Aquatica is the water park of the SeaWorld family of parks. It is located right over the street from SeaWorld and it is a great park for rides and slides. It isn’t as visually appealing as Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon but nice nonetheless.
Weekends are the busiest times for Aquatica because a lot of the locals turn up with their annual passes so try visiting on a weekday. The children will have a lot to keep them occupied with wave pools, water slides and waterfalls around every corner.
Use a life vest Roa’s Rapids…
… even if you are a strong swimmer. It is a great feeling just floating through the park with no effort at all, in this lovely warm water. The current is quite strong and you can be pushed down the river at very fast speeds. If you want to get out of the river you need to prepare well in advance. If you are not on the right side of the river you may have to wait another 10 minutes until you come back around.
Mrs Brit has missed exits multiple times and we end up going around again. Worse things happen at sea I suppose!! Don’t worry about the strong current too much though because the water is only 3 feet deep.
Nanna Brit came with us on our latest visit to Aquatica and she cannot swim at all. She is really afraid of the water. It took me around an hour to convince her to let me take her around Roa’s Rapids. I assured her I would not let go of her. I told her I would be with her every step of the way. Eventually she gave in and agreed to let me take her round the rapids. She screamed all the way round and I kept trying to calm her down, reassuring her that I was in control.
After she got out I told Mrs Brit that Nanna Brit didn’t like the ride. Nanna Brit replied “yes I did, I loved it”. You wouldn’t have thought so from the sounds she was making. She has agreed to go on Roa’s Rapids next year so if she can do it, anyone can.
Dolphin Plunge is billed as your chance to slide through ‘a pool full of dolphins’. The slide is very ‘hit and miss’ and you will be lucky if you actually see a dolphin. My best tip to try and see a dolphin is to sit up a little bit as you slide through the ride. This will stop the water splashing in your face and you may be lucky enough to spot a dolphin swimming beside you as you pass through the clear tunnel.
…is a great water ride for 2 people using the same double ring. It is a bit of a trek to get to the top of the stairs and Grandad Brit was moaning (as usual). He wasn’t impressed on the amount of stairs he had to climb but once he got to the top and jumped aboard he absolutely loved this ride.
In the picture you see the life vests that come in all sizes from babies to adults. You are not permitted to take arm bands into the park for babies and very small children so they are required to wear a life vest. These are supplied free to everyone that wants them. Showers are free with shampoo, shower gel and soap also free.
My 2 little snags..
…with the park is the cost of the parking and the cost of the lockers.
If you don’t need to take items into Aquatica DON’T. You can buy a good watertight pouch before you leave the UK. You only need to protect your car keys, tickets and cash so leave your phones back at the villa/hotel. The cost of a locker ranges from $15-$20 which I think is ridiculous. When you go to a normal swimming baths you will put £1 in a locker and get it back later. In Aquatica, they have you ‘by the goggles’ because you must rent a locker to secure your money etc. If you keep paying for over-priced services like this throughout your holiday, you will waste hundreds of dollars.
Car parking costs here are ridiculous if you do not have an annual pass or a multi-park ticket. The price is around $25 at 2019 prices so they are keeping it in line with the cost of Universal Orlando Resort and Disney World theme parks. Parking at Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon is free and these water parks are a lot better than Aquatica. You can buy your parking online but you don’t save anything so why would you do that? You could change your mind about visiting so just pay at the entrance.
Take your own towels
Towels can be rented from Aquatica at a cost of around $5 per towel so try not to forget to take your own.