Florida is home to dozens of different waterparks, and a large number of them are situated in Orlando. When it comes to choosing where to spend a precious daycation, Orlando’s water parks can’t be beaten, providing every experience under the sun, from a secluded tropical paradise to the opportunity to swim with sharks.
Wet ‘n Wild
Owned by Universal, Wet ‘n Wild was founded in 1977 and is considered to be the first water park in the USA. This is the park with some of the best thrill rides in Orlando, and was even featured on Travel Channel’s show Extreme Waterparks, so is definitely the waterpark to head to if you are seeking an adrenaline-filled daycation. While there are plenty of rides to choose from, there are some that definitely should not be missed, no matter how long the queue may be. The Storm offers high-speed, out of control action, while Mach 5 is a fun slide that you can ride Superman-style. Of course, there are also many attractions geared towards families, such as Blastaway Beach, the largest family water play area in Florida, Surf Lagoon with its four-foot-high waves, and the Lazy River. Wet ‘n Wild is also the only waterpark in Orlando to offer an express pass, which means that you will be able to skip the long snaking queues and enjoy many more rides throughout the day.
Part of the Walt Disney empire, Typhoon Lagoon has some attractions that are incredibly unique, guaranteeing an unforgettable daycation. While Downtown Disney may be a short distance away, Typhoon Lagoon feels like a secluded tropical paradise and has an ambiance that other parks simply do not compare with. While Typhoon Lagoon has its share of thrill rides, it is the gentler fun provided that really stands out. Shark Reef is where visitors can snorkel through a saltwater reef, home to leopard sharks, stingrays and much more, while Castaway Creek is a lazy river that meanders on for over 2000 feet. The Surf Pool will surprise you, because in addition its consistent stream of waves, visitors are randomly soaked with a six-foot wave.
Blizzard Beach is another Disney waterpark, this time, themed around a snowy ski resort. Mount Gushmore, a snow-covered mountaintop, is the focal point of the park, and is also the origin point for many of the waterpark’s attractions. The rides that you will find here work fantastically with the theme of the park, such as Summit Plummet, which is a ski jump turned waterslide, Slush Gusher, which is a double hump water slide, and the Toboggan Racer. Compared to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach has a much better choice of thrill rides, but still have enough family friendly areas to make it a good daycation park for the whole family.
Orlando is home to some of the best waterparks in the world, so, when you decide to take a daycation, spend it in one of these thrilling parks rather than traveling away. Whether you just want to meander around a lazy river all afternoon, or race with your friends down thrilling water slides, each of these waterparks promises a daycation you will never forget.