Aquatica Water Park by Sea World Orlando recently opened a new water slide – Omaka Rocka! The new attraction was designed to imitate the sensations one would feel on a BMX half-pipe. Last week, my sister and I visited Aquatica (with our shiny new annual passes), and our first stop was Omaka Rocka! Keep reading for my personal review and some video footage.
First of all, despite earlier rumors that Omaka Rocka would be a dual-rider slide (and thus serve to increase capacity for the attraction,) there were only single-rider tubes available. The queue line for Omaka Rocka is to the right of the queue line of Whanau Way, and the tubes for each slide are different colors and are kept in separate areas, to avoid confusion. Once you grab a tube, however, the lines converge onto a single platform, with riders for Whanau Way lining up on the left and riders for Omaka Rocka on the right.
The Omaka Rocka slides are located on the first platform you reach – there are two slides, with one lifeguard holding down the fort. A green light tells you when to push off. Despite there only being a single-rider option, the line moved quite fast, with riders on each slide alternating quickly.
The attraction was quite fun, although it is my personal belief that the half-pipe sensation was not quite what they were probably shooting for when they designed it. There are a few mini-waterfall effects, keeping you nice and cool on the slide, and also mini humps that send you bouncing along inside the tube. The half-pipe portions of the slide were not very effective – there was some slight rocking back and forth along the sides of the half-pipe tubes, but not enough to elicit any kind of thrilling sensation. However, the slide was one of the longer enclosed attractions at the park and it was certainly a blast. In fact, we went on it again before leaving the park because we liked it so much. I’d have to say, my personal favorite is still Tamauta Racer – now that’s a thrilling water slide!
Check out this video, highlighting the new attraction: