A Quick Dip Inside the Top Orlando Water Parks

by Mommy Frog on May 16, 2019 18   Video

Top Orlando Water Parks - Frog at Volcano Bay

Because of Florida's nearly year-round warm temperatures, we're lucky that cooling off in the frog pond is easy peasy. That said, sometimes we like some excitement with our swimmin'. There's no better spot for that than one of the Orlando water parks. We've put together this summary of Orlando's top water parks to help you plan a splashin’ good time. Curious about which water rides will help you cool down at the Orlando theme parks, as well? Fear not! We've also created a post on our favorite Orlando water rides! As we always say ... for a great Orlando vacation, just add water!

The Frog Family's Take on the Top Orlando Water Parks

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Top Orlando Water Parks - Typhoon Lagoon

Theme: Legend has it that Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park was created during a huge storm that flung surfboards into the trees and tossed boats onto roofs. The storm’s force impaled Miss Tilly, the centerpiece of the park, on the top of Mount Mayday.

Frog Family Opinion: The first of Disney's two water parks, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park is great for the whole family, especially the little ones. The sandy beaches and palm tree-lined paths transport you to a tropical lagoon filled with fun. Lily loves Ketchakiddee Creek, where there are many different activities with kid-sized slides and fun water features. Not to be left out, pre-teens and teens will still have lots of fun on thrill slides such as Crush ‘n’ Gusher Water Thrill Ride and Humunga Kowabunga. The park's most recent addition, Miss Adventure Falls, is a family raft ride that sends riders down a treasure-filled slide. Check it out here:

After debuting last year, H20 Glow Nights will return again in Summer 2019. This separately-ticketed event brings the water park to life at night with special lighting effects and DJ dance parties. 

Bottom Line: This is our pick for Disney's top water park and no. 2 of the Orlando water parks. The play areas and kids' slides are great, and the landscaping and theming are amazing. Even better, it's affordable with the Disney Park Hopper Plus Option.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

Theme: As Disney tells it, there was a freak snowstorm over Orlando that resulted in the construction of a ski resort complete with slalom courses and toboggan slides. When the snow melted, it made for a perfect water park with a ski theme ... Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park!

Frog Family Opinion: Of Disney’s two water parks, this one is geared more toward the bigger tadpoles in the family. Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park has more slides with height restrictions than Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. Tad loves this water park and thinks the ski-resort theme is awesome. His favorite thrill slides are Summit Plummet and Downhill Double Dipper. He also enjoys going head-to-head with the other seven competitors on Toboggan Racers. That said, there are PLENTY of activities for the little ones. Lily loves Teamboat Springs and chilling out on Cross Country Creek.

Bottom Line: The lines at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park may be long, but the thrill slides and ski-resort theme make them worth it. It's easy to experience Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon with the Disney Park Hopper Plus Option.

Aquatica by SeaWorld

Top Orlando Water Parks - SeaWorld Aquatica

Theme: This SeaWorld Orlando water park is inspired by the South Seas and the animals that live there. The wildlife and culture is woven into every aspect of the park.

Frog Family Opinion: Aquatica is one amazing water park! Where else can you zip down an enclosed slide with real dolphins swimming alongside you? Aquatica is absolutely abundant with tropical theming, slides and activities for all ages. Tad loves racing his dad, Leap, on body slides such as Taumata Racer. I have fun on Ihu’s Breakway Falls drop slide. The entire Frog Family loves the tube rides we can enjoy as a family such as Walhalla Wave and Ray Rush. When we need a break, we rent a cabana for some shade and mid-day naps. 

Bottom line: It’s in a tight race for Orlando's top water park. The live animal interactions — TURTLES YO — push it to the top of the list for us. There are several ticket options to visit Aquatica and all of SeaWorld Orlando parks.

Universal's Volcano Bay Water Theme Park

Top Orlando Water Parks - Volcano Bay - Runamukka Reef

Theme: Legend has it that the fictional "waturi" people discovered this tropical paradise on the edge of the world with the help of a mystical fish after traversing the ocean in search of a new home. The volcano itself has a backstory that begins with fiery god Krakatau, who couldn't contain his adventurous daughter, Tai Nui, who fell in love with local native Kala. Krakatau banished Kala to the moon, and Tai Nui's grieving tears became the sea. Seeing his daughter's heartbreak, Krakatau sought to make amends, reuniting the young lovers by pulling the earth to the sky. His rage and jealousy remain inside the volcano.

