Alright, so in my Four Parks – One World post, we discussed the four main theme parks that Disney has to offer, but there are also golf courses, spas, a massive sports complex, a shopping district, and 2 water parks. Today and Monday we will take a look at Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.
There is no doubt that Disney goes all out whenever it develops a new attraction. The theming is always incredible, and there is always a story. The story that accompanies Blizzard Beach goes something like this. There was a freak snow storm in Florida, so they decided to open Florida’s first ski resort. (Perhaps they had a huge polar vortex like we had in Ohio this year, who knows!) Of course though, with it being Florida and all, the snow didn’t last long. The developers were ready to walk away and abandon the project when they heard the excited cries of “Ice Gator” racing down the hill on an inner tube (Ice Gator is the parks mascot). The developers of the ski resort then saw the potential and converted the park into a water park rather than a ski resort.
The park includes many water slides for the whole family, and its biggest attraction is Summit Plummet, which is 120 feet high, and can reach speeds of 60 mph as you race down. My favorite part is relaxing in the massive lazy river that completely circles the park.
In my mind there is no better way to relax and take a day off from the hustle and bustle of the Disney parks than chilling at the water park! Just like any of the Disney parks, you can pack a lunch and spend the day. There are lockers for rent ($10 for the entire day PLUS you get $5 of that back when you return the key!), so I recommend getting a locker. There are also several quick service locations where you can purchase lunch. Disney Dining Plan is accepted at the quick service locations.
On hot summer days the parks will fill up quickly, so I recommend going in the morning before the park gets really busy. Enjoy a few hours in the morning, head back to the resort to clean up, and spend your afternoon and evening at Downtown Disney!