Beat the Heat During Your Disney Vacation at these Disney Water Parks!
Florida in the summertime is HOT, there's no denying that, which is why including a visit to one of Walt Disney World's Water Parks is a must! Though WDW is more commonly known for the 4 main parks, don't knock a visit to the water parks off your list. You can easily spend a full day of splash-tastic family fun at one of two Disney water parks at Walt Disney World resort.
Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach (temporarily closed) have been ranked #1 and #2 best water parks in the world. Both offer water family-friendly attractions, from huge and fast slides to lazy rivers for those looking to "hang." Escape to a tropical paradise, and make sure to bring your sunscreen!
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park - NOW OPEN
Located near Disney Springs, Typhoon Lagoon has twelve attractions and ten various dining options including restaurants, bars, and snack stands. The theme of Typhoon Lagoon is exactly how its name sounds: a tropical paradise that was ravaged by a typhoon, leaving ships, surf boards and everything else scattered across the "island." The typhoon even left a ship, Miss Milly, atop Mount Mayday, the park's centerpiece. It's a lot of fun to dive into with the kids once you know the back-story of the park itself!
The water park hours vary by season, but are typically open 10am - 8pm during the Summer months. During the "colder" months (colder in quotes, because it's Florida!), the park is typically open from 10am - 5pm.
Typhoon Lagoon Attractions:
Crush 'N' Gusher - 1/2 person tube water coaster with 3 slides
Storm Slides - 3 different body slides
Humunga Kowabunga - most intense & thrilling body slide
Keelhaul Falls - single-rider tube slide
Gangplank Falls - 300-foot water slide on a 4-person pipe (perfect for families!)
Castaway Creek - 21-minute long lazy river that takes you around the Surf Pool
Mayday Falls - highest & longest waterslide at Typhoon Lagoon
Surf Pool - the heart of Typhoon Lagoon that looks like a beach
One of the kid's favorites is the Surf Pool where a massive 6-foot wave hits every 90 seconds, but pay attention! It will definitely knock you out if you are caught off guard. For the little ones, the Ketchakiddee Creek Slides are great for little ones and pre-schoolers. This area is filled with different activities made just for them, including:
A mini slide side by side
Rapid ride mini inner tubes
Animal shaped fountain
Cave with a waterfall
Grab a bite from one of the several food & drink spots inside the water park. For adults only, grab a cocktail at Let's go Slurpin', located right on the beach near the Surf Pool. Want to cool down with some ice cream? Visit Happy Landings! Counter-service spots are also available, serving wraps, sandwiches, and more.
Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park - Not Open
Disney's Blizzard Beach is a 66-acre water park built around the mythical tale of a one-time ski resort that melted into soothing, warm water. From a tranquil lazy river to a white-sand beach, BB is home to one of the world's tallest and fastest free-fall waterslides, Mount Gushmore! Blizzard Beach was the first of the two water parks to open on Disney property, and is located between Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios at 1534 Blizzard Beach Drive, Orlando, FL 32836.
According to legend, a "freak snowstorm hit Central Florida one day," leaving Blizzard Beach covered in powdery fresh snow. Ski resort meets water park at Blizzard Beach and the storyline is super cute. Blizzard Beach is temporarily closed, but is normally open almost every day of the year from 10am - 8pm. Good to note that the water is heated at Blizzard Beach, but not Typhoon Lagoon. The park features 17 slides, a wave pool, an area for pre-teens, and an area for the little ones.
Blizzard Beach Attractions
Summit Plummet - ski jump-turned water slide where you will achieve speeds of 60 mph
Cross Country Creek - Lazy river with gentle currents to guide you through the park
Ski Patrol Training Camp - fun attractions and smaller kid-friendly water slides
Downhill Double Dipper - a side-by-side high-speed slide where you plummet through a dark hole
Snow Stormers - 3 different slides on purple foam mats located on top of Mt. Gushmore
Teamboat Springs - Rafting ride for the whole family (can fit 3 - 6 passengers)
Toboggan Racer - 8 racing lane slide, first one to the bottom wins!
Mt. Gushmore - The origin point for many of the park's attractions, take a ski chair to the top and access 3 park attractions
Similar to Typhoon Lagoon's Ketchakiddee Creek Slides, Blizzard Beach has Tike's Peak, an area for children under 48 inches. Here, you'll find smaller slides suitable for the little little ones, as well as a shallow pool with a waterfall.
Water Parks Tips
Items to pack: sunscreen, cheap sunglasses, and water shoes. If you don't want to pay to use a towel ($2), bring your own from home.
Stay hydrated and bring your own (empty) water canister into the park to fill
Come early so you can snag a sunbed and chairs
Don't let rain ruin your day!
Don't let the heat deter you from a trip to Orlando, because there's plenty of fun to be had! Though Blizzard Beach is temporarily closed, Typhoon Lagoon is open and ready for you. At the base level, both water parks are the same ticket price and both have lazy rivers and large pools. Blizzard Beach is a bit larger, though it doesn't feel that way when you are there in the park.
If you would like to start planning your Summer vacation with a day of Typhoon Lagoon included in your vacation, reach out to your Magical Memory Maker today! Only a $200 deposit is needed to get your summer vacation plans started.