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Disney World may be the most fun place on Earth, but it definitely can take a lot out of you. Sometimes you just need to spend a few hours cooling off from the hecticness. But when is Disney Blizzard Beach Reopening again? Disney World’s Blizzard Beach Water Park re-opened in December of 2022. This amazing water park is a place where you can send the kids on their way to the exhilarating rides and waterfalls, while you kick your feet up and charge your battery for the coming days! At Blizzard Beach, you are sure to enjoy your stay at one of the many attractions, restaurants, snack stands, shops, and more that they have to offer!
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Blizzard Beach is positioned next to Animal Kingdom and the All-Star Resorts. Due to the ease of its locale, you’ll notice many families taking advantage of this refreshing spot and cooling off throughout the day between the hotel and the park. When inside the park, you will be blown away by the number of waterslides and raft rides readily available for the kids (or kids at heart) to enjoy, but what takes the cake for most adults is the lazy river where you can find yourself drifting along for hours upon end.
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Sadly, Blizzard Beach is not included if you buy a one-day park ticket or indulge yourself with Disney’s park hopper tickets (unless you buy park hopper plus), so you will have to buy a water park ticket separately. A one-day ticket for the water pack free per adult is 70$ and 65$ per child, although prices may vary depending on when you are going.
Let’s talk about some of the best attractions you’ll surely not want to miss when visiting Disney World’s Blizzard Beach Water Park:
- Summit Plummet
- Tike’s Peak
- Toboggan Racers
- Cross Country Creek Lazy River
The water park is set up with Mount Gushmore as its focal point, with various slides splitting off from there. However, Summit Plummet is what attracts the crowd, with a 12-story drop-down through a pitch-black tunnel that sends you flying out toward the end! Admittedly, if you are scare of heights or rides where you can’t see where you are going, this is probably one you should pass on as you ‘disappear’ during the ride and magically show up at the end. On the flip side, if you are a daredevil, be sure to make your way down one of the fastest freefall slides in the world!
If you have little ones around preschool age, Tike’s Peak will be the center of attention for your family. In this area that brings a flurry of excitement to your kids, spectacular options are abundant, including the pools with Frozen characters sprinkled in, the ‘snow-banked’ slides, and the side-by-side downhill slides. This area is only for children under 48 inches tall, so you will not have to worry about the bigger kids splashing their way through; allowing the little ones to have their picture-perfect opportunity for fun. If you start to get chilly in the water (although the water is warmed daily), you can go lay out and relax on the surrounding beach, where you and your children can enjoy the warm sun while building epic sandcastles.
Ever since I was a child, I was in the tradition of loving Toboggan Racers, whether it was at Disney World or in other water parks around the States. In Disney World’s Blizzard Beach Water Park version of it, eight lanes slalom downhill towards the bottom while you race your friends and family for first place over and over again. This is also off of Mount Gushmore and is 250 feet long, so get ready to catch some wind on your way down. If you are a massive fan of these types of slides, one tip I have is to head to the water park during an off-hour so you can repeat the ride several times without having to wait in the lengthy line that usually accompanies it.
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Cross Country Creek Lazy River
Surrounding the edges of the water park, you will find the lazy river. A water park is not truly complete without one, and Blizzard Beach is no exception! A few standout elements throughout the lazy river are the cutouts that go into Mount Gushmore and Ice Gator’s cabin. All in all, you will enjoy your float immensely after you have been on your feet for the whole day.
Tire yourself out and burn off those extra vacation calories before you head to one of the several eateries at Blizzard Beach and fuel up again. If you are looking for fast-food-type meals if you are too hungry to wait for anything else, Avalunch is the ideal place for your family. Looking for something a bit nicer, Lottawatta Lodge has delicious burgers and flatbreads to grub up on. If you are over the age of 21, Polar Pub is open to serve you beer, wine, and cocktails while your little ones run around.
Is Blizzard Beach Worth It?
Disney World only offers two water parks, with Typhoon Lagoon being the other option. While both offer slightly different attractions, you will surely be happy and have a ton of fun at both. A refreshing afternoon is an absolute guarantee! There is not too much planning that needs to go into the prep for going to the water park. Just slip your swim trunks on and you are ready to go. On top of that, if you are looking for some privacy and are willing to spend a few extra bucks, Polar Patios offers an independent shaded deck for up to 10 guests. This presents a great way to end up with an even finer experience at the water park than most will have the luxury to take part in. Blizzard Beach will ultimately close with Typhoon Lagoon reopens. Only time will tell when Blizzard Beach will re-open again.