First, we are so lucky to live in Central Florida with the most beautiful beaches in the world. Second, we are also lucky to be close to the the top theme parks in the world. And third, we are lucky to live close to the best water parks in the world. After lots of polling, we have the top 5 water parks in Central Florida.
5. Adventure Island Tampa
Best Attraction: New for 2020 is Solar Vortex: Spin and splash at Adventure Island on Solar Vortex – America’s first dual-tailspin water slide. This high-thrill family raft slide combines high-banking rotations and rapid descents, sending sliders on a swirling journey through two open tailspin features. Moreover, it will include three dynamic AquaLucent™ elements – harnessing the power of the Florida sun into colorful patterns that shine through the slide as riders reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. It will be like a disco on steroids going 20mph in water!
One fan of this park exclaimed “They have a couple new slides to come next year which I’m so excited for! It’s definitely changed in the past couple years but has changed for the better! The new slides are so much fun with the Vanish Point where the floor drops from under you 70ft down! Scary but yet oh so fun! Their new double tube slides were a lot of fun too! Colossal Curl was so much fun and you sit in a smaller like tube that seats 4 (2 or 4) people can ride at once to keep it even otherwise not 1 and 3. Amazing new addition!!”
More Fun at ADVENTURE ISLAND
Additionally, the wave pool goes every 10 minutes and they have a kids splash area with a large playground that is great for the little ones! They also have where you can walk across the tubes and hold onto a rope above as you go across. They took out the cliff jumping for now, which was in the same pool.
Wahoo run is always a great family ride and the kids must be 42″ otherwise for Colossal Curl and a couple other water slides the kids have to be 48″
Our favorite is always the lazy river to just float and relax and have a good time.
They have lots of variety of food to choose from for reasonable prices (average $12 or so) but you can also purchase the all day dining package for $40 and eat every hour and get perks like BOGO on different items.
You can also pay $40 and get a quick que pass so you don’t have to wait in the lines! We didn’t need it the day we went but it’s awesome for busy summer days!
4. Volcano Bay Orlando
Top 5 WaterParks
Best Attraction: Krakatau Aqua Coaster: This 4 person raft is controlled at times by magnetic force which flies you up and over hills on the slide. Your butt will likely get some air so hold on.
Rating is lower because this park is extremely crowded and wait times are very long. Other favorite attractions:
A. TeAwa The Fearless River: A very close second…no tubes on this ‘lazy’ river. You put on a life vest and float through massive waves, bubbles, strong currents and waterfalls. My friends and I went around this river several times on multiple occasions. Your face will get wet and you will lose your fellow float buddies every now and then. It’s amazing!
B. Honu Ika Moana: Big family sized raft ride with really high sides – lost my voice screaming on this one. Fun to watch your friends’ faces
C. Ohya and Ohno drop slides: Smooth slides with a drop into a pool at the end. Even more fun to stand around and watch people as they awkwardly drop into the pool
3. Aquatica Orlando
Top 5 WaterParks
Best Attraction: Dolphin Plunge – 2 enclosed body slides pass through a pool of dolphins. The slide looks so cool! Be sure to hold your nose to keep the water out at the end of the slide. Also bring swimming goggles to keep the water out of your eyes so you can see the dolphins.
Other Top Attractions:
A. Ihu’s Breakaway Falls – consists of three drop slides and one scary fast speed slide
B. Taumata Racer – an 8 -lane racing slide with guests sliding down on mats through enclosed and open sections. I loved this slide!
C. We must’ve stayed an hour on *Roa ‘s Rapid*, which is like a lazy river except you don’t have to stay on a tube and the water pushes you in one direction very strongly. It was so hilarious trying to leave because the water would suck you right back in.
Definitely my favorite ride. We tried 3 different slide rides where you slide down in singles, doubles and triples. All super super fun. We ended our day lazily floating by the Big Surf Shores.
2. Disney’s Blizzard Beach
Top 5 WaterParks
Best Attraction: Summit Plummet is the flagship attraction at 120 feet tall, and speeds 60 miles per hour! It’s the third-tallest and fastest free fall slide in the world!
