Aquatica Orlando is a sister park of SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove. It follows a South Pacific theme with Australian and New Zealand mascots such as Roa (kiwi), Wae Wae (a takahē), Wai (dolphin) and more. Aquatica Orlando features thrill rides, family fun adventures and several themed animal areas.
Dolphin Plunge is Aquatica Orlando’s signature thrill ride, in which side-by-side tube slides pass through a pool with a pod of Commerson’s dolphins. Hoo Hoo Run is another popular attraction that features a triple-dip multi-person raft slide, and Ihu’s Breakaway Falls is the tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower of its kind in Orlando.
Families will find no shortage of attractions to enjoy here, including Roa’s Rapids, a lazy-river-style attraction with geysers, speed zones and center islands. Loggerhead Lane is another lazy-river-style attraction that passes through the Commerson’s dolphin exhibit, while areas designed for kids include Kata’s Kookaburra Cove and Walkabout Waters.
If you want to check out some animal exhibits, you don’t have to be on Dolphin Plunge or Loggerhead Lane to see the Commerson’s Dolphin exhibit. These dolphins are rather distinctive with primarily black heads, flippers and fins, with white dominating other parts of their bodies. They are small and typically found in the shallow coastal waters of the sub-Antarctic. Another animal exhibit at Aquatica Orlando is the African Spurred Tortoises that are often found along the Sahara Desert’s southern edge.