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Disney Blizzard Beach Water Park
Walt Disney World is an enormous resort complex. Many first time visitors are surprised to learn about all of the activities that are available beyond the four gated theme parks. Most guests have heard that there is a water park on property, but may not realize that there are actually two water parks currently open, Blizzard Beach Water Park and Typhoon Lagoon . Each is themed to a particular backstory.
Blizzard Beach, 1 of the 2 water parks located in Orlando Walt Disney World (the 2nd is Disney Typhoon Lagoon), is probably one or the world‘s best. The Park provides a big blend of attractions & interesting & unique themes. Take a break from the bustle & hustle of the Magic Kingdom & other Disney Parks found at the Disney resort & the cool relief, most especially as weather at Orlando Florida gets hot & suffocating (that often occurs).
According to legend, a freak snowstorm suddenly hit Central Florida one day. The western end of Disney World property was blanketed in powdery fresh snow. Disney immediately put into place plans for a ski resort. Chair lifts were built, toboggan runs implemented, and trails groomed. The resort looked picture perfect. Unfortunately, before the park could open temperatures soared and the snow melted.
Disney believed that their new ski resort was doomed. However, as the slush began to run down the mountainside and water pooled at the bottom, the resort was saved by the most unlikely of sources: a playful alligator. The alligator took a body slide down the mountainside, splashing happily into the pool below. At that moment, a new plan was hatched, to create a water park from the already existing ski resort. Thus, Blizzard Beach Water Park was born. The park keeps faithfully to the storyline.
While we talk about winter, we must bear in mind that Disney’s Blizzard beach is open almost every day of the year (with the exception of renovations) and that the water in the garden is heated. Yes, even if most countries are changing their shoes in the winter months, this is not happening in Orlando. Sometimes the cold arrived at noon and closed the water park for the day, but it did not happen often.
Blizzard Beach will be closed for renovation during several winter months, and Disney Typhoon Lagoon will remain open, and then change, so that at least one Disney World is always open. The park opens at 10:00AM and closes at 8:00PM every day. Disney vacation guests can buy Disney packages, which include accommodation at Orlando hotels and Orlando vacation rentals.
Tike’s Peak is the play area for children under four feet tall. Miniature versions of popular attractions are offered here, along with splashing fountains and water pools.
Downhill Double Dipper
The Downhill Double Dipper offers side by side identical racing slides. The slides achieve speeds up to 25 mph and are partially enclosed.
Ski Patrol Training Camp
This area offers attractions reminiscent of “the ole swimmin’ hole,” including a T-Bar drop. Yet the theming remains intact here, with floating icebergs and themed water slides.
Summit Plummet is a ski jump turned water slide. You will achieve speeds of approximately 60 mph during your 120 foot plunge. This is definitely not a slide for the weak of heart!
Cross Country Creek
This is Blizzard Beach’s lazy river ride around the park. However, this river is packed with surprises. In keeping with the park’s snow theme, you may suddenly find yourself spritzed with cold water, or even drifting inexorably into an ice cave. At Cross Country Creek, guests can enter anywhere. We like to swim in the park, see the details of the Water Park & learn more about it. Make sure the water does not fall, according to the theme of the Water Park.
For visitors who desire to swim will adore a wave pool at Blizzard Beach. Different from the wave pool at Laguna Typhoon, most of the time guests are treated to waves which are wavy, softer, do not crash. You could take the tube; you swim and at the same time stay calm. And it’s safe enough for children under parental supervision.
Runoff Rapids features three side by side inner tube slides. However, the slides are not identical. The center slide is fastest and must be ridden solo. The outer slides can accommodate up to three people per raft.
Snow Stormers slides offer guests three different ways to run up the mountain. Visitors will enjoy purple foam mats at this attraction, as well as slide down the slides! When we tested this slide for the first time, we did not expect much, but this slide was impressed! The wait is definitely worth it!
The hallmark of Blizzard Beach is Mt. Gushmore, a snow covered mountaintop that is the origin point for many of the park’s attractions. Guests who have not been to Blizzard Beach are going to be amazed to view a ski chalet chairlift in the centre of the Water Park, taking visitors to top of Mount Gushmore & accessing three park attractions.
If you talk like someone that has climbed the stairs to the summit of Mount Gushmore, you can appreciate the comfort offered by the guest chair at the top, and also the magnificent views of the Water Park.
Everyone loves this great rafting ride for the whole family: guests will descend long slopes while they turn and distract. The tour will be loaded at Mount Gushmore & you will be amazed how long this attraction lasts. What’s even better is that you do not have to take a raft to the top of the trip; it’s carried on a conveyor belt in the Park’s elevator!
Teamboat Springs is a three to six passenger family white water flume ride. The ride is fairly wild, yet tame enough for children who are reasonably good swimmers.
