This past September, Disney announced that one of the two water parks would be reopening on March 7, 2021. The water parks have yet to reopen during the phased reopening. Disney has announced which water park will open and it will be Blizzard Beach. We love this water park. Learn more about the seven reasons you’ll want to visit next spring!
Here are more details from Disney Cast Member Jacqueline Logan:
The wait is finally over! Cast members will begin returning soon to prepare Disney’s Blizzard Beach for its scheduled reopening on March 7, 2021. First opened to the public on April 1, 1995, this spring will kick off Blizzard Beach’s 25th season. In honor of this exciting news – here are seven fun facts you may not have known about Disney’s wintry-themed water park.
1 – Blizzard Beach has a special story all its own
A ski resort in Florida? You heard that right! As the story goes, a legendary snowstorm in Florida prompted local opportunists to build a ski resort. When Florida’s climate returned to normal temperatures and the snow began to melt, Blizzard Beach was born.
2 – Blizzard Beach is home to one of the fastest waterslides in the world
The ultimate water park thrill ride, Summit Plummet is a 120-foot-tall waterslide with a near-vertical drop. Guests accelerate up to 65 mph on the slide, making it one of the fastest attractions at Walt Disney World.
3 – There’s no shortage of tasty treats
From churros to Mickey ice cream bars, you can discover many of your favorite snacks at the Disney Water Parks. There are plenty of menu options to choose from, including these loaded nachos from Frostbite Freddy’s Frozen Freshments.
4 – The first chairlift in Florida was built at Blizzard Beach
Want to know a Disney secret? This colorful chairlift, built to ferry guests to the top of Mount Gushmore, was the first of its kind in the state of Florida. The chairlift offers a scenic bird’s-eye view of Blizzard Beach and easy access to Summit Plummet, Slush Gusher and Teamboat Springs.
5 – There’s a full-service beach bar serving Blizzard Beach-inspired cocktails
Piña CoLAVA anyone? How about a Blue Blizzard Margarita? The Polar Pub serves as Blizzard Beach’s own full-service beach bar and offers specialty cocktails inspired by the park’s stories.
6 – Cross Country Creek is one of the longest lazy rivers in the U.S.A.
At 3,000 feet, Cross Country Creek ranks among the longest lazy rivers in the country. It takes between 20 and 30 minutes to complete one journey around the waterway – depending, of course, on how lazy you want to be!
7 – Teamboat Springs is one of the world’s longest family whitewater raft ride
One of the world’s longest family whitewater raft ride is none other than Teamboat Springs at Blizzard Beach. Along the winding rapids of Teamboat Springs, guests encounter remnants of the fabled snowstorm in the form of snowshoes, snow shovels, melting icicles and a snow mobile.
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by Lauren Repei
In addition to the four theme parks, Disney also has two waterparks. If you’re looking to cool off while spending time in the hot Florida sun, Blizzard Beach is the waterpark for you. Here are 10 reasons why we love Blizzard Beach.
10 – The Theming
The story goes that Blizzard Beach was once Florida’s first ever ski resort, which quickly melted leaving behind a water park! Everywhere you look, you’re surrounded by snow and ice, yet you’re in a sunny, outdoor waterpark! Even though you’re standing in the park in your swimming suit, it’s difficult not to feel like you’re on a snowy mountain, that’s how immersive the theming is here!
9 – The Chairlift
A ski resort wouldn’t be a ski resort without a chairlift to take guests up the side of the mountain, and Blizzard Beach is no exception. This smooth, relaxing ride in the shade of a colorful umbrella is the perfect, and most fun, way to get to a number of attractions at Blizzard Beach like Summit Plummet, Slush Gusher and Teamboat Springs. Why walk up stairs when you can hop on a chairlift and take in the beautiful and expansive view of Blizzard Beach?
8 – Cross Country Creek
The Cross Country Creek is the lazy river of Blizzard Beach. This attraction is 3,000 feet in length, flows around the entire park, and has seven spots to enter and exit the creek. If a little relaxation is what you need, grab an inner tube and just float along, under waterfalls, drift through a grotto and polar caves too. There are some fun things to see like the home of the park’s mascot, Ice Gator, who seems to be home due to a cold. Watch out for his sneezes!
7 – Half Day or Full Day Park
Blizzard Beach is an easy place to spend the entire day at, or even just half of your day. If you only want to spend half your day here, arrive at opening and hit all the slides and attractions and you should be able to experience most of what the park has to offer. If you plan on spending the whole day at the park with a group, you can rent a Polar Patio, which will give you a private deck complete with a locker, cooler, and towels. Shade Shack and Lodge Umbrella rentals are also available. These rentals give you a place to hang out with your group, and relax in the shade and take your time enjoying the waterpark.
6 – Mini Donuts
There is a little shack at Blizzard Beach that sells a snack that is unique to this park, and that snack is mini donuts! The donuts can be purchased by the dozen, or half dozen, and there are also options for dipping sauces (chocolate, raspberry and white chocolate). These delicious and cute mini donuts are the perfect snack to share, or keep all to yourself!
5 – Snow Stormers
Snow Stormers has three slides for guests to zoom down. Guests ride on their belly on a toboggan-like mat down a snowy mountain. The theming of Snow Stormers is that of a downhill ski race, with colorful gates along the course, and with three waterslides you can race your friends and see who makes it to the bottom first. So grab a toboggan mat and zip down the speedy and twisty slides of Snow Stormers.
4 – Runoff Rapids
Runoff Rapids are three totally thrilling and totally different inner tube waterslides that are propelled by the runoff water from Mount Gushmore. Make sure you try each slide to experience the different twists and turns of each. If you venture down the center slide, you’ll find yourself in a completely enclosed slide with only little bits of sunlight making their way through as you slide down the flume. Try all three slides of Runoff Rapids before picking your favorite!
3 – Slush Gusher
If you want speed in a waterslide, that is what you’ll get with the 90-foot-long, high speed slide that is the Slush Gusher. The Slush Gusher is nestled right into the side of Mount Gushmore, creating what feels like a slide in the midst of a high snow bank. This slide features two hills that might even make you air born on the way down! Slush Gusher is definitely for thrill-seeking guests.
2 – For the Whole Family
Like most things Disney, Blizzard Beach is the perfect place for families. Teamboat Springs is a must do attraction for families. The rafts are made for 4-6 people so you can go whitewater rafting with the whole family. The Ski Patrol Training Camp is a water activity area for kids and preteens, featuring the Thin Ice Training Course, slides and even a zip line. Whether you want to relax or find some thrills, Blizzard Beach has options for the whole family, and many attractions you can experience together.
1 – Summit Plummet
Summit Plummet is hard to miss at Blizzard Beach. It’s the ski jump at the top of Mount Gushmore. It’s the waterslide that sends guests down a 120-foot slope (that’s 12 stories!) at extremely high speeds. Summit Plummet is one of the fastest, tallest free-fall body waterslides in the world. If you’re seeking thrills, this is the slide for you. And don’t forget to check out the beautiful view from the top of the slide before you plummet down the mountain, and then celebrate that you made it!
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