Florida With Kids | A family day at Volcano Bay water park, Orlando
[AD: We visited Volcano Bay as guests of Universal Orlando.]
I love water parks.
This is actually quite a strange admission for me to be making, really, because given how scared I am of… well, everything, really… water parks are always filled with slides that would scare me to death. As in, I would literally die if I tried to go on them. Like the ones that take place totally in the dark, for instance. (Nope, STILL not over it…) Or anything with the word ‘kamikaze’ in either its name or description. Because life’s scary enough sometimes without feeling like you’re falling from a great height, amiright?
While the more extreme slides most definitely aren’t for me, however, when I DO find one I like, I really, REALLY like it. Seriously, there’s a hotel in Naples (The Florida one, I mean…) which I was lucky not to get banned from, because I just kept going down the slide into their pool, then immediately getting out and climbing back up to the top again. GOD, I loved that hotel. But I digress!
I love water parks: but I’d never tried to visit one with a toddler in tow before, so when Universal Orlando offered us complimentary tickets to their Volcano Bay water park, I was both excited and just a little bit apprehensive. Would Max be too young to appreciate it? How many excuses could I come up with to avoid having to attempt the ‘body plunge’ ride? Finally – but most importantly – could Max be counted on to keep his sunhat on for more than a few seconds at a time, or was that just wishful thinking on my part?
Here’s how we got on…
Top tip: BRING FLIP FLOPS. Or any other water-resistant shoes.
My absolute favourite, however, wasn’t a slide at all, but TeAwa, the Fearless River. At first glance, this LOOKS like a lazy river: instead of floating gently downstream in an inflatable ring, however, as in the photos above (Which are of the ACTUAL lazy river at Volcano Bay, just FYI…), you put on a life jacket, and are, quite literally, swept along by the rapidly moving water. We enjoyed this so much that this time we actually did go around twice… and then immediately went off to get my dad, so he could try it, too. It was, as I said afterwards, one of the best times of my life: I was only half-joking, too.
Finally, and because I know you all care deeply about this: YES! Max DID actually keep his hat on for (almost) the full duration of our visit, purely because he was too busy having fun to even notice he was wearing it. Now, if that isn’t a good enough recommendation for you, I don’t know what is…