Orlando didn’t get its nickname — Theme Park Capital of the World® — for nothing, but we’re also a champion when it comes to water parks. Once you’ve experienced our miles of lazy rivers, massive wave pools and some of the most thrilling waterslides imaginable, we’re sure you’ll agree.
What’s more, while Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld® Orlando and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort all have onsite water parks, more are waiting for you at locations throughout the Orlando area. You’ll even find water parks at many of our hotels and resorts!
So, what are you waiting for? Slather on the sunscreen, grab your favorite pair of sunglasses and a waterproof camera, and dive into the ultimate in aquatic thrills and relaxation at water parks in Orlando!
Standalone Orlando Water Parks
Walt Disney World Resort
Granted, Walt Disney World Resort's headliners are Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, but it’s also home to two magical water parks: Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Both offer hours of aquatic adventures and relaxation in imaginative environments packed with plenty of extras.
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Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
Despite the polar theme, the water is always warm at this Walt Disney World Resort water park, which is presented as Florida’s only outdoor ski resort — and no wonder, given that it’s unsurprisingly “melting” in the sun!
In keeping with the polar theme, you can catch a chairlift to the top of the park’s centerpiece, Mount Gushmore. There, you’ll encounter a number of winter-themed waterslides and rides, such as Downhill Double Dipper, Runoff Rapids, Slush Gusher, Summit Plummet and Toboggan Racers.
For family adventures, up to six people can simultaneously experience one of the world’s longest whitewater raft rides at Teamboat Springs. And there are thrills for younger guests too, courtesy of Ski Patrol Training Camp and Tike’s Peak.
When you’re ready to relax, the gentle waves at Melt-Away Bay will melt your cares away. Or, grab a tube and drift on Cross Country Creek, a lazy river that flows around the entire park.
Available extras include Polar Patios — private decks with lounge chairs, a locker, a cooler and other amenities — and Lodge Umbrellas, which include two loungers, two beach chairs and towels in addition to the umbrella. You won’t go hungry here, either, thanks to a number of counter-service dining options.
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Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Set in a storm-tossed lagoon, this park added its newest attraction, Miss Adventure Falls, in 2017. One of the longest rides at Walt Disney World Resort, the family-friendly adventure will send you and up to three companions on a white-water journey you won’t soon forget.
There are plenty of more thrills to be discovered, including Crush ‘n’ Gusher, Gangplank Falls, Keelhaul Falls and Storm Slides. You can even up the ante with Mayday Falls, which is the park’s longest and highest waterslide, and Humunga Kowabunga, featuring a near-vertical, five-story drop … in the dark.
Younger children can have fun here too. For instance, infectious play abounds at Ketchakiddee Creek, which features 10 different aquatic activities, and Bay Slides has scaled-down fun for tiny tots.
While kids are enjoying the latter attraction, parents can make a splash at the nearby Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool, which boasts 6-foot swells. Meanwhile, tranquil bliss awaits you on a lazy river that circles the park in its entirety, Castaway Creek.
From June through August, this park also hosts the ultimate pool party with Disney H20 Glow Nights. A number of other extras are available too, including themed dining and the chance to reserve Beachcomber Shacks and Getaway Glen Umbrellas.
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Universal Orlando Resort
In 2017, Universal Orlando Resort debuted Orlando’s newest water theme park: Universal’s Volcano Bay. Featuring South Pacific ambience and innovative technology designed to do away with ride lines, this state-of-the-art park is the perfect place to cool down after experiencing Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
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Universal’s Volcano Bay
The park is segmented into four distinct lands, with the mighty, 200-foot-tall Krakatau volcano towering over it all.
Rainforest Village offers a blend of action and relaxation with attractions such as Taniwha Tubes — Tonga & Raki, Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides, Puka Uli Lagoon, TeAwa The Fearless River, Ohyah & Ohno Drop Slides, Punga Racers, and Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides.
River Village has gentler fun for younger guests, thanks to Honu ika Moana, Tot Tiki Reef, Runamukka Reef and the relaxing Kopiko Wai Winding River. It also features thrills courtesy of Krakatau Aqua Coaster.
More tranquility can be enjoyed at Waturi Beach and The Reef at Wave Village, where you’ll also find Ko’okiri Body Plunge. For even easier living, rent a six- or 16-person cabana, or arrange for reserved lounge-chair seating.
When you’re hungry, more than 60 unique menu items can be enjoyed at onsite eateries. And the park’s shops offer everything you need for fun in the sun, including beach essentials, souvenirs and more.
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Since 1973, SeaWorld Orlando has been specializing in all things aquatic, as evidenced by the main SeaWorld theme park and its one-of-a-kind day resort, Discovery Cove®. Aquatica® Orlando, goes even deeper with up-close animal encounters, year-round availability and a South Seas vibe.
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In spring 2018, Aquatica debuted the brand-new Ray Rush attraction. This family raft ride offers three ways to slide, splash and soar, including water jets and a giant water sphere.
The new ride joins the park’s existing can’t-miss attractions, including Ihu’s Breakaway Falls — the tallest, steepest, multi-drop ride in Orlando. You also won’t want to miss Dolphin Plunge, where you’ll shoot through enclosed tubes in a crystal-clear lagoon that’s home to playful Commerson’s dolphins.
More excitement is in store for you, including raft rides like HooRoo Run, Omaka Rocka, Roa’s Rapids and Walhalla Wave, and mat racing at Taumata Racer. Or, leave the conveyances behind for fast times on Tassie’s Twisters and Whanau Way.
Ready to catch your breath? Drift down Loggerhead Lane, the park’s lazy river, or wade near a 60-foot fortress at Walkabout Waters. Kids will love both of those, as well as Kata’s Kookaburra Cove, and young and old alike can take advantage of dual wave pools and sandy beaches at Cutback Cove and Big Surf Shores.
As much as you might want to, you can’t spend all of your time in the water. To that end, cabana rentals and an ocean of dining choices are also available.
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LEGOLAND Florida Resort
LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s main theme park is focused on kids and their families — a mindset that extends to its onsite water park, which is available as an optional upgrade on regular park admission. Naturally, LEGOLAND Water Park has opportunities for creativity, because it’s not LEGO without building!
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LEGOLAND Water Park
Make sure your kids practice their cannonball skills before you take them to LEGOLAND’s water park. They’ll also want to work on their building skills, particularly before they hit Build-a-Raft River, which invites guests to imagine, design and create their own LEGO rafts before setting sail on a 1,000-foot lazy river.
The park’s Creative Cove area provides even more construction opportunities with Build-a-Boat, where kids can race their own self-made LEGO watercraft. If they prefer to do the racing themselves, set them loose on Twin Chasers, featuring an intertwining pair of enclosed, 375-foot waterslides.
Kids at least 48-inches tall will also enjoy Splash Out, which offers three unique slides and a 60-foot drop. And at Joker Soaker, children can enjoy slides, climbing areas, water spouts and a wading pool, and get the splash of their lives from a giant, 300-gallon bucket!
For gentler fun, check out the LEGO Wave Pool, featuring waves that are just big enough for all ages. Or, opt for shorter slides and interactive DUPLO creatures at DUPLO Splash Safari.
When it’s time to eat, the Beach-n-Brick Grill has an assortment of delicious fare. Then, take advantage of cabana rentals for a little rest before heading back into the water.