The Slush Gusher refers to a soft version of the second entry, Summit Plummet. The Slush Gusher is not high or steep, though still gives the guests the sensations they need: the guests go down the slope, though before the gravity that is very strong, the guests pass the hump & then slide down. This can be a good step for guests who are not prepared (or big enough), to visit Plummet Summit!
Slush Gusher is a double hump water slide standing 90 feet high. The ride is fast and rough, and women are strongly advised not to wear bikinis on this one.
Every member of the family can take part in this theme. Visitors can download on this slide. This trip uses a purple foam mat. You shouldn’t worry about having found a different driver because each channel has their own path. So consider it as a wet version of a giant slide with a jute bag in local markets! It will definitely bring all of the players!
The Toboggan Racer is reminiscent of an old carnival ride. Guests lay head first on a mat on one of eight racing lanes. First one to the bottom wins.
The Winter Summerland Miniature Golf
Right next to the entrance of Disney Blizzard Beach is the Winter Summerland, one of the two miniature golf courses on the property. It provides a unique golf course that visitors can enjoy. So if it’s very hot in the Water Park, you can play differently or you can just go to the plaza after the day at the Water Park.
The park has several areas for children of all ages, and Tike’s Peak is an area for children under 48 inches. There are many small slides suitable for young children, as well as bold slides for brave preschoolers. There is a small, shallow pool with a waterfall, as well as a baby pool and many sandy areas where small children can fall apart! This area has many long chairs and chairs, although there is not much shade; if you know you need space in the shade, I suggest you get there first. The smaller slides are very soft and do not enter the pool, but for the splash pads. However, the longer the slide slides on the water. If your child can not swim, adults should wait in the background. There are life vests that you can rent for free. This is limited. You can also bring yours.
If your child is bolder, there are other areas of the park to explore. There is also a lazy river, Cross Country Creek, which has gentle currents and smaller inner tubes for children. Teamboat Springs is a family raft trip if your kids are a bit daring and you can sit on a raft next to them to feel a little more secure. There are still some slides with no height requirements, but I recommend seeing where they go before letting the children ride it. Some get quite deep into water.
The Walt Disney World Resort provides many facilities for those with reduced mobility, people with visual impairments and people with hearing disabilities. The Disney Blizzard Beach water park offers free wheelchairs in the relationships with guests. Valid identification is required to rent a wheelchair. You must leave the wheelchair before leaving the water park. The number of wheelchairs is limited and depends on availability.
Meet Goofy at Walt Disney Blizzard Beach: luckily Goofy is a big fan of Disney’s water parks! That’s why you’ll see him almost every day at Disney’s Blizzard Beach. Usually, it’s all day to meet with guests. Some clients reported that he could be a little bit difficult to locate or pin down but many others indicated they have found him in the past on the park’s left hand side near the Park entrance.
Do not bring credit cards or cash: You can rent a locker to store valuables, but why are you doing this if you can take MagicBand? Portable wristbands, which are free for all hotel guests, can be used as a fee to enter the park. If this function is active, you can also use it as virtual money to buy at the park. And yes, MagicBands is waterproof.
Two Parks for the price of one: Did you know that you can visit Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon on the same day as all the tickets for the Disney World water park? If both parks are open, you can use the same Park ticket to try to drive in both places. Because parking in both parks is free, you do not need to pay two parking fees.
Consider a visit during the off season: Blizzard beach can be very crowded during the summer months. But if you arrive later than in September or early November, you will find more people and a shorter waiting time for the transition. If you are a person, you can spend the day when the weather is less friendly. When it is cloudy, rainy or rather agile (conditions in Florida), the masses tend to move away. Often, the weather is sunny during the day, but the park remains relatively empty.
Save time playing miniature golf: Right next to Disneyland Winter Summerland (which is subject to a separate admission fee) there are two themed courses with 18 holes. This game is not too difficult and can be used by small children.
You do not need to bring a life jacket: The Park offers complimentary ones.
Visit the Alpine Village for Guest Services, First Aid, shopping, and so forth. This village is located on the eastern end of Blizzard Beach and faithfully re-creates a typical ski resort town.
In Central Florida, thunderstorms are common, particularly in the hotter summer months. All water attractions must close when lightning is spotted on Doppler Radar within 2 miles of the park. Many guests leave the park when this happens. However, summer storms are usually short lived, often lasting less than an hour. If you are willing to wait out the storm, you can re-enter the park with a largely diminished crowd.
Blizzard Beach Water Park is an excellent water park for the whole family. Many of the slides are high thrill attractions, while the gentle wave pool, dedicated children’s areas, and lazy river are perfect for the younger or less adventurous set. Thanks to the warm Central Florida weather, it is possible to visit nearly year round. If you have time in your schedule to visit a water park, Blizzard Beach is an excellent choice.