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Top 10 Questions & Answers About Walt Disney World Water Parks

Walt Disney World has two incredible water parks: Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Typhoon Lagoon has a lush, tropical atmosphere with palm trees, giant wave pool, water slides, lazy river pool, a water coaster, and kiddies’ area. Blizzard Beach has a Ski resort feel to it with a ski lift, one of the world’s tallest and fastest freefall body slides, many other water slides, a lazy river pool, and an age-focused play area for children and pre-teens. You will want to choose which one to visit based on what surroundings you prefer and what elements you most want to enjoy.

Typhoon Lagoon has traditionally been a family park with younger children. Blizzard Beach is known for its crazy water slides that tends to attract families with teens and up. Both parks have family tube rides but the one at Blizzard Beach has a longer ride and you don’ t have to carry your tube up the side of the mountain as you do at Typhoon Lagoon.  The water coaster at Typhoon Lagoon are great experiences that you can do over and over if you like.

10. Are there towels available at the water parks?

Yes, there are towels for sale and also towels for rent. We suggest you bring your own if possible.

9. Can I bring in my own inflatable tubes/toys?

No, there are plenty of tubes available at no additional charge in the areas tubes are allowed in.  You can sign out complimentary life vests for little children in the water parks so do not bring any in.

8. Can I wear whatever I want?

No, there are requirements for appropriate swimwear.  You cannot wear swimwear with rivets, buckles, exposed metal or neoprene on the water slides. Diaper-age children must wear swim diapers. String back or thong suits are not permitted at Disney water parks.  (tip: Ladies, it is best to wear one-piece bathing suits if you are planning on doing all the water slides and the big wave pool if you want to keep covered.) You also should not wear jewelry such as necklaces and earrings.

7. Is the water heated?

Yes! The water remains a comfortable temperature.  If it gets too cold to keep the pool heated then the park will close. The park also closes for inclement weather.  Make sure you check the weather for the day you are planning on going because once you enter you cannot get a refund.

6. Can I bring in my own food and drinks?

Yes! You can bring in your own food and beverages except for alcoholic beverages or anything in a glass container. You can use a wheeled cooler to help transport your picnic food and drinks.

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5. I am concerned about leaving my valuables in an insecure place, are there lockers I could use?

Yes! There are lockers available for you to rent and you can keep your valuables in there while you enjoy the park. You will pay a deposit for the key that is refunded when returned. There are small and large lockers that rent for the day. Large locker is 18” high and wide and 16” deep. The small locker is 12” high and wide and also 16” deep.

4. What should I take to the Water Parks?

Be sure you are wearing appropriate swimwear, definitely bring sunscreen. Get the kind that protects you even when swimming, and reapply it per the instructions on the bottle.  You may want to wear sunglasses while walking around and in the lazy river or relaxing on your lounge chair.  You may want to wear water shoes as the concrete feels pretty hot on your feet when standing in line for a slide or walking up the hot stairs to get to the top of the mountain.  It would be good to bring water bottles in with you, or the money to purchase some to stay hydrated in the sun all day. You should have a towel to dry off with.  Check out the park map to get an understanding of where things are that you want to experience, and know where your stuff is in relation to everything else.  Bring your courage because these water slides are amazing!

3. Are there any rules for the water parks?

Yes, Disney has safety tips for guests to follow at the water parks. They include: do not run, wash your hands often, apply sunscreen, don’t swim when sick, change diapers only in the restroom, use only swim diapers, don’t drink the pool water, go to the restroom often, shower before entering the water, no diving or horseplay in the water, please abide by all safety warnings and notices.

2. What kind of food can I purchase in the water parks?

Typhoon Lagoon offers burgers, pizza, sandwiches, salads, snacks, sodas, ice cream, beer, wine, turkey legs, hot dogs, fresh made doughnuts, and adult drinks. Blizzard Beach offers burgers, pizza, sandwiches, salads, snacks, pretzels, popcorn, ice cream, fresh fruit, smoothies, frozen lemonade, adult beverages, snow cones, turkey legs, soda, and hot dogs.  Some of the kids’ meals are served in buckets with shovels to play in the sand at the park. You can even get giant ice cream sundaes in the same play buckets. There are Chase ATM’s inside the park if you need more cash.  If you are staying at a Disney resort you can use your Magic Band to make purchases. The Magic Bands are waterproof so you can wear them all day without worrying about them getting wet.

1. Are there height requirements for the slides?

Yes. At Blizzard Beach the highest slide, Summit Plummet that drops you almost straight down on one of the world’s tallest and fastest freefall body slides is 48”. The Slush Gusher, a 90-foot long high-speed body slide, has a height requirement of 48”. Tikes Peak has a height maximum of 48” for this area geared toward the younger crowd.  Typhoon Lagoon’s Humunga Kowabunga, where you shoot down Mount Mayday on this near vertical, five story body slide, in the dark, has a 48” height requirement. Also at Typhoon Lagoon  the Crush ‘n’ Gusher, where you board 2 or 3 person rafts for these three different tubes on this water coaster, the height requirement is 48”.  There is another height requirement that has a 48” and under for Ketchakiddee Creek where the younger crowd can experience slides and raft rides and more. There are no height requirements on the newest attraction at Typhoon Lagoon, Miss Adventure Falls.

About Cassie

Cassie L. I am a lifelong Disney fan. I attended Walt Disney World in 1971, and was there during the opening week of EPCOT, and have visited the Disney Parks for than 30 times. I have had the privilege of visiting Disneyland as a child, and then again with my children. My family recently moved from the northeastern United States to the Walt Disney World area. I now have cast members in my family and enjoy hearing the magical stories at the end of a shift. I love visiting all of the parks and getting to try more Disney food and being able to share it with you to help you plan your own magical day at Disney.