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New Water Park Attraction in Orlando

If you are bundling your vacation plans at Orlando theme parks this summer, you’ll most likely want to include a day at one of the area’s water parks. It is hot in Florida and these theme parks offer a day of refreshing water-based fun. New and exciting attractions are being added to the water parks to help keep guest’s interests. Depending upon which theme park you are visiting, there are many choices for water parks. See our listings.

You may not want to overlook a stand-alone water park located in Orlando.  Wet ‘n Wild Orlando is located on International Drive, so it is close to the other area attractions, yet is not tied to any major theme park. It offers attractions you will not find it at Disney, Universal or SeaWorld water parks.

New Attraction – Aqua Drag Racer

UPDATE • UPDATE • UPDATE
This attraction’s grand opening has been postponed.

Visitors and locals have been invited to experience the grand opening of its newest attraction at Wet ‘n Wild. The Aqua Drag Racer™ will open on Thursday, June 12, 2014. This Orlando attraction stands six stories tall and has four parallel racing lanes. It is Florida’s tallest and fastest water-based racing attraction of its kind.

Aqua Drag Racer attraction at Wet 'n Wild

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

Guests will take their place at a starting line that is 65 feet high and prepare for a turbo-charged adrenaline rush. Power through the twisting tunnels at 15 feet per second and splash through the finish line. Your entire family can participate in this head-to-head competition (as long as each rider is at least 42” tall).

Express Pass Offer

UPDATE • UPDATE • UPDATE
This attraction’s grand opening has been postponed.

Orlando Tourist Tip: In celebration of the opening of the Aqua Drag Racer on June 12, 2014,  the first 500 guests to enter the park on Thursday will be given a pass into the ‘fast lane’ with a one-time Express Pass wristband. If you want to be entered for a chance to win annual passes, visit Wet ‘n Wild’s web site and enter your group or family in a Ready to Race competition. Hurry though, entries are due by Friday, June 6, 2014 at 5pm EST.

Wet ‘n Wild Orlando offers more than fifteen themed rides and attractions and more multi-person rides than any other water park in Central Florida. Some of the favorite rides include The Black Hole™, Brain Wash™ and Disco H2O™. The park opens to the public at 9:30 a.m. Get wet and get wild at this fun Orlando water park!

Blast Away Beach at Wet ‘n Wild Orlando

On a hot day in Central Florida one of the best places to be is at one of our great area water parks. Late in June a new expansion opened at  Wet ‘n Wild called Blastaway Beach! Wet ‘n Wild is a well-known water park in the tourist-heavy area on International Drive in Orlando. The new expansion is just in time for some heat relief since temperatures in Central Florida are hot, hot, hot!

Blast Away Beach at Wet 'n Wild Orlando

Blastaway Beach is Wet ‘n Wild’s newest expansion and one of its largest. The area spans an acre and features a 60-foot sand castle, 15 slides, two pools, 160 soakers, water cannons, jets, dumping buckets and more. The area is perfect for families because of its single entrance and exit, creating a safe way for families with slightly older children to have some freedom without the fret of wondering too far from their parents. Adults are allowed to enjoy all the slides with their children, or if they just want to relax, parents can take in the seating amidst lush, tropical landscaping while their children take in all of the water activities.

Blastaway Beach is the largest water park playground in Florida, covering over 15,000 sq. ft. and over 85,000 gallons of water. It is located near the front of the park and is included in the regular park admission. There are a lot of ticket options for Florida residents and out-of-state visitors. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Many people do not know they can combine other theme parks tickets with Wet ‘n Wild tickets. If you plan to visit Universal, Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld, Aquatica or Busch Gardens why not combine your ticket with a ticket to Wet ‘n Wild? There are multi-day tickets, length of stay tickets as well as annual tickets available. Visit www.wetnwildorlando.com for more information.

