UPDATE: Disney World Extends Park Closure Into the New Year

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It seems hard to believe, but the temperatures have been pretty low in Florida recently. And we’re not talking about the fifties — which many Floridians consider mitten and scarf weather. We are talking about the HIGH temperature reaching the fifties and the low temperatures dipping into the upper twenties and lower thirties. That’s right, it’s getting cold enough in the Sunshine State that snow could fall (although there’s none expected)!

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With temps getting so low, Walt Disney World Resort has had to make some adjustments to its operating schedule. Unfortunately, less than two months after reopening, Disney had to close Blizzard Beach Water Park on December 28 because it was too cold for guests to safely enjoy the attractions at the park.

Originally, Blizzard Beach was only supposed to be closed through December 31, and it was set to reopen on January 1. However, with the cold front staying strong, Disney has been forced to extend the park’s closure. According to the Walt Disney World Resort website, Blizzard Beach will also be closed on January 1 and January 2.

Blizzard Beach closure

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Related: Which Disney Water Park Should You Visit: Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon?

Blizzard Beach is scheduled to open on January 3, when the temperature is expected to reach 70 degrees. Unfortunately, that 70 degree mark will not remain steady, and temperatures will be fluctuating between the low 70s and high 60s for the foreseeable future. That means that Blizzard Beach may have a somewhat unreliable schedule for the time being.

Blizzard Beach

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Blizzard Beach just reopened on November 6, after a months-long closure for refurbishment. Each year, Blizzard Beach closes, and Disney’s other water park — Typhoon Lagoon — opens up. Then, Typhoon Lagoon will close, and Blizzard Beach will reopen. Rinse, repeat.

If you have plans to visit Blizzard Beach and enjoy a day of water park fun, then we highly recommend that you check the park’s operating hours the evening before or the morning of your planned visit.

Blizzard Beach

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If you have purchased tickets to Blizzard Beach and your trip is coming up, do not worry. Tickets to Walt Disney World Resort water parks are valid through December 31, 2025. If you do not think you will be able to use your tickets, we suggest you reach out to a cast member using the “Chat” option on the Disney World website. You can also call Disney at (407) 934-7639.

Which Disney water park is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!

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