As if the four amazing theme parks weren’t enough to keep Guests entertained, there are also two fun family water parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida—Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. And while Guests will have an unforgettable time at either water park, some families simply don’t have the time in their vacation schedules to visit both water parks. So how do Guests choose between the two? Well, don’t waste your time making a list of pros and cons for each because there really aren’t any cons. In many ways, your choice of which water park to visit will ultimately come down to your preferences. Here’s why:
7. Both parks are themed
As with the attractions at the four theme parks at Walt Disney World, both Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon have backstories. Way back when, the Blizzard Beach area was a beautiful ski resort—the only one in Florida. But, as luck would have it (or maybe just the warm central Florida sun), the snow and ice at the resort began to melt. But it hasn’t all melted; perhaps that’s because it’s on Disney property. Today, Blizzard Beach still boasts the only snow and ice at the Walt Disney World Resort (except for the summit of Everest at Animal Kingdom), and the now-water park is home to some of the slushiest wet fun you can have. The area of Disney World that is now Typhoon Lagoon was once hit by a massive typhoon that turned the area upside-down—literally and figuratively. You’ll see pirate- and treasure-themed areas and attractions, as well as a boat that the typhoon left up on top of a mountain. Choose your theme!
6. Both have exhilarating attractions
You won’t have to choose water parks based on which one is better suited for the thrill-seekers in your family. That’s because both water parks at Disney World have thrilling rides. At Blizzard Beach, you and your family can race down the 120-foot-long slide at Summit Plummet, one of the fastest and highest free-fall body slides on earth. At Typhoon Lagoon, the Crush ‘n’ Gusher will have you and your family heading down one of three water slides—each one offering a different route to the bottom. Choose your thrills!
5. Both have something for every member of your family
We’ve addressed the rides for the thrill-seekers in your group. But both Disney water parks also have tamer rides, as well as lazy floating areas where you can simply relax in the water. Both parks have attractions for everyone in your family. Kids and pre-teens can hang out at Ski Patrol Training Camp when they visit Blizzard Beach. Here they will enjoy activities like walking across floating “ice” chunks in the pool. The Slush Gusher at Blizzard Beach is a fun water slide, but at only 90 feet long, it’s somewhat tamer than its thrilling counterpart, Summit Plummet. At Typhoon Lagoon, the whole family can get into a four-person raft and head up a conveyor belt before being blasted into the fun at Miss Adventure Falls. You can even book surfing lessons at Typhoon Lagoon. Those lessons take place before the park opens and after it closes. Choose which attractions best fit the members of your traveling party!
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4. Both have slides
There is no shortage of water slides at Disney’s two water parks. Between the two parks, there are water slide attractions like Summit Plummet, the Downhill Double Dipper, Slush Gusher, Crush ‘n’ Gusher and more. All you need to do is choose your favorite slides!
3. Both have quick-service restaurants
All that fun in the water is bound to make you and the kids hungry. And both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach offer different choices in quick-service eateries. Neither has table-service restaurants (but who wants to sit down to dinner in a bikini??). At Blizzard Beach, you can head to Avalunch or Lottawatta Lodge and enjoy hot dogs, salads, rice bowls, burgers, wraps and more. At Typhoon Lagoon, you can enjoy barbecue sandwiches, fried shrimp, burgers, chicken nuggets, pizza, hot dogs and more at Typhoon Tilly’s and Leaning Palms. There’s no shortage of places to grab a quick bite at either water park so just choose your favorites!
2. Both parks stand out from their non-Disney competitors
Both Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon have that special Disney touch, and every part of both parks is inspired by Disney magic. You won’t find that at any of Disney’s competitors—in the Orlando area or anywhere else in the country!
1. If you can’t decide, there’s a solution for that too!
If you still can’t decide which Disney water park to enjoy, you might just have to force yourself to visit both (oh no—not that!). If you have the time in your vacation to do so, that might be the best way to experience it all! And if you have enough time and want to experience both parks several times, Disney World offers a water park annual pass. To learn more, call (407) W-DISNEY.