After spending a Saturday at Magic Kingdom (including standing in line for one and a half hours to meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen), we just wanted to relax and decided to give Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park a try – and we were extremely happy with our choice!
This fun water park is set in “Florida’s first ski resort”, which is a result of a snow storm – according to Disney legend. You will see lots of “snow” everywhere, but the real weather will be the Florida heat.
Since our idea was to really relax, we didn’t set out exploring each attraction and decided to just go to the ones where our daughter would enjoy the most, while my husband went on more radical attractions. Here are the attractions we tried:
* Summit Plummet: this one only my husband tried, as I am not a big fan of radical rides. It is the second tallest and fastest free fall slide in the world, at 120 feet tall (36.6 meters) with speeds of about 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) and my husband agrees I would not have enjoyed it. Although there were lines for the Summit Plummet and it said the wait was about 30 minutes, it took less than that, and they even take a picture of you sliding down for you to purchase after.
* Teamboat Springs: this was our family’s favorite ride! This is the world’s longest family white-water raft ride at 1,400 (427 meters) long, where 6 people (minimum of 4) sit in large rubber rafts and go down the winding path having a lot of fun, without the crazy speeds and sudden drops you would experience elsewhere. We’ve already been to Disney’s Blizzard Beach twice and Teamboat Springs is the first ride we go to, it is our favorite to have fun at as a family!
* Ski Patrol Training Camp: here is our daughter’s favorite area to play at after we go on Teamboat Springs. At Ski Patrol Training Camp kids go walking from one thin ice “sheet” to another and can splash in the pool or just go on a smaller version of water slide. This area is geared towards tweens and they do have fun and make new friends.
* Melt-Away Bay: on this wave pool you have the idea of being at the beach. At Melt-Away Bay you will find tubes (first come, first serve that people happily share) that will make your experience jumping waves even more fun.
* Cross Country Creek: in our opinion, this is the best way to wrap up your visit. Using a single or a double tube, you will experience how much fun a lazy river can be at Cross Country Creek, where you can just relax and have fun at the same time as you float around the park.
Of course the park has a lot more to offer, but in the idea of just relax, that was all we did in one day. Definitely a good place to relax after a day or two on the other Walt Disney World parks.
A few things to know:
– You can rent lockers to leave your things, but don’t think the large lockers are very large. They are large enough to fit a not too bulky backpack and a few smaller items. The price for the large one at the time of our visit was $15, being $5 of that a deposit they will give back to you if you return your key.
– Make sure to buy the refillable souvenir cup. It was $9.99 and for your future visits you can pay $6.50 to reactivate your cup for all you can eat sodas and lemonades all day.
– Don’t forget your sunscreen! Even though they are on sale at the park’s store, it is a good idea to have it on before you arrive, because the sun is way too strong.
Have you been to any of the Walt Disney World’s water parks? What was your favorite attraction?