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Visiting Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park During the Phased Reopening – What You Need to Know

After being closed for nearly a year, Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park has reopened to guests for some magical water fun. We were there to enjoy the slides and sun and to experience the modified operations inside the park. Catch what you need to know about visiting Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park below.


1 – No Reservations Required

At this time, a park reservation is not required to visit the water park. However, reservation requirements may change in the future. The park is operating at reduced capacity (see #2). Opening day was a cool day in temperatures in the mid-sixties, so it was not busy. It will be interesting to see how busy the park gets on a hot day and if Disney feels they need to implement a reservation requirement to manage the demand.

2 – Water Park Tickets

1-Day Disney Water Park tickets are available for purchase. Guests can also purchase new tickets that include the Park Hopper Plus Option or Water Park & Sports Option. Do be aware that the sale of new Water Park Annual Passes is temporarily paused at this time. I have a Platinum Plus annual pass that includes the water park, so I was able to enter on that pass. (Do note that if you have a renewal coming up, this annual pass option is not available).

Have an unused water park ticket or a water park annual pass that you didn’t get to use because of the closure? Here is the ticket policy as stated on the Walt Disney World website:

Unused Tickets

We have automatically extended unused, unexpired 1-Day Disney Water Park tickets that were active at the time the water parks were closed through December 31, 2021. As an alternative, Guests may instead choose to cancel their ticket. To choose this option, please call the Disney Reservation Center. If you are unable to visit by December 31, 2021, you may apply the value of a wholly unused ticket toward the purchase of a ticket for a future date.

Water Park Annual Passes

Water Parks and Water Parks After 2 Annual Passes active at the time the Water Parks were closed will be automatically extended for the period both Water Parks were closed. As an alternative, water park Passholders may instead choose to cancel their pass. To choose this option, please call (407) 939-2732.

My sister has a water park annual pass that had about three months left on it, and the pass has not yet been added back into her My Disney Experience account. After many hours on the phone with Disney and talking with Cast Members at the gate yesterday, she was assured that the days she missed because of the closure will be added back. It will just take some time to get back. Hopefully, Disney works quickly to allow guests who have these passes to get back into the water park.

3 – Immersive Storytelling

Disney’s Blizzard Beach is known for its immersive theming. As the story goes, a legendary snowstorm in Florida prompted local opportunists to build a ski resort. When Florida’s climate returned to mild temperatures and the snow began to melt, Blizzard Beach was born. You’ll find that theme throughout the water park in the form of snow, a warming hut, and you’ll even hear some Christmas music!


4 – Blizzard Beach Attractions

There is no shortage of fun at Disney’s Blizzard Beach. Here are a few of our favorites at the water park:

  • Chairlift: Enjoy a leisurely ride to the summit of Mount Gushmore on colorful wooden chairlifts with umbrella canopies.
  • Melt-Away Bay (Wave Pool): Feel the motion of the ocean and float at this one-acre wave pool. Note that on the day we visited, the inner tubes were not available on Melt-Away Bay.
  • Summit Plummet: Summit Plummet is a 120-foot-tall waterslide with a near-vertical drop. Disney enthusiasts can accelerate up to 65 mph on the slide, making it one of the fastest attractions at Walt Disney World. By comparison, Epcot’s Test Track reaches an average top speed of 64.9 mph.
  • Cross Country Creek: Spanning 3,000 feet, Cross Country Creek ranks among the longest lazy rivers in the United States. It takes between 20 and 30 minutes to complete one journey around Cross Country Creek– depending of course on how lazy you want to be!
  • Teamboat Springs: At 1,400 feet, Teamboat Springs is one of the world’s longest family whitewater raft rides. We always make time for this attraction, it’s so long and so much fun.
  • Tike’s Peak: Tike’s Peak features miniature slides, snow chutes and an inner-tube ride for preschoolers under 48 inches tall. Tike’s Peak also features plenty of lounge areas for families.
  • Ski Patrol Training Camp: Ski Patrol Training Camp was designed with older kids and tweens in mind. It features an obstacle course, zip line, body slides and inner-tube ride. This area was a must-do while my kids were in this age range. They loved playing in this area for hours.

