Blizzard Beach reopens after a lengthy refurbishment period on March 7, 2021. The third waterpark opened by Walt Disney World 50-year history has incredible theming and attractions. Tickets for Blizzard Beach are on sale now. Here is everything you need to know about Blizzard Beach before you go there.
Blizzard Beach Theme
The genius behind Blizzard Beach is the chairlifts that take guests up to the peaks of Mount Gushmore. This is made possible by the storytelling premise of a ski lodge theme. According to the park’s backstory, a freak snowstorm overtook Orlando and an opportunistic gator decided to open a ski lodge. Unsurprisingly the snow began to melt and now it’s a waterpark.
Where is Blizzard Beach?
Blizzard Beach occupies a piece of the Disney World map right between Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It’s also conveniently located close to Winter Summerland miniature golf. The nearest resorts to Blizzard Beach are the All-Stars to the south and Coronado Springs to the north.
What to Know When Blizzard Beach Reopens
Yes, the pandemic continues, and yes, Disney is reopening a major waterpark during this time. While the continued rollout of vaccines will likely affect safety protocols in the future, Disney has also taken the lead on preparing all of their guest areas for sanitary and safe experiences.
While we don’t know exactly what they’ve added to the park to improve the guest experience, we do know that they started a very specific mask policy.
Masks Will Be Required (Kind of)
The Blizzard Beach mask policy is similar to other areas of Walt Disney World that also require masks. They allow you to remove masks while actively eating, providing that you remain stationary and maintain a proper social distance.
However, there is a slight alteration. Water poses a challenge as it can be unsafe to wear a mask while swimming, and water can render facemasks ineffective. Therefore, although masks are required around the park, guests are not allowed to wear them while swimming or enjoying one of the attractions.
The Water Parks and Sports Option
A new option for water and sports lovers has been added to the ticket purchasing platform. It allows guests to buy a ticket that grants admission to one theme park plus one additional experience.
These water and sports-based experiences include The NBA Experience, Wide World of Sports complex events, Golf, Miniature Golf, Footgolf, and of course water parks such as Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. The golf option at Golden Oaks Trail remains subject to greens fees. Other pricing information remains to be seen.
Unique Attractions at Blizzard Beach
12 stories practically straight down, Summit Plummet is the Walt Disney World thrill seeker’s dream. The high-speed 360-foot long drop ends with a climactic and exhilarating spray of whitewater. Once a US record holder for the tallest slide, Summit Plummet still remains among the top five after all these years.
Both areas for kids, Tike’s Peak and Ski Patrol Camp, offer unique ways for kids to experience Blizzard Beach that make sense for their age and activity level.