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      01.06.2010 13:47

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      a must for a fun relaxing day out

      We first went to Aquatica in October 2008 , as we wanted a rest from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks, after going through security, we went a found a nice spot near the the childrens area, and the kids went of to play in the paddling area which had slides and waterfalls they loved, i also went and took them round the rapids i liked the fact that you could but a life jacket on the children if they couldn't swim or weren't very competent swimmers , my children loved the rapids and i couldn't get them of after about and hour i had to literally had to force them out. so we could go and get a drink , we had purchase a souvenir cup from one of the stores in cost around $10.00 but it had free refills whilst you were in the park, you just went up to the kiosk and helped youselves. I found the advertising for the slides that showed you were in with the whales was a bit of deceiving as the slide itself is not clear apart from the last 3 or 4 feet , i felt that this would have been very disapointing for a lot of people who assumed like we did that the entire of the slide was a clear see through chute. However i did enjoy the peace and quiet that this water park had to offer and even treated myself to a solo trip round the lazy river you just get on a giant rubber ring and float this was excellent , i would highly recommend this water park as day out for all the family who just want to sit down and relax.

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      21.10.2009 16:22
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      Not as good as the Disney water parks

      Aquatica is a water park owned by Busch Entertainment Corporation and located near Orlando, Florida. The park opened in March 2008 and is 1 of 3 parks in the area that are from the Busch Entertainment Corporation. The others are SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove.
      The parks theme is the Southern Pacific and is what Sea World calls a "natural" park. The water park is Sea Worlds rival to Disney's 2 water parks and Universals Wet N Wild. The main ride here is the Dolphin Plunge water slides. This ride has two enclosed tube slides pass through a pool containing a pod of Commerson's dolphins. The time you spend in the pool is very short so you have to be quick to spot them Also if the pod is not swimming near the slide you wont see them. But if you do it's a great (different) experience.
      The park is 59 acres in size and has 12 rides (36 slides in total) The rides at the park are:
      Dolphin Plunge pool.
      Taumata Racer - An eight-lane racing slide with guests sliding down on mats. This is a great ride. I love to be conpetertive.
      Whanau Way - A tower with four double-raft slides.
      Tassie's Twisters - A pair of funnel slides that can be ridden in single or double rafts. This is a fun ride and you can really get some speed up when you are in a singel raft.
      Walhalla Wave. - A twisty slide with enclosed, pitch-dark segments. This is not such a good ride. I found this very boring and only rode it once.
      HooRoo Run - sharing a tower with Walhalla Wave, this triple-dip slide is short, but fast.

      Lazy rivers - The park has 2 types of lazy rivers.
      Roa's Rapids - a faster, aggressive version of the lazy river with geysers and speed zones and Loggerhead Lane - a traditional lazy river.
      Wave pools - Again the park as 2 types of Wave pools
      Cutback Cove has stronger, taller waves and Big Surf Shores has gentler, rolling waves.
      The park laso has children's areas Kata's Kookaburra Cove & Walkabout Waters. Walkabout Waters is play fortress with slides, ladders and dumping water buckets. This area is great of kids and the adults will love watching them have fun while relaxing on the sun beds next to the area.
      The park is very good as all the Orlando parks are but due to the park being new the themeing and atmosphere is not the best but that will grow with ages. Also due to the age of the park the plants and trees are very small so the park does not have a lot of shade which for me is not the best.

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        16.10.2009 10:12
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        A great new water park to enjoy in Florida!

        I have been lucky enough to visit Aquatica three times now since it's open in March of 2008. Not bad going since I live in the UK! The first time I visited the park was actually before it even opened as part of a work trip where they took a group of us to show us what to expect once it opened. It was quite a strange experience being in a water park and there not actually being any water in any of the slides. In fact we stood overlooking the park from the top of the slides so that our guide could point out where everything would be and I remember thinking how good it already looked (this was during December 2007 so not long until it opened!). I was quite excited as I already at this point had my holiday booked for March of 2009 and by then I knew the park would have been open for a year and hopefully therefore should be all in good working order!

        So after visiting in March of 2009 I then travelled back to Florida a second time in 2009 in September with my mum and we decided to do one of the many water parks. After discussing with my mum what she wanted from the park I decided from all of them that Aquatica would probably be the one she'd enjoy the most and so we booked tickets online. This was a very simple and fairly quick process and after a quick sign up taking the usual details we were able to buy our adult one day ticket of which we decided to have as an e-ticket which meant we simply printed off at home that had a barcode on, took to the gates when we arrived, scanned and we were in! Of course they do advise taking the card you paid off and also ID just in case but, we were not asked for these on this occasion.


