Island H2O Live! Grand Opening + Review!


Disclaimer: I received 4 passes to the grand opening celebration of Island H2O Live! Water Park in order to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own!

Orlando’s newest and most immersive water park, Island H2O Live!, made a splash on the first day of summer #LiveFromH2O!

Last Friday, Central Florida’s newest themed water park, Island H2O Live!, celebrated the first day of summer with its official grand opening.

I was incredibly fortunate to receive an invitation to cover the grand opening celebrations!

To help commemorate this exciting milestone, Island H2O Live! invited special guests including Osceola County Sheriff and Fire Department first responders to take “the first slide of summer” and join the official ribbon cutting ceremony. 

Art Falcone tells us about the awesome social media/internet inspired attraction names!(Phelan M. Ebenhack/Island H2O Live!)

“Island H2O Live! is a new wave of waterpark,” said Art Falcone, co-founder and managing principal of Encore Capital Management. “Our guests will have the opportunity to create their own in-park experience with customizable themes and playlists while on our attractions, all while sharing these moments across their social media channels.”

Island H2O Live! offers 20 different experiences for guests of all ages to enjoy.

For those looking to take it easy, Chat Creek guides them through a lazy river where the water does the work.

My family and I took 7-8 spins around the lazy river. It was so much fun! I loved the water features scattered throughout the lazy river.

Thrill seekers can experience an adrenaline rush with Drop Down, Follow Me Falls and Reply Racers, as they twist and turn their way through tubes and open-air slides to a dramatic watery plunge.

Reload Rapids and Hashtag Heights -- Family raft rides at Island H2O Live!
Reload Rapids and Hashtag Heights — Family raft rides at Island H2O Live!

Little swimmers can take a trip to Candy Stripe Cove and Pelican’s Paradise for an array of adventures that are age-appropriate, but no less fun for these water-loving kiddos. The kids area is seriously impressive! My girls could spend HOURS in this area alone!

Pelican’s Paradise — this kids area is AWESOME and will keep little ones entertained for hours.

Private Domain provides an adult-only (21+) oasis to experience the ultimate retreat for those who want the excitement or relaxation of the water park, but without the hustle-and-bustle of visiting families. Nearby Tag Shack’s private bar is the place for adults to grab a cold drink and chill.

“We have an incredible variety of attractions at Island H2O Live! including water coasters, family raft rides, a wave pool, lazy river, kid-friendly experiences and more,” said Island H2O Live! general manager, Jim Kunau. “The real star of this park is the ability to share your experience. The addition of this social media interaction allows your experience to go beyond the water park walls and encourage others to join in on the fun.”

Don’t forget to Download the H2O Live! App — it is so innovative!

Island H2O Live’s! proprietary technology creates a unique experience to be shared across a variety of social channels. Upon arrival, guests will be given an RFID Smart Band which allows them to engage their social network through the H2O Live! app.

Guests are encouraged to download the app before they arrive, so they are ready to create their profile and manage their entire experience upon arrival. If guests do not have smartphones, there are tech stations throughout the park where they can simply tap their Smart Band to set up their profile, select slide color themes & music playlists, earn park perk points, find friends and more. 

I highly suggest downloading the app. Some of our favorite experiences at Island H2O Live! were the “selfie stations”! There were tons of them throughout the park, and the pictures automatically sync to your app. So cool!

Guests looking to create a permanent catalog of memories have the option to share their experiences by purchasing a photo package for $15.99 per family. Attractions offering video and customization capabilities are marked with an icon for easy social sharing.

The four main features of the Smart Band Include:

  • In My Day: Guests can select their music playlist for the day, choose their favorite color theme for their app and slide experiences, earn and track badges, see ride wait times, and view additional park information. 
  • Family & Friends: Guests can link with their family and friends so they can easily find them at any point throughout the day. Parents can set parental controls to keep track of their children and limit what attractions and areas they can access.
  • Park Perks: Guests can view what actions will allow them to earn Park Perks, redeemable points that guests can use to customize their thrills and chills. Coming soon, guests will be able to trade in Park Perks for merchandise, food and beverages, and more. They can also see their current totals, which can be carried over to their next visit, when they validate their profile.
  • Speed Keys: Coming soon, guests can purchase Speed Keys for front-of-line access, reserve time slots on attractions, and even share them with their linked family and friends.

Park hours are daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week unless otherwise noted on the website. Annual passes will are priced at $89.99. In my opinion, purchasing an annual pass is 100% worth it! Annual day passes are available at the park or online. 

Island H2O Live! is within walking distance or a short trolley ride from Margaritaville Hotel, Margaritaville Cottages, and Sunset Walk, the resort’s retail, dining, and entertainment district featuring more than 30 offerings including Bento Café, BurgerFi, Ford’s Garage, Rock & Brews, Skechers, Studio Movie Grill, Yeoman’s Cask & Lion and so much more.

For more information, please visit IslandH2OLive.com or follow Island H2O Live! on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @islandh2olive and share the fun by tagging your photos and videos with #LiveFromH2O.

Art Falcone, center, co-founder and managing principal of Encore Capital Management, today introduced Central Florida’s newest themed water park, Island H2O Live! on the first day of summer, Friday, June 21, 2019 in Kissimmee, Fla. Island H2O Live! is a new wave of water park, encouraging guests to create their own in-park experience with customizable themes and playlists while on attractions and the ability to share these moments across their social media channels. To help commemorate this exciting milestone, Island H2O Live! invited special guests including Osceola County Sheriff and Fire Department first responders to take the first slide of summer and join the official ribbon cutting ceremony. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/Island H2O Live!)

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