Review of Aquatica Water Park in Orlando, Florida, USA
Aquatica Water Park is operated by SeaWorld and is definitely worth visiting when exploring the city of Orlando. There were plenty of rides that the whole family could enjoy and our two boys aged 9 & 11 absolutely loved it here.
We arrived right at opening time which for the day we visited was 10.00am. First stop for us was to guest services to see if we could still rent a cabana (these can also be done online prior to visiting the park). Luckily it was a good time of year to visit as it was off-peak season and a weekday so the park was pretty quiet. We had a choice of a cabana at either Cutback Cove or Roa’s Rapids. We chose one at Cutback Cove at the bargain rate of $49 (you can pay over $200.00 for these in peak season).
The Cutback Cove are was nice and shaded and very private with a host always around checking to make sure those that entered the area had the appropriate wristband on. Rental of a cabana includes;
- Rental towels
- All day locker rental
- Refrigerator with 12 bottles of complimentary water
- 20% discount at gift shops
For the off-peak price of $49 we would highly recommend renting one of the cabanas, probably wouldn’t pay the high peak season prices though. It was definitely good value for us when you take into consideration that locker rental is either $10 or $15 and towel rental is $5 each.
Dolphin Plunge Waterslide
Before you get too excited about the much hyped Dolphin Plunge waterslide, be aware that you can’t really see the black & white Commerson Dolphins while you are going down the slide as you are travelling too fast to find them. There is a big viewing window where you can watch them play around in their pod though. You can watch our Dolphin Plunge YouTube video here.
Cutback Cove Wave Pool
This popular area has two wave pools side by side (only Cutback Cove was open when we visited – Big Surf Shores was closed).
Roa’s Rapid Rivers
This is no lazy river, you travel at good speed around Roa’s Rapids and it’s even more fun when you put on a swim vest and just get pulled through the rapids.
A perfect area for active kids, this Walkabout Waters adventure playground will keep them busy for hours. You can watch our YouTube video of Walkabout Waters & Roa’s Rapids here.
Kata’s Kookaburra Cove
Kata’s Kookaburra Cove is a great area for the younger kids who can’t ride the bigger slides.
Ihu’s Breakaway Falls
Test out your bravery with these not to be missed free fall drop slides. You can choose which one of Ihu’s Breakaway Falls you dare to ride (purple one is not a drop down one if you can’t face the free fall drop) and the green one is the easiest to ride.
Other Rides at Aquatica
- Hooroo Run – good waterslide but ride early as it gets a queue later in the day.
- Walhalla Wave – great family waterslide but ride early as it gets a queue later in the day.
- Taumata Racer – closed for maintenance when we visited.
- Omaka Rocka – this one is a bit bumpy, probably our least favourite ride.
- Whanau Way – four waterslides that go different speeds, the boys enjoyed this one.
Dining at Aquatica
Aquatica has a strict outside food & beverage policy so it may be necessary to purchase food inside the park. While there are plenty of snack food outlets there is also the option of Banana Beach dining which is all-day unlimited food and sodas.
We rode every waterslide together as a family then we were comfortable enough with the park size and amount of lifeguards to let the kids roam free and do as they wanted. The adults then retreated back to the cabana for a little bit of afternoon relaxation time – a perfect day out for all of us! We would definitely return to Aquatica on our next trip to Orlando.
You can watch our YouTube Video of SeaWorld’s Aquatica Water Park in Orlando – featuring Kata’s Kookaburra Cove, Ihu’s Breakaway Falls and Cutback Cove Wave Pool.
For more information on Aquatica Water Park in Orlando, go to www.aquaticabyseaworld.com
When visiting Aquatica we stayed at the Hilton Orlando which as you can see below is not far from the water park and you get great views of the resort from Ihu’s Breakaway Falls.