        The park:
        Ok so I've been twice in one year - it must be good right? Well yes of course I think so! There are as mentioned many water parks located in Florida which of course many UK visitors come to visit each year. Aquatica is still the newest of them all and it is owned by Seaworld although technically they have just been bought out by Blackstone. The park has many slides, a wave pool, places to sunbathe and swim, food and drink outlets and of course animals. Oh hang on, that's not something you normally find in a water park is it? Well this is what makes Aquatica slightly different to others - they have an array of animals dotted around the park of which guests can learn about and see during the day. The most notable of these are the Commerson's Dolphins which have a home here.
        The park I feel is also very well kept. Constantly during the day you will see staff sweeping sand up, cleaning up and generally keeping the place spotless. The park also looks good in a way that makes it feel inviting and somewhere that not only would you go to have fun but, you could chill out too. The bright colours combined with quite wide pathways make it feel spacious and bits of greenery and gorgeous flowers dotted around the park are nice too.



        The slides:
        Of course the main attraction of any water park are the slides! Aquatica has a good range of slides some of which can be ridden by single riders and some which can be ridden as a group. These are the slides that are in Aquatica:

        Tassie's twisters - a slide ridden by one person at a time whereby the rider sits in an inflatable ring and zooms down a slide into a large 'bowl' where they then swish around a few times before then going down another tunnel and landing into the water connected onto the lazy river.

        Loggerhead lane: This is the lazy river connected onto Tassie's twisters - the river isn't overly long but, a good way to just sit and float along enjoying the sunshine. You can sit in a single tube or a double tube and the unique point of this lazy river compared to other water parks is the huge fish tank you float past loaded with tropical fish!

        Dolphin Plunge - located right near the entrance to the park is the slide everyone is talking about coming to see - a standard water slide in a tunnel that at one point is in a transparent tube which passes through the dolphin's habitat. A great idea although the problem is, that unless the dolphins are right next to the tube as you go past you won't even see them! If you actually want to see the dolphins it is better to just watch them from the side of their tank which is just around from the rides entrance where the huge glass wall of the tank allows you to watch them swimming around!

        Whanau Way - this is a ride designed to be ridden in an inflatable tube and can be rode by one or two riders. The riders can choose from one of four slides which all have a few twists and turns before plunging into the large pool at the bottom. Of course it makes sense to try them all!
        Cutback cove and big surf shores - this is the main pool and surf area where guests can either swim around, relax in the shallow shore end or have fun when the waves are on! The area is split into two by a rock wall and the waves normally takes place at intervals throughout the day. When they are on they usually last for around 3 minutes at a time and they always announce when the waves are coming! This area is also where the biggest spot of sun loungers are which are spread across a huge sandy area. Around the cove are private cabanas that can be rented for the day and give that little bit of extra comfort although they are not cheap at around a starting price of $99 for the day. This is for up to 4 people although you can have up to 7 guests per cabana with each guest over the first 4 paying an extra $15. The price includes 4 soft drinks per person and an all day locker.

        Kookaburra Cove - This is the area designed just for the little ones. Located next to the surf shore area, it has it's own swim area and array of play areas and smaller slides.

        Taumata Racers - this is one of my favourite rides in the park! The ride consists of 8 single rider slides all next to each other. Rider race down the slides head first lay on a mat through a twisting tunnel before coming out into the open slide area and plunging down a drop to the bottom. The ride is quite fast and the drop on the slide is quite steep too so it is perfect for those who like the faster slides!

        Walkabout waters - this is a huge play area for both children and adults alike! The area has an assortment of tunnels and walkways along with a few very small slide for the little ones. Dotted all around this area are water guns, waterfalls and the best bit are the two huge water buckets on the very top that once full, tip over covering everyone in a huge waterfall! This is a brilliant area and on my first trip here when it was open myself and my husband spent some time firing water guns at each other and standing under the huge water buckets!

        Walhalla wave - a water ride designed for up to 4 riders where they sit in a big rubber ring. This ride takes you down a slide by twisting and turning and ending in a splash in the pool at the bottom. The ride is a good length and starts off 6 storeys high.

