TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2018 Feature Central Florida Water Parks #NationalWaterParkDay

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Just in time for National Water Park Day (July 28), TripAdvisor has announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice® awards for Water Parks, and the list features several Central Florida water parks.

Here are the Top Ten winners for U.S.A. water parks and for all the water parks worldwide:

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SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. Removes All Single-Use Plastic Shopping Bags and Plastic Straws from its 12 Theme Parks

As part of its mission to protect animals and habitats worldwide, SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. has announced that its 12 theme parks have removed all single-use plastic drinking straws and single-use plastic shopping bags.

As part of its mission to protect animals and habitats worldwide, SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. has announced that its 12 theme parks have removed all single-use plastic drinking straws and single-use plastic shopping bags.

Recent news and studies have shown alarming consequences of the growing threat of plastics to our oceans and wildlife.

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Aquatica Orlando Offers Ray Rush Construction Update

Ray Rush is a brand new attraction coming to Aquatica Orlando

Ray Rush is a brand new attraction coming to Aquatica Orlando this spring, and the water park has given us an update on the construction progress.

Construction crews have been onsite for the past several weeks, demolition of HooRoo Run is complete, and they have officially broken ground on the new attraction.

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New Value Offers from SeaWorld and Busch Garden Family of Parks in Central Florida

With the start of a new year, SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, Aquatica Orlando, and Adventure Island Tampa Bay are banding together to offer new savings to both visitors and Florida residents.

SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, Aquatica Orlando, and Adventure Island Tampa Bay

For visitors, the new “Choose Your Adventure” ticket option allows guests to enjoy multiple visits to all four parks, and the more they visit, the more they save:

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Get Admission to Aquatica Orlando for Only $8 Select Weekends in February and March

Aquatica OrlandoIt’s a little chilly in Orlando right now, but luckily the water at Aquatica is heated. Even better, select weekends in February and March, admission is only $8!

Here are the dates the deal is valid for:

  • February 14-15
  • February 21-22
  • February 28-March 1
  • March 7-8

That means a family of four can enjoy a day at Aquatica for only a little more than the cost of one regular day’s admission. Read more

Aquatica Hosts 6th Annual Special Olympics Florida’s Polar Plunge February 7, 2015

Special Olympics Florida’s Polar Plunge at Aquatica Orlando The Special Olympics Florida’s Polar Plunge at Aquatica Orlando is a statewide fundraiser during which individuals and teams, alongside Special Olympics athletes, raise money for the privilege of plunging into the chilled down wave pool.

This year’s event takes place on Saturday, February 7. Registration starts at 9:30am, with the plunge starting at 11am. All participants get to stay and enjoy Aquatica for the remainder of the day – don’t worry, all of the other slides and attractions are heated. Plungers who raise at least $100 can also earn extra incentives, including Aquatica, SeaWorld, and Discovery Cove admission.

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Visit Aquatica Orlando for only $8 in October

Aquatica OrlandoAquatica Orlando is offering a day at the park for only $8 this month.

This limited time offer is valid any day between October 23-26, and is available only online and until they sell out.

There is also a limited time pass online for only $37 that will let you into the park free until the end of the year. This deal is valid until they sell out. That’s less than the cost of a regular one day pass, so don’t miss out.

Aquatica Orlando is open daily from 10am to 5pm until the end of the year, weather permitting.

To purchase the $8 day pass or the $37 end of the year pass, visit AquaticaOrlando.com.

Ihu’s Breakaway Falls Opens at Aquatica Orlando Today #BreakawayBrave

Ihu's Breakaway Falls After months of teasing, Aquatica Orlando has officially opened Ihu’s Breakaway Falls to the public today, May 9, 2014.

Riders climb 126 steps to the top of the eight-story tower (nearly 80 feet), stepping into one of three colorful breakaway boxes. As the door closes, riders cross their arms but never know when the floor beneath them will disappear. Facing each other, riders watch as their fellow riders fall. Adding to the anticipation is the sound of a heartbeat, which can be heard in the background while bracing for the drop. Once the floor disappears, riders drop 20-24 feet per second launching them into a spiraling speed slide culminating in a final splashdown.

