

just in time for this poll as we are about to head down and haven’t decided which 2 water parks to go to!!!

Ken Balderbank
Ken Balderbank
August 10, 2013 3:38 pm

Aquatica all the way

Vicky Fletcher
Vicky Fletcher
August 10, 2013 3:40 pm

Typhoon Lagoon 4 sure!!

Mitchell Albrecht
Mitchell Albrecht
August 10, 2013 3:44 pm

Typhoon Lagoon, Aquatica and Busch Gardens Tampa are my favorites. ‘BGT’ has several water rides, keeps you cool even on a hot summer day.

Mitchell Albrecht
Mitchell Albrecht
August 10, 2013 3:46 pm

Blizzard Beach and Discovery Cove are pretty cool too!

Ian Nagle
Ian Nagle
August 10, 2013 4:25 pm

Only been to blizzard beach and typhoon lagoon….that will be remedied in September!
Out of the two I have been too, I’d say blizzard beach! From the entry point you walk round the corner and you see summit plummet and you just stand there amazed!
Awesome!!!!

Martine Boisvert Daradics
Martine Boisvert Daradics
August 10, 2013 6:07 pm

LOVE wet n wild!

Emma D
Emma D
August 11, 2013 9:38 am

Didn’t rate Aquatica!!
Wet and wild all the way!!

Orlando Airport Car Hire
Orlando Airport Car Hire
August 12, 2013 6:34 pm

For me the typhoon lagoon is the best. Its truly amazing.

Orlando Airport Car Hire
Orlando Airport Car Hire
August 12, 2013 6:36 pm

Typhoon Lagoon keeps you cool even on a hot summer day, although I’m not a water park fan it has something special in appearance.I haven’t been to Aquatica yet!! But out of the rest I say Typhoon Lagoon

Suzanne Torrey
Suzanne Torrey
August 10, 2013 10:15 pm

I can’t get it to register my vote for Typhoon Lagoon!

Vanessa Harris
Vanessa Harris
August 11, 2013 9:22 am

They are all pretty awesome, I come all the way from the UK and we don’t have anything like it over here you guys are sooooo lucky.!

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