Summit Plummet at Disney’s Blizzard Beach is one of the best pool slides in Orlando. (Photo: Courtesy Disney)
Roller coasters are fun, but nothing beats the thrill of a towering water slide in the midst of Florida’s sweltering summer. Lucky for you, Orlando is jam-packed with water parks to cool off you and the family. Want to get soaked and accelerate your heart rate? Here are four of the best slides you can find:
You can’t miss Coco Key Water Resort — its massive water slides are visible from I-4. And Boomerango Tube Slide is an absolute beast, dropping you from a launch spot 45 feet above ground, down through an open tube and then — and this is the kicker — back up (!) an open wall that will make you feel as if you’ve somehow escaped gravity for a moment. Of course, you haven’t, as you’ll then plummet straight back down into the exit pool. It’s a quick ride, but incredibly exhilirating.
Sliding with dolphins
At Sea World’s Aquatica, you can find the aptly named Dolphin Plunge. The tube slide itself isn’t that incredible … until you notice you’re traveling through a pool that’s home to a handful of Commerson’s Dolphins. It’s one of the only slides around that makes you wish you were going more slowly, as the experience of riding through a pod of dolphins is one you’ll not want to end as quickly as it does.
Leave it to Disney to up the ante. The resort’s Blizzard Beach water park has a lazy river, a wave pool and several awesome water slides, but the marquee attraction here is the 120-foot Summit Plummet, the third-tallest water slide in the world. It’s also one of the fastest, zipping guests on a 60 mph ride down to the pool below.