Along with the new Blastaway Beach, some of Wet ‘n Wild’s other attractions include:

  • THE BLACK HOLE™: The Next Generation A Wet ‘n Wild classic just got better, as your two-person hydra capsule blasts off into a mysterious void featuring pulsating light, dynamic effects and cosmic energy.
  • BRAIN WASH™ Hypnotizing water thrills await as you and your friends encounter a splashing dose of group therapy on this unique water ride. Lose your grip on reality, but not your grip on the two or four-person tube, as you climb the walls on the six-story extreme tube ride with a 53-foot vertical drop into the 65-foot domed funnel. It’s mind blowing!
  • DISCO H2O™ Prepare for a trip to the funky 1970’s. Board a four-passenger tube down an enclosed flume toward a watery disco nightclub – complete with lights, disco balls, and, of course, those groovy hits of the seventies.
  • LAZY RIVER Escape to Florida’s past on the Lazy River. Replicas of old Florida boat docks, rustic billboards and enchanting waterfalls give this long-time favorite a dramatic transformation.
  • THE STORM Reach maximum speed as you drop from an elevated chute into a giant open bowl where you spin in circles to a splash landing!
  • THE FLYER A four-passenger, in-line toboggan adventure rides through 450-feet of thrilling, banked curves!
  • BOMB BAY Enter a bomb-like capsule and feel the floor drop from beneath you as you take a heart-stopping plunge down a 76-foot high, nearly vertical slide.
  • DER STUKA This six-story speed slide lets you “free fall” down a 250-foot slide, then glide to a stop along a 115-foot water runway.
  • MACH 5 Choose from three different flumes totaling 1,700 feet that twist and turn over different thrill courses ending in an abrupt splash.
  • THE SURGE Experience this exhilarating, multi-passenger tube ride down five stories through almost 600 feet of twisting, turning, banked curves!
  • BUBBA TUB A six-story, triple-dip slide with a tube big enough for the entire family!
  • SURF LAGOON Four-foot high waves roll across this 17,000 square foot wave pool which features a waterfall that splashes off the back wall.
  • WAKEZONE
    – KNEE SKI A cable-operated ski lets you kneeboard like a pro around a half-mile long lake. Open May through September, noon to dusk. Additional fee applies.
    – THE WILD ONE Two people are simultaneously towed around our lake on big, bouncy tubes for one “wild” ride. Open May through September, noon to dusk. Additional fee applies.
    – WAKEBOARD One of the fastest growing water sports is now at Wet ‘n Wild! Beginners to experts can show off their techniques on the WakeZone cableway. Open May through September, noon to dusk. Additional fee applies.

Legoland Florida’s Water Park is Open!

The much anticipated opening of Legoland Florida’s water park has arrived. It will open to the public Saturday, May 26, 2012. Just in time for the big Memorial Day weekend. Yesterday over 400 people got to preview it free and helped Legoland set a world record!

Admission to this new Central Florida water park is not included in regular admission. Guests will need to pay an extra $12 ($3 for children under 3 years) to include the water park option. If you have a premium-level annual pass ($179 for adults and $149 for child/senior), you will have seasonal access to the new water park.

On Thursday, the first 400 guests received free admission plus a free T-shirt and most importantly – a beach ball. The Guinness World Record for “most beach balls in the air at one time” was previously set at 400. Breaking the record was no problem. After the beach ball toss, guests enjoyed the water park (and the entire theme park) the rest of the day!

This new Central Florida water park attraction includes:

  • Lego Wave Pool – Catch a gentle wave or simply cool off where the waves are just big enough for all ages to enjoy.
  • Build-A-Raft River – Families can imagine, design and build a unique Lego vessel and set afloat on a voyage around the 1000-foot-long lazy river, set amongst playful Lego Friends, flowering vegetation and palm trees.
  • Twin Chasers – Friends ride tubes 375 feet down an intertwining pair of enclosed water slides before plunging into a pool below.
  • Splash Out – The thrill seekers of the family can ascend to the tallest point of the water park attraction and choose from one of three unique slides, then speed down a 60-foot drop.
  • Joker Soaker – A fun, interactive playground with various lengths, heights and types of slides that offer something different for every member of the family. Guests can wade in the surrounding pool and be surprised with a torrential spill from a 300-gallon bucket.
  • Duplo Splash Safari – Toddlers rule at this water play area with shorter slides and interactive, larger-than-life creatures.

