One of my happiest places is Walt Disney World water parks and last week the family headed out to Blizzard Beach. We figured school was about to start so it was the perfect end of summer party! Delicious food you wouldn’t expect, plenty of fun water slides, a long lazy river and of course the never-ending wave pool led to a fantastic way to cool down in Central Florida.
We arrived early and saved enough seats for our friends near Melt-Away Bay, the one-acre wave pool. Instead of one huge wave coming along and knocking you over this wave pool produces smaller waves that seem to never stop. Guests enjoy getting an inner tube and floating away to the motion of the ocean. It is a great place to take a seat and just chat with people you haven’t seen in a while as well. If you want a drink (or an adult drink) or a snack there are multiple huts directly nearby.
Blizzard Beach – Water slides
I blame old age seeing as how I am pushing 40, but I’m not as into the water slides as I once was. However, the boys are still crazy about the attractions. They spent the majority of their day enjoy slides such as:
The different slides are all entertaining in different ways, whether you are dealing with a huge drop or racing your brother to see who will finish first! And of course there are family slides and I’ll ride those. A special perk of Blizzard Beach water park is the ChairLift to take you to a few slides high on the summit of Mount Gushmore. Just like at a ski resort you jump on, ride up and jump off a huge covered chairlift. Be aware it does still get pretty hot and sunny up there so be sure to apply sunscreen before going for a ride!
If you have small children you can grab a chair over in Ski Patrol Training Camp or Tike’s Peak. Both of these areas are specially made for kids of different age groups (Tike’s Peak being for under 48″ only) and include smaller thrills so everyone in your family can enjoy the day. A true favorite in Ski Patrol Training Camp is the Fahrenheit Drops zip line. I see children waiting in line over and over for this attraction.
Spencer will spend all day in the Cross Country Creek. This is the 3,000 foot long lazy river with numerous tricks up its sleeve. It does move slowly and you need to devote about 30 minutes to go all the way around but it is worth the time! You can float in an innertube or swim, it is your choice.
Food You Would Not Expect
Did you notice I mentioned food you would not expect? Of course, Blizzard Beach offers the obvious burger and chicken nugget options which is smart. Kids can be picky and parents like to know the basics will be available to them. But would you expect to get a mouthwatering rice bowl? Water parks can make you mighty hungry and a beef short rib rice bowl was just what I needed while hiking through the sand. You’ll find this and many other treats at Lottawatta Lodge. Over at the Warming Hut you can get a Chicken Salad Sandwich “which” is a favorite of mine as well. My kids enjoy the loaded potato barrels. And for those of you who enjoy healthy eating, there is fruit available just about everywhere. Nice cold fruit selections sure to cool you off.
There is something for everyone at Disney’s Blizzard Beach so put on your bathing suit and sunscreen and head on out! Leave the roller coasters behind for the day and take up a waterslide instead. You’ll be glad you did, plus it gives you a chance to cool down before summer is over!
*Thanks to Blizzard Beach for inviting the family out for the day and covering our park admission and food. We always appreciate what you do for us. My review is always honest.