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Looking for some frosty fun for the entire family? Look no further than Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park, a one-time ski resort that has melted into a magical, watery wonderland. At Blizzard Beach, you will find fun water rides for everyone in the family. For the adventurous thrill-seeker to the little ones that are still learning to swim, Blizzard Beach has something for everyone.
Family Friendly Tips for Visiting Blizzard Beach Water Park
I spent a fun-filled day with my three youngest kiddos riding rides, lounging in the sun, relaxing down Cross Country Creek, and enjoying a delicious, filling meal. The four of us explored the entire park and I’d like to share some of the tips we learned to make your trip to Blizzard Beach one to remember!
Arrive early to be sure to get a great place to set up at the park. I was surprised to find that the crowds were very minimal in the morning. We were able to find a great spot to put our towels (in the shade too!!). There are quite a few shady spots, but they fill up quickly, so be sure to get there early before the crowds. Also, unlike the big parks, you get to park right at the park with minimal walking…and parking is FREE! We arrived 30min prior to the park opening and as you can see my girls were giddy waiting in the parking lot.
*TIP: Head over to the lounge chairs near The Warming Hut. (map it out ahead of time) This area is heavily shaded AND you will have the Warming Hut (best restaurant) nearby so you can eat right at your chairs! No need to search for open tables or carry your food around the park.
Have a plan:
The day before we headed to the park we scoped out all the rides at Blizzard Beach on the Disney World website. We figured out which rides we wanted to ride the most and hit those first to be sure we got on them before the park started filling up. Our first stop was Summit Plummet. This was not for all of us of course. My brave 12 year old son was the only one brave enough to take the… plummet! As the day progresses, the popular rides lines get much longer.
We mapped out our day using the Disney World website. It has all the information on every ride in the park. You can search for rides based on thrill level, height requirements, and more. It’s a great tool to use for all the Disney Parks!
There are rides that you can race a friend or family member on, which my kids rode again and again. They are definitely competitive! There is also another ride, Teamboat Springs, that up to 6 people can ride at once. And, there is no age requirement. So, pile everyone in and have a blast. It’s rare that all 6 of us can ride a ride all at the same time. This quickly became my all time favorite water ride. Memories….
Be prepared to walk…a lot!
I was not prepared for the hike up to the top of the rides. Now, there is a chairlift option, but my kids were full of energy and preferred trekking up flights of stairs. I, on the other hand, gave up after 3 trips to the top. I’m guessing I walked the equivalent of ten flights of stairs for some of the rides, so thirty flights total. I could be wrong, since I’m completely out of shape. I felt my age and I felt every extra pound on my body. The chair lift is an amazing option and I’m so glad they have it there. On the other hand, the kids were nice and worn out by our drive home and slept in the car…score!
I suggest wearing water shoes if everyone is going on rides. The cement can get very hot. There are sprinklers set up along portions of the sidewalk, but not everywhere, so little feet can get hot fast. Also, if you’re not used to walking barefoot on cement, you may get blisters. One option is to have a designated shoe holder. Everyone gets on the ride while one person waits with the shoes. (the steps up to the rides were all wet and cool, so no worries there). Another option is to wear water shoes so there is no one left out on rides. Just wear your shoes right on the ride. I suppose you could hold your shoes while on the ride, but I wouldn’t want to risk dropping/losing them.
The Little Ones
The entire family will have fun at Blizzard Beach. There is an area for younger kids, Ski Patrol Training Camp, that has slides, a fun obstacle course (see above), and even a zip line. Here is what you will find in Ski Patrol Training Camp:
- Thin Ice Training Course – Test your balance by walking across tricky ice flows with an overhead cargo net for support.
- Fahrenheit Drops – Drop in on the “T-Bar,” a zip line that ends with a splash in 8.5-foot-deep water (for Guests 5 feet tall and under).
- Frozen Pipe Springs – Thaw your pipes on this enclosed body slide that empties into the bay alongside Fahrenheit Drops.
- Cool Runners – Coast on an inner tube down curvy twin slides flanked by melting snow mounds.
- Snow Falls – And so do you, like a graceful snowflake! Make a splash on this straight-downhill body slide.
Have even younger kids? NO WORRIES. Tikes Peak is for those 48″ and under only! At Tikes Peak, you will find:
- Miniature snow-banked slides
- Side-by-side downhill slides
- A mini inner-tube ride
- Chutes tunneling through the snow
Bring Your Camera
Do you know the story behind Blizzard Beach?
One balmy day, a freak winter storm developed over part of Walt Disney World Resort and blanketed the area with snow. So, Florida’s first ski resort was created in that very spot, with ski and toboggan runs. Sadly, just as construction was completed, Florida weather returned to it’s norm, warm and sunny, and the snow began melting. Just as everything was melting, the park’s mascot, Ice Gator came flying down the Summit Plummet launch on skis, and crashed into the village. To not lose out on all the money they spent to build the resort, the park was transformed into a water park, with most of the ski areas turned into “water adventure” areas.
This means there are dozens of fun photo ops throughout the park. Disney’s creative team is always amazing. Don’t miss out on all the fun pictures. There are lockers if you want to bring a dry camera or use your phone. If you have a Go-Pro you’re in luck!
What should I pack?
As I mentioned above, I do recommend a camera (or camera on your phone is fine) and water shoes. You will also want to bring along:
*water for everyone
*sunblock, sunblock, sunblock
*change of clothes
Have lunch at the park
Disney water parks do allow you to bring food and coolers into the park. (no glass or alcohol). However, we each tried a meal at Blizzard Beach and it was awesome! No one went hungry, that’s for sure. We ate at the Lottawatta Lodge. We chose this restaurant because it had something for everyone in our family. The healthy eater, the vegan, the pizza only kid, and the picky child.
The Plant-Based Vegetarian Burger and fruit was perfect. This burger was served with Lettuce, Tomato, Hummus and Pineapple Salsa on a Brioche Roll. Delicious. And the fruit was fresh and cold. Perfect for a hot Florida day.
I highly recommend the Lottawatta Lodge for families. A few of the other unique menu items are: shrimp rolls, cheese flatbread, and the harvest salad.
**TIP: I DO recommend bringing water bottles as it gets hot and we don’t want anyone dehydrating!
Some other great food finds that we found throughout the park were cotton candy, mini donuts, and iced coffee.
Get the best Blizzard Beach Deal
Check out these options to save money on your tickets:
Park Hopper Plus Option:
The Disney Park Hopper Plus Option allows admission to one or more of the four main parks for the number of days on your ticket. But, it ALSO includes the same number of Plus Visits, which are admissions to …
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
One round of golf at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course (tee time reservations required and subject to availability)
ESPN Wide World of Sports (some events require additional admission, valid only on event days)
Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course (one mini golf visit per day before 4:00 p.m.; cannot be used on the same day as Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course)
Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course (one mini golf visit per day before 4:00 p.m.; cannot be used on the same day as Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course)
Other great options include:
Water Parks after 2 Annual Pass
AND, always keep an eye out for great Florida Resident specials and deals.