Aquatica is another water park similar to that of Volcano Bay, but older. There are only about eight rides there but they’re good rides. We arrived there at 10am and didn’t have to queue to get in a) because the weather was crap and b) it only opened at 10am! Bit of a win win really!!
The weather was so different to what we’d been used to. Gone was the thirty degree heat, now all we had was grey and white clouds with dashes of rain every so often.
We actually parked at Aquatica because it was $17 and we could get the I-Ride across to SeaWorld afterwards, plus it was cheaper than a locker.
We dumped our things on a sunbed on the man made beach and headed up to a ride that sees you slide through a tank of commerson dolphins. I imagine it would have been really cool to see, but not one of us managed to catch a glimpse of these small black and white dolphins, because just as you arrive at the tank, the water sprays up into your face until you then reach the pool at the bottom. Aquatica, I think a little rethink may be needed here!
After that we found rubber ring rides which sent you backwards down the whole ride and unable to turn round. I think I lost my bikini bottoms on almost every ride at Aquatica!
The rapids were fun and you didn’t have to do any work to get yourself round at all, the current did that for you. The lazy river however was possible the worst we’d experienced as you literally didn’t move anywhere. It did take you through a fish grotto and past the dolphins though!
The sliding mat ride confused us as we came out in different places than when we went in. It finished up with a drop and as you’re lying on your front the water splashes you in the face and then when you finally stop you can see who won. Sam won, I was second, Nathan third and Brenda fourth.
The boys were stupid enough to venture into the trapdoor rides. Not quite the 120ft as at Volcano Bay, but a big enough drop all the same. We had pretty much done all the rides by just gone 11. Not bad considering at Volcano Bay we didn’t do as many and were there about six hours! The joys of queueing! Aquatica did have really good rides but it needs some modernisation. I mean the paint is faded on the rides, the water is full of leaves from the surrounding bushes which isn’t as in keeping with the rest of the parks we’ve visited which are so clean!
We trudged back to the car to dry and change before waiting to catch the I-ride over to SeaWorld.
We sent the wrong I-ride trolley away thinking we needed to go south, when actually we needed to go north. That meant we had to hot foot it over to SeaWorld by foot if we were going to make it in time. We had plenty of time to spare and the fact there was again, no queue, aided that.
We located Shamu Stadium.
I’ve been lucky enough to swim with dolphins, turtles, nurse sharks, all kinds of fish, interact with a beluga whale, it would be amazing just to see these majestic creatures in their own habitat.
From the show we headed to the rollercoasters. Kraken was down for maintenance but Mako and Manta were up and running…for Nathan and Sam anyway!
Until next time…