With summer only a few weeks away, and temperatures already climbing in Central Florida, it’s time to talk water parks!
If you’re busy planning your Orlando vacation, most likely you’re also trying to decide which of the main Central Florida water parks to visit, with options ranging from Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay, Disney’s Blizzard Beach, SeaWorld’s Aquatica, and Discovery Cove.
To help you with your decision, here’s a handy price comparison of these water parks!
Prices below do not include tax, prices are as of 5/7/2021.
Disney’s Blizzard Beach
While it’s true Walt Disney World is home to two water parks, only Blizzard Beach has reopened following 2020’s closure, naturally limiting Disney’s water park ticket options.
For those who don’t know, Blizzard Beach is a melting ski resort-themed water park with a literal mountain of slides complete with a ski lift!
A child’s ticket is for kids ages 3 to 9, and park reservations are currently not required.
- 1-Day Water Park Ticket (valid through December 31, 2021)
- Adults: $69
- Child: $63
- 1-Day Water Park Ticket with Blockout Dates (not valid from May 29 – October 3, 2021)
- Adult: $64
- Child: $58
Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay
Self described as a water theme park, Volcano Bay at the Universal Orlando Resort is known for its stunning, watery volcano, Krakatau aqua coaster, and virtual line system via TapuTapu wristband tech.
A child’s ticket is for kids ages 3 to 9. Also, Volcano Bay operates on a date-based system, meaning the price of your ticket varies upon the date of your visit. Park reservations are not required.
Note: Park-to-Park means guests are free to hop back and forth between all three parks.
- 1-Day Volcano Bay Ticket
- Adult: $80 – $85
- Child: $75 – $80
- Park-to-Park 3-Park – 2-Day Ticket (Universal Studios Florida + Islands of Adventure + Volcano Bay)
- Adult: $312 – $379.99
- Child: $303 – $369.99
- Park-to-Park 3-Park – 3-Day Ticket (Universal Studios Florida + Islands of Adventure + Volcano Bay)
- Adult: $332 – $393.99
- Child: $323 – $382.99
- One Park Per Day 3-Park – 3-Day Ticket (Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure or Volcano Bay)
- Adult: $309 – $333.99
- Child: $284 – $324.99
The South Pacific-themed Aquatica Orlando water park features two wave pools, two different lazy rivers, and two enclosed body slides that pass through a dolphin pool!
For guests purchasing a single-day ticket, there is a date-based calendar in the style of Volcano Bay. Park reservations are required for both ticket options.
- Single-Day Ticket
- Adult: $42 – $62.99
- Two-Park Ticket (Aquatica + SeaWorld or Aquatica or Busch Gardens and Adventure Island)
- Adult: $119.00
Discovery Cove. This place is paradise. Only 1,000 guests are allowed reservations each day. Everything is included: food, beer, wine, and snorkel gear. The Dolphin experience is an up-charge; I’ve often recommended guests skip this experience and just enjoy everything else Discovery Cove offers.
Guests ages 2 and under are free with a full paid adult, but reservations are required.
- Day Resort Admission:
- Adult: $149 – $299
- Day Resort Admission + 2 Parks (+ unlimited admission to SeaWorld & Aquatica)
- Adult: $264 – $339
- Day Resort Admission + 3 Parks (+ unlimited admission & free parking at SeaWorld, Aquatica, & Busch Gardens)
- $284 – $359
- Signature Dolphin Swim Package (swim with dolphins + the Day Resort Package experiences)
- Adult: $324 – $499
Orlando’s water parks are a great way to relax and enjoy the sunshine state of mind, and each water park has something different to offer in the way of fun and price.
Which water park do you think is the best value? Let us know in the comments!