The Blizzard Beach water park is located in Disney World close to the All Star Resorts. Also located within the same parking lot is the Winter Summerland Golf Course. The park is typically open for shorter hours than in the other Disney theme parks. If you plan on heading to the water parks, remember to bring the following items:
- Sunscreen! When in the Florida sun, you can certainly get too much sun within only half an hour. Purchase your sunscreen here before heading to the water parks. Disney charges so much more for their sunscreen on property than you would pay off property!
- Water proof case for your phone – On my most recent visit to this park, I used a water proof case for my phone. I was happy to use the phone to take the below photos during our fun day. It also helped me keep my most valuable items, cellphone, license, money and credit cards, with me instead of leaving them with my items in a locker. This was so much more convenient than having to return over and over to the locker for money and to check my phone.
- Water Shoes – During our time in the parks, both my son and I experienced the HOT pavement. By the end of the day, our feet were completely tore up and burnt from walking on the hot pavement. We wished we had brought water shoes with us and vowed to bring them on our next vacation to the water parks.
- Disney Beach Towel – Granted, you can rent a towel once you get to the park. You can even bring along your towel from your resort room with you. However, if you plan on using a towel for lounging in a chair, you will want a beach towel. Bring in Disney, you certainly should have a Disney Beach Towel! Here are many available for MUCH less than the price you would pay once on vacation in Disney.
- Water Shorts – Visits to a water park means you will be riding a wide variety of rides while in a bathing suit that may or may not keep in place! Nothing is worse than getting to the bottom of the Summit Plummet and finding that your swim bottoms are playing hide and seek. A new trend for women is wearing water shorts either instead of or in addition to swim suit bottoms. This helps you ride attractions such as Teamboat Springs without worry that you may show more than your intentions.
- SPF shirt – Wanting my son to have the best day with less worry about the sun, I purchased him an SPF shirt. Never using one, I was a bit skeptical about whether it would work or not. The shirts he wore during this day at Blizzard Beach and the other 6 days at the beach included 30 SPF. He never one time got any sun under these shirts, thus only needing to have sunscreen used on his exposed parts (face, bottom of arms and legs). It was so nice as he HATES sunscreen! Check out all of these SPF shirts here. You will love that your child (or yourself) is safe from the sun!
Along the day, I was able to capture several shots of Blizzard Beach.
For the Kids:
My son is now 7 years old and he really loved these slides last year at the Ski Patrol Training section of the park. However, since we had visited other larger attractions first, he was not as impressed this year.
From the line for the Toboggan Racers, you can see the top of the Summit Plummet! My son was not brave enough to plunge down the Summit Plummet so this is about as close as we got to this wild attraction.
The Toboggan Racers are so much fun. The slid allows for everyone to line up one beside the other and RACE to the bottom of the hill. One thing I did not really love was getting ready to head down the hill. Racers grab their handle mats and ready themselves for the face first, belly down ride. As you get on the mat, you are told to get on your knees, leaving your butt UP facing the others in line behind you. It was at this point of my visit to this water park that I realized I would return to this attraction next time wearing the water shorts! This is one of my favorite attraction in park. With the help of rider, you can actually change the speed of your toboggan by lifting up and down as you race up and down the hills.
My son and many other guests walking to the top of Runoff Rapids. Being an accountant, I have a habit of counting things. I began counting the number of steps walked as we began our day walking up to Teamboat Springs. The walk to that attraction includes over 130 steps. The walk up to Runoff Rapids includes over 120 steps! Most of the steps walked are in groups of 10 and do not include waiting while on them. Instead, you typically wait once at the top on a flat platform. As a result, heading to an attraction can feel quite like a workout! After riding attractions for 2 hours, my son and I had climbed well over 700 stairs. For a typical park goer, climbing 700 – 1000 stairs is not doable!
More kids fun over in the Ski Patrol Training section:
After a long day of play in the water on a very hot July day in Orlando, we reflect on having such a great day!
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