For more information about Legoland Florida’s water park check out their website at florida.legoland.com. For our listing of Central Florida water parks, click here.

Florida’s Springs

Blue Spring Run at Blue Spring State Park

While Central Florida is the theme park capital of the U.S., and people also flock here to visit our many beaches, most people do not realize there are other great things to see and do, such as our natural springs.  The springs are an excellent way to keep cool in the summertime because the temperature of the springs never gets above the low 70s in the summer.  Florida actually has over 700 springs, most of them in the northern regions, but there are several right here in the Central Florida area, some just an hour from the theme areas.

These refreshing springs may be just the vacation you need, away from the hustle and bustle, and enjoying nature.  You can enjoy Florida’s natural beauty by checking out the activities at the springs, such as nature walks, manatee watching, kayaking, tubing, canoeing, snorkeling, glass-bottom boat rides, scuba diving, picnicking, camping, and more.

Here is a listing of the top 10 springs in the area:

Blue Springs State Park – Orange City, FL – manatee refuge, water activities

Silver Springs – Ocala, FL – features glass bottom boat rides, and a water park

Rainbow Springs State Park – Dunnellon, FL – 4th largest spring in FL offers popular water activities

Silver Glen Springs – Ocala National forest, features small caverns and schools of striped bass

Juniper Springs – located between Ocala and Ormond Beach, features camping and trails and hundreds of tiny bubbling springs

Alexander Springs – Ocala, FL – extraordinary clear water that feels like a tropical paradise; offers camping and water activities

Wekiwa Springs – Apopka, FL – features water activities, and 13 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding

Rock Springs – Sorrento, FL – ¾ mile tubing run and only $1 admission per person

DeLeon Springs – De Leon Springs, FL – water activities and shady picnic ground; guests can make their own pancakes at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant

Salt Springs – Salt Springs, FL – features hiking and camping, along with water activities

Orlando Tourist tip:  If you are planning on camping, make a reservation.  And, even if you are going just for the day, get there early, the parks fill up quickly, especially on the weekends.

Tourist Death at SeaWorld’s Aquatica Water Park

A 68 year old man was pulled from the Roa’s Rapids attraction at the Aquatica Water Park yesterday (Oct. 4, 2010).  Life guards spotted the man face-down in what is known as a ‘faster version of the lazy river.’  They pulled the man out and began life-saving procedures while the paramedics were on their way.  Once the paramedics arrived, they took over and continued with advanced lifesaving treatments.  Unfortunately, they were unable to save the man, whose name has not yet been released.

Park officials closed the ride for about an hour after the incident.  It is unclear at this time what is the official cause of death.  Witnesses reported that the man was blue as he was being pulled from the water, and that Aquatica’s lifeguards acted quickly to try to save the man.

A sign at the ride entrance warns riders that “only guests in good health should ride this attraction.”  There are life jackets available, and are required for guests under 51.”  A SeaWorld spokesman stated “Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.”

Florida is a wonderful state full of water attractions.  Not only at the theme parks, but our almost 1,200 miles of coastline with 663 miles of beaches, as well as more than 11,000 miles of rivers, streams and waterways.  While water activities are a wonderful way to stay cool and have fun, please keep safety in mind.

Water safety tips:

  • Follow all signs when you go to area attractions; if there is a height limit, it is there for a reason, so do not try to make your child appear taller.
  • If you are not a strong swimmer, please wear a life jacket.  They are provided at area attractions.
  • If you have health problems, follow warnings that are posted at rides & attractions.
  • Any natural body of water in Florida could contain alligators.  Make sure to swim only in areas designated for swimming.
  • Wear safety jackets when boating/skiing.
  • Don’t mix boating and alcohol.
  • Do not let kids operate personal water crafts such as jet skis. These are intended for adults and require special training.
  • Teach children not to dive into oceans, lakes or rivers because you never know how deep the water is or what might be hidden under the surface of the water.
  • Swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool; be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather.
  • Actively supervise children in and around open bodies of water, giving them your undivided attention. Appoint a designated “water watcher,” taking turns with other adults.

Please check out our additional safety tips for traveling.