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Treat your family to an exciting water park adventure, any time of the year

By Kellilynn Hann

Four water parks, four seasons, one place. Thanks to Central Florida’s fantastic weather, you can treat yourself and the kids to an exciting water park adventure any time of the year.  There’s plenty of fun under the sun to be had. Pick the time of year you’ll arrive, and jump in!

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Spring – Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon®

No one creates magical memories quite like Disney, so for a water park that will make your spring vacation epic, you can’t go wrong with Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon®. Built around the theme of a tropical paradise that’s been hit by a typhoon and abandoned, the park captures delightful chaos complete with shipwrecks, rope bridges and downed trees.

Typhoon Lagoon has something for everyone, from Ketchakiddee Creek for toddlers to Crush ‘n’ Gusher, a set of three fruit-themed slides that use water jets to give you the up-and-down thrills of a roller coaster.

Enjoy a ride with the whole family on Gangplank Falls, a 300-foot whitewater rafting slide with four-person rafts, and Castaway Creek, where you can float lazily together on individual rafts among tropical plants and small waterfalls.

And don’t miss the newest family-raft ride, Miss Adventure Falls. This attraction takes you on a whitewater journey through Captain Mary Oceaneer’s treasures. You may even meet the captain’s old diving partner parrot, who’s still hunting for new treasures at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon to this day!

WeatherReport
Spring temperatures can be unpredictable in most of the country, but Kissimmee stays comfortably between 70 to 85 degrees. Spring is also the off-season, so you’ll encounter lighter crowds.

Summer – Universal’s Volcano Bay™

If your family needs somewhere to spend their summer days, there’s no better destination than Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water theme park. The newest of three theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort™, this park is a tropical oasis where you can bask in the sun and run off all that pent-up energy.

Start the day by treating yourself to the warm, gentle waves and white sand of Waturi Beach or take the little ones to Tot Tiki Reef™ where they can splash and play.

Universal's Volcano Bay water park near Kissimmee, Florida
Universal’s Volcano Bay is the ultimate in tropical fun.

When the family is ready for excitement, choose from 18 unique attractions. Start your exciting adventure at Krakatau, a 200-foot volcano with sparkling waterfalls and lava effects after dark. Here, many mighty water slides await. Test your courage on the Ko’okiri Body Plunge™, a 125-foot drop slide. If you’re looking for a thrill ride to really make this a family vacation to remember, try the Krakatau™ Aqua Coaster, where four people take a canoe up the volcano and shoot to the bottom through a waterfall.

Bring the day to a close at Kopiko Wai Winding River™ and Runamukka Reef™. Parents and kids can relax in inner tubes and float beneath the lava rocks into Stargazer’s Cavern to view a breathtaking night sky.

Love to ride but don’t really love long lines? When entering the park, Volcano Bay makes sure your vacation is as stress-free as possible with TapuTapu™, a waterproof wearable. Touch your TapuTapu™ on the totem of select attractions and enter the Virtual Line™. Relax and explore all you want. With TapTu Play™, guests can also use their wearable to interact with different elements of Volcano Bay. Then, when it’s time for you to ride, the device alerts you. Take your place in the boarding area and get excited for the fun ahead!

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Summer in Central Florida is hot and humid, so remember to stay hydrated on the inside, too! Gather the family for frequent food and beverage breaks so they can keep having fun all day long.

Fall – Aquatica®, SeaWorld’s Waterpark

While the rest of the country is donning jackets and raking leaves, you could be soaking up the Florida sun and screaming down one of Aquatica’s awesome water slides. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

It turns out that fall is actually one of the best times to visit this SeaWorld Orlando water park because temperatures are still in the high 80s, but crowds are minimal. You can also rent a private cabana for a fraction of the summer season price, which is a great way to bring the family back together for snacks and stories between rides.

Tassie's Twisters at Aquatica water park in SeaWorld near Kissimmee, Florida
Soak up the thrills on Tassie’s Twisters, at Aquatica.

A SeaWorld attraction wouldn’t be complete without animals, and that’s the idea behind one of Aquatica’s most popular rides. Dolphin Plunge® is a tube slide that runs under the water and through a tank full of Commerson’s dolphins! The kids will ride this slide again and again, trying to get the “panda dolphins” to race alongside them as they zip by. You can also see dolphins on the lazy river Loggerhead Lane, a gentle inner tube ride through an underwater tunnel full of tropical fish.

For those who prefer life in the fast lane, Taumata Racer® speeds riders down a 300-foot slide, in and out of tunnels, and around a 360-degree turn before racing them across the finish line. Eight lanes of racing fun means that the whole family can take the plunge together.

Two other attractions you won’t find anywhere else in Central Florida are Tassie’s Twister and Walkabout Waters. Tassie’s Twister sends you down a super-fast slide where you end up in a giant bowl that sets you spinning all around until you end up in Loggerhead Lane. Walkabout Waters is a fort in a pool that includes falls, drop buckets, and, best of all, water cannons. Not just for kids, this splashy playground promises an epic water fight with family (and strangers) that you’ll all be talking about for years to come.

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The rainy season is over, the temperatures are pleasant and the summer crowds are gone. Kissimmee in the fall is simply paradise.
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Winter – Disney’s Blizzard Beach

Is your family arguing about whether to spend winter vacation at the beach or a ski resort? Well, here’s a solution that will have everyone smiling; Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park. Built to mimic a ski resort, it features “snow” banks, dripping snowmen sculptures and even a chair lift to the top of Mount Gushmore. Here, teens and adults can experience the park’s more thrilling rides like Summit Plummet, the highest “free-fall” slide in the country, and Slush Gusher, a 90-foot long water slide designed for speed.

Blizzard Beach gives pre-teens a lot to be excited about as well. Toboggan Racers lets you challenge seven other people to a race down a 250-foot slide that gives you the feeling (and thrill) of sledding down a huge snow-covered hill. Another popular ride for kids is Snow Stormers, a choice of three slides that let you race face-first down a 350-foot, slalom-style course complete with flag gates, thrilling twists and turns, and a splash pool at the bottom.

A mother and daughter at Disney's Blizzard Beach water park near Kissimmee, Florida
Dive in with the kids at Disney’s Blizzard Beach.

Kids who aren’t quite ready for the large slides but are too big for the toddler pool often don’t have much to keep them occupied. Blizzard Beach takes care of that with their Ski Patrol Training Camp. It has “icebergs” to balance on, a small zip line and intermediate slides that excite without the fright.

If you want an activity the whole family can do together, round everyone up for a ride on Teamboat Springs. With tubes that can hold up to six people, it’s the world’s longest waterslide, so you’ll have plenty of time for laughing and bonding. Also try Melt-Away Bay, a gentle wave pool surrounded by a sandy beach.

WeatherReport
Don’t let Blizzard Beach’s frosty theme fool you. All the water is heated to a comfortable temperature, and winter days in Central Florida average in the 70s.
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