Photos of Aquatica Water Park at SeaWorld Orlando

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    The Gate-ica

    The park entrance for Aquatica. The slide tower in the upper right is the parks' signature ride.
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    See the Beautiful Park

    Aquatica at SeaWorld Orlando is an enormous, nicely landscaped, and highly themed water park that offers one-of-a-kind rides and opportunities to interact with animals. See the dual wave pools, wild action river, Commerson's dolphins, and other park features in the Aquatica photo gallery.

    The park entrance for Aquatica. The slide tower in the upper right is the parks' signature ride, Dolphin Plunge.

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    Lots of Riders Take the Plunge

    Aquatica's signature ride, Dolphin Plunge, features side-by-side body slides.
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    Aquatica's signature ride, Dolphin Plunge, features side-by-side body slides that shoot riders through a pool with black and white Commerson's dolphins. While the concept of "interacting with the dolphins" sounds intriguing, the experience may not be worth the wait. The slides begin in enclosed, opaque tubes and deliver fast, twisting rides in the dark. As riders enter the pool with the dolphins, the tubes change to clear acrylic. But, even if the dolphins happen to be swimming near the tubes--which occurs only occasionally--it's unlikely riders would see them, since the dolphins and the riders zip along so quickly. With lines easily swelling up to an hour or longer on busy days (see all those people on the stairs?), guests may want to skip the ride. But, as the next picture shows, that doesn't mean that they would have to skip seeing the captivating dolphins.

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    THERE'S the Dolphin

    Marvel at the dolphins in an underwater viewing area.
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    Guests who don't want to board any of the rides can marvel at the dolphins in an underwater viewing area. Commerson's dolphins often swim upside down. This dolphin is swimming past the clear underwater tube through which riders on the Dolphin Plunge body slide zoom.

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    Falling for the Dolphins

    Loggerhead Lane is Aquatica's lazy river
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    By moseying next door and wading into Loggerhead Lane, Aquatica's lazy river, guests will find that there's no waiting, and the nicely landscaped attraction includes a leisurely spin past an underwater window into the dolphin pool.

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    Tropical Fish -- in a River?

    The lazy river passes through a grotto with an aquarium of brightly colored African fish.
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    The Loggerhead Lane lazy river passes through a grotto with an aquarium of brightly colored African fish.

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    Crazy, then Lazy

    Passengers aboard the two Tasssie Twister bowl rides exit into the lazy river.
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    Passengers aboard the two Tasssie Twister bowl rides exit into the lazy river.

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    Flocking to Aquatica

    Macaw parrots are on display at Aquatica.
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    Macaw parrots are on display at Aquatica.

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    That's a Lot of Waves

    Aquatica offers twin, side-by-side wave pools that each deliver different wave experiences.
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    Aquatica offers twin, side-by-side wave pools that each deliver different wave experiences. In front of the wave pools is an expansive sandy beach.

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    Yep, it's Aquatica

    A sand sculpture at Aquatica.
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    A sand sculpture at Aquatica.

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    Tubing It

    A pair of tube slides at Whanau Way offers two different ride experiences.
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    A pair of two tube slides at Whanau Way offers two different ride experiences.

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    A LOT of Ways to Get Wet

    Walkabout Waters is an immense interactive play station.
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    Walkabout Waters is an immense interactive play station with loads of water cannons and other spritzing doodads as well as two dump buckets.

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    Big Squirt from a Lil' Squirt

    A tyke takes aim at Walkabout Waters.
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    A tyke takes aim at Walkabout Waters.

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    Two Buckets, No Waiting

    With two dump buckets, it never takes long to cool down.
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    With two dump buckets, it never takes long to cool down.

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    Water Curtain

    The dump buckets at Walkabout Waters unload a LOT of water.
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    The dump buckets at Walkabout Waters unload a LOT of water.

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    Slow Walk to the Fast Slides

    You never know who you might bump into at Aquatica.
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    You never know who you might bump into at Aquatica. Walk-around animals, including a salcata tortoise, are available to meet and greet guests at the park.

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    Not-so-Lazy River

    Roa's Rapids is an action river that is surprisingly fast, quite long, and a load of fun.
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    Roa's Rapids is an action river that is surprisingly fast, quite long, and a load of fun. Forget the tubes; riders just go with the flow and encounter geysers, sudden surges, and other diversions.

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    Hang On!

    Roa's Rapids splits into two lanes at points along the route and delivers a current surge.
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    Roa's Rapids splits into two lanes at points along the route and delivers a current surge.

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    For Families on the Go

    Walhalla Wave is a 60-foot tall slide in an enclosed tube that features a dark and twisty ride.
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    Aquatica offers a pair of family raft rides. Walhalla Wave is a 60-foot tall slide in an enclosed tube that features a dark and twisty ride.

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    60-Foot Drop

    The second family raft ride, Hooroo Run, is a straight shot down on an open slide.
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    The second family raft ride, Hooroo Run, is a straight shot down on an open slide.

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    Mats on the Taumata

    Riders aboard mats on the colorful Taumata Racers begin in dark, enclosed tubes.
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    Riders aboard mats on the colorful Taumata Racers begin in dark, enclosed tubes, and end in a side-by-side race to the finish.

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    Rockin' Slide

    Passengers on Omaka Rocka (which means
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    Passengers on Omaka Rocka (which means "rocking river" in the South Seas) soar through the ride's semi-opaque tubes and into a series of mini-funnels that send them careening, half-pipe style, up and down the funnels' walls.

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    Fun Funnels

    Inside the funnels. As riders soar through the three funnels on Omaka Rocka.
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    Inside the funnels. As riders soar through the three funnels on Omaka Rocka, they experience brief pops of free-floating airtime.