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Complete Guide to Blizzard Beach at Disney World

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Published: October 24, 2018 Updated: July 29, 2021

Complete Guide to Blizzard Beach at Disney World

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Complete Guide to Blizzard Beach at Disney World

Blizzard Beach is one of 2 Disney-owned water parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Located near Disney’s Animal Kingdom, it is a popular option for many guests wanting to take a break from the major theme parks.

But, just like the theme parks, a little advanced planning can help you minimize your waits and maximize your experience, and we have the tips and resources to help you do just that.

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Blizzard Beach tickets

Guests wanting to visit Blizzard Beach have multiple options for tickets:

1 day tickets to Blizzard Beach

Cost: $73.49 adult/$67.10 child (tax included)

If you plan on only visiting a Disney water park 1 time and if you aren’t purchasing Park Hopper tickets, this is your best option. If you plan on visiting a Disney water park on multiple days, you’ll want to consider adding on the Park Hopper Plus option to a Magic Your Way ticket.

Park Hopper Plus

Park Hopper Plus tickets (used to be called Park Hopper + Water Park Fun & More) allow you to park hop between the 4 main theme parks, plus they give you extra entry entitlements into venues outside of the main parks.

The number of extra entries you receive equals the number of days on your ticket (so a 5 day ticket gets you 5 extra entries), and you can use them in any combination (including going back to the same place more than once) at the following locations:

  • Blizzard Beach
  • Typhoon Lagoon
  • NBA Experience 
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course – FootGolf and Golfing
  • Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course

Water Park & Sports

If you plan to make 2 or more visits to the places listed above BUT you know you won’t want to hop between parks, you can purchase the Water Park & Sports option.

With this add-on you can visit one theme park each day of your ticket plus, based on the length of your ticket, you can also enjoy a certain number of visits to a water park or other Disney World sports-related experience from the Park Hopper Plus list.

Annual Passes

You can purchase an Annual Pass to just the water parks for $148.04 and the Platinum Plus Annual Pass also has water park entries included in its price.

Blizzard Beach map

Want a map you can download? Check out the PDF of the Blizzard Beach map.

Blizzard Beach Map

Blizzard Beach hours and annual refurbishment

Blizzard Beach Park Hours

Like all Walt Disney World parks, the hours for Blizzard Beach are posted 180 days in advance.  To make it easy, we compile all park hour information in one spot on our Crowd Calendars so you don’t have to.

These handy crowd calendars also include the entertainment and firework information for all parks, and they can be found on the monthly pages under the Crowd Calendar section at the top of the site.

In addition to the Crowd Calendars, the monthly pages also provide information on:

  • refurbishments
  • special events
  • overall park crowd levels
  • reservation dates
  • + more!

Visit your Monthly Dashboard now to find the Blizzard Beach park hours for your trip. Don’t forget to sign up for the free email alerts while you’re there!

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Blizzard Beach refurbishment

Once a year (during the winter months) each of the Disney water parks closes for an extended refurbishment. Which park closes first usually alternates, but be sure to double check your Monthly Dashboard for current refurbishment information if you plan on visiting a water park between the end of October and mid-March. 

Blizzard Beach and the weather

The water at Blizzard Beach is heated, making the park a good choice to visit during most days of the year; however, during inclement weather or if an extended bout of cold temperatures are predicted, Disney will close the water parks.

During the summertime, afternoon storms are a common occurrence and will result in the park closing. Unless the storms look to be long-lasting, this closure is usually temporary and often results in a mass exodus of guests, meaning if you can handle dealing with rain for a bit you’ll often find shorter lines after the all-clear to get back in the water is given.

Since closures can happen while you are on your vacation, the best way of keeping up to date is to use the My Disney Experience app on your phone to check current park information.

Blizzard Beach touring plan

All of the Blizzard Beach attractions are listed below. If you arrive at park opening, do things in this order: slides, lazy river, wave pool.

Arriving mid-day? Just reverse that order.

Blizzard Beach slides and attractions

Note: Even though many of the slides may not have a height requirement it is important to know that some empty into water that can be quite deep and anybody riding a slide that requires the use of a raft must be able to hang onto their raft independently (you can’t hold your child on your lap, for example).  

Wave pool & lazy river

Melt-Away Bay

A 1 acre wave pool that is a lot more gentle than its counterpart at Typhoon Lagoon.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Yes
Tips: Save Melt-Away Bay for later in the morning or afternoon when the lines for the slides are the longest. Chairs around Melt-Away Bay fill up early so be sure to snag one of those at opening if you want to be nearby.

Cross Country Creek

3,000-foot-long lazy river filled with plenty of opportunities to get doused with "melted snow".

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Yes
Tips: Save this attraction for the afternoon when the lines for the slides are long.

Children's areas

Ski Patrol Training Camp

This fun area is designed to give pre-teens a set of water obstacles and their own slides that are just right for those not quite ready to tackle the bigger versions in the rest of the park.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Pre-teens
Recommended? Yes. This area is a great area for pre-teens to test out some fun slides without having to worry about things being too intense.
When to visit: Anytime
Tips: There are chairs around the edges of Ski Patrol Training Camp that make it easy to sit and relax while your tweens hit the slopes.

Tikes Peak

Polar-themed play area that allows smaller guests the opportunity to ride their own pint-sized slides.

Height req.: 48 inches or shorter
Suitable for: Guests 48 inches or shorter
Recommended? Yes (if you are traveling with little ones)
Tips: This area is very child-friendly and is the perfect spot to let little ones explore the water.


Runoff Rapids

3 totally different rides propel you down the backside of Mount Gushmore before splashing down into a pool at the bottom of the mountain.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Yes
Tips: The center slide is totally enclosed so if you are leery of enclosed spaces choose one of the outside slides instead.

Slush Gusher

The sister slide to Summit Plummet, this extreme ride may not be quite as intense as its neighbor, but it still packs quite a punch and includes maximum thrills.

Height req.: 48 inches
Recommended? Thrill seekers that are at least 48 inches tall
Tips: Visit this slide first thing in the morning or close to closing for the shortest lines.

Snow Stormers

These slides have guests racing down belly-first on mats shaped like toboggans. There are 3 slides available, each with a slightly different experience.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Yes
Tips: Since there are 3 slides you can race your family and friends to the bottom for added fun.

Summit Plummet

This 12 story tall monster is the signature attraction of Blizzard Beach and is known for intense thrills (and intense wedgies).

Height req.: 48 inches
Suitable for: Thrill seekers
Recommended? For intense thrill seekers 48 inches and taller
Tips: There are benches nearby that let you catch the action at the bottom of the mountain. If you plan on riding Summit Plummet, be sure to wear swimwear that can handle a 120 foot drop!

Teamboat Springs

A 1,200 foot family raft ride that can hold up to 6 guests while taking them on a thrilling journey down Mount Gushmore.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Yes
Tips: If you have fewer than 4 guests you may be paired up with other riders.

Toboggan Racers

Huge 8-lane downhill waterslide that has you racing others (belly first) on toboggan shaped mats.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Yes
Tips: This slide doesn't develop the same long lines as the others, so save this one until after you've done those.

Downhill Double Dipper

This attraction has guests pair up and race 50 feet downhill within a mostly enclosed set of waterslides.

Height req.: 48 inches
Suitable for: Thrill seekers
Recommended? Yes, for guests at least 48 inches tall that like thrill rides and enclosed slides.
Tips: Since this slide is enclosed, you might want to skip it if you don't like tight spaces.



The Chairlift at Blizzard Beach looks and acts like a traditional ski slope chairlift. Using the Chairlift can save you a lot of steps as it takes you to the top of the Green Slope where you can take on Summit Plummet, Slush Gusher, or Teamboat Springs. Guests not meeting the 32 inch requirement can access the Green Slope via the nearby stairs.

Height req.: 32 inches
Suitable for: Guests 32 inches and taller and anybody wanting to ride the slides on the Green Slope.
Recommended? Yes
Tips: The lines for the Chairlift build early, so if you want to catch a ride do so first thing in the morning or shortly before close.

Restaurants and dining at Blizzard Beach

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How to get to Blizzard Beach

How to use Disney buses to get to Blizzard Beach

Disney offers buses directly to the water parks from all of the Disney resorts.

To make getting around painless while you’re on your trip, we have an easy and free WDW Prep School Navigator that you can save to your phone.

To use the navigator, you simply enter your starting and ending point and it will give you all the different options you have to get from point a to point b – perfect for when you’re trying to find the best way to get to Blizzard Beach.

Blizzard Beach

Blizzard Beach parking

If you prefer to drive at Disney World, you’ll be happy to know that parking at Blizzard Beach is quick, painless and FREE.

