Going with the Flow – Lazy Rivers Part 1
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Bridges cross the rapids
Beautiful tropical landscaping
Its is quite fast and great fun!
Geysers and waterfalls - watch out!
Colourful lifejackets in all colours and sizes
You are advised to wear a lifejacket
The entrance to Roa's Rapids
Lazy Rivers Part 1 Aquatica
I consider myself to be rather an expert on lazy rivers in Orlando. This is mainly because I am such a wimp that this is one of the only things I am brave enough to experience at the wonderful water parks in Orlando.
Whilst my children are whizzing down tubes and near vertical slides at breakneck speed, I prefer to find myself a colourful inner-tube and lie back as I am transported gently round on a lazy river, in one of the most relaxing occupations to be found at the water parks.
Now I do have one word of warning. It is all too easy to forget the intensity of the sun as you lie there, floating down the river, but make sure you have plenty of sunscreen on, and that it is waterproof. Make sure that you keep applying it, too, as it is bound to get washed off on the way. I have to admit to getting burnt more than once when I was lulled into a soporific state by the gently moving water.
My favourite lazy river is actually one where inner-tubes are not allowed. At Aquatica, the wonderful ‘Roa’s Rapids’ cannot really be described as a lazy river as the water moves so fast that it is difficult to stand up. Colourful life vests are displayed at the entrance to Roa’s Rapids, yellow, blue, red, pink and green, and guests can choose the size which fits them best. There are plenty for children, too. There are wide entrances to the rapids with shallow water, but as you step into the water you are literally swept off your feet as the current rushes you along the river. I would certainly recommend wearing a life vest – make sure you put it on properly before you enter the river – if not it will rise up and hit you on the chin, so adjust the straps first.
When we went, the water was beautifully warm, and it was wonderful to zoom along without needing to do anything. It is quite fast, with geysers and waterfalls which will give you a good soaking – though after the first drenching I got wise, and could steer myself into the bank to avoid the jets of water, passing under the curve of them. The water is fast – about four times as fast as most lazy rivers – and the route passes some nice landscaping with colourful tropical plants and palm trees.
I can’t wait to return to Aquatica, and spend time relaxing in the fantastic lazy river.
For my second choice see Part 2.
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