In addition to the four theme parks at Disney World there are also two water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, each with their own distinct theming and attractions. During a Disney vacation it can be difficult to find the time to do all that you want, so if you can only visit one water park, which park should you visit? There is no right answer, and no one park is better than the other. It all depends on you, and which park you will enjoy more and will fit your vacation best. Here are 5 things to consider when picking which water park to visit.
5 – Theming
Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, in some ways, have complete opposite theming. Both parks were hit by a storm, one by a typhoon and one by a blizzard, but the outcomes were quite different. One has a tropical atmosphere, while the other has a wintery feel, but both themes are fantastic! Typhoon Lagoon was hit by just that, a big typhoon that tossed everything around and left things topsy-turvy, hence the boat suspended on the mountain. Blizzard Beach was the only ski resort in Florida that melted away into a water park but left behind remnants of the winter wonderland, like a chairlift, and snow-capped mountains. Consider which theming sounds like more fun to you. Do you want to feel like you’re in a tropical lagoon as you zoom down slides, or do you want to feel surrounded by snow drifts?
4 – Typhoon Lagoon Activities
Typhoon Lagoon boasts the world’s largest outdoor wave pool, the Surf Pool which has 6 foot swells. You can either dive into the waves, float on them, or surf! Guests can book private/small group surfing lessons before and after regular hours. Another unique experience offered at Typhoon Lagoon is at Shark Reef where guests can snorkel and see sharks, stingrays and tropical fish. You can also view the wildlife under the water through a tanker’s portal windows. A big plus is that everything you need to cross Shark Reef is included in your park admission.
3 – Blizzard Beach Activities
Blizzard Beach may not have a coral reef or sharks (which might be a big plus if you’re not a fan of sharks!) but they do have an amazing area for kids. At Blizzard Beach kids and preteens can play in a water interactive park, the Ski Patrol Training Camp. They can challenge themselves to walking across floating chunks of ice while holding onto nets above for balance, race down four waterslides, or tackle the zip line!
2 – Food
Both water parks have a number of quick service locations, but you won’t find any table service restaurants at either park. Both have very similar American cuisine, such as hot dogs, burgers, salads, wraps, they both serve beer, wine and frozen beverages. Blizzard Beach does have one tasty snack that Typhoon Lagoon doesn’t, and that snack is mini donuts! You can even get raspberry, chocolate or white chocolate dipping sauces. If fun and delicious snacks are important to you, you may want to give Blizzard Beach a point based purely on those mini donuts!
1 – Thrill Slides
Both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach have amazing water slides, but there are some slides that are definitely unique to each park. For example, Typhoon Lagoon has an amazing ‘water coaster’ called Crush ‘n’ Gusher, which is actually made up of three slides that each offer a different route down to the pool below. You can hop on board a double tube so you don’t have to tackle this one on your own. The Crush ‘n’ Gusher has a water rafting feel to it as water jets propel you up and down the slides. Guaranteed you won’t find slides like this anywhere else, not even Blizzard Beach. But Blizzard Beach does have its own thrilling slide. Summit Plummet is one of the fastest and tallest free-fall body slides in the world. This one you have to do all on your own, but you can celebrate surviving the big drop with your friends and family at the bottom. A good question to ask yourself is, which thrill is your more your style? If the water coaster appeals to you more, Typhoon Lagoon might be the right choice, but if conquering heights is what you crave, than consider Blizzard Beach.
Both parks have so much to offer guests. Both have numerous waterslides, tube slides, body slides, both have a group raft style slide, their version of a lazy river, and a wave pool. What it essentially comes down to is your personal preference, which theme appeals to you more, and which unique attractions are calling out to you. Whether you visit Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach, you will find fun and Disney magic.