Sea World's Aquatica Attraction Reviews
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[Ed Note: Below LaughingPlace.com contributor Megan Kaplan gives short descriptions and reviews of each of the attractions at Sea World's newest park - Aquatica. In addition, each attraction is given a rating on a scale from 1 to 4 with 4 being the highest. Note: This article is based on a visit to Aquatic during its previews prior to its official opening. For more on Aquatica, click here for LP Lotion featuring more than 70 pictures.]
Dolphin Plunge - 3
Heavily featured in advertising and promotions, this body slide is completely enclosed and features a short trip through the Commersons Dolphin exhibit. The slide is fairly mild and rather slow as body slides go, but even with the reduced speed the look into the exhibit is very brief. Some may be disappointed with the short view as well as the potential for mistiming when the dolphins are swimming in the back end of the exhibit and out of riders eyesight. The best views are found toward the late afternoon as the slide's window into the aquarium can fog over when the temperatures are cooler outside.
Tassie's Twisters -- 3
On this slide riders are sent through a tunnel and deposited in a funnel which whirls them around before dumping them into the Loggerhead Lane lazy river. This slide seems to attract some of the longest lines in the park and is fun but more tame than it appears. The entrance is unusual as guests must walk through Loggerhead Lane (the lazy river) to get to the slide and it can be difficult to find an empty tube.
Loggerhead Lane - 2
This is the park's standard lazy river attraction and includes a look into the Commerson's Dolphin exhibit as well as a tropical fish aquarium. The river also includes water features which splash guests along the route. The animal exhibits give this attraction added interest, but some may find the theming a bit minimal and the route to be short.
Roa's Rapids - 4
This is the most unusual, and quite possibly the best attraction in the park. It takes the lazy river concept to a new level utilizing a much swifter current and rapids features to provide an exhilarating experience. Guests do not ride in rafts, but life jackets are provided for those who want to float. The course is quite shallow, about 4 feet deep and there is landscaping and music along the river which provides a nice atmosphere. On a minor note, the current created by the jets can be quite strong and you must be careful to avoid bumping against the wall as they can be quite rough.