Looking for time with the family plus the chance to kick off your shoes and just relax? Well, grab your sunscreen and bathing suit because Kissimmee has everything you need to beat the summer heat. Central Florida has a wide range of must-see water parks and we have all the splash-worthy details here.
DISNEY'S BLIZZARD BEACH WATER PARK
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is a year-round “melting” ski resort! According to Walt Disney World® Resort legend, an unexpected snowstorm led to the development of Central Florida’s first ski resort. Of course, the snow didn’t last long, and it left behind empty, snowless ski jumps and chair lifts. The operators took the opportunity to turn the mountain of snow into a water wonderland.
With family rides, single slides, and kiddie tides, this family-friendly water park has something for everyone. Experience the thrill of Downhill Double Dipper or Summit Plummet, an almost vertical drop plunging 12 stories down. Or, have a blast on the Toboggan Racers, perfect for some friendly competition.
Looking to take a break from the thrills? Instead, dive into delicious flavors at Frostbit Freddy’s Frozen Freshments, Lottawatta Lodge, or Polar Pub. You’ll find tasty treats like loaded nachos, snow-capped chalets, specialty burgers filled with smoky ham jam, and icy cocktails such as the colorful Piña CoLAVA.
After grabbing snacks, feel free to step away from lurking seagulls and crowds in your very own oasis. Polar Patios offer families and groups a private, shaded deck where everyone can order food, relax on cushioned seats, stow away valuables in a locker, and enjoy a cooler stocked with ice and water bottles. Access to the Polar Patios also comes with refillable drink mugs to use throughout the day.
ISLAND H2O LIVE!
Enhance your family connection by visiting Island H2O Live! This new, interactive water park is the place to beat the heat while staying social with those around you. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a wristband that links to an app – letting you control the streaming playlist throughout the park. Plus, you can earn points toward food and merchandise purchases, join in interactive games, and display real-time videos and pictures on the big screen at the wave pool!
That’s just the start….with eight water slides, two kiddie play areas, a lazy river, basketball pool, adult-only pool, and wave pool, there’s certainly fun for everyone in the family. Adventure-seekers will thrive on the Hashtag Heights or Reload Rapids rides, while the little tikes will have a blast in the Candy Stripe Cove or Pelican’s Paradise, or everyone can ride the waves at Live! Lagoon.
Reload at Megabytes for snacks and lunch or Tag Shack for Insta-worthy beverages. Throughout the day, take a peek inside Selfie Shack or Be Live!, where you can stream yourself live on the jumbo screen and the park’s social media channels. So, kick back and relax as you travel through cyberspace.
DISNEY'S TYPHOON LAGOON WATER PARK
Kowabunga! It’s time to meet Lagoona Gator at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. This year-round park has heated pools for those rare, chilly Florida days and extra excitement including Disney H2O Glow Nights, a specially themed summer event. You’ll find several raft and tube rides, water slides, a lazy river, and one of the world’s largest wave pools. Whether you endlessly slide the day away or simply soak up the sun on a lounge chair, you’ll be keeping cool throughout the park.
Keep your eyes peeled for shipwrecked debris as you stroll through the park, including a shipwrecked shrimp boat, Miss Tilly. Disney legend has it that a tropical cyclone brought her to the shore, and from there, this incredible tropical retreat came to be. So, grab your gear and enjoy the thrill rides that keep you wanting more. From Crush ‘n’ Gusher and Gangplank Falls to Humunga Kowabunga and Mayday Falls, Typhoon Lagoon provides your family with the perfect oasis from the summer heat.
Speaking of heat – the best way to stay cool is with a leisurely lap in the lazy river or wave pool. Slowly float down Castaway Creek or kick it up a notch at Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool where you can ride the waves – literally! Hang 10 as you take a private surf lesson right in this state-of-the-art wave pool. This three-hour session is jam-packed with loads of training and entertaining fun.
All this water really wears you out! It’s time to ease into a break with an ice cream treat or specialty drink at Happy Landings Ice Cream (sand pail filled with ice cream, anyone?) or Let’s Go Slurpin’. Walk around with your snack or, better yet, rent a private area at Beachcomber Shack. It’s a great way for your entire family to gather together for food, fresh towels, cushioned seating, lockers, refillable drink mugs, and a personal cooler.
Take the plunge and discover Aquatica® Orlando. A sister park of SeaWorld® Orlando, this water park has everything for the animal-lovers in the family. From rides for all ages to animal habitats, the fun never stops!
Walk – don’t run – to the new KareKare Curl adventure. You’ll feel a weightless sensation while sliding on a large inner tube. Try and spot the dolphins as you zoom past on the Dolphin Plunge slide or race along Roa’s Rapids, a high-action river ride. There’s even a whimsical Walkabout Waters for the little ones to enjoy. And of course, the lazy river is perfect for those well-deserved relaxing moments.
Did you know? Aquatica was recently awarded for being the first water park in the world designated as a Certified Autism Center!
The park features two large wave pools that share an extensive white-sand beach area with deck chairs, sun beds, and umbrellas. Speaking of relaxation, grab a float and enjoy incredible views of fish and Commerson’s dolphins while sailing down Loggerhead Lane on the lazy river. You can also grab refreshing, tropical drinks at Mango Market or try a juicy hamburger at Waterstone Grill.
UNIVERSAL'S VOLCANO BAY
Don’t let this massive volcano fool you – there’s an island oasis in the middle this one-of-a-kind water park. Get swept up in the swaying palm trees and perfect flow (or gush) of cooling water. Families come for the wild slides or the secluded waterfalls because Universal’s Volcano Bay holds surprises around every corner. With more than 15 different rides to choose from, your whole day can go from exhilarating slides to relaxing rivers in an instance.
And by relax, we truly mean it. There’s no need to worry about the volcano erupting. The rides will wash all worries – and any lava – away. Grab your family and head to the Ko’okiri Body Plunge, Krakatau Aqua Coaster, or Punga Racers for some fast-paced fun. For the more fearless adventurers, TeAwa The Fearless River or Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides offer unforgettable thrills. We’re talking hold on tight and get ready to scream!
When it’s time to take a break, enjoy the views at Waturi Beach or the Puka Uli Lagoon – both near calming water to soak up the rays or simply cool off from the heat. There’s also an adorable Tot Tiki Reef for the little ones with exciting vertical water sprinklers and splash pads.
Don’t forget about the delicious food and drinks to fuel your water park day. Grab a savory flatbread or burger at Bamub or Whakawaiwai Eats. Or, try a refreshing frozen cocktail at Dancing Dragons Boat Bar.
These water parks are just the tip of the ice berg (or volcano) when it comes to fun in the sun here in Kissimmee. Whether you only visit one or have the chance to park hop, these water wonderlands are a must!