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Old 02-11-2013, 10:33 AM   #1
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Aquatica or DW Water Parks?

We have a 4 night Disney cruise scheduled for October. We're planning to spend one day at IOA because my husband really wants to check out Harry Potter .

We're thinking of going to Aquatica or Typhoon Lagoon the other day before we head home. Which is better? I've been to TL many times. My kids are 5, 6 and 11. They are all great swimmers.

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Old 02-11-2013, 12:46 PM   #2
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Aquatica is a lot of fun. We've been there twice.
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:01 PM   #3
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I am a big believer in new experiences, so if you have done Typhoon Lagoon several times, switch it up and visit Aquatica instead.

Aquatica is a wonderful park. We have been there three times....twice in August, once on Christmas Eve day (see the link in my signature for lots of photos). Roa's Rapids is a tubeless lazy river that is my favourite water feature ever.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:01 PM   #4
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Typhoon Lagoon is definitely better, but Aquatica probably has more for the younger kids. Typhoon Lagoon has better landscaping and lots of shade.

We get into Aquatica free because we have Platinum Busch passes.

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Old 02-12-2013, 07:08 AM   #5
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It sounds like Aquatica is definitely a good choice - and something new we haven't tried!

We have regular BG passes so we can get tickets 50% off. You can't beat that!

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Old 02-14-2013, 03:59 AM   #6
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Roas rapids is fantastic and your kids will love it. Aquatica is the only waterpark I've ever spent a full day in because you spend half your day just floating through Roas Rapids. I love the Wave pool at TL but Aquatica has a great relaxation option!
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:09 PM   #7
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Aquatica is an awesome waterpark,given that you've never been there and have been several times to TL I don't know why it's even a choice.Aquatica has that Roa's Rapids fast lazy river that's like one of the coolest attractions at any waterpark,Aquatica's not as big but it has cool theming,the other slides are good and overall probably better than TL's and even has better shopping and dining options.I honestly don't have a favorite waterpark between Aquatica and the two Disney ones,they just have different attractions and atmosphere and are all worth doing,go try Aquatica.
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:16 PM   #8
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Last trip we got Aquatica free with our Discovery Cove admission. Don't get me wrong, it was fun. However, there is very little thumbing (sp?). I felt like I could have been at any water park anywhere in the country. I really feel like the Disney parks are more of an "experience" I am assuming that Blizzard Beach will be closed because you didn't list that as an option. If not, would try that. I think now that Seaworld/discovery cove have discounted tickets for Aquatica that the park is busier than the disney ones.
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:06 PM   #9
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I like TL and Aquatica but I think Aquatica has more slides and (as other have said) Roa's Rapids is the best water park attraction ever. No matter how many times we go around it my kids say "just one more time!" every single time. We usually spend several hours bobbing around in that one attraction. And Aquatica does have 2 wave pools which are very good, just not quite as awesome as the one at TL.

I don't know why people say it doesn't have theming, it has very pronounced "Down Under" theming which I think is really fun.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:11 PM   #10
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I LOVE the Commerson's Dolphins at Aquatica!!!! I could watch these beautiful dolphins for HOURS! They are black and white and I believe the only place they are found in the USA is at Aquatica.

"Meet the beautiful, black-and-white Commerson's Dolphins, the star animals at Aquatica. These high-energy dolphins are best known for their distinct markings-and their appetite for fun. They'll spend their whole day racing, playing, and even swimming upside down. Sound like anyone you know?"

Aquatica has the Down Under theme. The Roa Rapids - AWESOME! I could spend hours on that ride. Aquatica is the cleanest waterpark I have even been to. Something for all ages.

I have been to both Disney water parks. They are nice, too. Can't go wrong with any water park.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:28 PM   #11
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The ground is so hot at Aquatica, and the rapids are so much fun as mentioned, but can be really rough on your feet!
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:15 AM   #12
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The ground is so hot at Aquatica, and the rapids are so much fun as mentioned, but can be really rough on your feet!
Depending on the time of year your are travelling, the ground will not only be hot at Aquatica....it will be hot EVERYWHERE. Water shoes are highly recommended .
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Jan. 2009....onsite at POR: all 4 Disney Parks
Jan. 2012....offsite on I-Drive: Universal Studios, IOA, SeaWorld, & Discovery Cove
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Dec. 2012...onsite at SW! Christmas week at SeaWorld, Aquatica, Gatorland, airboats, & holiday fun
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Aug. 2013....Sheraton Vistana Resort: Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Cocoa Beach & more! **August 2013 Trip Report: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3167818

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