A water baby's dream! - Aquatica Waterpark

Trip Start Sep 07, 2008
Trip End Dec 10, 2008

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Ok, 3 guesses where we ended up first thing this morning?   If you've read yesterday's blog, then you're going to get this one, first off - YEP, back at the swimsuit shop in the outlet malls!  I am pleased to report however, that Tara walked out with the lovely 2 piece swimsuit that she'd wanted from the start, so NOW we are all ready to hit the waterpark.

The weather has been lovely all week, but not really hot enough to swim. But we can't wait any longer, and today is d-day.  We know, as soon as we get to the carpark, that it is going to be quieter than usual (that's really just due to the temperature being lower than norm), but hey, we'd rather it quieter than having to fight the crowds.  Unfortuantley, this park is the same deal as Universal - no food allowed.  We were allowed water bottles, but that was it.  Of course for us, this just makes the whole day so much more expensive.  So not realising this before we got in, I made some chicken and lettuce rolls and loaded up my small backpack.  I loaded Gary up with the water and we headed in.     Of course security bag check was first up (even before the tickets), and when Gary was asked if he had any food, he quite honestly answered no.   I had to show my backpack, and I tell you, not a word of a lie, I was never asked if I had food, and the man pulled aside the sweatshirt on top, looked at my 'gladwrapped'  filled rolls, and he didn't see them!   They could not have been plainer, and I was prepared to go and make the walk back to the campervan, and I know he didn't 'let me off', he just simply DID NOT see them.  I couldn't believe it.   A quick 'thanks' went up to heaven.  And by the way, when we do get around to eating lunch, we are very discreet, and NEVER leave a mess, always careful to pick up even a crumb.  (We go prepared with lots of paper towels!)

Anyway, that's the 'work' part of it all.   We were there for FUN.    It's really like an adventure park, all separated into different sections and themes ie: river runs, lilo slides, family beach complete with sand, huge tunnel slides and even slides that you 'swam with the dolphins', or as close as you're going to get.  The slide is acrylic cased, and it goes right through the middle of the dolphin enclosure.  And, just in case you're wondering, all the pools (despite their size) were slightly heated, and it was so sheltered, that while lying on the sand, under the umbrella, you could have been in the Bahamas.

I loved the fact that all the lifejackets were free (and really good ones),so we didn't worry the same with the little ones, there was so much space and chairs to chose from, plenty of lifeguards and extremely clean - always sweeping the sand.   And for us kiwis, you'll be pleased to know they had a section called  'Whanau',  complete with the loud speaker "Kia Ora Bro .....  etc etc"  inviting you to hit the waves.  In the middle of Orlando waterpark, that was wierd.

We were all pretty tired after our major shopping expedition the day before, so we got going about 4.00pm, all suitably immersed, drip dryed, and aired. 

A fantastic family park.    
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