Aquatica vs. Volcano Bay: Which is Right for Your Family?

One of the best parts of any Orlando family vacation is a day spent at a waterpark, but with so many different waterpark options, it can be difficult to pick one to enjoy. Let’s dive into a comparison of two of Orlando’s most popular waterparks, Aquatica and Volcano Bay, to see which one stands out as the right choice for your family.


As SeaWorld Orlando’s waterpark, Aquatica, you should expect a waterpark heavy on the marine life theme—including live animals that are sure to be a hit with kids. Aquatica’s signature ride, the Dolphin Plunge, shoots riders down a quick slide without a tall drop through a clear underwater tube in a pool inhabited by dolphins.


Other exciting features you’ll enjoy at Aquatica include:

  • KareKare Curl, a thrilling new raft ride
  • Two huge side-by-side wave pools offering different types of surf

Aquatica is also a IBCCES Certified Autism Center with certified staff and a low sensory area, making this waterpark a great choice for children with special needs.

Volcano Bay

Universal Orlando’s waterpark and the new kid on the block, Volcano Bay, opened in 2017. The 200-foot centerpiece Krakatoa volcano stands out on the Orlando skyline, and its 125-foot Ko’okiri Body Plunge slide is the highest speed slide in the city.


Other features that make Volcano Bay unique include:

  • The TapuTapu Wearable allows you to skip lines and unlock hidden interactive surprises
  • It has a lazy river as well as high-speed torrent river
  • Delicious restaurants that take your taste buds to the tropics

Volcano Bay or Aquatica: Which is Better?

Ultimately, you can’t really go wrong with either choice. Both waterparks cover the basics like a lazy river and wave pool, and they both have a variety of rides for all ages to enjoy. That being said, depending on the age and interests of your family, one may be better than the other. Aquatica can be friendlier to younger children, while Volcano Bay will catch the attention of older kids and teens who may be more adventurous and thrill-seeking.


Regardless of which waterpark you end up choosing, you can reach it easily from Rosen Inn Lake Buena Vista. Book your home base for your Orlando family vacation today by clicking the button in the upper-right corner or by calling (407) 996-7236.