Those who are not quite brave enough for the breakaway boxes can try the fourth open slide. But don’t be fooled, this is not an ordinary slide; it’s the steepest of the four slides and many riders are calling it the most intense.

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Aquatica Orlando Installs Final Slide Section at Ihu’s Breakaway Falls #NothingTaller

Aquatica Orlando, SeaWorld’s sister waterpark, installed the final slide section at its newest attraction, Ihu’s Breakaway Falls today, one month before its scheduled opening.

Ihu’s Breakaway Falls will be the only high-speed water thrill slide in the world that propels guests through four 360-degree spirals, with slides nearly 80 feet tall. Riders will step into one of three clear “breakaway boxes,” and watch each other fall one-by-one as the floor underneath them disappears or test their bravery on a just as thrilling fourth open slide.

Aquatica plans to open Ihu’s Breakaway Falls on May 9. For more information, visit AquaticaOrlando.com.

Ihu's Breakaway Falls

Aquatica Orlando Will Debut New Water Ride Ihu’s Breakaway Falls May 9, 2014

Thrill ride fans, get ready, because Aquatica Orlando has announced their new vertical drop water ride, Ihu’s Breakaway Falls, will open May 9, 2014.

Ihu's Breakaway FallsThis free-fall style ride is the tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower slide of its kind in the southern United States.

It is nearly 80 feet tall, and features three clear “breakaway boxes” side-by-side that will open at random, so the riders have no idea who will drop first. There is also a fourth open slide, for those that want to know when they’ll drop.

Ihu’s Breakaway Falls will be included with admission to Aquatica Orlando. From high-speed water slides and exhilarating wave pools, to tranquil beaches and the remarkable animal habitats that are the hallmark of sister park SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando delights all ages and interests.

For more information on the park, visit AquaticaOrlando.com.

Here is the newest teaser video for Ihu’s Breakaway Falls:

Best New Attractions That Will Open in Orlando in 2014

2013 brought quite a few new exciting attractions, including Transformers and Simpsons land at Universal Orlando, Antarctica at SeaWorld Orlando, and New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World.

But 2014 will bring even more new attractions and openings to the Orlando area, so we thought we’d run down a list of them.

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Over at Walt Disney World, 2014 will the see the opening or start of the following:

Finishing up the expansion of New Fantasyland, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will open in Spring 2014. It is a highly-themed family coaster, which tells the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in both indoor and outdoor sequences. The ride vehicles are styled like mine cars mounted on a cradle-like pivot, allowing the cars to swing back and forth around the various bends and turns of the track

Here is a short behind-the-scenes video on the making of the ride:

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Aquatica to Host Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Florida on February 1, 2014

Polar Plunge

On February 1, 2014, Aquatica Orlando will be hosting Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for Special Olympics Florida. The event will take place in the park’s cooled-down wave pool.

Participants should register online at PlungeFL.org, and those that raise at least $100 in donations will receive entry into Aquatica for the day, after the plunge, plus an official Polar Plunge t-shirt and two spectator passes.

As the donation level grows, so do the perks, such as food vouchers, SeaWorld theme-park tickets, and packages for the Discovery Cove resort.

In four years, the Polar Plunge has raised more than $750,000 for the athletes of Special Olympics Florida. If you don’t feel like being there in person, there is a Virtual Plunger option that will also let you participate from home.

Aquatica Orlando Offers $19 Florida Resident Tickets and Limited Time EZpay

Even though the weather is getting cooler, Aquatica Orlando is still open for fun, and it is offering two great deals on admission for Florida residents.

Aquatica OrlandoGet single day admission for only $19 through December 31. There is a limit of six tickets per transaction, and it is only available in advance online. Each ticket requires a name that must match with photo ID upon park entry. Tickets will be date specific and only valid on the date selected. They must also be purchased at least 24 hours in advance to receive the offer. Limited quantities of $19 tickets per day are available.

If you’d like to play more than one day, Aquatica Orlando is bringing back EZpay for Florida residents. Purchase an annual pass for only $8 a month with the EZpay plan.

Open throughout the holidays, the water at Aquatica Orlando is heated to 82 degrees, making it fun year-round.

To purchase these deals, visit AquaticaOrlando.com.

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