Summer is finally here and the hottest days are officially upon us. As temperatures continue to soar, park-goers often look to water parks as the ideal way to cool off. Thankfully, a visit to Orlando means you’re more than spoiled for choice when it comes to not only water parks, but their one particular summer staple that offers the perfect opportunity for some rest and relaxation while also keeping you as cool as a Mickey bar.
So, if you’re looking for a way to escape that blistering midday heat, look no further - here’s a look at some of Orlando’s best lazy rivers to cool off in this summer…
1. Castaway Creek (Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon)
Grab a tube and enter the peaceful waters of Castaway Creek as you take in the sights and sounds of Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. The beautiful, winding river encircles the entirety of the park, playing into Typhoon Lagoon’s very own unique Disney Legend that tells of a tropical paradise that was torn apart by an intense storm. This theming is implemented in a variety of different ways throughout Castaway Creek’s 2,000ft path, where mist screens and sprouting water features will also keep you cool as you float.
2. Cross Country Creek (Disney’s Blizzard Beach)
Blizzard Beach’s beautiful ski-resort theme will have you feeling the chill before you even enter the water, but you can’t beat the serene currents of Cross Country Creek. Similar to its sister river over in Typhoon Lagoon (although clocking in at a slightly longer 3,000ft) this creek takes you on a relaxing float around Blizzard Beach’s perimeter as you wind through rocky caverns and gentle waterfalls. (Please be aware that Blizzard Beach Water Park is temporarily closed for refurbishment and is expected to re-open soon!)
3. Kopiko Wai Winding River (Universal’s Volcano Bay)
There’s nothing quite like cooling off in Universal’s breathtaking Kopiko Wai river, which offers 360-degree views of nothing but lush greenery mixed in with the colorful sights (and sounds) of Volcano Bay. Forget a room-with-a-view, this is a pool-with-a-view, that winds you in and around the park’s stunning centerpiece, Krakatau Volcano while also passing through beautifully lit grottoes - you’ll wonder how in the world you’re only yards from Orlando’s busy I-4.