Sunday, December 28, 2008

Our Vacation to Florida - Day 6

We picked the PERFECT day to visit Aquatica. The temp was around 82 degrees and it was sunny most of the day. Aquatica is the new water park affiliated with SeaWorld. And the best feature... the water is heated! There is an Australian theme throughout the park. All the announcements are in an Australian accent. It sounds like the Crocodile Hunter is talking to you all day.

The first ride is the Dolphin Plunge. The water tube goes through the tank of Black and White Commerson Dolphins. How neat is that!!! Ray said you go too fast to see the dolphins, but I did see some people slowing up through the tubes to try to see the dolphins. I got an AWESOME view at the underwater viewing site. The dolphins were so cute! They were playing every time we stopped by.

Ray, Sean, and Katie went on the Tassie's Twisters. You climb the tower with your tube. Once you get to the top, lightning fast tubes shoot you into a giant bowl, where you spin, and spin, and spin, until you're finally spun back out into the lazy river. I even joined everyone in the lazy river. It was so relaxing! There are 2 different routes while in the river. One route you view gorgeous fish in an aquarium and the other route you see the Black and White Commerson Dolphins.

Ray, Sean, & Katie went on the Walhalla Wave. It's a 6-story maze of twists, turns, and tunnels. (it's the dark blue tube on the left)

They have an adorable play area called Walkabout Waters. This towering, 60-foot-tall rain fortress is bursting with color, excitement, and adventures waiting to begin. It has 2 buckets at the top that dump water on unsuspecting victims below. It's fun to watch!! Ray's and Katie's favorite part is dumping water or squirting water on people below. They are so bad!!!
Taumata Racer is an insane ride! It's a high-speed competitive mat ride where up to eight racers rip down a staggeringly steep hill, head first!! Sean is on the green lane to the left, Ray is on the green lane to the right, and Katie is in the yellow lane to the right.
My favorite part of the park was the Roa's Rapids. It's an awesome adventure through a roaring sea of high tides, swirling whirlies, and gushing geysers- all at speeds that leave ordinary river rides eating this one's wake. You don't use tubes. You just get in the water and go with the water. The bottom is a little slippery so you can keep your feet on the ground and still move around the rapids.

We also went to Big Surf Shores. It's a big wave pool. It started getting me nauseous by the second set of waves. While Ray and I lounged in the pool, the kids went on Whanau Way. They dive down slides on double inner tubes.
It was an awesome day! I got a little sunburnt, but it was worth it. We had to stop by the Commerson Dolphins one last time before leaving.

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