Blizzard Beach is Disney World’s very own 66 acre- fully immersive themed water park. The theme, simply put – ski-resort meets water adventure. Complete with slides, raft rides, kiddie play areas, a giant bobbing wave pool, and a lazy river – Blizzard Beach is definitely one to experience.
I had a chance to visit for the first time this past spring break, shortly after it reopened for the season. To be honest, I really didn’t know what to expect on this visit, but luckily, I was able to get some pretty crucial tips along the way.
Here are a few things to know before your next trip to Blizzard Beach
Get there early
Getting there early is actually really important for several reasons. First, as with all Disney Parks, due to the pandemic, there are capacity limits at each park. Since prior reservations can’t be made at Blizzard Beach, it can sometimes meet capacity pretty early. While I was there, the park opened at 11am and reached capacity almost immediately.
Second, you’ll want to get your seats at the Beach and you’ll find that beach chairs closer to the shore tend to fill up pretty quickly. Shaded gazebos are available as well for a fee.
Bring a waterproof phone case
This was a mistake I actually made in not purchasing one ahead of time. While they do sell them at the park, unfortunately, supply was very low due to the pandemic and they were completely out of them at every store. I would definitely recommend you purchase one ahead of time to be able to both enjoy the various water attractions without worrying about your phone getting wet and damaged.
Wear water shoes
Now, I did remember to bring my water shoes and felt like a winner! Flip flops are a little harder to keep up with on attractions like the lazy river and water slides, so this is easily the best footwear option in my opinion.
Towels are free for resort guests
Yes, if you are staying at a Disney Resort, you are eligible for one free towel per guest. Otherwise, there is a fee for towel rentals or you may bring your own.
2 Words – Funnel Cake
You know food and snacks at Disney World make me happy right? Well, Blizzard Beach is one of the few parks to get a delicious funnel cake at Disney and it’s one of those snacks we dream about all year long!
I might add too that if you’re in the mood for an adult beverage, the Pina CoLava is the mommy juice of all mommy juices!
Yes, most of the water is heated
No, this isn’t the most crucial thing to know unless you’re like me and have to always do a temperature check before diving in the water. Plus, the whole ski resort idea is a little misleading. The only area that is not heated is the melting snow in the ice cave at Cross Country Creek.
All attractions are not created equal
Last, but certainly not least, you’ll want to know a little bit about the water slides, especially if you’re traveling with kids with varying adventure levels.
Attractions at Blizzard Beach
I’ll start with some of the most tame attractions of the park that we can all agree are perfect for any age or adventure level. The giant bobbing wave pool and the lazy river were among our favorites. The lazy river spans around the entire park and was the perfect attraction for lounging around. Likewise, I could not get my kids out of the wave pool and had to literally remind them that there were other attractions to check out!
Now, Blizzard Beach also features 3 different slopes (identified by color). To get to these slopes, you can either ride a cool chairlift or go up a pretty long set of steps to the top of Mount Gushmore. There, you’ll find the green and purple slopes. The favorite on the green slope is the raft ride called Teamboat Springs. There’s also a body slide called Slush Gusher that’s a lot more intense and not the adventure-averse. Hence, we had to skip that one. Additionally, Summit Plummet is slated as the most intense attraction at Blizzard Beach. Again, I’ll have to try that one out without the kids.
There’s only one slide on the red slope that’s an inner tube ride that’s a little milder than the aforementioned, but still a little more than my girls were up for on that day. So…back to the lazy river we went!
In all, we had a wonderful time at Blizzard Beach and definitely recommend it as part of your next Disney adventure. Just make sure to follow these tips for the best and smoothest experience.
Tickets to Blizzard Beach can either be purchased as a one-day ticket or as part of your Park Hopper pass to Disney World. For more information, visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/blizzard-beach/.
Disclosure: This trip was hosted/sponsored by TravelingMom & Disney. As always, all opinions are mine alone.