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Aquatica - Good Things To Know About...

 

See the Good Things to Know About ... section in Chapter One for notes that apply to all the parks. These notes apply specifically to Aquatica.

Access for the Disabled

All parts of Aquatica are accessible to disabled guests, although no provisions are made for climbing the many stairs to the various slides. Wheelchairs are available for rent at $12 per day. Electric convenience vehicles (ECVs) are $38 per day.

Babies

Little ones under three are admitted free and strollers are available for rent if you don’t have your own. Single strollers are $10 for the day, double strollers are $15. Diaper changing and baby nursing areas are also available.

Cabanas

If the forced intimacy of the artificial beach and other lounge chair areas is too declassé for you, you can opt for a private cabana for the day. Just be prepared to pay handsomely for the privilege. The rate is $150 during low season and $175 during high season (Memorial Day to Labor Day) for up to four people. Additional guests cost $30 each, with a maximum cabana capacity of seven. For this you get a small tent-like pavilion, with canvas sides that can be closed for privacy or opened for fresh air. Additional breezes are provided by a ceiling fan. All cabanas include a mini-refrigerator, soft drinks, water, juice, and sunscreen. Cabana renters also receive a 25% discount on merchandise during their visit. So if you were planning on buying over $600 worth of swimsuits, t-shirts, and souvenirs, your cabana would pay for itself! During the low season at least. The cabana areas can be found on either side of the two wave pools. On the left-hand side (as you face the pools), you will find the five Narrabeen cabanas and, just a short distance away, closer to Cutback Cove, the Uluwatu cabanas. Of the two, the seven Uluwatu cabanas are the nicer and more private ones. They sit in a nicely landscaped cul de sac, with plenty of lounge chairs and a few large umbrella-like shades in the open central space. At the other end of the wave pools, you will find the six Yallingup cabanas, two of which look directly out onto Big Surf Shores pool from a raised bluff. These cabanas are near Kata’s Kookaburra Cove, handy if you have little ones, and the first aid station. They are also less likely to draw curious visitors than the cabanas at the other end.

Dress Code

Simply put: wear a swimsuit. Aquatica frowns on shorts, cut-off jeans, or anything with zippers, buckles, or metal rivets, as these things can scratch and damage the slides. Those with fair skin can wear t-shirts if they wish. Most people go barefoot, as the parks are designed with your feet’s comfort in mind. If you prefer to wear waterproof sandals or other footwear designed for water sports, they are permitted and are sold in shops in the park.

Lockers

Aquatica provides rental lockers and changing areas. Most people wear their swimsuits under their street clothes and disrobe by their locker. At day’s end, they take their street clothes to a changing area, shower, towel down, and get dressed, popping their wet suits into a plastic bag. The plastic laundry bag from your hotel room is ideal for this purpose. Small lockers rent for $8 a day, large ones for $10. For this price, you get unlimited in and out access during the day.

Safety

Water park rides are safe, just as long as you follow the common sense rules posted at the rides and obey the instructions of the ride attendants. There are over 100 of them and all of them are lifeguard certified. Life vest are readily available (for free) and some rides require them. You are more likely to run into problems with the sun (see below) or with physical exertion if you are out of shape. You will climb more stairs at a visit to a water park than most people climb in a month. If you’re not in peak condition, take it slow; pause from time to time and take in the sights.

The Sun

The Central Florida sun can be brutal. If you don’t have a good base tan, a day at a water park can result in a painful sunburn, even on a cloudy day. Don’t let it happen to you. Use sun block and use it liberally. Most overlooked place to protect: your feet. The sun also saps your body of moisture. Be sure to drink plenty of liquids throughout the day.

Towels

Towels can be rented for $4, $2 of which is refundable when you return them. Of course, you can also buy colorful beach towels (some very nice ones, too) from the shops in the park. It’s easy (not to mention cheaper) to bring your own, even if it’s one borrowed from your hotel.

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