Do you find your Disney vacations to be fast and furious? What about hot and tiring? Last year, my family discovered the Disney water parks for the first time. To say we were blown away by how awesome they were is an understatement! Check out these great reasons to visit Disney’s water parks!
The Best Reasons to Visit Disney’s Water Parks
Disney World in the summer can be overwhelming. It’s often crowded and almost always hot. Cool off at one of the amazing water parks on property! There are so many great reasons to visit Disney’s water parks, but I’ve narrowed down to the best reasons. Plan your rest day around the water parks. I promise you’ll thank me later.
I am a sucker for a good theme. That’s probably one of the reasons we consistently vacation with Disney, whether in the parks or on a cruise. Disney is known for their details, and the water parks are no exception. The concept behind Blizzard Beach is that Florida had a “freak snowstorm,” so they built a ski resort, only to have it “melt” a few days later. Names like “Lottawatta Lodge,” “Polar Pub,” and “Melt-Away Bay” all call to mind snowy, slushy thoughts.
At Typhoon Lagoon, the story is that a typhoon caused a giant shipwreck on the island and thus Typhoon Lagoon was born.
It’s All in the Details
You’ll see lots of “damaged” signs and buildings throughout the park, but our favorite feature was giant wave that crashes through the Surf Pool every so often (don’t worry, there is a warning sound before it comes in case you want to get out of its way!) because it was unlike anything we’d ever seen before! Details make a vacation special, and we’ll definitely be talking about these details for many years to come!
Blizzard Beach has a neat “ski resort style” chair lift to help you up to the top of the “ski mountain” so you don’t have to trudge up the stairs every time you want to slide. While it does not have its own chair lift, Typhoon Lagoon’s hills and slides are not nearly as steep to climb up to. You’ll want to take your family on Teamboat Springs in Blizzard Beach and Gangplank Falls in Typhoon Lagoon (those are the 6 person raft rides that are super fun). More adventurous family members may want to take on the Crush ‘n Gusher in Typhoon Lagoon or Summit Plummet in Blizzard Beach (very high, fast slides that are definitely thrilling).
Yes! Characters! We had no idea characters were in the water parks, but they are! We just so happened upon Donald at Blizzard Beach when we were ending our day, so there’s no telling how long he’d actually been there! Check the parks daily guides for more info on character meets.
The Food at Blizzard Beach
I can’t believe I would ever say this, but I was thoroughly impressed with the food at both water parks. The variety offered in the select dining locations is quite impressive to me. I thought for sure my only choices would be hot dogs and hamburgers, but I was totally off. At Blizzard Beach, my husband and I split a light salad with fresh toppings of dried cherries, juicy chicken, and a zesty balsamic vinaigrette. A Korean BBQ chicken flat bread pizza with a sriracha aioli to topped off our lunch. I wish we would have ordered more of that pizza!
Good Eats at Typhoon Lagoon
At Typhoon Lagoon, we shared a pineapple barbecue burger that was tender, flavorful, and just a little sweet. I would be remiss if I didn’t let you in on a little foodie secret: order some of the mini donuts for dessert at the end of the day, and you might just get a few extra tossed in your box! They’re a sweet ending to a great day, so don’t miss out!
I really felt like my kids were the perfect age to experience the water parks (they’re 5, by the way). They have a decent grasp on swimming (certainly not pro enough to go it alone in the wave pool), and there are lots of areas where they could play, slide, and climb confidently without much parental assistance. Even if you are taking a child less than 5 years old, the 2 kids areas, Tike’s Peak in Blizzard Beach and Ketchakiddie Creek in Typhoon Lagoon, have water slides and small splash pad areas that parents can feel safe letting their children play in (especially if your child isn’t the best swimmer yet).My kids both said they loved Blizzard Beach the best (probably because they played in the tween/teen area with life jackets on), but I felt like Typhoon Lagoon’s Ketchakiddie Creek offered them more options to play for their age level (think water guns, 3x as many slides, dumping buckets, and hoses to spray mom and dad with). Disney’s water parks have several options for all ages, and I really think the young and old alike can enjoy their time together in the parks.
When you vacation at Walt Disney World, do you ever find yourself running ragged? Take a break! Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon have plenty of places to relax. Beach chairs and loungers are always available, and our family felt like there was plenty of shade when we needed it. Another relaxing aspect of the water parks is their size. Even if you did zip back and forth across the parks, you could do it in 5 minutes or less. The atmosphere, and Cast Members, are very laid back and easygoing. For a water park with a few thrills here and there, it was also relatively quiet. If you need to build a calmer day into your Disney vacation, the water parks are a great place to do it. Are you planning your next visit already? Let me know what you love about Disney’s Water Parks in the comments!