Where Blizzard Beach really shines is its record breaking thrill slides! The slides at Blizzard beach are much taller, faster, and scarier than Typhoon lagoon!
Blizzard Beach Water park opened in 1995 and was the third Walt Disney World water park. It is the third-most visited water park in the world, behind its sister park, Typhoon Lagoon. Blizzard Beach is open year-round with an annual maintenance closure in the winter. All water areas are heated at approximately 80 degrees, with the exception of the melting snow in the ice cave of Cross Country Creek..
Other Favorite Attractions:
A. Teamboat Springs is the world’s longest “family white-water raft ride” at 1,400 feet long!
B. Slush Gusher is a 90-foot-tall, 250-foot-long snow-banked mountain body slide that reaches speeds up to 35 miles per hour and is one of only a few water slides where “air time” is achieved.
C. Downhill Double Dipper is one of the world’s only side-by-side racing tube slides.
D. Snow Stormers is a “mat slide” consisting of three flumes that are 350 feet long.
E. Toboggan Racers is an 8-lane, 250 foot water slide where guests lie on their stomach on the toboggan style mat as they race to the finish line.
NUMBER 1: Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
Top 5 WaterParks
Best Attraction: Believe it or not, we think the Wave Pool at Typhoon Lagoon is the best water park attraction in the world. It’s the largest wave pool in the USA and we could stay in it all day. The white sand, the clear blue water and the giant waves are nothing but pure AWESOME! Monster waves entertain all for hours and everywhere you look it’s beautiful.
We always have an awesome time whenever we visit Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park! Disney’s Typhoon lagoon is our favorite park! We love the long lazy river with waterfalls, huge wave pool, all the slides, and and the park’s Caribbean theme!
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon first opened in 1989 and is home to one of the world’s largest outdoor wave pools.The theme of the park is the “Disney legend” of a typhoon that wreaked havoc upon a formerly pristine tropical paradise. Ships, fishing gear and surfboards are strewn about where the storm flung them. The park’s centerpiece is “Miss Tilly,” a shrimp boat impaled upon a mountain named “Mount Mayday” that erupts a 50-foot geyser of water every half hour, right before the bells of the watch sound on it. Its mascot is “Lagoona Gator.”
According to the ticket stats, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is the most popular water park in all of the United States and is second most visited water park in the world! The park operates year-round, with an annual maintenance closure during either the fall or winter. During the closure, its sister park, Blizzard Beach, remains open!
1. Humunga Kowabunga: Three enclosed “speed slide” flumes that send riders downward five stories in seconds reaching speeds of 39 mph
2. Storm Slides: Three body slides (Jib Jammer, Stern Burner, and Rudder Buster) that send riders from a height of three stories down twisting, winding channels to a splash pool at the bottom.
3. Gang Plank Falls: Family raft ride featuring large four-person inner tubes.
4. Mayday Falls: Tube slide flume with winding “rough rapids” feel.
5. Keelhaul Falls: Tube slide flume with smoother ride, spiraling down through a water fall and cave.
6. Crush ‘n’ Gusher: Water coaster where one to two person rafts are propelled by water jets through hairpin turns and drop-offs. This attraction includes a choice of the water coaster slide “Banana Blaster”, “Coconut Crusher”, or “Pineapple Plunger”
7. Miss Adventure Falls: A family raft ride featuring animated entertainment and rushing rapids.
8. Bay Slides: scaled down body slides for tots
1. Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool: Wave pool, which has 6 foot high waves every 90 seconds.
2. Castaway Creek Lagoon: 2,100-foot lazy river that slowly circles the entire park, passing through waterfalls, rainforests, mist, and Mount Mayday. Riders can float on inner-tubes provided.
3. Ketchakiddee Creek: a play area for young children featuring small slides and fountains. There are water features that spray everywhere including a tugboat and a mixture of whales and seals. A small sandy beach is also provided.
4. Forgotten Grotto: A cave walkway through Mt. Mayday
5. Overlook Pass: A walkway across the slope of Mt. Mayday, with small waterfalls.
6. Sandy White Beach: Beach area with lounge chairs as well as a wading pool area adjacent to Crush ‘n’ Gusher.
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