Blizzard Beach Water Park at Walt Disney World, Florida

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Doesn't Look Like a Blizzard

The entrance to Blizzard Beach Water Park at Walt Disney World.
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Blizzard Beach is a highly themed water park with a wildly inventive high concept: A freak Florida snowstorm inspired Walt Disney World to build a ski resort; when the snow abruptly melted, it transformed the ski runs into water slides. Take a tour of the unique, attraction-packed park.

The entrance to Blizzard Beach Water Park at Walt Disney World.

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It'll Sleigh You

Whimsical touches include a snow sleigh against the backdrop of palm trees.
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The whimsical touches--a snow sleigh against the backdrop of palm trees--begin at the entrance to the park.

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Get 'em While They're Hot

A "used sled" lot at Blizzard Beach.
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A "used sled" lot at Blizzard Beach.

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It's I-lodge-ical

The Lottawata Lodge serves snacks and fast food.
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The Lottawatta Lodge serves snacks and fast food.

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Icy

"Icicles" drip from Lottawatta Lodge.
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"Icicles" drip from Lottawatta Lodge.

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Perhaps Sun Block would Help

This snow family might want to get out of the sun.
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This snow family might want to get out of the sun.

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This Creek Don't Rise

The Cross Country Creek lazy river travels around the outside edge of Blizzard Beach.
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The Cross Country Creek lazy river travels around the outside edge of Blizzard Beach.

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Well, it is a LAZY River

Lazy rivers like Cross Country Creek can be quitge relaxing.
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Lazy rivers like Cross Country Creek can be quitge relaxing.

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A Blizzard of Flowers

Blizzard Beach does have some lovely landscaping.
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While not as lush as Typhoon Lagoon (Walt Disney World's other water park), Blizzard Beach does have some lovely landscaping.

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Snowed In

The snow-making machine dumps chilly water into the lazy river.
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The snow-making machine dumps chilly water into the lazy river.

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A Tike Heads to Tike's Peak

Blizzard Beach offers slides and attractions for younger folks in Tike's Peak.
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While it has perhaps the most thrilling water park slide in the world, Blizzard Beach also offers slides and attractions for younger folks in Tike's Peak.

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Snow-capped Pools

The winter theme extends throughout the park.
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The winter theme extends throughout the park.

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Big Squirt for a Little Squirt

This guy is intrigued by the water jets.
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This guy is intrigued by the water jets.

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Tikes on Tubes

Tike's Peak includes a tube slide that looks like a bobsled run.
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Tike's Peak includes a tube slide that looks like a bobsled run.

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Tikes without Tubes

Tike's Peak also offers a pint-size body slide.
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Tike's Peak also offers a pint-size body slide.

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Buried Treasure

Not all the fun is water-related at Blizzard Beach.
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Not all the fun is water-related at Blizzard Beach.

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Uplifting Experience

A chairlift brings sliders to the top of Mount Gushmore.
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The chairlift that once brought skiers to the top of the mountain now brings sliders to the top of Mount Gushmore and the 120-foot tall Summit Plummet water slide. Lines can get quite long for the chairlift. There is an optional path to walk up to Mount Gushmore as well.

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Going Up

A brave soul just plummeted down Summit Plummet.
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As the chairlift takes riders up to Mount Gushmore, a blast of water indicates that a brave soul just plummeted down Summit Plummet.

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Welcome to the Summit

The chairlift reaches the peak of the mountain.
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The chairlift reaches the peak of the mountain.

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Gushing over Gushmore

A sign welcomes riders to the top of Mount Gushmore.
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A sign welcomes riders to the top of Mount Gushmore.

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Not at the Summit Yet

It's a hike up to the 120-foot level of Summit Plummet.
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It's a hike up to the 120-foot level of Summit Plummet.

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Plummeting

Summit Plummet is perhaps the most intense thrill ride at Walt Disney World.
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Summit Plummet is one of the world's tallest (120 feet), steepest (nearly 90 degrees), and fastest (up to 60 MPH) water slides, and is perhaps the most intense thrill ride at Walt Disney World.

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Caught in the Act

The ride down Summit Plummet is wildly exhilarating.
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The ride down Summit Plummet is wildly exhilarating.

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Plummeting Back to Earth

A Summit Plummet rider splashes down.
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A Summit Plummet rider splashes down.

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More Gushing

Blizzard Beach guests can test their mettle on a second speed slide, the Slush Gusher.
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Blizzard Beach guests can test their mettle on a second speed slide, the Slush Gusher.

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A Raft of Rides

Blizzard Beach offers Teamboat Springs, one of the world's longest family raft rides.
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Blizzard Beach offers Teamboat Springs, one of the world's longest family raft rides.

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A Raft of Rafts

The Teamboat Springs rafts make their way around the long course.
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The Teamboat Springs rafts make their way around the long course.

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You Go There

A tube slide in the Ski Patrol area at Blizzard Beach.
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A tube slide in the Ski Patrol area at Blizzard Beach.

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Race You to the Bottom

Eight riders on mats compete against each other on the Toboggan Racers.
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Eight riders on mats compete against each other on the Toboggan Racers.

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Storming the Mountain

Snow Stormers is another mat slide at Blizzard Beach.
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Snow Stormers is another mat slide at Blizzard Beach.

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Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

Kids ride a t-bar across a zip line and drop into the water at Blizzard Beach.
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Kids ride a t-bar across a zip line and drop into the water at Blizzard Beach.

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Ready, Set, Go!

A father and daughter race down a small pair of slides.
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A father and daughter race down a small pair of slides.

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It's a Tie!

The father and daughter hit the water at the same time.
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The father and daughter hit the water at the same time.

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Is this Global Warming?

Kids navigate the iceberg walk.
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Kids navigate the iceberg walk.

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Running Off Runoff Rapids

Runoff Rapids offers two winding tube slide rides.
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Runoff Rapids offers two winding tube slide rides.

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Who Won?

The Downhill Double Dipper is another Blizzard Beach racing ride.
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The Downhill Double Dipper is another Blizzard Beach racing ride.

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Melt Away in the Florida Sun

Melt Away Bay is Blizzard Beach's wave pool.
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Melt Away Bay is Blizzard Beach's wave pool.

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Snow Job

There are whimsical details throughout the park such as this ski conditions board.
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There are whimsical details throughout the park such as this ski conditions board.

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Snow Job #2

A barrel of instant snow.
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A barrel of instant snow.

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Snow Job #3

Does this storm generator generate storms?
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Does this storm generator generate storms or provide backup power in the (unlikely) event of a snowstorm?

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