Aquatica Introduces Riptide Race

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Views of Aquatica's new Riptide Race. (Photo courtesy of Aquatica.)

Aquatica introduces Riptide Race, Florida’s first-ever and only dueling racer, which puts teams against each other as they reach the finish line. Guests of all ages can challenge their friends and family members to see which team wins.

Riptide Race is the world’s tallest dueling racer waterslide. Starting atop a 68-ft. tower, riders grab a two-person raft before racing along the 650-ft. slide—with low walls, so they can keep an eye on their opponents. Guests compete in this side-by-side raft run through high-speed tunnels, twists, and turns. Riptide Race features a height requirement of 42 inches to appeal to families with children.

“We are thrilled to introduce Riptide Race, an experience you won’t find anywhere else in Florida. Aquatica is the first waterpark in the state to have a dueling racer and we know our guests are going to love the fun of challenging their friends and family in a race to the finish,” said Kyle Miller, park president, in a press statement. “Riptide Race is the perfect addition to our attraction portfolio, complementing what is already one of the most family-friendly waterslide lineups in Orlando. Health and safety continue to be a top priority for our parks, and we can’t wait to see our guests enjoy this new ride.”

Aquatica offers high-speed adventures, kid-friendly water play areas, a selection of dining experiences, and white-sand beaches. Modified with enhanced health and safety protocols, each park experience includes increased cleaning and sanitation, temperature checks, face covering requirements, and limited capacity.

New Dining Venues
Also new at Aquatica are two dining experiences. Ke-Re’s Bar, a brand-new dining experience for 2021 (with physical distancing measures), is an open-air bar where guests can take in views of the park, or catch a game on the flat screen.

Guests can also discover bold new flavors at Papa’s Cantina, opening soon. Papa’s Cantina’s menu features bites and fresh flights, including:

  • Signature Empanadas with a wide variety of savory and sweet fillings. Try the fresh and flavor-packed buffalo chicken, the classic beef and cheese, or the light and airy spinach artichoke empanadas.  Save room for dessert and indulge in sweet hazelnut empanada.
  • Boneless Wings seasoned, and hand-tossed in Papa’s signature sauces. Take the heat, zest it up, or amplify the flavor with Papa’s Secret Sauce.
  • Alcoholic and non-Alcoholic refreshers, featuring Barrilitos Aguas Frescas. Guests can try flavors like watermelon, strawberry hibiscus and mango lime.

Guests heading to Aquatica can save up to 20 percent on Annual Passes starting as low as $11 per month (offer ends March 28).

For more information, visit aquaticaorlando.com.