        Hooroo Run - this is actually located right next to Walhalla wave and is the same concept whereby up to 4 people can ride in the ring at the same time however this is literally a straight slide down with 4 dips along the way. It looks quite tame from the bottom but, in actual fact is quite good fun because it does go quite fast and whoever ends up facing backwards definitely has the better ride down!

        Roa's Rapids - this is the same concept as the lazy river but, as faster version and this one you float or swim along. I didn't notice it on the sign anywhere but, the lifeguard did advise people they had to wear a life vest to go in which is probably because it is quite fast flowing. However this makes it more fun as then you simply bob along without really having to swim! The rapids are located right in the centre of the park.



        Other things in the park:
        I've already mentioned them both in part of the ride descriptions but, don't forget to check out the Dolphins habitat and also try and catch them during feeding time where you can see the trainers also showing guests some of the tricks the dolphins know. The hug fish tank is brilliant to look at and also in the park is a stand near to the beach area where Parrots can be seen up close.
        Guests in the park can also hire lockers for the day with a small locker priced at $5 and a large at $10. Both require a deposit of $5 which s refundable when you return the key. Unless you literally have a whole load of stuff with you a small locker is perfectly adequate to fit a couple of bags and change of clothes in.
        There is also a couple of shops dotted around the park where you can buy souvenirs and the like - prices are on par with most other theme and water park gift shops. I did buy a T shirt on my visit the first time as it was so hot I didn't want to burn and it was around $20 which wasn't too bad. It has washed quite well too and so not too bad quality either.
        Lifeguards are dotted around the park with at least two on every ride and plenty dotted around all the pools. There are many rules for the park such as no smoking except in designated areas and also as the park is a family park guests are asked to dress appropriately.


        Food and drink:
        There are plenty of places to get food and drink in the park which you would have to buy whilst there as coolers are not allowed into the parks. The Banana Beach cookout is worth paying for if you know you will eat a lot during the day as for a set price it is all you can eat style. You can either choose to pay one price for one meal with as much as you can eat in one go or pay a slightly higher price to be able to come and go all day and this then includes a refillable drink all day too.
        If you're not a big eater and you'll just have the one meal then the Waterstone grill serves meals all day along with alcoholic beverages. The Mango market is the other main food outlet where it is more snack based and should you wish to take food back to your lounger rather than eat on the table provided they will wrap it up for you and can even put it in a picnic basket!
        Prices are not that low as to be expected from a water park with an average meal at Waterstone grill at around $8. The portions are quite big though and definitely filling. Of course the better the exchange rate the better the prices become!



        Car parking:
        The park has a fairly big car park attached to it and current rates are at $12 per standard car for the day. I know a few other parks in Orlando have recently put their parking charges up to $14 per day and I would have thought it wouldn't be long before many more do the same. Charges for vans are higher at around $17 per vehicle. You can also pay extra for parking closer to the gates but, for the sake of saving some dollars it is not that far to the gates! Disabled parking is located closer at no extra charge.
        Also if you pay for parking at either here or Seaworld you can park the same day for free at the other one. This is especially useful when in high season guests will spend the day at Seaworld and then come to have a swim in the evening at Aquatica.


        Location of the Park:
        The park was built on land that used to be completely empty just off of International Drive. The park is officially located on Water Play way which I thought was a clever name for them to come up with and the park is literally across the road from Seaworld.


        Opening hours:
        These vary depending on the time of year with the earliest opening time at 9am and latest closing time at 10pm. These hours tend to be during the summer months and during the lower season hours tend to be more 10-5pm. If there are storms the rides can be closed and if weather gets too bad the park can close completely. Also be aware that during busy periods if the park reaches capacity they will stop allowing more in so if you are set on going during high season you should try to arrive early.


        Entrance fees:
        Entrances fees are $44 on average for a one day ticket. This may sound high and the best way of getting a cheaper entrance is to bulk buy all your theme park tickets in one go. If you are travelling from the UK and doing all the Seaworld and Universal parks then the cheapest way to do it is to buy a flex ticket before you travel to the US. The average UK price for one of these is around £150 - 160 per adult and £140 -150 per child. Sound expensive at first but, this includes 5 parks altogether and you can go in and out as many times as you like within a 14 day period which means on average it works out a lot cheaper. You can even go in and out different parks the same day so it is well worth it.


