Favorite 5 Orlando Water Parks

Cooling down at one of Orlando‘s many unique water parks is a nice change of pace from the usual theme park routine of rides and shows.  Even if you have scheduled multi-days of park fun on your itinerary, spending a day at a water park is a nice way to break it all up. Certainly, during the summer months, it’s almost essential.  But luckily, Orlando water parks are open year-round with several options to choose from.

Here are our Favorite 5.



Orlando’s new shining star, Universal’s Volcano Bay (as seen above), is a South Pacific-themed island paradise brimming with state-of-the-art rides and imaginative attractions throughout the park. Try the Krakatau™ Aqua Coaster, sliding in a four-person canoe along a thrilling trek through the park’s massive volcano centerpiece before emerging to be drenched under a brilliant waterfall. Or glide along together with the family on the Honu ika Moana™ or Maku Puihi™, multi-person raft rides thrilling enough for the adventurer, but easygoing enough for nearly anyone.

But the real innovation is Volcano Bay’s unique TapuTapu™ system. This waterproof wearable band eliminates the need for standing in line or carrying rafts around the park — just check-in at the attraction of your choice, then go enjoy other parts of the park. This Virtual Line™ feature will let you know when it’s your turn to ride. After that, all you have to do is show up and walk right on.

Pro Tip:
Make the most of your time. If you’re checked in and waiting for an attraction, then notice one with a shorter wait time you’d like to ride — or you’ve just changed your mind — the TapuTapu feature lets you swap one virtual line for any other you choose.



These sister water parks, both located at nearby Walt Disney World® Resort, are crowd favorites, delivering that signature “Disney Magic” year after year.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon stems from the legend of a powerful typhoon that brought chaos to a once peaceful tropical locale, resulting in a wild assortment of slides, raft rides, “hidden” walkways, and places to kick back and relax. The park’s centerpiece is a shrimp boat named Miss Tilly, impaled upon Mount Mayday, a peak erupting in a towering geyser of water every half hour.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach is themed as a “melting” ski resort, leading to all kinds of whimsical attractions on every “slope.” Adventurous guests can experience the high-octane freefall thrills of Summit Plummet, one of the tallest and fastest slides of its kind in the world.  Steamboat Springs is a “family” raft adventure, sending riders along (and under) a twisting series of rushing waterfalls. Add to the thrill rides plenty of take-it-easy options like a lazy river and wave pool fed by “melting snow” waterfalls, and you can see why Blizzard Beach calls itself “the most slushy, slippery, exhilarating water park anywhere.”

Pro Tip:
Even though each Disney water park closes temporarily for a few weeks in the winter for refurbishment, don’t fear. The other park is always kept open. Double-check each park’s schedule if you have a favorite.



No stranger to building awesome experiences around water, SeaWorld has themed their Aquatica water park following inspiration from the South Pacific. With a wide variety of slides, raft rides, wave pools, a white-sand beach, and more, Aquatica has the unique distinction of some of their rides and attractions actually passing through animal habitats. (Imagine water sliding through a pool that’s home to a pod of black-and-white Commerson’s dolphins!)

Pro Tip:
Get there early. Often, the park’s most popular rides aren’t nearly as crowded in the morning. Arriving at 9 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. can make a real difference in minimizing wait times.



For a completely different kind of experience, Discovery Cove puts the focus on up-close animal encounters and experiences. Think of it as an all-inclusive day resort where the family can swim and interact with dolphins (the park’s signature experience), feed tropical birds, explore a saltwater reef, get face-to-face with playful otters and marmosets, and just relax and unwind in a lush tropical world — all in one day.

Pro Tip:
Be sure to book well in advance, as the limited number of spots for some experiences tends to fill up quickly. Also, think about maximizing your visit by booking a package offering unlimited admission to Aquatica Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando for 14 consecutive days around your Discovery Cove adventure.


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