Thanks to TripAdvisor for helping us book our Orlando water park adventure!
We may live in Florida, but we don’t spend EVERY day at a water park. While I grew up loving them, I have fallen out of sync with them lately. I didn’t see a reason to go or found myself at other theme parks instead. This summer we have made it a point to enjoy the water more often, and we headed to Aquatica at Sea World Orlando for the first time. They are celebrating their tenth anniversary, but I felt like many facilities inside the park appear fresh and new. This water park had many features that make it unique compared to other parks I have been to, and we booked everything onside with TripAdvisor!
TripAdvisor is easy to use to research, book, and visit your summer destinations! We knew we wanted to visit an Orlando theme park, but we just weren’t sure what was a good use of time and what fits into our budget. Luckily we saw that Aquatica had a special ticket price when you booked with TripAdvisor, so it became a clear choice!
Check in was smooth since we already had printed our tickets. No need to wait in any admission lines! We walked right in.
Aquatica Water Park Review
What to Know Before You Go
Arrive early. Those lines for the water slides fill in fast. The biggest line that we noticed was for the newest water slide, Ray Rush. We were inside at 10 am (not much after the park opened), and the line still was far too long for me to wait in it. We had many other attractions we wanted to enjoy, so I didn’t want to this to eat up our entire morning.
The concrete was HOT. I mean, REALLY really HOT. I have gone to other water parks and been okay, but Aquatica really requires water shoes for real. Bring water shoes even if you don’t usually wear them to waterparks. I feel like you’re going to need them.
Embrace the life jacket! It’s okay if you’re not a strong swimmer. I appreciated that my son was able to wear a life jacket and enjoy most of the rides. Just like everything else though, those life jackets were gone fast. My son’s size was out by morning. I saw them scattered across the park throughout the day, so you can find one later on if needed.
Budget accordingly for a locker. I typically skip lockers at theme parks, but we decided to do a locker this time around. It was much needed, and we were able to enjoy it throughout the day.
RELAX. If you find the lines are too long and it is too hot, hop in the river! They have both a lazy river and a faster-moving rapids river. We loved them both (watch our video!).
This park is perfect for kiddos. I felt like there were several areas available for my son to enjoy (he is almost six and not a strong swimmer). There was a smaller area with children’s tube slides and regular slides, a much larger water play area, and of course, the wave pool.
Take the entire day. I read a lot of reviews that said this water park is a “half day park” at most, but I can’t see how. If you want to truly enjoy all of the slides, attractions, enjoy lunch and a few cocktails, I would take the entire day. We were there from about opening to 3 p.m. It leaves plenty of time to head back to the hotel, get ready for dinner, and go out at night!
This water park was, overall, enjoyable. If you like getting wet and soaking up the Florida rays, stop by! Compared to other water parks in the area, there is a lot to do.
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If you live closer to Texas, SeaWorld Aquatica has a location in San Antonio. Take a dip in the water to get up-close with stingrays or take the little ones to check out their new Sesame Street Party Parade. During the summer months, SeaWorld San Antonio is hosting their Electric Ocean celebration with fireworks – giving you another reason to visit SeaWorld this summer.
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