Orlando’s newest water park is now officially open. As Florida residents, my family and I love going to water parks to cool off pretty much anytime of the year. We don’t believe you can ever have too many water experience options, so we were excited to check out Island H2O Live! on it’s grand opening day.
DISCLOSURE: My family and I were invited to experience Island H2O Live! for their grand opening celebration. No monetary compensation was received in exchange for this post. All opinions are mine unless noted otherwise.
Located just off U.S. 192 at Margaritaville Resort Orlando, the water park features 20 attractions, including a wave pool, a lazy river, and slides. Each attraction has a social media theme with names like Reply Racers and Hashtag Heights. Let’s go through what I feel are the best 10 experience at Island H2O Live water park!
10 Experiences at Island H2O Live Water Park
You may have heard about the fully immersive rides at Island H2O Live but they 100% have to be experienced to understand how fun they are! Many of the rides are customized and change by you! The color scheme, the music, and also the photo sharing… everything changes according to you! It’s the coolest thing I’ve seen at a water park in a really long time.
ISLAND H2O LIVE! APP
One of the best ways to get the most out of your trip to Island H2O is to download their free H2O Live app. You will receive a Smart Band when you arrive at the park (it does have to be returned when you leave). The Smart Band links to your app profile and from there you control your entire park experience as I mentioned above. This is also the way you earn points on your account for rewards like a free pretzel, free ice cream, free towel, and more!
ISLAND H2O LIVE! CABANAS
With the Florida sun beating down on you it’s aways best you think ahead before visiting a water park. Unless you arrive to the park at opening, the odds of you finding a nice shady spot for the whole family is slim to none. The best way to guarantee a great view and comfortable day at Island H2o Live! is to reserve a Cabana.
There are 3 Cabana types available, 1 being in the Adults Only area of the park! We loved getting the Standard Cabana since it fits our family perfectly and comes with all the amenities we need. This includes: large refrigerator, private locker, charging station for our phones, dining table and chairs, and lounge chairs for mom & dad! The prices seriously cannot be beat either which is a plus.
This large splash pad area is great for your kiddos 6-years-old+ but with adult supervision, any age is okay. Just be mindful that you will have older kids running around so watch the younger ones. Kids can earn 100 points on their profile for every slide they ride.
Next to Pelican’s Paradise you will find Level Up. With fun and challenging activities like the crossing ropes or basketball, your sports loving family member will love this chill spot.
Hashtag Heights is as fun high flying boomerang slide. With a steep drop that makes you feel almost weightless, you will end up with the best photos of friends and family on their way down. See Exhibit A below.
FOOD AND DRINK OPTIONS
Since no outside food or drink is allowed in the park, you’d hope that the options Island H2O Live! has available are good right? Well, you’re not wrong and you won’t be disappointed. There are 3 places to satisfying all your hunger and thirst needs inside the park. Our favorite was Megabytes which offers burgers, salads, chicken strips, and more! We ordered two of these burgers over the course of the day because they were that good! Seriously, this is not your typical “theme park food” at all.
CANDY STRIPE COVE
Designed for your little tots in mind, Candy Stripe Cove is a great place to let your little ones be free. Complete with a large canopy over lounge chairs for parents, Candy Stripe Cove has shallow waters to wade in, swings, age appropriate slides, bubblers, and fun fountains that will keep her busy for hours.
Island H2O Live uses Coca-Cola Freestyle Machines around their park. Currently the souvenir cups are only $7.99. Once you buy the cup you are able to get free refills at any of the machines during your trip. Eventually the cups will cost $14.99 (that number may change) so definitely run and get your cup for half off!
If you do nothing else, this is a great park to relax and enjoy the Florida sun. Whether you’re on vacation or a resident, Island H2O Live! is the perfect place to leave your worries at the door.
The park had two weeks of “preview days” and officially opened June 21, 2019. While they definitely have some kinks to work out, I think it’ll be a great park to spend a chill relaxing day at. The photo and videos in the slides weren’t working during our trip and some of the music didn’t play either. Another thing is note is that although online it says 1 rider can go down Reload Rapids, The Downloader, and Follow Me Falls we were told many times that 2 people had to ride. This made things difficult for my daughter who kept wanting to ride but I didn’t want to anymore. Not sure why there is a discrepancy in that but I hope they work it out. If these three rides stay as “2+ Riders”, that means there are only three rides in the park that are for Single Riders.
While there isn’t a lot to do at the park, I think the admission price is definitely worth it. And Pro Tip: When you purchase your ticket online, you will save about $10/per ticket. I did see that there is an area still being constructed so perhaps they will put in some more slides or areas to enjoy in the near future.
Island H2O Live! is located at: 3230 Inspiration Drive, Kissimmee, FL. 34747
Tel: (407) 910-1401