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There are tons to do once you get to Orlando; there are a multitude of parks to visit so many infact that it will take you several years and plenty of trips to Orlando to experience them all. Even when you think you have got them all covered there’s a new one appears, the development of new entertainment including visitor attractions continues to grow as more and more people flock to the sunshine state.
There are lots of water parks not just you normal dry roller coaster type parks including wet and wild, the new Sea World Park Aquatica opening march 2008, but for me the best water parks are the Disney ones I don’t think you can beat Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard beach.
Maybe I love these two because they were the first REAL water parks we visited on our first trip to Disney when the kids were little but even now when both our boys have grown up its still the one we have to visit. I am not one for big scary rides and when the kids were little they also felt the same way and a visit to Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach meant fun but without the worry of any such rides, like all things Disney its perfectly safe, indeed if you have been a number of time like us now it sometimes seems a little too protective but when your kids are little this is exactly what you want and need.
Where ever you are in the parks you are never far away from a Disney lifeguard in fact the park is saturated with them and with all things Disney safety is a paramount issue to them and this brings peace of mind to all parents.
The rides are great fun without the scare factor, both parks have family raft rides which are really superb fun for all adult and children of all ages, I have to say that both our boys are now well into their teenage years but the family raft ride still tops the list of things to do in the Disney water parks
If you like a bit of adrenaline rush then you can also get a dose of this by riding either the Cowabunga in Typhoon Lagoon which is a 214 foot slide on which two people can race each other to the bottom, speeds of up to 30 mile per hour can be achieved or you can ride the single slide in Blizzard Beach named the Summit Plummet, now this is 350 feet long and can send riders at 60 miles per hour!
I have ridden the Cowabunga as have both the kids but the Summit Plummet looks just a little too much for me but there are plenty of kids out there that love this ride, however I prefer something gentler like the family raft rides.
Both parks have special areas for you really young members of the family, with scaled down versions of some of the rides.
What ever your tastes the Disney water parks are simply the best in my view.
Author: Shirley and Paul Cottam (Villa link: click here)
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