Last week, we took a ride on the lazy river of your thoughts and asked “Which Walt Disney World water park is best?” This week the results are in and fairly decisive.
The votes are in!
Blizzard Beach – 39%
Typhoon Lagoon – 61%
The Disney water parks have a lot in common. Both are highly themed with slides and raft rides, kids areas, wave pools, and lazy rivers.
Water park ticket options: A one day ticket is $62/56 (adult/9 and under) summers (May 27 to August 27 this year) or $57/51 the rest of the year when bought in advance. Admission is also covered with tickets that have the added Park Hopper Plus option (this replaces the Water Park Fun & More add-on that was sold before 2017).
Blizzard Beach opened 1995. Located near Animal Kingdom park and approximately across Buena Vista Drive from Coronado Springs resort. Despite its close proximity to Coronado Springs and the All-Star resorts, there is no walking path along or across the busy highway to this park. Guests arrive by car (parking is free) or Disney bus. The bus is sometimes shared with other destinations. Blizzard Beach shares a parking lot with Winter-Summerland Mini-Golf.
The backstory of Blizzard Beach is that a freak snow storm hit Florida and some enterprising folks opened the state’s first (and only) ski resort. The park’s premier slide is Summit Plummet, a body slide guests can reach by chairlift.
Blizzard Beach does a great job with kids’ areas, which many of you pointed out in your comments.
Our winner, Typhoon Lagoon, was the second water park to open at Walt Disney World. It opened all the way back in 1989, 13 years after Disney World’s first water park, River Country. Typhoon Lagoon is close to Disney Springs, and often shares bus service with Disney Springs. Parking is free at Typhoon Lagoon.
Typhoon Lagoon’s backstory is that a tropical storm came through a tropical fishing village, throwing gear and boats all over, including landing the Miss Tilly shrimp boat above the park on a mountain top. The newest attraction at the park is Miss Adventure Falls, which replaced the shark reef swim-through (a unique, but rushed and chilly experience). The flagship attraction is Crush N Gusher, a water coaster.
Typhoon Lagoon’s wave pool is much larger than the one at Blizzard Beach. Its waves are actually big enough for the park to host surfing classes in the mornings before park open.
The good news is both parks have a lot to offer you.