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“Birthday trip for a 49 year old kid” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park

Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park
1801 West Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 (Walt Disney World Resort)
407-560-9283
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Ranked #19 of 285 things to do in Orlando
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Owner description: "Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park, one of 2 Water Parks in Walt Disney World Resort, features one of the world's tallest and fastest free-falling waterslides, as well as slides and rides for the whole family—like a kid-sized, snow-castle fountain play area with scaled-down versions of the more thrilling attractions.It's easy to be cool while having fun in the sun at Disney's Blizzard Beach water park! While the park looks like a frosty ski resort—complete with a functioning Chair Lift, it's actually an action-packed water wonderland with exciting waterslides and attractions for the whole family.
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“Birthday trip for a 49 year old kid”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

My wife and I went to Disney Orlando just to go to Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. See my review of Typhoon Lagoon. Blizzard Beach certainly seems to be the more "adult" water park compared to TL. The weather was fantastic - partly cloudy, temp of 86F. We had hoped that going in April would avoid most of the spring break crowd. We were correct. We rode all of the adult rides during the 4 hours we were there. We rode several of them 2-4 times. Our wait times were less than 5 minutes on all but Summit Plummet (25 minute wait). The speed and thrill of the rides at TL seemed to be reduced. Not so at BB. The rides were just as fun as I remember from a few years ago. If BB had a water coaster ride like Crush 'n' Gusher (Typhoon Lagoon) then this water park would win my vote easily. Blizzard Beach is a fantastic water park for this big kid and I will certainly be going back again.

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“Went late afternoon, worked well”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We spent the last couple hours of an afternoon here and this place has alot to offer. We took the kids on the family raft ride many times as they loved it. The kids also had some other smaller pools geared to them with different activities. My daughter tied the zipline drop but was not too impressed with the fact that it was deeper water and she is not that strong of a swimmer yet. The lazy river is nice to move around the park in. We rented a small locker for $13 but they refund $5 when you turn in your key.

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“Fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We had fun, but the lines were so long that we didn't feel as if we got our money's worth. Not to mention that the wave pool is the craziest one I've ever seen! All of us got washed ashore it was so strong. One trip to the First Aid and a few band-aids later we were good to go. Definitely fun, but wish we could have enjoyed it more.

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“Water Fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

We visited for the first time when our daughter was 4, and she loved Tikes Peak. She talked about it for years! We returned this year, at the age of 7 years old, and she absolutely loved the Ski Patrol area and the Cross Country Creek tube river. A very active day with lots of physical activity for everyone! Well-maintained changing facilities.

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“Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

My wife, boys 11 and 9, and me visited Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon on our April trip to Florida. Prior, we had not visited either and spent some time looking at reviews.

Which one is better? If we only have time or $ to visit one of these, which park should it be?

Fortunately we had the flex passes and made time to experience both, so we were "open" to forming our own opinions.

And that is challenge here....the park people prefer is based largely on personal opinion and may be different for you.

Blizzard Beach? It is the newer of the two, slightly smaller in size(though you may never notice), and has a few more adrenaline charged attractions. This is probably why families with teens often prefer this park. One huge exception is the wave pool...at this one it is a little calmer and our boys preferred it over Typhoon Lagoons. (which is wild enough to surf in)

Since our kids spent the majority of time in the wave pool, they preferred BB. If more time had been spent on the water slides etc, TL would have won.

Both parks charge $2 for each towel rental, and $13 and up for a locker depending on size. ($5 back when key is returned). The locker is worth the extra money to secure your stuff. It bugs me how much you are nickled and dimed at the parks-especially considering the price of admission. At least parking is free at both.

Watch out for the bottom of both wave pools-it looks like sand but is a hard textured concrete. A lot of people end up with scratches or scrapes from this.

Chairs for lounging are sometimes hard to find. (another irritation...you are not guaranteed a chair with an admission ticket). However, staff are friendly and helpful for this and any other issues you may have.

Get there at opening or wait till after lunch. The crowds start to clear a little then.

Like anything Disney, the food is overpriced so bring what you can. They seem to let you in with a cooler too!

If you like a lot of foliage, TL gets the knod. Lazy river at both were favorites of ours.

The water is heated at every attraction but remember, you have to get out so the warmer the day the better. If your the hearty sort, the cooler weather means less people.

Bring sunscreen, you can fry REALLY quickly. Take my word for it!

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