The story of Blizzard Beach begins with a freak snow storm in Central Florida. Some inspired entrepreneurs decided to take advantage of the situation and build a ski resort. Being Central Florida, the warm weather quickly came back and the snow started to melt. Ready to give up after getting everything place for their ski resort, the entrepreneurs heard a loud exclamation of excitement and turned to see a local alligator, the Ice Gator skiing down Summit Plummet, a very steep slope, sail over some of the village buildings and crash into the large store they built. The event gave them a new idea, to turn their once ski resort into a water park! If you want to visit Blizzard Beach here are some things to keep in mind.
What to Bring:
- Bright Bathing Suit, especially for children and individuals that are not very strong swimmers, it helps the lifeguards to see you.
- Your own towels. Yes, you can bring your own towels, please don’t forget to bring them home with you afterwards. If you do not bring your own towels you can rent some very plain white towels.
- Sunscreen. I have seen many adults and some children get severely sunburned, even when it is cloudy out. I personally wear waterproof SPF.
- Sunglasses, it can get very bright on the slopes!
- Swim Diaper for little ones still in diapers, regular diapers will just swell up and get very messy.
- Credit card or cash. I don’t recommend bringing your entire wallet, just something to buy snacks and a secure a locker.
- Snacks, Food, and Drinks. You can bring your own lunch, snacks and beverages. Glass containers are not allowed.
Seating and Storing Your Stuff:
Parking at the water park is free. Once inside the park, there is a plethora of seating options. You can purchase premium space, private patio or semi-private sand areas with nicer chairs and umbrellas, or search out a place in the various areas around the park. There is a somewhat hidden sand area near the Red Slope in the back. The lifeguard stand nearby is called Lonesome, since they are generally all by their lonesome self guarding the creek. Your stuff is pretty safe at your chair, you can rent out a locker for the day if you want to be extra cautious.
What to do:
Enjoy some fun ski related slang while riding the slopes (about a dozen various tube, mat, and body water slides with a wide range of intensity), chilling along the cross country creek (lazy river), or splashing in melt-away bay (wave pool). Kids under 12 can train at Ski Patrol with many quick slides, iceburg walks, and zip line. Tots under 5 will love it at Tikes Peak, a scaled down modified version of the entire park for the little ones. The park can be seen from the ride to the top of Mt. Gushmore on board a chairlift!. Blizzard Beach also has some unique tasty treats such as a Sand Pail Ice Cream and Mini Donuts!
Only a few of the attractions have height restrictions such as the extreme slides, Ski Patrol iceberg walk and zip line, and most of the slides at Tikes Peak. Lifeguards and operators are all over the park to help direct guests with their fun adventure and ensure their safety. The rules that Blizzard Beach does have is focused on making sure everyone can have a safe enjoyable time.
Blizzard Beach is a lot of fun with a couple hidden mickeys, Christmas and Caribbean music playing year round, fantastic snow resort theme with reminders of the Ice Gator all over, and a fantastic team of cast members supporting the park. So whether you are a snow-poke on the cross country creek, or seeking the extreme thrills of slush gusher, I hope you will have an “Ice” day at Blizzard Beach. “Ski” ya later!