There is no way around it – Orlando is hot during the summer! To survive the season, water is a must for summer plans. Each of the big three amusement parks in Orlando have water parks that are a great way to cool off in the summer:
Disney World Water Parks
Mickey Mouse boasts two water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. The later is much larger, but usually also has a larger crowd. Typhoon Lagoon is a bit more relaxing in its tropical-themed decor. Two benefits this park has over its sister location is the Shark Reek that allows guest to snorkel with baby nurse sharks and wave pool that offers more intense thrills.
As the newest of Orlando water parks, Aquatica has received a lot of attention for its innovative rides including a relaxing lagoon that provides up-close views of tropical marine life, dolphins jumping over a water slide as riders descend down it and a lazy river with aspects of a white water rafting trip.
Wet ‘n Wild
Just as it is known for the best extreme rides among amusement parks in Orlando, Universal also has the most adventurous water park with Wet ‘n Wild . Among the most notable are the Black Hole (as implied it is a ride in the dark), Disco H2O that spins riders round and round repeatedly in a funnel,plus seven (7) multi-person rides.
All the parks offer great kids areas, family rides, large wave pools and snack bars. Annual Pass tickets for Disney World and Wet ‘n Wild require proof of Florida Residency:
|2013 General Admission Rates (does not include tax)|
|Disney Water Park Pass|
|1 Day 1 Park||After 2 PM Annual Pass||Annual Pass|
|10 & Older||$52.00||$60.00||$99.96*|
|Ages 3 to 9||$44.00||$48.00||$80.51*|
|– No Cost for Parking For All Disney Water Park Tickets
* Calculated using 6.5% tax rate: (adult: $106.45/child: $85.74)
|Aquatica Water Park (Owned by Sea World)|
|1 Day||Annual Pass|
|10 & Older||$55.00||$99 (Free Parking)|
|Ages 3 to 9||$50.00||$99 (Free Parking)|
|Wet ‘n Wild (Owned by Universal)|
|1 Day||Weekday Pass||Annual Pass|
|10 & Older||$55.00||$58.00||$92 (Free Parking)|
|Ages 3 to 9||$50.00||$58.00||$92 (Free Parking)|
In addition to the rates mentioned above, Aquatica and Wet ‘n Wild offer additional discounts if you purchase your tickets online or if you are a Florida Resident. Additional discounts can be obtained by combining a water park pass with theme park admission or buying an annual pass for more than one year.
Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon
Wet ‘n Wild
Orlando Water Parks Map
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