About Blizzard Beach
Blizzard Beach Orlando is the second and most recent addition to Disney’s water parks and is another great day out. This water park is geared up for the more energetic of us with all it’s slides and water attractions. It is located within the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Blizzard Beach opened on April 1, 1995. The park's theme is that long ago, a unusual snowstorm hit the area, and so they decided to build a Ski Resort. Or course, the snow didn't last very long, and it left behind all of the ski jumps. These were by now totally water logged so the short lived resort was going to close for good when an alligator was spotted hurtling down a slide and plunging into a pool, yelling "Yahoo!!" And so Blizzard Beach was born again, as a water park.
Most of the attractions at Blizzard Beach are on top of Mount Gushmore (The 5th highest point in Florida, with a total height of 220 feet.) Mount Gushmore is divided into three coloured slopes to help you navigate the park: Green, Red and Purple.
The Green Slope attractions are on Mount Gushmore. You can get there on foot, it can be tiring after a few times of climbing your way up though, or by the chairlift which is a lot slower.
- Slush Gusher it stands 90 ft tall, 250-feet mountain gully body slide attraction that reaches speeds up to 55 miles per hour and you have 3 "humps" to contend with.
- Summit Plummet is the main attraction at Disney's Blizzard Beach water park. It is claimed to be the world's tallest and fastest free-fall body slide. It is 120 feet (36 m) tall and you can reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. The slide, which looks like a giant ski jump, is situated on top of Mount Gushmore. There is a minimum height requirement of 48 inches or 122 cm. This is not for the feint hearted!
- Teamboat Springs is the world's longest "family raft ride" at 1,400 feet (426 m) long. You sit in large rafts, which can hold a minimum of 4 and maximum of 6 people, there are handles to hold on to (You’ll need them) while the gushing water sends you down the slide. No infants allowed on this one.
- Downhill Double Dipper are side-by-side racing slides. It is next to the Snow Stormers on Mount Gushmore. These slides are 50 feet high and are 230 feet long. You can travel at speeds of 25 mph on this twin tube run as they dash to the finish line. There are timers the time your descent. Minimum height requirement of 48" (122 cm).
- Snow Stormers is a slide where you use a mat made up of three slides (350 ft long. The slide descends from the top of the mountain and follows a series of twists and turns through slalom gates. You lay on your stomach on the toboggan style mat as you ride down the slide.
- Toboggan Racers is an 8-lane, 250ft water slide right next to
- Snow Stormers. The slide descent sends you racing over exhilarating dips as you find you way to the bottom over slope. Guests lay on their stomach on the mat as they race to the finish line.
The Red Slope is found at the back of of the park, there is only the one attraction here.
- Runoff Rapids is a 600-foot tube run featuring two open and one enclosed tube slides. This attraction shoots guests down twisting, turning flumes, passing through tunneled areas. The open slides can carry 2 man tubes, whereas the enclosed slide is for single riders only.
Ground Level Attractions
The rest of the attraction areas are on this level with areas for the smaller children and access to the chairlift and steps. There is also
- Melt Away Bay which is a 1-acre bobbing wave pool next to the base of
- Mount Gushmore. The pool is continually fed by "melting snow" waterfalls which create the "bobbing" waves.
- Cross Country Creek
- Ski Patrol
- Tike's Peak
Food & Drinks
- Avalunch: Offers light snacks and refreshments. Located next to the entrance of the Chairlift.
- Lottawatta Lodge:Ski lodge providing outdoor covered seating and is the main restaurant serving fast food..
- Polar Pub: Bar situated on the beach by the wave pool.
- Sled Dogger: Offers deserts and refreshments.
- The Cooling Hut: Offers light snacks and refreshments.
- The Warming Hut: Offers snacks, lunch and dinner.
Coolers are allowed in the water parks. The only no no’s are glass and alcohol. You can buy the refillable Drink Mugs that cost $11 and you can fill it all day from the soda fountains. If you return another day you can recharge your mug for $6.