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Oxford, United Kingdom
October 29, 2009
From journal Orlandos other Big Ones!
by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
June 24, 2008
From journal Two Weeks in Orlando
January 14, 2008
September 14, 2007
From journal Disneyworld with the Whole Family
Woodbridge, New Jersey
June 9, 2007
From journal Blizzard Beach
April 7, 2006
From journal Sisters Trip to the Happiest Place on Earth
Manchester, United Kingdom
May 15, 2005
What's it like?
As the name would suggest, there's lots of (fake) snow at Blizzard Beach, which is a rather strange cross between a snow resort and a beach. There are lots of palm trees, as you would expect with Florida, but added to this are a ski resort lodge, ski lifts, and a large, snow-capped mountain. Only Disney could invent a legend like this for a theme park!!
What is there?
There are 17 slides at Blizzard Beach, and the best (and fastest one!) is Summit Plummet, which is 120 feet long. This is a great slide, but is pretty scary, unless you like this kind of thing, as it has an almost vertical drop. To get to Summit Plummet (and some of the other rides), you can use the ski lift, and you get a great view form the top of the mountain in the centre of the park. If you arrive after mid-morning, the queues for the ski lift can be huge, so it can be much quicker to walk up the mountain (and you get some great views of the park on the way up to the top!).
The other slides vary in speed and length, but Disney staff will always help you find the slide that you are most comfortable riding.
Steamboat Springs is great fun if there is a group of you, as you board a kind of raft and it seems to go faster with the more people who ride it. We had three people on one, and it was okay, but with five, we clocked up some pretty high speeds. Hold on tight so you don't fall off!! Run Off rapids is a bit like Steamboat Springs, with three open slides, but I like Steamboat the best, as it's more fun and open.
I haven't been to Blizzard Beach, but there are several smaller pool and slides that seem to be designed specifically for children. There are plenty of lifeguards and staff around who can help and advise which attractions are best, and the place feels very safe for people of all ages. There are some rides that you must be 4 feet tall to go on (such as Summit Plummet), but there are lots of family-style attractions for everyone to enjoy.
How much does it cost?
For adults (anyone over 9!!), it's $33 per day, and for children ages 3 to 9, it's $27. Children under 3 get in free of charge.
As you enter the water park, there are a few shops that sell essentials, such as sun cream and shorts (just in case!). Don't forget the sun cream! There is also a counter-service food counter.
From journal Walt Disney World in Florida
Apple Valley, California
October 6, 2004
From journal Disney Adventure
September 14, 2003
There are tiny private alcoves where, if you come early enough, you can stake out a picnic table and lounge chairs for your gang and use it as a "check-in" station while you're there. The attention to detail is amazing.
From journal Disneyworld...Truly for the Young at Heart!
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
June 23, 2003
We took two small children (aged 4 and a short 7) and so were restricted to family rides. Looking at the lines for the Summit Plummit and Slush Gusher, I'm not sorry I missed them either.
The first ride we went on was Teamboat Springs and this set the mark for the day - I expect things portrayed as family rides to be pretty tame but this really hit the mark. It's long, there's plenty of good steep drops, splashing and riding up the turns - and best of all you enjoy it while facing everyone you've come with - shouting, laughing and screaming. I think it helps to have a bit of weight in your raft and for that I am indebted my brother-in-law.
After that - well take your pick!! Runoff Rapids for inner tubes (the middle slide is the best), Toboggan Racers and Snow Stormers for getting a face full of water as you hurtle head first down the hill (again, bulk helps if you're racing - don't take on your weightier friends!).
Two pleasant 'extras' that come with water parks - you're much cooler all day (Health tip - don't skimp on sunblock!!) and you don't go walking past souvenir/concession stands all day, so if you have gift-hungry kids, they don't get regular reminders!!
I think water parks are much underrated - they're cheaper to get in, you get on the amusements much more quickly and frequently and everyone is in swimming costumes!!
From journal Orlando...parks and stuff