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.
Lots of Riders Take the Plunge
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.
THERE'S the Dolphin
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.
Falling for the Dolphins
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.
Tropical Fish -- in a River?
The Loggerhead Lane lazy river passes through a grotto with an aquarium of brightly colored African fish.
Crazy, then Lazy
Passengers aboard the two Tasssie Twister bowl rides exit into the lazy river.
That's a Lot of Waves
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.
A LOT of Ways to Get Wet
Walkabout Waters is an immense interactive play station with loads of water cannons and other spritzing doodads as well as two dump buckets.
Slow Walk to the Fast Slides
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.
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.
Roa's Rapids splits into two lanes at points along the route and delivers a current surge.
For Families on the Go
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.
The second family raft ride, Hooroo Run, is a straight shot down on an open slide.
Mats on the Taumata
Riders aboard mats on the colorful Taumata Racers begin in dark, enclosed tubes, and end in a side-by-side race to the finish.
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.
Inside the funnels. As riders soar through the three funnels on Omaka Rocka, they experience brief pops of free-floating airtime.