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Last updated: December 2, 2023
Blizzard Beach is Disney’s more exotic water park, and it has its own legend. The story goes that an entrepreneur tried to open a ski resort in Florida during a particularly cold winter. But the snow melted, the palm trees grew back, and all that remained of the ski resort was its alpine lodge, the ski lifts... and the mountain, Mount Gushmore. Mount Gushmore holds Summit Plummet, Disney World’s longest and fastest water slide, which begins with a 120-foot free fall. If you’re into water slides, Blizzard Beach is better than Disney’s other water park, Typhoon Lagoon. Even with the fast slides, families will find plenty to do at Blizzard Beach. The Melt-Away Bay Wave Pool is great for younger swimmers, and the Teamboat Springs raft ride is a 1,200-foot flume for everyone.
Blizzard Beach fills up early when it’s hot. To avoid long lines, purchase your admission before you arrive, then get to the park about 30 minutes before opening time.
Like all water parks, ride capacity is low at Blizzard Beach. That makes for long lines for most of the day. We’ve got a special one-day touring plan for Blizzard Beach that gets you to as much of the park as possible during your visit.
Ski Patrol Training Camp – A place for preteens to train for the big slides.
Tike's Peak – Kid-size version of Blizzard Beach. This is the place for little ones.
These attractions are fast and tall enough to have their own height requirements:
Chair Lift Up Mount Gushmore – A great ride even if you just go up for the view. Use the singles line if you can.
Downhill Double Dipper – Side-by-side tube-racing slides. At 25 mph, the tube zooms through water curtains and free falls. It’s a lot of fun, but it’s rough.
Slush Gusher – 90-foot double-humped slide. Ladies, cling to those tops—all others, hang on for your lives.
Summit Plummet – 120-foot free fall at 60 mph. Needless to say, this ride is very intense. Make sure your child knows what to expect; being over 48 inches tall doesn’t guarantee an enjoyable experience. If you think you’d enjoy being washed out of a 12th-floor window during a heavy rain, then this slide is for you.
These attractions do not have height requirements:
Cross Country Creek – The park’s lazy river. Grab a tube and circle the park!
Melt-Away Bay Wave Pool – The park’s huge wave pool, with gentle, bobbing waves. Great for young swimmers.
Runoff Rapids – Three corkscrew tube slides to choose from. The center slide is for solo raft rides; the other two slides offer one- or two-person tubes.
Snowstormers – Three mat-slide flumes; down you go on your belly.
Teamboat Springs – 1,200-foot group whitewater raft flume. Wonderful ride for the whole family.
Toboggan Racers – Eight-lane race course. You go down the flume on a mat. Less intense than Snow Stormers.
Blizzard Beach has four quick-service restaurants, eight food stands, and a bar. None of it is fancy, but some of it is better than you’d expect from a water park. Here’s a complete rundown of dining options at Blizzard Beach.
The Lottawatta Lodge is the highest-rated counter-service restaurant in the park, serving hot dogs, burgers, and pizzas, with plant-based options. Avalunch serves lighter food including wraps and sandwiches. And no trip to Blizzard Beach is complete without a bag of mini-donuts.
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