Get ready to race your competition or head through the sun on these two new water rides (Photo: SeaWorld Parks and Resorts)

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There are two exciting new additions coming to Florida's SeaWorld and Busch Gardens water parks in 2020! Riptide Race is heading to Aquatica Orlando and Solar Vortex will be opening at Adventure Island Tampa. Both are set to open this spring, but they're going to offer two very different and unique experiences!

First up, Riptide Race will be Florida's first dueling racer water slide when it opens this coming spring at Aquatica Orlando, voted Orlando's number one waterpark. Grab a friend and prepare to race through high-speed tunnels, watching your opponent’s side by side and even face to face at different points throughout the race. Who will reach the finish line first?

Starting at the top of a 68-foot tower, riders will be able to grab a raft and take their mark in side-by-side racing lanes. Each raft holds a team of two passengers, so every rider will have a partner as they take on the challenge. Riptide Race rafts feature low walls to ensure full view of the competition. Dueling face-to-face, racers will navigate tight loops and accelerations through both indoor and outdoor sections. It's a race to the finish through nearly 650 feet of slide!

The other new water attraction for 2020 is the Solar Vortex coming to Adventure Island Tampa Bay. Solar Vortex will have your family splashing and spinning on America’s first dual tailspin water slide. This thrilling family raft slide combines high-banking rotations and rapid descents, sending sliders on a swirling journey through two open tailspin features and speeds up to 20 miles per hour.

One of the most unique aspects of Solar Vortex will be the three dynamic AquaLucent elements. These sections of the water slide will harness the power of the sun to create colorful patterns and dazzling lighting effects that shine through the slide as riders pass through. The family-style round rafts will hold 2 to 4 riders each, and the ride tower will be 55 feet tall.

Both of these new water slides will have a minimum height requirement of 42 inches, and guests under 48 inches must have a supervising companion to ride. Riptide Racers and Solar Vortex are set to open in the spring of 2020. Book your next Central Florida vacation now and be sure to get your tickets to Aquatica and Adventure Island right here for the best deals around.