Blizzard Beach was themed as a ski resort that suddenly experienced a heat wave. And though you won’t find any real snow, you will find an amazing waterpark with a perfect mix of relaxation and thrills. If you’ve never been to Blizzard Beach at Walt Disney World, definitely make it a priority on your next trip! Here’s what you need to know if you’re a Blizzard Beach Beginner:
1. Navigating the Park – After entering the park, you’ll walk past gift shops, photo ops, and the main bathroom/shower area. You’ll then find yourself crossing a small bridge to the main attractions. The first thing you’ll come across is the Chair Lift, a fun and easy way to get you to the top of the mountain. (However, if the line is long or you have kids under 32”, you can always opt for the stairs.) The slides of Blizzard Beach are divided into three “slopes” – Red, Purple, and Green. The Green Slope is the highest peak, and the drop-off point for the Chair Lift. On Green you’ll find Slush Gusher and Summit Plummet (both 48” height minimums) and the family-friendly Teamboat Springs. On Purple Slope you’ll find the tummy-mat rides of Snow Stormers and Toboggan Racers, as well as the Downhill Double Dipper tube race (48” height minimum). Red Slope stands alone at the back of the park, with Runoff Rapids, a triple flume tube ride for all ages. On ground level, you’ll find the wave pool, the lazy river, and two amazing kids’ areas.
2. Packing Well – At Blizzard Beach you’ll want everything for a typical day at the pool: swimsuit, sunscreen, towels, sunglasses, camera, and hat. You may also want a waterproof case for your phone and credit/debit card. I personally prefer to put our family in rash guards for sun and scrape protection. The ground can get hot in some spots, so water shoes are helpful, especially for kiddos with tender feet. You can bring in any food and non-alcoholic drinks, so you might want to pack snacks or even a picnic lunch. If you plan to go directly out to eat afterwards, remember to bring dry clothes and toiletries—the showering and changing areas are very nice. Also, if you’d like to rent lockers or towels, friendly cast members will assist you at Snowless Joe’s or the Beach Haus near the entrance.
3. Eating Well – There are plenty of counter service and snack service options at Blizzard Beach. The main restaurant is Lottawatta Lounge where you can find anything from burgers to shrimp rolls, and kids meals come with sand toys. Throughout the park you’ll find other great options as well, such as the Feta Watermelon Salad at Arctic Expeditions. You may want to consider purchasing a refillable drink mug for the day—there are refill stations all over! But whatever you do, don’t miss the Sand Pail Sundae. Yep, it’s just what it sounds like. Grab your whole family—and lots of spoons!
4. Just For Kids – The two kids areas of Blizzard Beach are second to none! Tike’s Peak is designed for little ones UNDER 48 inches, with a shallow wading pool, small slides, and plenty of squirting fountains. At Ski Patrol Training Camp bigger kids can hop across icebergs, enjoy medium-sized slides, and even plunge from a zip line! In addition, this summer kids can enjoy competing in activities like Ski Pole Limbo and Ice Bucket Relay with the Frozen Games hosted by Olaf and Kristoff. Competitors can sign up at the park entrance.
5. Finding Shade – Sometimes it’s nice to take a break in the shade. Unlike other waterparks, Blizzard Beach does a GREAT job of providing shade near the pools via either trees or pavilions. It’s really not hard to find some chairs or picnic tables in order to relax or eat. If you want to have a “home base” for your crew, you may want to consider renting a private shaded patio.
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6. Handling Storms – Blizzard Beach cast members are very vigilant about your safety. While a rain shower won’t influence park function at all, lifeguards will shut down rides and/or require everyone out of the water if lightning is close. (Whether it’s partial shut down or a complete shutdown seems to depend on the distance from reported lightning strikes. We’ve had both happen.) Most of the time you can just get a snack and wait out the storm. But if it doesn’t seem to be letting up with several hours left in the day, rain checks may be issued.
Enjoy your visit to the warmest wintery wonderland on earth!
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