Another day and another trip to a water park. This time to Aquatica, the entry for which was included with our Discovery Cove ticket. So we are managing to squeeze quite good value from that with a trip to Seaworld as well.
We started off with a little float down Loggerhead Lane in our rings. I find this lazy river to be a bit shallow and usually end up walking along the bottom. But it’s nice as you go through the big aquarium and also get to see the Commerson Dolphins in the tank where people come shooting down the tubes (down Dolphin Plunge).
After going around a few times we thought we would try out Roa’s Rapids, which we’d never been into before, and turned out to be huge fun. The water pulls you round so fast that it’s actually difficult to stop and get out. After a very short time in the water we decided that the easiest thing was to grab lifejackets and let them do the work so we could just float and whizz around.
Literally had to pull Rosemary out, partially as she wanted to carry on going around it and partially because she nearly got carried away by the water at the exit point. Very cool though and as close as you can get to flying in water.
After getting out we had a look around the shops.
We spent a bit longer at the park and played around Cutback Cove, which is the beach area at Aquatica and has a wave machine which comes on periodically. But after a while we decided to get dried off and changed.
Before we went we did go and watch the Comerson Dolphin’s for a little while.
As there was still some time that evening we visited the outlets, eventually managing to park up as it was so busy, and did spend about $2 buying a Space Slug hand puppet at the Disney outlet….I mean why wouldn’t you.
As as we hadn’t done quite enough swimming for the day, Rosemary decided to take a night time swim at the hotel. The water was way too cold for anyone else but she didn’t seem to mind!
Aquatica today for some swimming and messing about in the water. We started off in Loggerhead Lane, which is the lazy river at the park as well as going into the wave pool.
But by the time we came from there we were getting pretty hungry. We decided to go the Banana Beach Buffet which was an all day dining deal. So we could come back later on and have another snack.
The chocolate custard was a big hit.
After having a look at the Commerson’s Dolphins we went back to the water.
We then went to the children’s play area (Kata Kookaburra’s Cove) and did some of the waterslides there. There was one which was done with an adult which was very popular and we did it a lot of times without having to wait around.
Heading towards the end of our trip to Florida and we used our Discovery Cove tickets to go to Aquatica, the waterpark by Seaworld. It hadn’t really been very high on our list of things to do but proved very wrong and we had a great time.
The main beach/pool has a wave machine which goes off every 15 minutes or so. When it does there is a bit of a rush for the water. This was a lot of fun for Rosemary being bounced up and down in the waves.
The other area we spent time in was the part set aside for smaller children (Kata’s Kookaburra Cove). This has a number of water jets, props and small slides.
The only other bit we went on was Loggerhead Lane which is the lazy river. This is pretty cool as it takes you past some transparent waterslides, the Commerson’s Dolphins and through an aquarium.
Even though it was a hot day Rosemary had been in the water for quite some time by this point and was starting to get a little chilled, so we spent the rest of the afternoon playing in the sand.
And looking at the Commerson’s Dolphins which spend a lot of their time swimming upside down.
Once we left Aquatica we headed for Universal Citywalk. As we arrived later in the afternoon the parking was half price, but you still have to pay to park there. Slightly annoying but you have to pay for parking pretty much everywhere. Think the only place you don’t is at Downtown Disney.
We headed to the Bubba Gump restaurant to have dinner. Had a short wait but not very long.
Rosemary slept through some of the meal but woke up to have a bit of dinner.
Afterwards we had a quick walk over to the entrance to Universal Studios.