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What Has Changed at Blizzard Beach With COVID-19 Precautions?

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Disney’s Blizzard Beach reopened just a few days ago. It’s the first Disney Water Park to reopen since the July 2020 closure. As such, it gives us a look at how Disney has translated its stringent COVID-19 precautions to their water park landscape.

Do Not Move Chairs Sign

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Reservations are NOT required at Disney’s Blizzard Beach
  • Capacity is limited, and the park could reach capacity on busier days
  • If capacity is reached it is supposed to be announced on MyDisneyExperience
  • Masks are required at restrooms, dining, merchandise locations, and lockers
  • Masks are not required in the water and when going from one attraction to another
  • Temperature screening required
  • All lounge and seating areas are physically distant
  • Large groups can combine groups of chairs that are beneath a shelter only
  • Floats and tubes are sanitized
  • Life jackets for little swimmers are now issued at Frostbite Freddie’s
  • Mobile ordering has been added to each larger dining location
  • Social distancing markers in queues
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Melt Away Bay
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Mt. Gushmore

Unlike the Walt Disney World theme parks, a park pass reservation is not required to visit Disney’s Blizzard Beach. On peak days such as warm weekends and Spring Break, the park can reach capacity. It is best to get there at opening to avoid disappointment, and to avoid long lines. And after all, the early bird gets the best lounge chair. Guests can check the MyDisneyExperience app or call (407) 560-3400 to double check on capacity.

Temperature screenings are required, just like at the main theme parks. Masks are required in the restrooms, dining locations, locker area, and shopping locations, and when entering the parks. Masks can be removed when in the water, while heading from one attraction to another, and while eating and drinking when stationary.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Cross Country Creek

All lounge chairs are set up to be physically distant groupings of six feet or more. Guests are asked to not reposition the groupings or combine groupings. Large groups can combine seating only when it is under one of the shelter areas as seen in the photo below.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach General Seating – Physically Distanced
Disney’s Blizzard Beach General Seating – Physically Distanced

Floats and tubes are sanitized, including life vests for little swimmers. These life vests can only be retrieved near Frostbite Freddie’s so that they can be sanitized after each guest use. Inside the Cross Country Creek lazy river, guests must be in a float and cannot freely swim or walk about.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Cross Country Creek
Free Life Jacket Rental at Frostbite Freddies
Free Life Jacket Rental at Frostbite Freddies

Finally, most of the larger dining locations, like the Warming Hut and Lottawatta Lodge, now have mobile ordering. And as you could expect, lines for all attractions have social distancing markers. So essentially, Disney’s Blizzard Beach has all the same COVID-19 precautions as the main theme parks, it’s just wetter.

Do you plan to visit Disney’s Blizzard Beach anytime soon? What are you looking forward to?

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Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando Native who loves sharing her hometown with others. She's worked in nearly all of Orlando's theme parks, on board Disney Cruise Line, and in hotel management. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife

6 thoughts on “What Has Changed at Blizzard Beach With COVID-19 Precautions?

  • How does the entry work if you purchase the combo ticket, water park and sports options. If people buy tickets directly through the water park site and you have sold max tickets does that boot us out that day from using the pass?

    • I would be curious on this to as we just purchased the disney combo ticket. Have you found this info out yet?

  • When I called Disney to inquire last week, they said that masks are required when going from ride to ride. Did that recently change?

  • I have read that masks do not need to be worn while waiting in line for the slides. Any idea if this is true? If not, what does one do with their mask once they get to the front of the line before heading down?

    • Hi Beth, sorry for the confusion. I have updated the post to be more clear. Masks do not have to be worn when going from one attraction to another, and therefore not needed while waiting in line. There are necessary when entering the park, and when in the shopping locations, dining locations, restrooms, and locker areas.

      • If they are not required while going from one attraction to the next, how do you get to the lockers to retrieve your mask when it is required in that area?

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