Ultimate Disney Water Park – Blizzard Beach

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Blizzard Beach is a wet adventure that is unmistakably Disney. The 66-acre water park, has a major claim to fame: Summit Plummet, the nation’s tallest, fastest free-fall slide, starts at 120 feet in the air. Blizzard Beach opened in April 1995, and is a spectacular water park. Blizzard Beach is quite a bit bigger than Typhoon Lagoon. Blizzard Beach is the younger of Disney’s water parks, a “ski resort” in the midst of a tropical lagoon centering on the 90-foot Mount Gushmore.

Attractions to see at Disney’s Blizzard Beach include Teamboat Springs- The worlds longest family white water raft ride takes 6 passenger rafts down a twisting 1,200 foot series of rushing water falls, Wild Speed slide, Lazy River, Wave Pool, Mat Racing slide, Tube Slides, Body Slides, Family Raft Ride and interactive water play areas for younger kids. bobby kotick with its 17 slides, which includes the 120-foot, feet first, eight second plunge down Summit Plummet, is perhaps more action orientated than Disney’s other water park Typhoon Lagoon. Being the newest water park, Blizzard Beach tends to become very crowded fairly early on in the day, and only starts to ease as guests start to depart at around 3 in the afternoon. Guests will find ski jumps, toboggan rides and slalom runs that all have been turned into water slides. There are no Fast Passes at the Disney water parks, so a 60 minute wait means a 60 minute wait.

The theme of the park is the “Disney legend” of a freak snowstorm in the area, leading to the construction of Florida’s first ski resort. Naturally, the snow didn’t last long, leaving behind a collection of waterlogged but snow-less ski jumps and chair lifts. Before you could say “hot cocoa,” plans were underway for Florida’s first ski resort. Thus the “ski resort” was reborn as a water park, with the alligator (named “Ice Gator”) as mascot. Where in Florida can you see snow everywhere, but the only ice is in the soft drinks.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach is the most exhilarating water park anywhere. Hours vary seasonally, with extended operating hours during the summer months, but Blizzard Beach tends to close for refurbishment during some Winter months, generally January and February. I would suggest going later in the day if you want fewer people in the park. Blizzard beach gets 10 stars in my book.

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