Walt Disney World Water Parks
The Walt Disney Company is well known as having expertise in almost every aspect of the entertainment and amusement business. This absolutely does not fall short when it comes to Walt Disney World water parks. Walt Disney World is home to two uniquely designed, thrilling, and family friendly water parks. They are the perfect place to create traditional Disney memories without stepping foot into an amusement park. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach are on our checklist of places that must be experienced in Walt Disney World.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Opened in 1989, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park offers dining, attractions, and special programs for guests of all ages to enjoy. Here you can find some of the wettest and wildest attractions that Walt Disney World has to offer! Modeled with a shipwrecked theme, the water park features everything from a lazy river to an exciting family surf pool. The entire park is about fifty-six acres and houses over ten major attractions.
Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool
The centerpiece for the park is the Typhoon Lagoon surf pool. Families can wade through the water while waves move through the pool, slowly crashing to the sandy white beaches on the shore. Although inner tubes are not available in the surf pool, there are shallow areas for those guests who may not be strong swimmers. For little ones under four feet tall looking for a mellower play area, Ketchakiddee Creek is the place to be. The area includes crawl chutes, mini rapids, a waterfall and cave, and mini water slides. Children can play at their leisure in their own supervised and creatively constructed paradise. Castaway Creek is another spot perfect for every member of your party. It allows guests to float down a two thousand foot lazy river in an inner tube. The Creek leads guests around the entire park with trees, attractions, and landscapes found throughout the journey.
For those thrill seeking guests, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon offers many fast paced water attractions. One of the most talked about attractions at either Walt Disney World water park is the Crush n’ Gusher. This four hundred foot water coaster moves guests up and down the slide on a small two-person raft. The trill ride will plunge and pull through “fruit chutes” until it finally glides into the Hideaway Bay. Next up: Gangplank Falls. This is a fun attraction designed to include the entire family. Large four person tubes travel down a wide, three hundred foot water slide. Guests will encounter waterfalls and splashes as they move side to side and down the Gang Plank Mountain. Keelhaul Falls is a similar type rapids ride, except the Keelhaul is designed for individual guests. Caverns, waterfalls, palm trees, and boulders line the white water river. Guests board and inner tube and make their way down the Falls. The wild ride spins guests around and spits them out into a landing pool.
Additional water attractions
Some other amazing water attractions found in Typhoon Lagoon include Bay Slides, Humunga Kowabunga, Storm slides, and Mayday Falls. These range from thrill rides to less intense experiences for younger guests. Some include many drops, turns, and twists. In addition to these attractions, Typhoon Lagoon offers exclusive surfing programs. In groups of twenty-five, guests can either learn how to surf or perfect their skills on one of the largest indoor wave pools in the world. The park provides enough thrill and variety to keep each member of your party laughing and playing all day long.
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
The second of the Walt Disney World water parks, Disney’s Blizzard Beach, was opened only six years after Typhoon Lagoon. This fun filled park was designed as a melted ski resort, which resulted into a slushy water utopia. Mount Gushmore, the centerpiece of the park houses many water attractions including a ski lift and water slides. It is split into three different sections, green, purple, and red slopes, so that guests can navigate more easily. Disney’s Blizzard Beach invites guests to experience the unique concept of a Florida ski lodge experience.
Similar to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, this park offers many attractions for guests young and old. There are many areas where all family members can enjoy time and thrills together. Melt Away Bay lets guests experience a day at the “melted” beach. The bay stands as a mellow oasis with small waves, waterfalls, and a white sand beach shore. Inner tubes are allowed in this area if you choose to lay back and relax. For more relaxation, head over to the family friendly Cross Country Creek. This lazy river travels over three thousand feet around the entire Blizzard Beach property. The river was created as snow melted down the side of Mount Gushmore, slowly creating a wet grotto. Guests travelling on the Creek will pass through caves and under bridges, and encounter leaking pipes and spraying spring water. Tike’s Peak is an area that was created specially for younger guests. Children under forty eight feet may enjoy an inner tube attraction, melted ice water slides, and tunnel chutes. Ice Gator, the mascot of Blizzard Beach, stands as the centerpiece of the peak and splashes water at the little ones from his dripping umbrella.
Water Thrill Rides
Disney’s Blizzard Beach certainly does not lack thrill. Summit Plummet has earned the title of one of the most extreme water rides in the world. This one hundred and twenty foot slide missiles guests straight down almost twelve stories. A clock times your ride and will display the top speed reached during your plummet. Thrill seekers will definitely want to make sure to take on the challenge! The Slush Gusher and the Downhill Double Dipper are two more fast paced water rides found atop Mount Gushmore. These water slides feature drops and turns through the melting mountain.
In addition to these, Disney’s Blizzard Beach is home to Toboggan Racers and Teamboat Springs,T each catering to guests of all ages. The Ski Patrol Training Camp features zip lines, inner tube mini slides, body slides, and obstacle courses over a frosty melted ice pool. There is almost not enough time in one day at Disney’s Blizzard Beach to experience all it has to offer!
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* Special thanks to Lexsie Ditter for writing this article.