Disney has always been known for their amazing over the top rides, exhibits, characters and attention to detail. For a Disney Water Park, I expected nothing less than the best. This year we had the opportunity to visit Disney’s Blizzard Beach and it was wonderful!
We had visited Disney’s other water park, Typhoon Lagoon, last year and so this year we wanted to be sure to hit Blizzard Beach. I just loved the idea of a snow themed water park, especially in Florida! As soon as we pulled up in the parking lot you could see “snow” on top of roofs. Walking in we walked past a family of snowmen posing for pictures and they were “melting”, like always Disney thinks of everything, they had water dripping off the snowmen.
The different areas of the park were marked in various colored slopes with different colors indicating areas such as toddler play, big kids and thrill slides. We made off straight to the kiddie area. Tike’s Peak is just for small children under 48″. I love when water parks have a place only for small kids, you don’t have to worry so much about them being run over by older kids racing for slides. Tike’s Peak was great, they had numerous slides, water jets, and a snow castle to play in.
Ski Patrol Training Camp is for bigger kids that are too big for the kiddie area but too small for the big slides. My son loved it! He could still enjoy the kiddie area but the Ski Patrol Training Camp was perfect for him. This area featured bigger slides and inner tube slides. Kids can always test their balance by walking across the floating icebergs while holding onto the ropes above. My guy was a little too short to reach the ropes on this one. They also have a zip line that goes across the pool and drops you in the bottom, we didn’t see this till we were leaving, but it looked really fun!
The water here is 8 feet deep but they do have complimentary life jackets you can use while at the park.
After this we stopped for lunch to refuel. The kid’s meals were served in beach buckets with a shovel, how fun is that! Plus there is sand all over the park so you can use those buckets to play with too!
|Told me to stop taking pictures!|
We decided to go for a relaxing soak in the longest lazy river I have ever seen, Cross Country Creek. Grab a tube and enter one of 7 locations to enter and exit. They even have small tubes for the smaller ones to float in. Cross Country Creek circles the entire park! I love this because you can see everything, but also you can get on and off at different spots which is wonderful when it’s super hot out you don’t have to walk to different attractions, simply float there!
Tubes are included in the price of admission so need to worry about extra costs. Enjoy floating through caves, tunnels, and waterfalls while taking in all Blizzard Beach has to offer.
After our float we hopped aboard the ski Chairlift and rode to the top of Mt.Gushmore. This is where all the big water slides are. You have to be 32 inches tall to ride the chairlift but they do have stairs to the top in case you have tiny ones with you. My daughter loved the chairlift which surprised me a little bit.
At the top was Teamboat Springs, this was my son’s favorite, we went on it like 6 times. This was a family raft ride so the whole family could go on it. This ride is the World’s longest family raft ride, and I believe it! I love when a ride lasts a long time because we all know you have to wait in line forever to get on it. The wait times at Blizzard Beach were very minimal. I know we were not there during the “peak” season, but even still there was a good crowd at the park but there was so much to do that nothing really backed up.
The kids decided they needed an ice cream break so my husband and I saw this as our opportunity to experience Summit Plummet. I have been eyeing this ride for years! I always said if I ever got to Blizzard Beach I would have to try it. This ride is also at the top of Mt.Gushmore, so we hopped on the chairlift and waved to the kids standing below. Summit Plummet is amazing! It is a 120-foot vertical free-falling body slide. You go so fast on this slide that people watching can hear the “whoosh” sound when someone slides down. You actually go 50-60MPH! I went first because I didn’t want to stand at the top by myself freaking out. You really only have a minute to be scared because then they lift the bar and you pull yourself forward and instantly start dropping. The slide is so fast you really don’t have a whole lot of time to be scared going down and I was going so fast I couldn’t even open my mouth to scream! It was incredible!
|That’s Summit Plummet way at the top!|
|See the tiny person at the very top?|
We cooled off for a bit in Melt-Away Bay, a one-acre wave pool. I have always loved wave pools, my daughter wasn’t too big of a fan so we just pulled up a beach chair and let our feet hit the water.
There was still several slides that we didn’t get to experience, so if you have older kids don’t worry there was still a ton for them to enjoy!
- Toboggan Racers is an 8 lane toboggan slide, grab your mat and take off head first in an 8 man race!
- Snow Stormers is a switchback slalom-style mat slide, also head first!
- Downhill Double Dipper which is side-by-side racing slides.
- The Slush Gusher is a snow-banked mountain gully-style speed slide and looked super fast!
- Runoff Rapids which was open and enclosed tube slides.
Like I said before they have so many attractions here the wait time was zero on some slides.
If you love the Disney Theme Parks you will love the Disney Water Parks as well. Next time you are in Florida and visit the Disney World Resort, don’t leave without stopping at Blizzard Beach. This is fun for the whole family!
I received complimentary tickets to facilitate my review. Opinions are my own or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation.