The 66-acre themed Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is based on the theme that a snow ski resort couldn’t find a suitable climate in Florida. Yet the “snow” still manages to stay throughout the year, never melting. Not the greatest idea but a terrific setting for all the activities and that’s what counts.
The 90-foot high, snow capped Mt. Gushmore is the park’s focal point but the Summit Plummet 30 feet above it is the launching point for one of the world’s fastest free-fall water slides that sends daredevils rocketing down a 350-foot slide up to a 55 mph. Not for anyone still wearing contacts.
Downhill Double Dipper has side-by-side racing water slides beginning 50 feet high on the slopes of Mt. Gushmore. It sends riders plunging along a hilly 200-foot-long course at up to 25 miles per hour.
The Slush Gusher water slide starts at the top next to Summit Plummet and drops guests down a double-humped water slide that goes through a snow-banked mountain gully.
Teamboat Springs, still one of the world’s longest family white-water raft rides, sends 6-passenger boats through a twisting, 1,200-foot series of rushing water falls.
Cross Country Creek is a lazy creek circling the total park that ferries floating guests through an ice cave where guests get splashed with cold water from the “melting” ice overhead.
Kids under 48 inches have Tike’s Peak for themselves. Tike’s Peak features a shallow wading pool, a snow-castle fountain, pop-up water jets and kid-sized slides. Life guards are present throughout the day.
Away from the rides, snack bar stands offer hot dogs, nachos and cold drinks. Locker rooms available with dressing rooms, showers, locker rental, towel rental, and life jacket rental.
In summer, the park may hold seasonal events such as the “Frozen” games, an Olympic-style competition based on the movie, “Frozen.”
Compared to nearby Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach is the better spot for smaller kids.