With warm sunny weather most days, there are few better locations than Orlando, Florida to visit Water theme parks. Guests staying at our luxury, lake view Orlando villa have a mind-blowing choice of world-class water parks – Walt Disney World offer Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, there is Wet ‘n’ Wild on International Drive, Discovery Cove to swim with dolphins, Sea World have the Aquatica Water Park and Busch Gardens in Tampa offer Adventure Island.
As if that isn’t enough… next year, in 2017, Universal Orlando are opening Volcano Bay Water Theme Park. In the heart of the park is Krakatau, the mighty Fire and Water Volcano rising 200 feet above the tropical landscape, featuring streaming waterfalls during the day and fiery lava effects at night. Inside the cavernous volcano, the Waturi people dare you to brave a variety of pulse-pounding water slides. The Ko’okiri Body Plunge features a 70-degree fall through a drop door and 125 feet of screaming, white-knuckle fun, while the Kala & Ta Nui Serpentine Body Slides has twin trap doors simultaneously dropping two guests down clear, intertwining tubes into the turquoise waters below. For children of all ages, Punga Races sends single riders on their manta ray mats sliding down four lanes through underwater sea caves.
Waturi Beach offers a chance to relax and settle the stomach before venturing to the River Village to try the twisting, turning multi-person slides Hona ika Moana, the lazy river and the toddlers water play area. Then, it’s off to Rainforest Village for the Ohyah & Ohno Drop Slides. Test your mettle and get into the Waturi spirit. Ascend cliff side and plummet down the twisting waters of Ohyah before dropping out four feet above the pool below. To achieve even greater bragging rights, brave the rope bridge and plunge down Ohno, a serpentine adventure that ends six feet above the pool below.
For family fun, the Rainforest village will have Maku Puihi Raft Rides, a six-person rafting adventure that is not for the faint-hearted. Choose one of two paths or try them both—just be ready for a thrilling ride. Puihi careens through a dark, winding tunnel before the stomach-flipping thrill of zero gravity hang time. Maku slides you through a deep volcanic gorge before spinning wildly around bowl-like formations. Grab your inner tube and head for TeAwa, The Fearless River: race along a roaring, watery onslaught of churning rapids and choppy waves.
Next up is Taniwha Tubes featuring four twisting water slides and intrepid riders can try all four twisting tracks, but beware — mischievous Moai statues spray jets of water when you least expect it.
If you’re tempted by this stunning range of water parks and are considering taking a holiday of a lifetime to the theme park capital of the world, you need somewhere great to relax between hectic theme park days. For your ‘home from home’ base, choose your own luxurious private villa with heated pool, spa, games room, lake view and great communal facilites.