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Ray Rush Coming to Aquatica Orlando in 2018
ORLANDO, Fla. (October 12, 2017) – A brand-new family raft slide is splashing into Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark in spring 2018. Ray Rush promises to be a fully-loaded water adventure which will combine three unique slide elements, never before seen at Aquatica, into one action-packed attraction the entire family can enjoy together.
At nearly 60 feet tall, Ray Rush is where family and friends can take on three exciting thrills as they slide, splash and soar like never before. First, riders will be launched at 33 feet per second with water jets designed to propel rafts into the first of several enclosed tube sections. Next, riders will swirl into a colossal translucent sphere which spins the raft around the slide walls before entering another enclosed tube section. Finally, riders will drop into an open-air halfpipe that resembles the shape of a manta ray. Rafts will soar back and forth on the wings of the manta before entering the final enclosed tube section that ends with a splash.
“Ray Rush will offer a ride experience you won’t be able to get anywhere else in Florida. Aquatica will be the first waterpark in the state to combine these three unique elements into one attraction” said Cathy Valeriano, Aquatica Orlando vice president. “Ray Rush is the perfect addition to our attraction portfolio, complementing what is already one of the most family-friendly waterslide lineups in Orlando.”
Ray Rush will have a height requirement of 42” to appeal to families with children and will accommodate up to four riders per raft. The new slide will be located on the north side of the park next to Walkabout Waters.
In order to make way for the new attraction, HooRoo Run will close permanently on October 31, 2017. To accommodate construction, Walhalla Wave will temporarily close on this date and re-open in spring 2018 alongside Ray Rush. For a limited-time, Aquatica Pass Members will receive a one-time Quick Queue to ride both HooRoo Run and Walhalla Wave on select days in October before construction begins in November.
Assemble your squad and get ready to turn up the fun at Aquatica in 2018. Get the latest Ray Rush updates by following Aquatica on Facebook and the SeaWorld Blog. Join the #RayRush conversation using #SplashSquad2018.
—Aquatica Orlando—



Effective with all new reservations arriving after May 1, 2017.The nightly rates paid at the Blue Heron Beach Resort are far lower than the rates you would pay at a traditional hotel while at the same time you will find much more spacious accommodations, two full baths, W/D, fully equipped kitchen, sleeping arrangements up to 8 and a balcony overlooking lake Bryant. We control our highly competitive rates by isolating certain costly services. Our nightly rates do not include daily housekeeping, instead we offer them on an Ala Carte. Not only does this save you money, but it provides greater flexibility, security for your suite and more privacy for you and your family. Also, we charge a one-time housekeeping clean fee of $45, payable upon arrival, which covers the cost of cleaning your suite after your departure.

Effective May 1, 2017 the shuttle from the Blue Heron to Epcot's Transporation center will depart at 8:00am instead of 8:20 am

Effective June 30th, 2016 our Resort Fee is $15.00 plus a $3.00  Nightly Reservation Transaction Fee.

Effective June 2, 2016 for all future reservations ( excluding Christmas week) we will require an advance deposit of $125.00 before confirming your reservation. This deposit will be refunded if you cancel your  reservation 72 hours prior to your scheduled arrival.

There is a two night, non-refundable deposit for any guests arriving at the Blue Heron Beach Resort between 12/24/16 and 12/31/16.  The deposit should include room rate, tax on the room rate, the resort fee (15.00) and transaction fee ($3.00).***


New train service that is coming to Florida in mid-2017.

As of June, MiamiCentral’s 11-acre development is taking shape. 300 daily workers are installing rebar for building walls. Parking and office space construction is ongoing. The 50 ft. columns that connect train tracks with existing transportation are up.
We’re bringing you the most popular cities in Southeast Florida, care free and car free!
Travel from Miami to West Palm Beach in an hour with Fort Lauderdale in between–and coming soon, our Phase Two expansion to Orlando.


Don’t be caught in the rain! We now have Blue Heron rain ponchos in adult and kid sizes for $3.00! Also, be sure to check out our new book and game lending library in the main lobby.

NON-PROFITS we support:

By supporting local nonprofit organizations, we help them achieve more. Organizations we support include:

  • The Little Red Bus

    The Little Red Bus visited the Blue Heron. Many emloyees were ther to donate blood.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida

    Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.


    Two years ago ASHARE was approached by The Coalition for the Homeless to help renovate the Women's Residential Counseling Center located in Downtown Orlando.The WRCC is a 126 -person transitional living program for single women with children,with an additional 12 beds for emergency situations. In addition to recieving shelter and nutritious meals,homeless women who turn to the Coalition for assistance, work with a case manager at The WRCC to build a budget and savings account, and to develop a plan for self-suficiency. The  goal is to help their residents move to stable and affordable housing. 

  • Heart to Heart

    Heart to Heart a Community Care Home is dedicated to the needs of homeless women and children overcoming  difficult life issues, including abuse and some with alcohol and drug issues. By providing housing, professional supportive services and investing in their futures with life-changing solutions including jobs and education we help women  become self-sufficient able to live in the community independently with their children. Heart to Heart is helping to break the cycle of poverty in Central Florida.

  • MSABC ( The American Cancer Society)

    Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks are the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting nearly 300 communities with a shared determination to finish the fight against breast cancer. Passionate walk participants raise critical funds that enable the American Cancer Society to fund groundbreaking breast cancer research; provide free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer; and help people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it is most treatable.

  • Base Camp Children's Cancer Foundation

    (An American Childhood Cancer Organization)...because kids can't fight cancer alone. BASE Camp provides a year-round base of support for children and families who are facing the challenge of living with cancer and other life-threatening hematological illnesses. 

  • Give Kids Safe Shelter

    Give Kids Safe Shelter, Inc. is an organization based on the idea that all children deserve a safe and healthy environment in which they can grow. We also believe that it is our job as a community to help make this a reality.

    Give Kids Safe Shelter, Inc. is a group of businesses and citizens who are trying to help provide more facilities for children who do not have homes to stay in, increase the awareness of the issues facing children in need, and provide a positive change in our local community where it affects children.

  • Toys For Tots

    The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

  • Give Kids The World

    Give Kids The World is a non-profit organization that exists only to fulfill the wishes of all children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions, and to enjoy the magic of Give Kids The World Village for as long as there is a need.

  • Adopt-A-School

    The CFHLA Adopt-A-School program began in 2002 with the mission to identify, develop and promote positive community partnerships between every public school in Central Florida and CFHLA Membership. 

  • Clean the World

    Clean the World distributes hygiene products to impoverished people in the United States and developing countries through NGO partnerships, such as World Vision, Feeding America, Harvest Time International, Children’s International and The Floating Doctors.

  • Harbor House

    Harbor House provides safe shelter, a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, and emotional support, and legal advocacy for thousands of domestic violence survivors and their children each year.

  • A Taste of Compassion

    A benefit for two incredible downtown organizations-Central Care Mission and Compassion Corner Ministry.

  • Making Strides For Breast Cancer

    Making Strides for Breast Cancer is a non-profit community 5k that supports breast cancer through The American Cancer Society.

  • Blue Line Charity

    Defending The Blue Line® actively works to ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey.

  • The Children’s Advocacy Center

    The Children's Advocacy Center is committed to providing quality forensic, therapeutic and prevention services to all child abuse and sexual assault victims in a gentle and professional manner.

  • Special Olympics Florida

    Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere. We are the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities with 4.2 million athletes in 170 countries. 

  • Rotary Club

    We are 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.

  • Camp Boggy Creek

    The Camp Boggy Creek mission is to foster a spirit of joy by creating a free, safe and medically-sound camp environment that enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families.