Best Photo Opportunities for Disney World Water Rides
Of all the photos you have on your phone of your children (you know, all 3,000 of them) – how many involve water? Because you likely don’t spend the vast majority of your time near a slip n’ slide, by a pool’s diving board or on the edge of a dock, the images you have of your kiddos might be less action-oriented and more commonplace. That’s why when you finally make the decision to visit Walt Disney World or Disneyland and experience the magic, you want to scream ‘ahhhh!’ to the chance to catch your children splashing on Disney World water rides. With freckled cheeks, tan lines and a grin as big as the Mississippi River, print-outs of water adventures will be ones you stick on your fridge, frame on your mantel and carry in your purse for years to come.
Not sure where to go for those epic, keepsake-worthy images? Here, a guide to some of the splashiest rides that wonderful, wetlands of Disney have to offer:
In big bold print on the website (and at the park itself), consider yourself warned: you’re going to get soaking wet if you take a spin on this infamous, beloved ride at Walt Disney World. This Southern-inspired ride in Frontierland begins with a calm float down a brightly-colored bayou, but quickly speeds up to take you down a 5-story ‘mountain’ with the greatest splash at all at the end. You’ll go through Critter Cave, the Fishing Place, the Old Swimming Hole, Br’er Fox’s Lair and Br’er Rabbit’s home in the briar patch, making for a fast but busy slip-’n-sliding adventure for the whole family. Might we suggest taking the dip at the end of the day, or at least bringing a change of clothes?
Nestled in the thick of the Asia section of Animal Kingdom Park, you’ll find this whitewater-rafting inspired adventure ride that’ll force you to hang on as tight as you can. Modeled after the well-known Chakranadi River in India, you’ll float along a winding road that takes you past a temple, animal shrines, hand-painted murals, hand-crafted wares and a boathouse. You and your kiddos will sit on a 12-passenger raft, strapped in, and make your way up a 90-foot knoll. Take a deep breath before you splash down, because you’ll smell refreshing jasmine and ginger! The descent is half the fun, since you’ll splash the whole way, with a 20-foot slope plummet at the end!
After a few days of touring all the kingdoms, our specialized Disney agents recommend taking a day to explore the Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, which is home to the biggest, baddest of all water adventures: the Crush ‘N’ Gusher! Your kiddo has to be at least 48-inches to take part in this aqua adventure, but once they reach that height, get ready for them to beg you to go down time-and-time again. You’ll enter what’s meant to look like an abandoned fruit-processing plant that throws you down 400-foot-long slides! You and your kiddos will need to go together, since riders must go down in pairs of two. From the top, you’ll pick from Banana Blaster, Coconut Crusher or the Pineapple Plunger. If you weigh enough and you’re brave enough, you can even try going by yourself!
You have to be 48 inches or taller to slip down this epic slide, but with a 214-downhill drop at a 60-degree angle, it’s only you’ll never forget. During this ride, you’ll be in a side-by-side enclosed body slide that drops more than five stories in seconds. The challenge (and the story behind the name?): riders are encouraged to try and scream ‘kowabunga’ if they’re not too speechless from the drop!
Want More Water Rides?
For an H20 vacation, make sure to tell your Disney Travel Agent exactly how much time you want to spend splashing. While these are just a few of the recommended rides and attractions in Walt Disney World, there are countless others across all of Disney’s parks, cruises and resorts. Your agent can help design the ideal getaway for you, even if you spend half of it floating on the water. Get a FREE quote below!