        Overall opinion:
        I think Aquatica is a great water park. I like how it looks and the rides are decent although they are not the fastest I've ever been on they do what you want which is to provide lots of fun! The wave pool is again a great thing which even though compared to Disney's Typhoon Lagoon's wave pool, it is not as high, it is still a good pool. The water temperature throughout the park is consistent all day and during colder weather the water is heated more. During our recent visit the temperatures hit 100f so we were glad to be able to cool down in the water! The staff are all very helpful and although not the cheapest the food is very nice too.
        Yes if you are looking for bigger and faster rides you are probably better off visiting Wet and Wild but, to be honest if you want a combination of decent rides and somewhere nice to relax, then this park is for you as Wet and Wild does not have a sandy beach area to relax on and if this is important to you then this park has it all. I would always visit this park if in Orlando as it provides everything I need from a day in a water park. Recommended!

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          01.08.2009 17:36
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          A fantastic waterpark that is well worth a visit!

          Aquatica is the newly opened water park situated in Florida, it is situuated right next to Sea World and has great accessibility. I had the privelage of going here just last month when I went to Florida as a holiday. I had heard from a friend about how good Aquatica was and he wasn't wrong. It is predominantly a waterpark at heart and there is a whole range of water rides available to choose from as a result. There is the iconic slide that allows you to go through a dolphin exhibition so that when you are going underwater on the slide you can see dolphins!

          The park itself I found was very well cleaned and I loved how there was always something to do with some great eating places also. The park has its own white sand beach with a wave pool and lazy river. I personally thought that the donut ring rides were just exceptional and it really is just great fun for all of the family. The park is well themed and has a really friendly atmosphere, which I found counts for a lot. I hope this was useful and thank you veyr much for reading this!

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          11.04.2009 17:44
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          the place to go for a WHALE of a time

          Sea World is much more than just a place to go visit - it's a place that makes you aware of another realm to this world that we live in. It's a learning experience; you can see various ocean and river mammals, plus all manner of fishes, and learn about their natural habitat, diet, etc. Of course, the highlight of any trip to Sea World is Shamu - it is amazing to see how graceful this huge mammal can be, and to realise it has only been a few decades since we mistakenly thought these gentle creatures as dangerous to man, and hunted him almost to extinction in the cruelest of ways.
          Sea World is one of the foremost agencies involved in rescuing ocean wildlife, and has a team available to go wherever needed to offer assistance in a variety of places in the world. Injured whales, dolphins and seals, or areas in crisis - such as those affected by an oil spill - Sea World is involved in a lot of the rehabilitation and cleaning up procedures. They also do various "classes" for all ages, programmes and learning "camps". Much more than just a theme park.

          The park itself is too much to really take in on one day; when we lived close by, we went a few times, it takes that long for it all to soak in. You can stroke rays in the petting pool, watch the manatees through glass in their riverfront habitat, walk through a tunnel as barracudas and sharks swim overhead and around you. You can take a helicopter ride (virtual reality here!) to Wild Arctic and see the Polar Bears, and for fast, furious action there's always the Baywatch show! And the fireworks display to end it all.
          It's easily found, located on International Drive in the heart of tourist Orlando. Plenty of Florida sunshine (don't forget to pack the sun-cream), lots to see. A brilliant place for all the family!

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          06.03.2009 15:09
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          A great day out for the whole family

          I returned from my holiday to florida just under a week ago. The whole experince was great and while we was there we visited the Aquatica water park which was just across the road from the motel we was in. This is the greatest water park i have ever been too. They have lots of slides which include a slide which 8 people can do down side by side in sperate tunnels. You all start at the top with a mat with handles on the front which you lay head first on ( i have never been to a water park where they encourage head first) and you go down and round a few twists you all come out at the same bit and race to the bottom on a brilliantly fun straight drop. Right next to that slide is two big slides together, a green and a blue one. You go down them both in a big ring which you sit in atleast a 2 of you. The green one is straigh with 3 jump ups and goes vert fast. The blue one takes you round a number of twists and turns before you go into complete darkness as high speeds before finishing. Completely over the other side of the park is four slides of the same sort as the blue one i was just talking about but instead of a round ring you sit in a one at the front one behind inflatable or if your a single rider then a single rubber ring. My favourite attraction of this park though was the slide where again you can go on your own or in as a pair, you go down a slide into a bowl which will take you round this bowl, like if you put a penny in a charity box they go round and round and round and then drop into the bottom, this slide did that but not quite dropping you but you go down a slide into the water. What was especially pleasing about these slides where that at the bottom they didnt just throw you into the water to let water go up your nose and everywhere like normal water parks do, these inflatables skim across the water with out throwing you out. The main attraction to this park was the slide which takes you through a pool of dolphins. I saw a leaflet before we left England for this slide was very excited about going on it. When i did do it i was dissapointed, the slide shots you down so quickly you dont have time to see a dolphin. If you ride the slide on the right hand side if you look to the left all you see is the other slide for this same attraction, if you ride the left hand slide there is a chance you will see a dolphin if you look to your left but dont blink or you will miss it.
          There is a big sandy beach in this park next to a big pool which had a wave machine, their was a lazy river, a rapids a couple of pools and a great kids play area in the water. The changing facilities were big and in the showers they have Shampoo, conditioner and showe gel all provided for your use, plenty of lockers and a nice clean feel to the whole place. There was plenty of staff around the place and all very friendly, also the restraunt was of reasonable price which serves lovely hot chocolate.
          I went in february and it was very quiet, in the height of the summer with a high volume of people i dont know if this will suffer as the general area isnt very big. Rating - 8/10

