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|At A Glance
||One of Disney's excellent
water parks, Blizzard Beach opened in April 1995
Tickets cost around $26 for adults, and $18 for kids, although
park entry is included with the Length of Stay pass, or Five
Day World Hopper. Lockers are available for a nominal charge.
Time required - 1 half day or more
Blizzard Beach opened in April 1995, and is a spectacular water
park. It is supposed to be the result of a freak winter storm
which dropped a load of snow on central Florida on the western
side of WDW property. Developers rushed to open the state's first
ski resort. Unfortunately, as the resort was completed, the temperatures
returned to normal, and the snow began to melt. Unperplexed, the
developers modified the facility into a water park...and Blizzard
Beach was born.
The park looks like a ski resort. White "snow" is all
around. Skis and other winter sport equipment lay around the "warming
hut" and the "ski lodge" buildings. The water slides
are themed in the same way. What were originally intended to be
ski and bobsled runs are now water slides. The biggest one looks
like a ski jump run, but the wet bodies slip underneath the jump
itself to continue down the watery path.
Blizzard Beach is quite a bit bigger than Typhoon Lagoon. It's
worth several hours...perhaps even the better part of a day. Keep
in mind that crowds will be heavy in the summer months...so don't
wait too long before going over.
Disney will close the park if capacity crowds have entered.
Admission to Blizzard Beach costs about $26 for adults, $18 for
kids 3-9 years old. Small lockers, located in the restrooms, cost
around $3 per day to rent, with a $2 deposit, while large lockers
cost around $5 with a $2 deposit. Towel rental is also available
for $1, and life jackets are available for a $25 returnable deposit.
Food / Drink:
Lunch in the form of Burgers, Hot Dogs, Fruit Salads, and Drinks
are available at "Lottawatta Lodge", a fast-food restaurant
located in the main village area. Two other snack stands with
a more limited offering are located in the more remote areas.
"Avalunch" and "The Warming Hut" offer snacks
and drinks. There are also picnic areas for those guests who prefer
to bring their own consumables, although note that no alcoholic
beverages or glass containers are permitted in the park.
When to go
Being the newest water park, Blizzard Beach tends to become very
crowded fairly early on in the day, and only starts to ease as
guests start to depart at around 3 in the afternoon. As the park
starts to reach capacity, only guests arriving on WDW transportation
will be admitted, with nobody being admitted once the capacity
figure is reached until the crowds subside.
Hours vary seasonally, with extended operating hours during the
summer months, but Blizzard Beach tends to close for refurbishment
during some Winter months, generally Janurary and February. All
pools are heated during the winter months.
How to get there
The easiest way of reaching Blizzard Beach is via WDW Transportation,
with buses offering direct transport from the TTC and from all
WDW resorts. A relatively large car-park accommodates guests who
are staying off property, or who prefer to use their hire car.
T-Shirts, Sunglasses, Bathing Suits, Hats, Suntan Lotion, Beach
Towels, and other similar items needed for a day in the water
park can all be purchased from The Beach Haus located near the
main entrance to the park. Branded souvinirs are also plentiful