As story goes, there was a freak snow storm in Central Florida and Florida’s first ski resort was born!
As you can imagine the climate quickly returned to normal and the snow began to melt. As the resort operators were ready to give up and cut their losses they heard “YAHOOOOOO” come from the mountain and they turned around to see a blue alligator wearing combination swim/ski gear; a red scarf and a gold inner tube, flying down the mountain! He then landed in a pool of melted snow and the light clicked for the owners, that this could be “the most slushy, slippery, exhilarating water park anywhere” and it would be called Blizzard Beach and Ice Gator would be its mascot!
The back story behind Blizzard Beach is amazing and the details in the park match it perfectly. As you walk into the park it feels like a ski resort, ski slopes have become water slides, the chair lift carries swimmers instead of skiers to the top of the mountain, and the ski jump became the tallest and fastest water slide in the southeast! The name of the mountain is Mount Gushmore and it is broken up into 3 slope categories; Green, Purple, and Red.
The Red Slope is on the back-end of the park and only consists of one attraction.
– Runoff Rapids: 3 Separate 600 foot inner tube slides ; 2 open and 1 closed. That send guests flying down twisting flumes all the way to the catch pool. The open flume on the right side can be ridden by two people together in a two person tube, the other two must be rode by a single rider. This is the only ride where you have to get your tube at the bottom of the attraction and carry it up with you.
The Purple Slopes are just left of Mount Gushmore and are all designed for racing!
– Toboggan Racers: an 8 lane racing slide that sends guests straight down exhilarating dips and drops as you all race to the finish line face first on a toboggan style mat, great fun for the whole family!
– Snow Stormers: 3 separate 350 foot flumes where you lay down on a toboggan style mat skeleton style (face first) and shoot down the mountain slalom style in and out of ski gates. Another great slide for the entire family to compete and see who can get down the winding track first!
– Downhill Double Dipper: A side by side inner tube racing slide and is one of the only in the world of its kind. The slide stands at 50 feet high and 230 feet long where riders reach speeds of 25 mph! One of the most unique things about the attraction is that you do not have to push-off, you get in your tube and water is pushing you towards the slide but a gate blocks you from going down the slide. You and your competitors gate will drop at the same time sending you both flying down the slide at the same time to the finish line! There are real-time clocks to see who can clock the fastest time in the family.
The Green Slopes are the main attraction at Blizzard Beach, these are the slopes on top of Mount Gushmore and can be reached by using the Chair Lift.
– Teamboat Springs: Sends 4-6 guests down a series of twists and turns shooting up walls and dropping down waterfalls in a huge blue tube. Teamboat Springs is the world’s longest family white-water raft ride at 1400 feet and is regarded as one of the best attractions in all of Disney World for the whole family to have fun together and unlike at Typhoon Lagoon’s family water ride here the tube is waiting for you at the top!
– Slush Gusher: Near the top of Mt. Gushmore, Slush Gusher is a speed slide that stands at 90 feet tall and sends guests over a series of “moguls” as they fly down Mt. Gushmore at speeds of up to 35 mph. As you go over the last mogul you actually come off of the slide for a split second and achieve air time!!! A great way to build up confidence for the main event.
– Summit Plummet: The main attraction at Blizzard Beach is without a doubt Summit Plummet and is considered by many (if not most) to be the single most thrilling attraction in all of Walt
Disney World. The slide sends riders down the same melted ski jump that Ice Gator went down many years ago. The ride is so steep that riders cannot see anything as they approach the ride, but the view above the slide is incredible. You are actually eye level with Tower of Terror and can see Epcot and much more off in the distance, it truly is one of the best views in Disney. The slide stands at a whopping 120 feet tall and riders achieve speeds of 60 mph in a free fall. It is the 3rd tallest and fastest water slide of its kind in the world only slightly behind 2 others. Don’t forget to scream “YAHOOOOOO” on the way down!
At the base of the mountain there is even more to do for the whole family.
– Chair Lift: You can take a one way ride up the Chair Lift to the top of Mount Gushmore for a ride you won’t soon forget (you get to watch everyone plummet down the mountain on Summit Plummet and Slush Gusher, watching reactions can be quite entertaining.
– Melt-Away-Bay: a 1 acre wave pool being fed by melting snow with steady swells from the new water and snow breaking away into the bay. While it is not anything like the Surf Pool at Typhoon Lagoon it is much more calm so it may be better for the little ones.
– Cross Country Creek: a 3,000 foot lazy river attraction that encircles the entire perimeter of the park, taking you through a melting ice cavern and past several land marks like Ice Gator’s hut, where you are sure to get an icy cold surprise! There are 7 entrance/exit points in the creek and can take anywhere from 25 to 30 minutes to go all the way around.
– Ski Patrol: a great area for the pre teenage kids that contains a leisure pool where kids can jump across “icebergs”. Also a zip line course known as Fahrenheit Drops where kids zip line into an 8.5 foot deep pool. There are also two different slide attractions; Cool Runners, an open inner tube slide, and Freezin’ Pipe Springs, a body slide attraction mild enough for the younger/less daring kids.
– Tikes Peak: an area for children under 48 inches only and has several very small slides to mimic other attractions and ice fountains for the kids to play in.
Food and Drinks
Blizzard Beach has several dining locations that are all counter service or quick service. You can grab your typical quick service food found throughout the parks, pizza, bbq, hamburgers, and chicken tenders. The real hidden gems for food are the sweets! You can get a whole bucket of ice cream called the Sand Pail for $9.99 that can feed the entire family, or get the mini donuts with dipping sauces you will not be sorry! Finally for drinks the adults can find alcoholic beverages at a few locations throughout the park with a full bar at the Polar Pub by Melt-Away-Bay.
You also have merchandise and rentals near the entrance to the park at The Beach Haus and Snowless Joe’s. I do recommend bringing your own towels, sunscreen, ect…because everything will be much more expensive in the parks and towel rentals are $2 each.
Thank you for reading and make sure to stop by Blizzard Beach on your next Disney trip, the water parks are too often overlooked! Share your thoughts on Blizzard Beach, have you braved Summit Plummet or share a favorite memory!
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