The Orlando area has four water parks each with it’s own unique attributes. If you expand the search area, the list of Orlando’s top water parks increases to five with Winter Haven’s newer LegoLand Water Park. Coming in the next year will be Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay. Which is the best Orlando water park? We’ll let you be the judge!
Water Park Overview
The International drive area had Wet ‘n’ Wild, the oldest water park in Orlando, however, it closed at the end of 2016. Aquatica and Discovery Cove also in the International Drive resort area offer a milder choice, but more relaxing and water rides you won’t see anywhere else. Aquatica is a great park and Sea World’s unique ability to combine sea creatures on rides is astonishing. Now the interaction at Aquatica does not even come close to Discovery Cove – an attraction that’s not all about rides. The dolphin experience is truly the best thing I have ever done at a theme/water park. They have two options; one with the Dolphin encounter and the other without. It’s the most expensive and exclusive of all the parks in Orlando. Capacity is an issue, so book this experience as far in advance as possible.
The Walt Disney World Resort has two water parks Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. It’s pretty obvious what type of experiences the parks offer – Blizzard Beach, mountainous and snowy, while Typhoon Lagoon offers a stormy thrill.
Whether your idea of water play is serene or extreme, you’ll find it on the state-of-the-art rides and slides at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s water park. Find one here that’s just your speed. They have something for teens and thrill-seekers, as well as Kata’s Kookaburra Cove for the little ones.
Visit them on the web www.AquaticaBySeaworld.com
SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove
Discovery Cove is a 30-acre retreat where you can just kick back and relax. But, when you’re done relaxing, there are several unforgettable experiences you can do such as checking out the beautiful Tropical Reef, Serenity Bay, the Wind-Away River, and of course your chance to swim with a Bottle Nose Dolphin.
Visit them on the web www.DiscoveryCove.com
Walt Disney World’s Blizzard Beach
Always imaginative, the Disney folks came up with a water park that looks cool even before you get in the water. Blizzard Beach appears to have been blanketed in several feet of snow. Besides the fun looks of this park, there is fun for all ages, from the little ones to those brave enough to go down the 13-story log flume, and everyone in between.
Visit them on the web www.DisneyWorld.disney.go.com/parks/blizzard-beach/
Walt Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon
Typhoon Lagoon is as creatively-themed as an area once hit by a major storm. “Mount Mayday” is the source of many water slides. Besides the many water slides and fun for all ages, Typhoon Lagoon also is home to Shark Reef, where you can snorkel or dive with schools of tropical fish and sharks!
Visit them on the web www.DisneyWorld.disney.go.com/parks/typhoon-lagoon/
Wet ’n Wild – Now Closed
Voted the #1 water park, Wet ’n Wild has something fun for all ages. From a great kiddie area with mini water slides to thrill rides such as Brain Wash, Bomb Bay, and The Storm. Don’t forget to take a break in the Lazy River for a relaxing float. Read about it…
Legoland Florida Water Park
LegoLand Water Park is perfect for visitors of all ages, however, like the theme park itself, the target audience is for children 12 and under. The Twin Chasers and Splash Out slides are for older children, while the Lego Wave Pool, the Joker Soaker and the Duplo Splash Safari accommodate kids of all ages. Parents will enjoy relaxing in the 1,000-foot-long Build-a-Raft River.
Visit them on the web www.Florida.LegoLand.com