Florida is the waterpark capital of the USA and because of its fantastic climate, you can throw yourself down a near vertical slide or float along in a rubber ring at any time of year. Can you imagine visiting a waterpark in Britain during November?
So Florida has plenty of waterparks, but which ones are the best? Here is a run-down of three awesome, watery days out to be had in the Sunshine State.
No idea is too big for Walt Disney World. Whether it’s bringing a slice of the Serengeti to the heart of Florida or building a giant spherical ride telling the story of human communication, Disney has never done things by half. However, the concept behind Blizzard Beach is extraordinary even by Disney’s standards.
This spectacular waterpark, which according to the back story is a melting Floridian ski resort, looks stunning and is home to some exhilarating slides. The park’s centrepiece is undeniably the gargantuan Summit Plummet. This towering slide, which resembles a ski jump, is 120 feet tall and those brave enough to take the plunge can hit speeds of up to 65mph. For those who don’t fancy flinging themselves down a near vertical slide, Blizzard Beach’s lazy river is perfect for bobbing away the day.
Disney has two entries on this list with both Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon making the bill (I told you they didn’t do things by half). This 61-acre park is centred around the impressive shipwreck of Miss Tilly, which is perched precariously atop Mount Mayday and shoots a 15 metre blast of water into the air every half an hour.
The park houses a selection of fantastic slides including the Humunga Kowabunga which rockets riders down a 214 foot drop in pitch darkness before emerging them in the Floridian heat. The Crush ‘n’ Gusher is also a must for thrill-seekers, this ‘water coaster’ takes you on an exhilarating journey through an abandoned fruit processing plant. A word to the wise, plan your visit to this attraction carefully as it is thought to be the busiest waterpark in the world.
SeaWorld is another of Orlando’s heavyweight attractions and is never too far behind Mickey Mouse and co when it comes to theme parks. As such the third and final entry on this list is SeaWorld’s very own Aquatica. The park boasts an 80,000 square foot artificial beach which houses two wave pools as well as more deck chairs, beds and parasols than you can shake a stick at.
SeaWorld is obviously synonymous with sea life and their waterpark really brings this to the fore. The park’s signature ride, Dolphin Plunge, puts you in a perspex tube and sends you through a dolphin tank. Fabio, Keebler, Pepe and Ross (the Commerson’s Dolphin in the tank) often zip alongside riders as they race through their habitat. 2014 will also see the opening of Ihu’s Breakaway Falls, frankly this ride looks terrifying and will hold riders for a certain amount of time before hurling them down the tallest and steepest free-fall waterslide in all of Orlando.
So there you have it, 3 waterparks that should be on any aquatic thrillseeker’s bucket list. Bear in mind however that Florida is swimming with waterparks and with a little bit of research, you can find the right type of park to fit almost any requirement.
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