The Blizzard Beach Game Plan at Walt Disney World

The younger of the two current water parks at Walt Disney World is Disney’s Blizzard Beach. The backstory claims that a freak snowstorm hit Central Florida, so they built a ski resort. The snow then of course melted, and the result is Blizzard Beach.


Remember that Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon undergo a refurbishment each fall and winter. One will close for several weeks, while the other stays open. Then they will switch. Blizzard Beach closes first during odd numbered years, and Typhoon Lagoon is first on even. Keep in mind as well that if there is a cold snap hitting the area, the water parks will close if the temperature is going to dip too low.

1. When Planning Your Day

If you plan on spending your day at Disney’s Blizzard Beach relaxing, you might want to look into renting a Polar Patio. You and up to five other people can enjoy a shaded deck with extras such as towels, refillable mugs, a locker, and a cooler filled with bottled water. You can even place a lunch order from your private deck and have it brought to you! If that’s too much, you can instead rent a Lodge Umbrella. This will include the use of two lounge chairs, two chairs, a table, and a beach umbrella. Make a reservation for either one by calling 407-WDW-PLAY (407-939-7529).

2. First Thing at the Park

When you arrive, you might want to rent a locker. You can keep your valuables and your dry clothes inside. If you’re hungry, order a half dozen or dozen mini donuts. They come with your choice of dipping sauce. You can find Joffrey’s coffee at Frosty the Joe Man. Make sure that everyone is wearing water resistant sunscreen, and reapply it often.

3. Attractions, Part One

If you have kids in your party who are 48 inches or less, have one or more adults take them to Tike’s Peak. It’s an interactive play area for the youngest guests. They’ll love the “ice” sculptures that squirt water. They can splash in the wading pool, and hit the slides that are just their size. There’s even an inner tube ride that was designed with them in mind. The kids will have a blast. Just make sure that there is at least one adult keeping an eye on them at all times. The lifeguards are not babysitters.

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4. Attractions, Part Two

For those over 48 inches, forget Tike’s Peak; it’s time to get serious. First thing in the morning is the best time of day to hit Summit Plummet. Take the Chairlift to the top of Mount Gushmore as early in the day as you can, because this ride is wildly popular. You’ll drop 120 feet almost straight down. That’s a 12 story drop, and you could reach a speed of 60 miles per hour. Summit Plummet is one of the tallest freefall body slides on the planet. It is not for the faint of heart.

5. Attractions, Part Three

Since you’re already near the Chairlift, you should hit the other two attractions that it will take you to. Slush Gusher is another high speed water slide with a 48 inch height requirement. Teamboat Springs is a whitewater raft ride. It doesn’t have a height requirement, but those who are under 32 inches will need to take the stairs to the top because the Chairlift does have one. While the kids are still playing over at Tike’s Peak you might want to also race each other on Downhill Double Dipper. It has a height requirement of 48 inches.

6. Lunch

By this time you’re probably getting hungry. Lottawatta Lodge is a great counter service restaurant. There are bowls, flatbread pizzas, burgers, salads, and chicken strips. Lottawatta Lodge is also known for its vegetarian and vegan options. If you haven’t already bought a refillable mug, this could be a good time to do it. You can refill it as many times as you want while you are spending the day in the park. This is not to be confused with the refillable mugs at the resorts, that’s a different program.

7. Attractions, Part Four

After lunch you’re not going to want to hit any slides for a while, so head to Melt-Away Bay instead. It’s the park’s wave pool. It’s quite a bit calmer than the Surf Pool over at Typhoon Lagoon. Inner tubes are allowed in this one.

8. Attractions, Part Five

There are a few things without height limits that you might want to try next. Runoff Rapids and Snow Stormers aren’t as intense as Summit Plummet, but they are still a lot of fun. If the kids still have excess energy, take them to Ski Patrol Training Camp. There are plenty of things that they can use that energy on, including a balance course and more slides. You can join in on the fun, or watch from the side as you drink out of your refillable mug.

9. Ice Cream

Once you’ve hit almost everything in the park, it’s time for ice cream. Since you’ve already been to Lottawatta Lodge, try I.C. Expeditions. The Sand Pail is the classic Disney Water Park treat. It’s chocolate and vanilla soft serve, covered with toppings and sauce. It’s served in a sand pail and the shovel is your spoon. You’ll want another spoon, though, because the Sand Pail is large enough to share. I.C. Expeditions also has other sundaes, waffle cones, and Mickey bars.

10. Cross Country Creek

Lazy rivers are an essential part of a water park, and at Disney’s Blizzard Beach you’ll find one of the best. Cross Country Creek is 3,000 feet long! You’ll wind through caves and under waterfalls; the scenery is beautiful. You’ll encounter Ice Gator along the way but watch out, he has a cold. Cross Country Creek is a great way to end a nearly perfect water park day.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.