Summer Fun at the Disney Water Parks

Disney Water Parks

Welcome to this month’s Magical Blogorail Red loop. Today we are discussing fun things to do on your summer vacation outside of the Disney Parks.


Since the majority of my trips to Walt Disney World have been during the summer months, I am always trying to find ways to keep cool. While hotel pools are great way to cool off in the afternoon before heading back out to the parks, I love scheduling at least one whole day to hang out at one of the Disney Water Parks. Even though the Disney Water Parks are outside of the 4 main theme parks at Disney World, they both have plenty of Disney magic and great themes throughout.The very first water park on Disney property was called Disney’s River Country. It opened in 1976 and was located at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. It eventually closed in 2005 so the only current Disney Water Parks are Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.

Typhoon Lagoon

Typhoon Lagoon opened in 1989 and the theme of the park is a tropical oasis. The story behind the theme is that a typhoon wreaked havoc on a sleepy resort town and scattered everything from surfboards to boats throughout the area. Which is why the centerpiece of the park is the boat named “Miss Tilly” on top of Mount Mayday.
I would say the main attraction at Typhoon Lagoon is the 2 ½ acre wave pool that alternates between gentle bobs to nearly 6 foot waves. Some of my favorite things to do here are unique to experiences for a water park. The Crush ‘N’ Gusher is a water roller coaster and is a definite thrill. There are different slides that you can take but I suggest doing all three as they have different tracks. The most unique experience here is Shark Reef where you can snorkel with actually sharks and other fish. (Don’t worry, they are the friendly kind!) There is no charge for the snorkel equipment and you get a 5 minute lesson for those that may be unsure about snorkeling. I will give you a warning though, that water is C-O-L-D!!! You will be swimming in unheated saltwater to keep those fishies happy.

photo credit: Disney - Day 3 via photopin (license)
photo credit: Disney – Day 3 via photopin (license)

The most recent Disney Water Park to open is Blizzard Beach. It opened in 1995 and is smaller than Typhoon Lagoon but the rides are more thrilling and closer together so there is not as much walking in between attractions here. The story behind Blizzard Beach is that a freak snowstorm, which led to Florida’s first ski resort-which of course melted right away. It is a really cool (no pun, intended) theming job that Disney did for this water park. Disney has “snow” over all the rocks which just makes everything feel a lot cooler when it’s the middle of August. But Disney didn’t stop there with the theming. There is also mini-golf at Blizzard Beach named Winter Summerland which looks like Christmas in July. (The mini-golf is a separate fee from admission.)
The main attraction here is Summit Plummet which is one of highest body slides which will drop you 120 feet. I have not personally gone on Summit Plummet because I’m somewhat of a chicken and also not a fan of wedgies, but the people that are screaming with delight when they get dropped seem to love it! I am much more of a fan of tube rides and one of my favorites is Runoff Rapids. This tube ride has a lot of twists and turns and there are three different slides to choose from. One tip I will give you is that Blizzard Beach is not as shady as Typhoon Lagoon so don’t forget to keep reapplying that sunscreen!

Both Disney waterparks are a full day of fun and a great way to cool off anytime you need a break from the Florida heat. Admission to the Disney waterparks can be added on to your Magic Your Way passes as the Water Parks Fun and More option. This option will give you single day admissions to each water parks, DisneyQuest, Wide World of Sports and Oak Trail golf course for the amount of days that your Magic Your Way pass is. To really get your money’s worth, you need to go to schedule two visits to the Disney Water Parks as they are the most expensive admissions. If you just want to take one day out of touring the theme parks to go to a water park, I would suggest buying just a one day admission separately as parking is free and at both Water Parks.

Both water parks are amazingly fun and have plenty of things for the whole family to enjoy. The Disney Water Parks are a great way to have some summer fun outside of the theme parks. So with all this talk of summer fun and water parks, I just want to grab an inner tube and gently float away on Castaway Creek. Ahhhh….


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15 thoughts on “Summer Fun at the Disney Water Parks

  1. I love this recap of the waterparks! Somehow, we still have not made it to either! My kids are really into swimming and water slides now, finally, so I know we’ll be headed there sooner than later! Do you have a favorite, especially with young kids?

    1. There’s Ketchakiddee Creek at Typhoon Lagoon and Tike’s Peak at Blizzard Beach which are sectioned off and have slides and fountains for the little ones. I took my son to Typhoon Lagoon when he was a toddler and he actually had more fun playing in the sandy beach and floating in a solid bottom tube on the lazy river. So it depends on what your little ones like, they will have plenty to keep them entertained through the day.

  2. The Disney water parks are so much fun! I can remember visiting Blizzard Beach as a child and really be mesmerized by the ‘winter’ snow and ski lift. Hope to take my own kids there when they are a little older.

  3. I am so happy the boys are at an age to go to the water parks. We love all they have to offer and will typically go for a couple of hours once or twice each trip. Currently Blizzard Beach has more to offer the shorter set but we are inches away from Typhoon Lagoon days!

    1. I love both but Typhoon Lagoon is my favorite because of the variety of rides they have and the atmosphere. But either place will be a great experience for your boys. Happy choosing!

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