Looking for a day away or a break from the 4 Disney theme parks? Why not check out the “coolest” place on Disney property….Disney’s Blizzard Beach Waterpark. Blizzard Beach is the product of a freak snowstorm that blanketed part of the Walt Disney world resort with snow, with mountains of snow Disney decided to make Florida’s first ever ski resort. Well Florida being Florida it warmed up again and everything started to melt creating the “coolest” water park around.
Blizzard Beach waterpark has something for everyone of all ages and interests. When entering the waterpark you can see and feel like you are in an alpine ski resort. At the front of the park you have shops, dining, lockers for rent, changing rooms with showers. Circling almost all the attractions you have the lazy river named Cross Country Creek. There are multiple types of tubes that are floating around the creek that you can grab and use. There is no cost for the tubes. This is a great way to just kick back and relax, it is also a great way to get around the park and give your feet a break, you are able to float to the different attraction areas around the park. There are several spots that allow you to get on and off throughout the park. Blizzard beach is home to melt-away-bay which is a 1 acre bobbing wave pool. This means it will have smaller up and down waves throughout the day. Surrounding the wave pool is sand and seating, a great place to relax and soak up some sun. The rest of the attractions are broken up into different sections.
Blizzard beach has 2 sections of the park geared for kids. The first section is Tykes Peak. This area of the park is made to look like a miniaturized version of the whole park. It is for children under 48 inches tall. It has sand areas to play in, smaller water slides and a shallow wading pool area. This is a great place for those with younger kids to have some fun. Next is the Ski Patrol training Camp. Here kids are able to crawl their way across icebergs, go down a T-bar drop and ride a few water slides. These slides are bigger than those in tykes peak but not as big as the rest of the park. There is also a pool area that anyone can splash around and play in. The pool area does have a zero depth entry making it accessible for all. Fun fact…If you are spending your day at blizzard beach with kids, order them a kids meal. All the kids meals are served in a sand pail and come with a shovel. When they finish their lunch they will have a shovel and pail to play with for the rest of the day!
The rest of the park is broken down into three different slopes. Each slope has its own stairway with access to one or multiple slides. The three slopes are Green, Purple and Red with the Green slope having majority of the thrill seeker rides. As mentioned there are stairs to access each set of slopes, the green slopes you are also able to use the chairlift to get to the top of Mount Gushmore. At the top of Mount Gushmore and the slides for the green slopes you have Team Boat Springs, Summit Plummet and Slush Gusher. Team boat springs is a family raft ride where you can have 4-8 people in a raft to head down the WORLDS LONGEST family raft ride. If you have less than 4 people you will be placed with another small group to ride down. There is no minimum height requirement for this. Riders will need to be able to sit up and hold a handle to be able to ride. Summit Plummet and Slush Gusher have a 48 inch height requirement. Both of these slides are body slides. Summit Plummet is a 120 Ft free falling water slide. It stands atop Mount Gushmore. As you scale to the top if you look around you will be able to see all the Disney Parks, Disney Springs and quite a few of the hotels. It is an amazing view. Slush Gusher is a speed slide that you will go over two bumps on your way down. Many on the second bump say they feel their body lift slightly off the slide. Both Summit plummet and Slush Gusher are great for thrill seekers. The Purple slopes play host to Downhill Double Dipper, Storm Slides and Toboggan Racers. For both the Storm Slides and Toboggan Racers you lay on a float mat that looks similar to a sled. Toboggan Racers you will race with up to 8 others. The Storm Slides are a slalom style track with curves back and forth through the snow. Downhill Double Dipper has a 48 inch height requirement. This is a side by side tube slide that you race with one other your way down to the bottom. There is even a speed clock that times you on your way down. The final slope is the red slope. This is the only set of slides that you will pick your float up at the bottom and carry it to the top with you. Here you have two open slides that are a mirror image of each other and then an enclosed dark slide.
There are different quick service options throughout the park along with snack locations and bars. The waterparks have their own refillable mug. You are able to purchase it and use it throughout the day and several fill stations. Fun fact: at the main dining area, The Lottawatta Lodge you are able to fill your mug at coke freestyle machines which give you so many different options throughout your day. If you are doing more than one day at the waterpark you are able to take your mug with you the next day and just pay an activation fee for the day. If you are looking for a fun ice cream treat check out IC expeditions and the Sand pail. It is an ice cream sundae with all different toppings and things added to it that is served to you in a sand pail. A fun treat to share.
For those with mobility issues or wheelchair users, Blizzard beach does have water wheelchairs that can be used. Both the wave pool and the pool is Ski Patrol training Camp have zero depth entries that the wheelchairs can go in and use. Along with that there are accessible entrances to the lazy river. On the chairlift there is a Gondola that can take someone in a wheelchair to the top of Mount Gushmore. Once up there, they are able to access accessible paths to the different attractions.
If you are looking for a fun in the sun and snow experience while at Disney then Blizzard Beach Waterpark is the place for you.
Contact your Goofy Getaways travel agent about adding the water park to your next vacation.
Written by Travel Planner Kathryn Cyr-Lopez ()