Island H2O Live! water park now open just outside Walt Disney World

Jun 27, 2019 in "Margaritaville Resort Orlando"

Island H2O Live
Posted: Thursday June 27, 2019 11:26am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Island H2O Live! officially opened its doors to guests last week on the first day of summer, bringing an all new water park option to Central Florida visitors just minutes away from Walt Disney World.

Located within walking distance or a short trolley ride from Margaritaville Hotel and Sunset Walk - the resort’s retail, dining, and entertainment district, Island H2O Live! offers 20 different experiences including a lazy river, wave pool, water-coaster, body slides, tube slides, kids slides and a 21+ adults pool.

Alongside the slides and activities, Island H2O Live! aims to bring something new to the water park experience with its integration of social media and app. Upon arrival, you are given an RFID Smart Band which allows you to engage your social networks through the H2O Live! app. Using the app (or in park kiosks) you can customize your rides and select slide lighting color themes & music playlists, earn park perk points, find friends, access lockers and more. The park perks can be earned while riding attractions, and later exchanged for merchandise, snacks and other goodies.

We got the opportunity to tour the park during the grand opening, and we’ve put together some of our thoughts on the water park and why you might want to consider adding it to your Walt Disney World vacation plans.

The obvious question for Disney visitors is how does this park compare to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach? Island H2O is a much more compact park than either of Disney’s offerings, which means shorter walks between rides, but in a less expansive environment. The ride count and type is similar, although Island H2O Live! is ahead of both of Disney’s parks with the offerings for young children. Island H2O has more than 10 kids slides in two areas, one dedicated to very young children, and a second that is more suited to the under 10’s.

The size of Disney’s water parks means larger lazy rivers and wave pools, and a lot more theming and immersion into the environment. Disney water parks are the most visited in the world, and sometimes they can be extremely busy with long waits for slides. Island H2O has not been open for long, but early crowd levels are very manageable. Typical wait times so far have been around 10 minutes for the most popular slides.

Overall, Island H2O Live! offers something new and different to what else is out there, and it delivers a lot of slides for its size. If you are looking for a lot of variety, in a compact space without too much walking, this may very well be your kind of water park.

Single day tickets are $44.99, or $37.99 for kids under 48” tall, and parking is free. Annual Passes are available at $89.99. Park hours are typically 9am to 7pm daily.

You can find out more about Island H2O Live! and buy tickets online.

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wdwmagicJun 29, 2019

Simple answer to that one. I have my hands full with WDW, and don't want to do a second rate job of trying to do everything. Things like Margaritaville are one-offs that don't require years of experience to cover. And no, I was not paid a penny to cover it. Infact, they are not even an advertiser here.

eggJun 29, 2019

Still curious as to why you don’t cover even the biggest news at Universal or SeaWorld but chose to cover this. It looks like you were paid to cover this. I think you misread what I said. If it stays as you describe that’s not a failure by Disney.

Jim ChandlerJun 27, 2019

Can’t see how it is a failure by Disney. mV is a smaller version of the WDW water parks. Currently the uniqueness is drawing people. I suspect the people who stay there will use the WP. However if you look at the additional cost to add on the WDW water park to a ticket it is a wash IMO

Club CooloholicJun 27, 2019

Price is right, looks generic in theme and HOT

eggMay 30, 2019

Michael Eisner made a point of building up Walt Disney World to capture the markets of other nearby attractions so guests wouldn’t feel compelled to leave property. TPFKADMGMS (now DHS) was built to rival Universal, DAK was built to give people their animal fix to keep them from Busch Gardens and maybe SeaWorld, stuff like the WDW Speedway and Test Track captured the car and racing interest, Mission Space makes your head hurt more than the Kennedy Space Center, but hey, considering Disney’s overwhelming market share back then I’d say it worked quite well. Point being, if a significant new market emerges and Disney does not become the leader in it, assuming it wouldn’t undercut their current business, I would likely consider that a failure on Disney’s part. Nothing wrong with it in my opinion, it’s just surprising because you don’t do articles for even the biggest Universal and SeaWorld news, so why this?

FlynnwriterMay 29, 2019

Ok. It’s just me then. I hate going off property.

wdwmagicMay 29, 2019

You may have noticed we have sections on the forum such as "Universal Orlando" "Sea World" "Off-site Hotels, Dining, Shopping." The four is not exclusively Disney.

SirwalterraleighMay 29, 2019

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say because it doesn’t have fuzzy characters and an automatic 300% upcharge for everything? The “comforts of home”

xdan0920May 29, 2019

Why so salt salt salty?

SirwalterraleighMay 29, 2019

Well...there’s no such thing as “magic”...so that negates 50% of your argument

FlynnwriterMay 29, 2019

The water is replaced by beer. Why is this on wdwmagic. There isn’t anything Disney or magical here.

SirwalterraleighMay 29, 2019

I nominate this one for “post of the day” ...don’t choke on those pearls 😉

SirwalterraleighMay 29, 2019

But you don’t get the climate at home...and it’s far less exotic in Indiana or Ohio. Are you sure the war on those that aren’t kinda DBags isn’t creating a “new” market? Just a theory... Margaritaville vibe doesn’t seem to be what bob is selling...is there a $120 “evening magic” waterpass?