If you’ll have a car while on your trip we highly recommend driving versus taking a bus since parking is free, and if you don’t change out of your wet swimsuit before you leave it’s more comfortable to ride back to your resort in a car versus a freezing bus.

Blizzard Beach cabana (Polar Patio) and Lodge Umbrella rental information

If you’d like a guaranteed spot to have as a home-base while on your visit to Blizzard Beach, Disney offers a couple different options. To book either you’ll need to call (407) WDW-Play.

Sometimes there are same-day spots available. You can check on those at the Shade Shack Rentals inside the park.

Polar Patio (cabana) rental

Price: around $360 with higher prices during busier times (price does not include park admission)

Number of guests: up to 6

What’s included: a shaded, private deck (no roof but there is tons of shade and an umbrella) with towels, cushioned seating, a locker, refillable drink mugs, and a cooler with ice. Additional beverages and snacks can be purchased and there are attendants on hand to take your order and deliver it back to you.

Lodge Umbrella rental

Price: around $75 with higher prices during busier times (price does not include park admission)

Number of guests: up to 4

What’s included:  2 reserved loungers, 2 reserved beach chairs, a table, a beach umbrella, and towels

What to bring to Blizzard Beach

Like any water park, there are some items you’ll probably want to have with you. We’ve got you covered and you can find all of our recommendations for what to bring to Blizzard Beach on our Ultimate Disney World Packing List.

What about towels at Blizzard Beach?

Beach towels can take up a lot of room in a suitcase. Instead of packing one we recommend renting one, and the plus for on-site guests is that towel rental is now complimentary.

Cost to rent towels at Blizzard Beach:

  • On-site Disney Resort guests: Free for resort guests
  • Offsite guests: $2 per towel

Does Blizzard Beach have lockers?

YES! Putting your valuables in a locker is the only way to guarantee they won’t walk away while you’re out having a good time on the slides.

How to rent a locker at Blizzard Beach

Nearby the lockers you’ll find electronic kiosks that you’ll use to process the locker rental. To use the kiosk you indicate the size of locker you want (regular or large) and then pay (with either cash or credit card). After you pay you are then allowed to select a personalized 4-digit PIN code that you will use to open your locker.

Locker rentals at Blizzard Beach are good for the entire day.

Cost to rent a locker at Blizzard Beach:

  • Regular (12.5″ x 10″ x 17″) – $10 per day
  • Large: (15.5″ x 13″ x 17″) – $15 per day

Life Jackets at Blizzard Beach

Life jackets are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

There will be multiple stations where guests are able to pick up a life jacket. If you encounter one that is empty, guests have reported having good luck finding plenty of life jackets at the exit/entry points for the lazy river.

Guest are allowed to bring their own Coast Guard approved life jackets, however, for safety reasons the use of a personal life jacket is at Disney’s discretion so they may ask you to switch over to one of their vests.

Swimwear for Blizzard Beach

Water slides can be brutal on swimsuits so if you’re planning on tackling any of them make sure your wearing a suit that will stay in place. Also, suits with any exposed metal of any kind (including rivets) or buckles are not allowed on the slides.

Swim diapers

As with all pools at Walt Disney World, if your child is still in diapers they must wear either plastic pants or swim diapers in the pool area.

Disney resort refillable mugs & water parks

Just like the resorts, the Disney Water parks also have refillable mugs. However, your resort mug wont work at the stations in the water parks. You can either purchase a sticker (for roughly $8.50) that when affixed to your resort mug will activate the drink refill stations or you can buy a new mug (for about $12 plus tax).

The mugs/stickers are good for 1 day however you can bring your mug back on subsequent trips and save a few bucks by just purchasing a new sticker.

Should I visit Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon?

Can’t decide between the 2 parks? We’ve pitted them against each other in the ultimate Battle of the Disney Water Parks to help you decide which is the best option for your family.

Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course

While not a part of Blizzard Beach, the Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course is located right outside the gates and is a fun activity to pair with time spent at the water park.

There are 2 different courses: the Summer Course and the Winter Course. They are both themed around Christmas, but the Summer Course uses sand as a focal point, while the Winter Course uses snow.

Transportation to Winter Summerland uses the same buses that go to Blizzard Beach.

Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course cost

Adult (ages 10 and up): $14/round

Child (ages 3-9): $12/round


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