The Definitive Guide to Blizzard Beach Water Park at Walt Disney World

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Blizzard Beach is one of 2 Disney-owned water parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

But, just like the theme parks, a little-advanced planning can help you minimize your waits and maximize your experience, and we have the tips and resources to help you do just that.

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Blizzard Beach backstory

Blizzard Beach is themed as a melting, slushy ski resort with chair lifts and ski slopes covered with melting snow, and the resulting gushing water. There are lots of pine trees, rocks, and mounds of “snow.” It sprawls over 66 acres. As the story goes, following a freak Florida snowstorm, someone with poor business astuteness built Florida’s first ski resort. As you might expect, the snow soon melted. Left behind were a bunch of ski jumps and chair lifts that were water-logged and useless.

BLIZZARD BEACH MAP

Want a map you can download? Check out the PDF of the Blizzard Beach map.

Attractions at Blizzard Beach

Note: Even though many of the slides may not have a height requirement it is important to know that some empty into water that can be quite deep and anybody riding a slide that requires the use of a raft must be able to hang onto their raft independently (you can’t hold your child on your lap, for example).

There are 11 rides to help guests beat the heat.

  • Ski Patrol Training Camp

Pre-teen area featuring slides, a T-bar drop, and an iceberg walk

  • Summit Plummet

Mt. Gushmore also features slalom courses, toboggan and water sled runs and the awesome, 120-foot-high Summit Plummet — one of the nation’s tallest, fastest free-fall speed slides, visible from almost anywhere in the park. From Summit Plummet’s “ski jump” tower, it’s a breathtaking high-speed 55 mph plunge straight down to a splash landing at the base of the mountain.

Green Slopes

  • Slush Gusher

Next to Summit Plummet is the tall but less steep Slush Gusher, a speed slide that drops guests through a snow-banked mountain gully. Mt. Gushmore’s other attractions include Teamboat Springs, the world’s longest family white-water raft ride takes six-passenger rafts down a twisting 1,200-foot series of rushing waterfalls; Toboggan Racer, an 8-lane water slide that sends guests racing over exhilarating dips as they descend the “snowy” slope, and more.

  • Teamboat Springs

World’s longest family raft ride

  • Chairlift

One-way transportation to the top of Mt. Gushmore (no food, drinks, loose articles or bags allowed)

Purple Slopes

  • Toboggan Racers

Eight-lane toboggan slide

    • Snow Stormers – Switchback slalom-style mat slides
    • Downhill Double Dipper

The most eye-catching attractions can be found on the slopes of Mt. Gushmore, the 90-foot snow-capped mountain that is home to Downhill Double Dipper, the only side-by-side racing water slides that stand 50 feet high and 200 feet long. Guests will travel up to 25 mph, twisting and turning before shooting out through a curtain of water.

Red Slope

  • Runoff Rapids – Open and enclosed inner tube runs

Orange Slopes

  • Melt-Away Bay – One-acre bobbing wave pool

Guests splash around in the one-acre wave pool, Melt-Away Bay (Preston Mack, photographer)

  • Cross Country Creek

Continuous flowing creek, encircling the entire park

  • Tike’s Peak – Children’s area complete with slides, fountain play area, and pop jets; features miniature versions of some of the water park’s signature rides

Don’t forget to grab a few sandwiches from The Warming Hut, and mini glazed donuts from Lottawatta Lodge

Blizzard Beach height requirements

There are a few attractions at Blizzard Beach that require the rider to reach a certain height limit in order to access. There are others, however, that require guests to be small enough. The children’s areas are specially meant for little ones and their parents to play, without being crowded by overzealous big kids.

  • Downhill Double Dipper – 48″ (122cm)
  • Slush Gusher – 48″ (122cm)
  • Summit Plummet – 48″ (122cm)
  • Chairlift – 32″ (82cm)
  • Tikes Peak – Must Be Under 48″ (122cm)

Blizzard Beach Eateries and Restaurants

Note that not all restaurants or huts accept Dining Plan credits. Look here just to be sure.

