SeaWorld Aquatica Orlando Review – A Family-Friendly Experience
There’s nothing like a little Winter Wonderland…Florida style! We had the amazing opportunity to review SeaWorld’s Aquatica, Orlando’s premiere water theme park. This ultimately unique Orlando experience is a definite MUST-DO while visiting Florida. If you’re looking for an amazing family-friendly theme park, I can’t wait to tell you why SeaWorld Aquatica is at the top of my family’s list.
Aquatica, SeaWorld’s water park is a combination of excitement, energy and imagination coming together in a fresh new way to enjoy a water theme park. Only SeaWorld could have planned an experience so unique to any other theme park I have visited. But more than a FUN time, SeaWorld takes pride in making Aquatica a safe, educational and family-friendly place for those with kids.
Let’s talk about the safe part. Aquatica does NOT take safety lightly. Making sure you and your family feel as safe as possible at their water park is the #1 priority.
Life Jackets. At the first juncture, there’s a Concierge Cabana where you and your kids can be properly fitted for the right sized life jacket (and be checked for ride height requirements). ANY child under 48 inches must wear a life jacket for most of the attractions. Around the park, you will find life jacket stations EVERYWHERE. All life jackets are checked and approved by the US Coast Guard for use at Aquatica. They are conveniently placed at rides so you can make sure your kids are safe! Even the lifeguards will gently remind you when life jackets are needed for your kids (because us busy parents may become sidetracked!).
Wristbands. These bands are so handy to have for those adventurous kids that don’t quite make the height requirement. Located also at the Concierge Cabana, the wristbands give kids the freedom to explore Aquatica, but let the ride operators know when they aren’t tall enough for a ride. This is a safety feature this mommy loves!
Swim Lessons. SeaWorld Aquatica has swim lessons available, taught from American Red Cross certified instructors. From 6 months to adult, SeaWorld’s theme of water safety is apparent. Classes for week long session are only $49.99 (a great price) and limits classes to only 6 people per class. You and your child will get plenty of personal attention during the 45 minute sessions.
SeaWorld loves to educate you and your family on everything great about sea life animals and conservation efforts. Aquatica is a great place to learn more about the wonderful sea creatures and what we can do to help!
We loved the educational outpost located near the lockers. Here we got to see some of the great wildlife up close and learn new facts about animals we already love! Check out animal bones, learn more about animal diets and play games with the SeaWorld educator. There’s also great animal encounters throughout the park! Fish, Tortoises and Dolphins, my boy loved seeing some of his favorites up close.
Ok, I know you’re really wanting to know about those attractions. 14 attractions (with the new thriller Ihu’s Breakaway Falls coming in 2014) are available for your family-friendly pleasure. There’s plenty to do at Aquatica for everyone in the family. The only problem is running out of time to see it all!
The main attraction, Dolphin Plunge® takes you through a spiral of water tube slides that immerses you into a tank of Dolphins. YES, Dolphins! Can you see my husband in the pic above? This thrilling water ride is the first of it’s kind. And it’s completely break-taking to watch. While my little ones couldn’t enjoy the ride, we took full advantage of watching from the ginormous viewing tank below. I had never seen a Commerson’s Dolphin before, but they were perfect elegance! I really enjoyed having the very helpful SeaWorld Animal Educator there to answer all of my son’s flurry of questions. Within no time, Daddy was back for more family-friendly fun.
Lots of water slides, gigantic wave pools, lazy rivers and rushing rapids are all waiting for you to jump in the balmy 82 degree waters! Thrill seekers will love the Taumata Racer®.
By far, my favorite area was the Walkabout Waters. A playground of exploration with mini slides, endless walkways and fun nooks and crannies for water exploration, we could have stayed here all day and still would have had a great time. Daddy and boy loved going down the slides again and again and splashing each other in the walkways. It was such a sight to see my son’s biggest smile as he played!
Kata’s Kookaburra Cove® was an amazing location for my 5 year old. He had never been on a water slide before, so these kiddie slides were perfectly sized for him! Enough twists, turns and drops to get his thrill, but safe enough for mommy to avoid the heart-attack 🙂 He loved these slides so much…he was the LAST kid to go down before the park closed.
This area was wonderful for both children. I could safely watch my son and play with my baby girl in the wading area. There are plenty of bubbling fountains and shallow wading areas throughout the park for my baby to play and explore. She had a blast in the zero entry pools.
The memories we created at SeaWorld Aquatica were definitely worth the visit. My son had one of the BEST times of his life. Just having beautiful weather, my family’s company and smiling children are enough to have me heading back soon. But the safety measures, educational experiences and unique one-of-a-kind attractions will keep us coming back for many years to come! I hope this SeaWorld Aquatica Orlando review is helpful for those looking to visit!
Be sure to check out my post 5 Reasons to Visit SeaWorld Aquatica in December for why you should head to Aquatica RIGHT NOW (including the best price of the year)! You can follow SeaWorld Aquatica via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube for all of the great animal conservation efforts, SeaWorld updates and more including sneak peeks of the new Ihu’s Breakaway Falls coming in 2014!
Disclosure ~ This post is sponsored by SeaWorld Aquatica. I received FREE tickets to conduct this review. Yes, I love my job 🙂 All opinions are 100% my own.