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 photo tour of the unique, attraction-packed park.
Doesn't Look Like a Blizzard
The entrance to Blizzard Beach Water Park at Walt Disney World.
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It'll Sleigh You
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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The Lottawatta Lodge serves snacks and fast food.
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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 Creek Don't Rise
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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A Blizzard of Flowers
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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The snow-making machine dumps chilly water into the lazy river.
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A Tike Heads to Tike's Peak
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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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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Tikes on Tubes
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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Not all the fun is water-related at Blizzard Beach.
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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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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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Gushing over Gushmore
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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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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Plummeting Back to Earth
A Summit Plummet rider splashes down.
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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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A Raft of Rafts
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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Race You to the Bottom
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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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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It's a Tie!
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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Running Off Runoff Rapids
Runoff Rapids offers two winding tube slide rides.
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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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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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Snow Job #3
Does this storm generator generate storms or provide backup power in the (unlikely) event of a snowstorm?