  • Arctic Expedition

Keep on trekking ‘til you see this snowmobile bar near the Chairlift—then, sip on some sweet concoctions like our Rum Runner, Black Cherry Lemonade, Beso Del Sol Sangria and much more! Dining Plans Not Accepted

  • Avalunch

Get a grip with specialty hot dogs, salads, desserts, chips, draft beer and soft drinks. Some Dining Plans Accepted

  • Cooling Hut

Thaw out in the heat with a frozen treat that’s nice and sweet, like Mickey’s Ice Cream Bar. Or, head off your hunger with something much warmer, including soft pretzels and popcorn. Beverages both hot and cold are also available. Some Dining Plans Accepted

  • Frostbite Freddy’s

Make tracks for this snow-capped chalet and chill with an icy-fresh orange swirl, or fill up on a turkey leg or loaded nachos—before washing it down with a soft drink or alcoholic beverage! Dining Plans Not Accepted

  • I.C. Expeditions

In search of something sweet? Cool off with frozen treats that include sundaes, floats, bars, waffle cones and other frosty desserts at this ice cream stand in Disney’s Blizzard Beach.  Dining Plans Not Accepted

  • LottaWatta Lodge

Get a lotta grub at this alpine chalet—rice bowls, cheeseburgers, chicken strips, wraps, salads and more—while chilling out with an Olaf Frozen Blue Raspberry Lemonade or a Piña CoLAVA. We also offer vegetarian and vegan meal option. Some Dining Plans Accepted

  • Mini Donuts

These mini treats are big on taste! Dip in by the dozen or half dozen with raspberry, chocolate or white chocolate sauce. Soft drinks, frozen lemonade, coffee, tea and hot chocolate are also available from this stand near Lottawatta Lodge. Dining Plans Not Accepted

  • Polar Pub

Get frosty at this full-service beach bar after making waves at Melt-Away Bay! Chill out with a cold one—including cocktails like the icy Piña CoLAVA or Blue Blizzard, along with bottled and draft brew-skis. Dining Plans Not Accepted

  • Warming Hut

All that fun put a fire in your belly? Give roaring appetites the big chill with hearty fare that includes a selection of sandwiches, Southwest chicken wraps or grilled chicken with feta cheese and watermelon salad. Add a cookie, waffle cone or crisped rice treat for dessert with a cold drink and you’re back in action! Some Dining Plans Accepted

Blizzard Beach lounge area

Polar CabanasThese premium spaces offer guests a variety of amenities including a spacious area with cushioned furniture, all-day drink mugs, a personal locker and more. There are 15 different Polar Patio spaces throughout the water park that are booked on a first come, first-serve basis. The spaces also include an attendant who can take food orders (separate charges for food apply), towels, a cooler with ice and bottled water. Six guests can enjoy the patio space (there is an additional fee for guests 7-10).

Lodge Picnic Umbrellas. These spaces have two reclining lounge chairs, a table, an umbrella and towels. A maximum of four guests can use this reserved space

For reservations and pricing information, please call (407) WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7529. Check-in takes place at Shade Shack Rentals.

The cost to rent towels at Blizzard Beach:

  • On-site Disney Resort guests: Free for resort guests
  • Offsite guests: $2 per towel

Does Blizzard Beach have lockers?

YES! Putting your valuables in a locker is the only way to guarantee they won’t walk away while you’re out having a good time on the slides.

Locker rentals at Blizzard Beach are good for the entire day.

COST TO RENT A LOCKER AT Blizzard Beach:

  • Regular (12.5″ x 10″ x 17″) – $10 per day
  • Large: (15.5″ x 13″ x 17″) – $15 per day

Swimwear for Blizzard Beach

Water slides can be brutal on swimsuits, so if you’re planning on tackling any of them make sure you’re wearing a suit that will stay in place. Also, suits with any exposed metal of any kind (including rivets) or buckles are not allowed on the slides.

Swim Diapers

As with all pools at Walt Disney World, if your child is still in diapers they must wear either plastic pants or swim diapers in the pool area.

Disney Resort Refillable Mugs and water parks

Your Resort mug on its own will not work at the refillable stations within Blizzard Beach. You can either purchase a new mug or a sticker (for roughly $6) for your current mug. This sticker lasts one day and will get you free refills at any of the stations.

Don’t forget about PhotoPass

If you’re going to Blizzard Beach, Memory Maker also has more value because these photographers are positioned in a lot of fun locations where you probably couldn’t get your own photo.

Photographers will give you a photo pass card on an elastic band to scan and then you can link it to your Memory Maker.

Blizzard Beach shops

  • Beach Haus shop – beachwear, footwear, disposable underwater cameras and sundries; locker and towel rentals
  • Snowless Joe’s – souvenirs and sundries; premium space, umbrella, locker and towel rentals; complimentary life jackets
  • Shade Shack – Beach towels, headwear, sunglasses, souvenirs and sundries

Winter Summerland Miniature Golf

(Mariah Wild, photographer)

At Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course, guests can choose between two courses: the Winter Course or the Summer Course. Both 18-hole courses feature merry touches from Santa and his elves. Golfers play around giant peppermints and a melting ice castle on the Winter Course, while the Summer Course lets guests putt around sandcastles and surfboards.

Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course Cost

Adult (ages 10 and up): $14.00/round

Child (ages 3-9): $12/round

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