Florida Water Park Guide

Summertime is definitely in full swing.

So what do you do when it’s hot in Florida, but you want a theme park experience?

You plan a day at a water park!

It’s the perfect way for you to cool off from the unforgiving sun and enjoy the Sunshine State. If you’re familiar with the water parks here, then you know that they’re open for most of the year. However, the party kicks into high gear during the summer months.

So let me help guide you to a park that fits!

Disney's Blizzard Beach Summer 2014
Disney’s Blizzard Beach

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Central Florida Water Park Comparison
Wet N Wild
Blizzard Beach
Typhoon Lagoon
Adventure Island
One of the oldest water parks in Florida known for having more multi-person rides . Disney’s wintery take on a ski-resort in the middle of Florida. Complete with Christmas jingles.  Discover the vastness of the plush island and all of its untold mysteries after the typhoon. The extension of SeaWorld with lavish landscaping, colorful attractions, and beautiful sea life to bask in. Busch Garden’s Key West themed water park with both high-speed thrills and tropical tranquility.


# of Dining Options
7 9 8 3 5
Wave Pool
Yes Yes Yes (Wave Pool Winner) Yes Yes
Lazy River
Yes Yes (Lazy River Winner) Yes Yes Yes
Kid Zone
Yes Yes Yes Yes (Kid Zone Winner) Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes (Wine, Beer, Liquor) Yes (Wine, Beer, Liquor) Yes (Wine, Beer, Liquor) Yes (Beer) Yes (Wine, Beer, Liquor)
# of Thrill Rides
10 (Thrill Ride Winner) 7 7 8 10
Coolers Allowed
Yes: Coolers 16 quarts or smaller (16”x10”x15”) allowed Yes: Cannot be larger than 24” long x 15” wide x 18” high Yes: Cannot be larger than 24” long x 15” wide x 18” high Yes: Must be no larger than 16-quart size Yes: Cannot exceed 15” in length, width or height AND cannot exceed 16 quarts
What’s New
Universal Orlando announced it will close Wet ‘n Wild at the end of 2016. The park has been open since 1977. Join team leaders Olaf and Kristoff this summer for the Frozen Games. Rumored family raft ride adjacent to Crush ‘n’ Gusher water coaster in the works… Now offering the quick queue.  It’s an extra $20 or $25 depending on the day of visit Colossal Curl is a mega, high-adrenaline slide for the adventurous family.
Must Do Attraction
Disco H2O Summit Plummet Shark Reef (swim with sharks) Roa Rapids Colossal Curl


10 Quick Tips for Water Theme Parks

water park tips orlando disney

  1. Arrive early
  2. Bring sunblock, towels, change of clothes, sandals (water shoes or flip-flops)
  3. Use restroom before attractions
  4. Visit during the week to avoid large crowds
  5. Leave valuables at home
  6. Check park cooler and food requirements
  7. Rent cabana if you can
  8. Check the weather prior to departing to the park
  9. Map out which rides to conquer first
  10. Reapply sunscreen throughout the day

Remember to stay cool and enjoy a refreshing voyage at a local water park this summer!

Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!




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