Snow is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of visiting Florida, but at Disneys Blizzard Beach water park, guests are given a chance to experience a “winter wonderland” without even having to put on ski boots. Made to look like a snow covered ski resort and featuring many winter themed attractions, Blizzard Beach is the perfectly themed water park for those wanting to take a break from the summer heat.
While Blizzard Beach does not feature such exotic attractions like Shark Reef at Typhoon Lagoon, it does give guests some of the most exciting and extreme water slides around. The water slide attractions are divided into three different colored sections of slopes, based on their position around the central mountain of the park; Mount Gushmore. The Downhill Double Dipper, located on the purple slope, is a side by side twin slide that drops guests straight down on inner tubes. Guests climb up a series of stairs to reach the platform, however you must wait for a conveyor belt to bring you an inner tube as every person who rides Double Dipper must place their tube on the belt to send up to others when done. Unfortunately that is the only flaw with this ride as waiting for the rider’s tubes can be exhausting as they come up one at a time. Once you are on the platform, the line is forked to both tubes and riders are sent down one at a time by the attendants. Once you are sent down, momentum carries you down into total darkness. After a single plunge, you think the ride is over…but then your adrenaline spikes sky high as you are sent into another hair-raising plunge that almost lifts you out of your tube before skidding across the pool at the end.
For the ultimate thrill seeking experience, there is always Summit Plummet. Now what would a ski resort be without a ski lift? While this isn’t exactly the slide itself, it is how you get there. Guests are actually lifted up onto Summit Plummet, two or three at a time on a chairlift cable system that drops them off near the top of Mount Gushmore. Once your lift drops you off on the green slope, an exhilarating climb to the top of the mountain brings you to the edge of the tallest, fastest water slides in the world. The slide itself is built to look like a sadistic ski ramp overlooking a ski lodge, which may frighten many people as it looks as though the slide connects with the ramp (though it actually goes under it). Don’t look now but you are at the top of a 120 foot slide, that is about to send you rocketing 12 stories straight down at around 50 mph!
For those seeking a less intense experience, try the Cross Country Creek. As with Typhoon Lagoon, Cross Country Creek is a constantly flowing lazy river that travels around the entire park. All guests have to do is grab one of the many inner tubes that are floating by on the creek, lay across it and just let the current carry you down the stream. For a hilarious moment, once you reach the ice cave in which the creek travels underneath a mountain cave, push one of your friends underneath one of the water showers that cascade down from the roof of the cave. The water that rains down is about 30 degrees colder than the water in the creek.
This park provides laughs, thrills and chills for all ages. It has extreme water slides for those not afraid of heights and ready to take the plunge. If you prefer to just relax and let the kids have fun, there are also sandy beaches for you to work on your tan.