Frog Family Opinion: Universal's first water theme park is a tropical-themed paradise. We have a full guide to Universal's Volcano Bay that completely covers this park. With the 200-foot Krakatoa volcano as its centerpiece, this park caters to thrill seekers and little ones. With four themed areas, each one offers thrills and tamer experiences. Yours truly braved the Ko'Kiri Body Plunge, which drops you from a trapdoor down a 70-degree tube through 125 feet of slide. Tad loves the Karakau Aqua Coaster, a raft ride that pulls you uphill and through the volcano. Lily can't get enough of Runamukka Reef, while Leap loves Maku Puihi. Check out this ride in Tad's video:

Bottom Line: We love the theming, design and thoughtful details that it makes it easier for families to spend their day in this park. We definitely think hopping over for an hour or two in the daytime or in the evening during your visit to Universal Orlando Resort is the way to go. Here are the Universal Orlando ticket options.

LEGOLAND Water Park

Top Orlando Water Parks - LEGOLAND

Theme: This water park “within the park” continues the same primary color brick theming as its namesake.

Frog Family Opinion: For the family LEGO fanatics (every family has at least one, right?), LEGOLAND Water Park is on the must-do list in the warmer months (hours scale back during the school year and cooler months). Where else can you build a one-of-a-kind raft out of soft LEGO bricks and then float down a lazy river on it? There are also a number of family-friendly activities as well as the Splash Out speed slides and Twin Chasers tube slides that Tad gets a thrill out of. The park's most recent attraction — Creative Cove — lets you build and race your own LEGO boat. That's ... awesome!

Bottom line: This is an affordable add-on, especially if you are already planning a visit to LEGOLAND Florida.

Have questions about any of the Orlando water parks or want to tell us which one is your favorite and why? Drop us a line in comments below!

Related: Guide to the Disney Park Hopper Plus Option (water park ticket)

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jun 23, 2019 at 8:40 p.m. Bal Says...

One of my kids finds the fully enclosed tube rides claustrophobic. Which of the parks had more of the open tube rides and less of the fully enclosed tubes? Thanks in advance.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 3:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bal,

We think Blizzard Beach will be the best water park for your tadpole! Teamboat Springs and the Toboggan Racers are some of our favorite open rides, among others.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 29, 2019 at 10:35 a.m. Adult water park Says...

Which water park in Orlando is more adult appropriate with the least amount of little kids and/or noise?

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May 29, 2019 at 1:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You'll run into kiddos at just about any water park you visit, but we'd suggest Volcano Bay, if only for its TapuTapu system so that you can spend less time waiting in line with others. (Universal in general also tends to attract an older crowd). Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 19, 2019 at 7:17 p.m. MRS CAROLINE M ALLISON Says...

Can I buy tickets to Typhoon Lagoon waterpark without buying Disney theme park tickets

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May 20, 2019 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You sure can! If you head to Disney World's site, you'll see some options in the navigation at the top; hover over "Parks and Tickets" and you'll see an option for Water Parks, where you can choose the water park you'd like to visit and buy individual tickets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 26, 2019 at 3:20 p.m. Meredith Saunders Says...

Hello ! If you had to pick for a 6 year old between Typhoon Lagoon, Aquatica, and Volcano Bay, which would you go with? He's about 47 inches - might hit 48 with sandals :) Dont want crazy lines but willing to get a fast pass if the park has one. thank you in advance!

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Apr 9, 2019 at 9:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meredith,

All of the water parks are perfectly suitable for your son's age group. The only one that offers skip-the-line access is Volcano Bay, with its express passes, which is an additional charge.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 25, 2019 at 12:53 p.m. Kymn Fischer LeSage Says...

Hello! We are taking two 6-year olds and a 10 yo to Orlando for spring break in March. Wondering if you have any updates to favorite water parks since this list was written two years ago? Also, any suggestions on hotels there with most fun pools? Thanks much!

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Feb 26, 2019 at 9:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kymn,

Our recommendations are the same. Hands down the hotel with the best pool is Disney's Beach Club (and Disney's Yacht Club, which shares the pool). I would make the water park decision based on which theme parks you're staying at. If you're headed to Disney or will spend most of your time there, I would add on the water park option or stay at one of those hotels. If you're visiting Universal, you can add on Volcano Bay. If you're visiting Disney and Universal, you have more options. And you could always add on Aquatica, and it might be a better choice during spring break as far as crowds.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 18, 2013 at 7:01 a.m. What It’s Like to Surf Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Says...

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Jan 23, 2013 at 10:43 p.m. New Disney Ticket Offerings – DisneyQuest, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon & More Says...

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