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          04.02.2009 01:40
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          Best Waterpark i have ever been to

          Aquatica Seaworld Orlando
          Im just home from my holidays in Orlando, I went from the 2nd - 19th of July, 2 days where in manchester because i flyed from Manchester to Sandford Orlando! I bought the Orlando flexi Ticket! It gave me access to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Wet 'N' Wild, Aquatica and Sea World!

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          There are alot of slides in Aquatica there is, four Rubber ring Slides, There are two slides which are dark and then you fly through a see through tube and you see dolphins! There are two Family dingly slides where there are etheir one to four people sit and there are two slides one goes straight down and the other goes through dark, twists and turns! There are six racer slides where slide through one turn and down a steep slide on a mat kind of thing!!! There is also two Bowl slides ( looks like a toilet ) where you are on a rubber ring ethier ones or twos, and you go down a hill in the dark and then into this big bowl type of thing and then into a hole into the lazy river!

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          There are two wave pools at Aquatica where you can ethier wear a life jacket or not i wore a life jacket i thought it was better! There is a lazy river and rapids where in the rapids you etheir go in a life jacket or not and you let the water take you by!!! There is a big water play park for the children! Where there are some slides and a massive bucket that fills up with water and when its full SPLASH it drops and soaks you!!! There is also a Big White sandy beach man made, You can sit on a deck chair with an umbrella or not an umbrella so you can get a tan!

          <<< Cafes and Stalls >>>
          There are some food and drink stalls around the water park, that sells crisps, drinks etc. There is also two cafes, the Waterstone Grill and the Banana Beach Cookout. They both serve really good food!

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          I really really enjoyed this water park i would go back just for this water park i loved it. I would reccommend you to buy the Orlando Flexi ticket which gives access to Universal Studios, Islands Of Adventure, Sea World, Aquatica and Wet 'N' Wild and you can add in Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove! I would also reccommend you to get up at 7:00 pm and get to Sea Worlds Car park and get a free shuttle bus to Aquatica then you dont have to pay for two car parking! Because Aquatica fills up with people so quickly and closes but reopens normally at 3:30pm so take the shuttle bus then after going to Sea World! And i would advise you to look up the Weather Forecast because if theres rain or a storm they close the park and you have to get out! Prices are from $30 - $40 for one day each

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            Aquatica is a water park with lots of great slides, a lazy river and other water attractions within it. It is owned by the Sea World company and there is a free bus that goes between the two parks at hour intervals.

            Entrance to the park in around £30 per person, this gives you a great day. There good changing facilities and lockers for you to keep your clothes and valuables in while you are within the park and you can also hire towels.

            The attractions within Aquatica are, a lazy river where you can view dolphins and tropical fish, a massive water play area for kids, loads of great slides, including one that goes through a dolphin pool (however with all the water in my eyes I never seen any dolphins), two wave pools and a white sand beech and a rapid pool. There are colourful life jackets of all sizes for the weaker swimmers or people who get nervous in the water.

            This is a great day out for the family however tropical storms can ruin it very quickly so check the weather before you decide to visit it. Also it can be very tiring for younger and all guests to stay in the park all day and you must remember to bring your sun tan lotion and keep well hydrated when you are in the park as shelter is limited.

            There are great cafes that provide fast food and also iced treats at a reasonable price within the park, most of these cafes provide shelter so you wont get burnt while you are eating your food.

            The park was a great addition to our holiday in Florida and I recommend visiting it to anyone who is a healthy swimmer and likes to have a bit of a splash around on their holiday.

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