Welcome to another blog post!! Looking for a great way to beat the Floridian heat and cool off? Then check out the Disney World water parks. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the read 🙂
Blizzard Beach is the newer of the Disney World water parks! This is a 66-acre park inspired by a snow ski resort (hence “Blizzard!”). It is located in the Animal Kingdom resort area between Coronado Springs Resort and the All-Star Resorts. You can park your car in a lot next to the park entrance or hop on a bus from the resorts or Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC).
- Summit Plummet: Do you dare to take on Summit Plummet?! At 30 feet above the peak of Mt. Gushmore is the platform for a thrill ride that sends the daring on a high-speed adventure down a 350-foot slide. At 120 feet high and up to 55 mph, it is one of the world’s fastest free-fall water slides.
- Downhill Double Dipper: This is fun for you and a friend! The Downhill Double Dipper is a side-by-side racing water slide that begin 50 feet high on the slopes of Mt. Gushmore and plunge riders along a hilly 200-foot-long course at up to 25 miles per hour.
- Slush Gusher: A double-humped water slide that will drop you through a snow-banked mountain gully from a start 90 feet up Mt. Gushmore (next to Summit Plummet).
- Teamboat Springs: The world’s longest family white-water raft ride takes 6-passenger rafts down a twisting, 1,200-foot series of rushing water falls.
- Toboggan Racers: This is similar to Downhill Double Dipper where you can race your friends! An eight-lane water slide that sends you racing over exhilarating dips down 250-foot course along a “snowy” slope.
- Snow Stormers: Three flumes descending from the top of the mountain and following a switchback course through ski-type slalom gates.
- Runoff Rapids: An inner tube run where guests can careen down three different twisting, turning flumes — one in the dark.
- Chair Lift: Wooden-bench chair lifts sporting colorful overhead umbrellas and snow skis on their underside, converted from ski-resort to beach-resort use, will carry you over the craggy face of Mt. Gushmore, from its base at the beach to its summit. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the views!
- Tike’s Peak: This is fun for the kiddos ages 2-5 years old (under 4 ft tall)! This area includes scaled-down elements of Mt. Gushmore as well as a snow-castle fountain play area.
- Melt-Away Bay: One-acre pool at the base of Mt. Gushmore and fed by “melting snow” waterfalls.
- Cross Country Creek: Ahhhh! I always enjoy a good lazy river :). Cross Coutnry Creek circles the entire park, carrying floating guests through a bone-chilling ice cave. Once inside the mysterious cave, guests will be splashed with the “melting” ice from overhead.
- Ski Patrol Training Camp: Designed for pre-teens with a T-bar drop, crinkle slide and a challenging ice-flow walk along slippery, floating icebergs. Cool Runners is the camp’s twin inner tube slide.
There are, of course, several places to grab a bite to eat or a nice souvenir! In terms of food, there’s Lottawatta Lodge, a counter service location that serves up burgers, sandwiches, and salads. If you’re looking for snacks or hot dogs, then check out Polar Pub & Frostbit Freddie’s, Avalunch, Warming Hut, Cooling Hut, or I.C. Expeditions. If you’d prefer to bring your own food, there are picnic areas throughout the park (no alcohol or glass containers permitted).
The Beach Haus shop and Shade Shack carry the water park essentials as well as a nice selection of souvenirs! If you’re looking for a more deluxe experience, then check out renting a shaded space that includes towels, a locker, Adirondack seating, ice chest with bottled water, and a service attendant! See Beachcomber Shacks and Polar Patios for more information!
There are locker rooms with dressing rooms, showers, and locker, towel, and life jacket rentals available throughout the park!
Typhoon Lagoon is the older of the 2 Disney World water parks. This is a 61-acre themed water park inspired by the imagined legend of a typhoon, earthquake and ensuing tidal wave combining to create an inland sea. There is an area with breaker waves (Typhoon Lagoon) and a towering watershed mountain (Mt. Mayday) atop which is a stranded shrimp boat (the Miss Tilly). Typhoon Lagoon is located in the Disney Springs resort area near Old Key West Resort and Disney Spring West Side. Vehicle parking is located next to the park entrance. You can also take a bus from the TTC and most Disney World resort hotels (Magic Kingdom resorts require transfer to Typhoon Lagoon buses at the TTC).
- Typhoon Lagoon: This is one of the world’s largest surfing lagoons (approximately 109,000 square feet, containing nearly three million gallons of water). And, yes, you can actually surf there!
- Humunga Kowabunga: (3 speed slides that will zip you along 214-foot routes at up to 30 miles per hour.
- Rudder Buster, Stern Burner and Jib Jammer: These are a trio of curving body slides that wind in and out of caves, through waterfalls and between rock formations, sending you along at up to 20 miles per hour over distances of about 300 feet each.
- Miss Adventure Falls: You and your entire family can board a tube for the longest water park ride on Disney property! This is a thrilling white-water ride that isn’t to be missed!
- Keelhaul Falls, Mayday Falls and Gangplank Falls are 3 white-water rafting adventures that slide through caves and under waterfalls in inner tubes (Keelhaul Falls and Mayday Falls) or family-size craft (Gangplank Falls).
- Crush ‘n’ Gusher: A water-coaster thrill attraction that takes riders aboard inflatable rafts on a twisting, turning, up-and-down adventure propelled by powerful water jets.
- Ketchakiddee Creek: A separate water playground for children ages 2 to 5 (under four feet tall) and their parents. Features scaled-down versions of many of the water play activities the “big kids” can do, including a pint-sized white-water rafting adventure, an activity pool and S.S. Squirt, an interactive tug boat.
- Castaway Creek: You hop onto inner tubes for a meandering water tour along a 2,100-foot circular channel that takes them through a misty rain forest, a hidden grotto and a sun-drenching, all with a spectacular view of Typhoon Lagoon and its many activities.
Typhoon Lagoon as 2 restaurants that serve up hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, salads, and deserts. If you’re looking for that, then head on over to Leaning Palms or Tyhpoon Tilly’s! Let’s Go Slurpin’ is a full-service bar. Go to Happy Landing’s Ice Cream or Lowtide Lou’s to satisfy that sweet tooth! Getaway Glen and Hideaway Bar are the 2 picnic areas in the park.
Just like Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon also has premium shaded rental spaces at Beachcomber Shacks. Singapore Sal’s and High ‘n Dry have the water park essentials and souvenirs for sale!
There are locker rooms with dressing rooms, showers, and lockers, towel, and life jacket rentals.
Tickets and Passes
Currently, the pricing for 1-day tickets to only the Disney World water parks is:
- 1-Day Water Park Ticket: $69 USD (Adult 10+ yrs) and $63 USD (Child 3-9 yrs)
- 1-Day Water Park Ticket with Blockout Dates: $65 USD (Adult 10+ yrs) and $58 USD (Child 3-9 yrs)
For information on Annual Passes to the water parks, be sure to check out our previous post! If you’d like more details on tickets to the Disney World theme AND water parks, read all about it here.
I hope you have a great time visiting the Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon!