What We Love Most About Disney’s Blizzard Beach
We’re at the water parks with more fun in the sun. We’ve spoken about what we love most about Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon in a previous post/podcast. Today we’re going to “slip” on over to Disney’s Blizzard Beach! We also “putter” around Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf. So much to do!
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An Alpine Arrival
You get a sense of the snow and Alpine feel of this very unusual water park the moment you enter. Grab a sleigh and do your own selfie here at Sonny’s Sleds.
You will need sun block and other fun in the sun merchandise, so be sure to check out the Beach Haus.
You’ll see that Ice Gator was going a little too fast when he passed through this area.
These snowman are on vacation as well…assuming they don’t melt in the sun.
Lottawatta Lodge offers burgers, flatbreads, sandwiches and plenty of beverages.
But if you’re like us, you probably wanted the mini donuts.
Tike’s Peak is the toddler’s swim area.
Pint-sized slides and aquatic activities stand ready for your youngest ones.
Not sure what the name of Ice Gator’s little sister is…or whether she’s a little sister.
This place holds little for adults, but for the youngest toddler, it’s a safe space to splash and play.
Ski Patrol Training Camp
Almost everyone can find something of interest at Ski Patrol Training Camp. In earlier days when we had small children and older children, we usually camped out between these two locations.
The pool on the far right is a great place for parents to chill out while the kids check out trying to cross the icebergs using the nets.
Watching guests cross the Thin Ice Training Course is a spectator sport.
The moguls below are known as Cool Runners.
The best way to view it all is with the chairlift–Walt Disney World’s second Skyliner (the first was the Skyway between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom).
The Chairlift takes you up to Mt. Gushmore, where the mountain divides into sections known as Green, Purple and Red Slopes.
The theming is every bit as whimsical on top of the mountain as it is on the bottom of the mountain.
Thematically, this park stays very true to the concept of a ski resort defrosted.
Summit Plummet looks very much like a ski jump. With water coming off of the jump, you start to think it’s real, until you study it further.
Looking down Mount Rushmore from the Summit Plummet and Slush Gusher the view is impressive.
You gain a lot of “air time” on Slush Gusher.
Entrance to Teamboat Springs, one of the longest family raft rides ever created.
Again, thematic details abound.
Behind the mountain are the Red Slopes which offer the Runoff Rapids, a trio of tube slides, with the center one enclosed.
The view of Runoff Rapids from the backside of Mount Gushmore.
The view here from Melt-Away bay offers a great view of the Purple Slopes.
Eight riders can compete at one time on the Toboggan Racers.
Nearby are the Snow Stormers that slalom through a number of moguls.
Downhill Dipper may not seem like much compared to Summit Plummet, but it actually has the same height requirement as the 120 foot slide.
Melt-Away Bay is a one-acre pool with bobbing waves. For those who are lucky, you have the option of grabbing an available tube for free.
This is probably the busiest corner of the park with lots of snowbirds trying to work on their tan.
We haven’t mentioned the Cross Country Creek, which offers a number of humorous splash features along the way. It takes the better part of 35 mites to complete the circle tour around the park.
Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf
One of the cool things (sorry the pun) is Winter Summerland, which is adjacent to Disney’s Blizzard Beach. This is one of my very favorite miniature golf courses, and if you are staying on property, it makes for a great combo activity with the water park.
Here we join Santa and his elves at their off-season retreat.
There are two 18-hole courses, one is a sand course named “Summer” and the other is a snow course named “Winter”.
Sand castles at Disney World. Who would have thought?
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