5 – Food & Beverage Options

There’s no need to pack a lunch at Disney’s Blizzard Beach! From the plant-based Bratwurst Sandwich and White Cap Flatbread to the Shrimp Louie Lettuce Wrap and Sand Pail Sundae, Blizzard Beach offers a variety of savory and sweet menu items. To compliment Blizzard Beach’s food offerings, Guests can choose from a curated menu of refreshing beverages including milkshakes, draft beers, ciders, cocktails, mocktails and soft drinks.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach is home to seven food and beverage locations including Lottawatta Lodge, Arctic Expeditions, AvaLunch, Cooling Hut, IC Expeditions, Warming Hut and Polar Pub.

  • Lottawatta Lodge – As the largest dining location at Disney’s Blizzard Beach, Lottawatta Lodge’s menu features specialty burgers, salads, plant-based meals, adult beverages and sweet treats.
  • Artic Expeditions – Newly-reimagined for the park’s reopening, Artic Expeditions serves draft beers, frozen cocktails and grab-and-go snack foods.
  • AvaLunch – Located near the base of Mt. Gushmore, Avalunch features a menu with draft beers, fully-loaded hot dogs and nachos.
  • Cooling Hut – Guests will find an assortment of draft beers ,hard ciders ,sweet treats and savory snacks at the Cooling Hut.
  • WarmingHut – The Warming Hut menu features wraps, snacks sandwiches,“Brrr”erverges and sweet treats- including Pineapple Dole Whip.
  • IC Expeditions – Home to the iconic Sand Pail Sundae, IC Expeditions offers a variety of refreshing desserts.
  • Polar Pub –Polar Pub is a full-service beach bar that offers specialty cocktails inspired by the park’s unique theming.

Here are some of the food and beverage items we enjoyed at the media preview.

6 – Mobile Order

Mobile food ordering expanded to all three dining locations at Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park: Lottawata Lodge, AvaLunch and Warming Hut. The mobile order service available in the My Disney Experience app makes it more convenient for guests to order, pay for and pick up their food when it’s ready – right from their fingertips.

7 – Polar Patios

The Polar Patios at Disney’s Blizzard Beach are ideal for guests seeking a deluxe water parks experience or for families that want to have a private space. Polar Patio rentals also include unlimited towels, a refillable drink mug, fruit-infused water, a universal phone charger, a locker and comfortable seating for 10 guests. Guests who rent a Polar Patio can order from exclusive menu and will be served by their patio attendant.

8 – Merchandise

There are two merchandise locations at Blizzard Beach: Beach Haus and Sand Breakers. From towels and swimwear to sunblock and sunglasses, Beach Haus is a one-stop shop for all the fun in the sun essentials water park guests need for their day at Disney’s Blizzard Beach. You’ll also find some pretty cool Blizzard Beach merchandise. Sand Breakers is Disney’s Blizzard Beach’s own one-stop-shop for Havianas footwear.

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Cindy E. Nykamp

After friends and family made them their go-to people for Walt Disney World advice, Cindy and Chad launched DisneyLists.com in August 2015 to share their knowledge and love of Disney. Cindy wears many hats for DisneyLists.com. As a content creator, she has written over six hundred articles providing news, tips, planning, and more, for trips to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney Cruise Line to our followers. She directs a team of authors to bring our fans up-to-date information so that they can have the best Disney vacation experience. Cindy manages DisneyLists.com's Instagram account, sharing photos and videos to bring some Disney magic into our followers' feeds. She is also our chief photographer and has her photos featured on the official Walt Disney World Instagram account. Finally, Cindy regularly represents DisneyLists.com at Disney media events. While attending these events, she gets an insider's view of all the new things that have come to Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Line and passes this information and tips to our followers.
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