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Blizzard Beach - Disney Water Park
Disney Blizzard Beach is one of two water parks at Disney World. This is a great place to spend a relaxing day away from the other more traditional Disney parks. The park is themed as a ski resort in the North Pole with ski lifts and, fake snow! This park can get very busy, especially during hot summer days, so plan on getting to the park on opening to get a good spot near some trees and near the main pool. Before visiting, I usually go online to look at the park layout to get a idea of a good spot and then I head directly there and secure my lounger with some towels. There are plenty of chairs in the sun or shady spots. DO take care as it is so easy to burn so keep topping up the lotion and take a hat.
The great things about the water parks are that the parking is free and you are allowed to bring in a cooler with snacks and drinks. This can save a lot of money and you can provide your family with healthy snacks or a picnic of your choosing. If you do plan on purchasing drinks in the park, consider the refillable mug for around $10. 00 which allows you unlimited drinks throughout the day. The one snack we definitely purchase is the “Sand Pail Sundae” for $10. 00 This is, as it suggests, a sand pail (or bucket) filled to the top with soft ice cream, hot fudge sauce, a cherry, strawberry and bits of Oreo cookies. Our three children can barely finish it, so I just have to help them out!!
Our group ages between 5 and 64 and we always have a great time when we visit this park. The water temperature is perfect and you can rent towels, ear plugs and lockers. They have free water vests for the smaller child. As like all Disney parks, the washrooms are clean and are well maintained and there are plenty of changing rooms with showers
At Blizzard Beach there are many rides to choose from including relaxing rides or thrilling rides. The lazy river ride is a relaxing ride where you get on a large inflated tire tube and float around the park. You can get on or off whenever you want; this is a great way to get from one side of the park to the other. The toddler area has many water slides, splash pools and water sprays that are perfect for the smaller children. There is a fun-filled family raft water slide and also rides where you race each other. There is a wave pool with gentle waves. The bottom of the wave pool and some of the other attractions have a rough finish so I would recommend water shoes, especially for the younger ones. The floors also heat up in the afternoon sun so water shoes really do enhance your enjoyment.
The most thrilling ride is Summit Plummet which is a120 foot slide that drops straight down. If you decide you are brave enough to take this on, get there as early as possible after park opening as the line up can get quite lengthy. Take the ski lift up to this ride to save your legs from walking up the long stairs. The first time we visited Blizzard Beach, we planned on staying for only half a day; we loved it so much that we stayed until park closing.
As I mentioned before though, don’t forget your sunblock.
Author: Sharon Mader and Tanya Mader-Frans (Villa link: click here)
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