I'd taken photos at Disney for an update Friday, and was settling in to watch the storm roll in at the Polynesian Resort beach when I received a text message from Eric Davis at Orlando Fun Tickets saying he had a question for me. Having no idea what he was writing about, I called – and he asked if I wanted to go to Aquatica! (yes!)
This was my third such invite from Eric this year – first, Gatorland. Then the Universal VIP tour. I hadn't expected to get to Aquatica anytime soon, so it was very exciting to get the invitation! And I'm feeling very spoiled. 🙂
The only thing I had to pay for was parking, which was $10.00 (and any food, etc.) You can pay more for preferred parking, but I wouldn't feel it's worth it. My parking spot was only a few minutes walk from the front gate, and it was easy to stop by the car when needed throughout the day. A small locker would cost $8.00, I left items in my trunk instead. One caveat – the previous nights storm brought a cold front, so the high was forecast at 63 degrees – so I had both a swimsuit AND a sweater. The photos are posted in order of when I took them (for the most part). Oh – and just one aside – there are many signs saying "no coolers".
I have never considered myself much of a water park person. I really enjoyed River Country – but am not really into big slides and such. However, just being at the front of Aquatica was absolutely wonderful – flowers, waterfalls, etc. The landscaping is lovely, with the plants and flowers well-matched to their surroundings throughout the park – even when matched alongside furniture. I was very impressed by this.
The bathroom before you go inside the park – it was clean, but very small (2 stalls, no extra changing room). There are much larger facilities inside the park.