With so many options when it comes to booking vacation packages to Disney Orlando, it may slip your mind that in addition to theme parks, resorts, roller coasters, and other attractions, Orlando is also home to two Disney Water Parks. Choose between the tropical paradise of Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and the surprisingly warm waters at the ski resort themed Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park. Can’t make up your mind? Pack up your family, practice your cannonball, and explore both! Once you’ve booked Disney World Water Parks tickets for the whole family, take some time to plan out the trip. For a day full of memories, make sure to gather up everything you’ll need for a successful water park adventure.
Visiting Disney Water Parks
Just like Walt Disney World, Disney World Water Parks are open every day of the year. You may only think that summer holidays are appropriate for water park vacations, but at Disney World Water Parks the water is heated and the warm Orlando sun helps keep you warm all year round. Your tickets to the water parks will be separate from tickets for admission to the main theme parks. However, there are many Disney World vacation package deals that include tickets to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park. Consider adding on Disney After Hours tickets for DJ dance parties and exclusive late night menus. Getting around the Disney campus to the water parks is easy. Walt Disney Resort guests enjoy bus transportation to the water parks from their hotels. Guests driving to the parks will receive free parking.
Blizzard Beach Water Park
Blizzard Beach has a wintery ski resort aesthetic, smack in the middle of sunny Florida. You’ll find a lazy river, tropical chair lift, wave pool, and water slides, all with snowy decor surrounded by tropical plants and colors. Blizzard Beach Water Park is unique and offers fun attractions for the whole family. For those who love a thrill, Mount Gushmore features Summit Plummet - one of the world’s fastest and tallest free-fall body slides. Guests who like things a little slower paced can enjoy the “melting snow” ice cave in lazy river Cross Country Creek. Frozen fans will be excited to find Olaf, Anna, and Elsa’s igloo castle at Tike’s Peak.
Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park represents a tropical beach paradise that got hit by a typhoon. You’ll find all sorts of items “left over” from the disaster, including an abandoned shrimp boat named Miss Tilly, on top of Mount Mayday. At Typhoon Lagoon you can enjoy North America’s biggest wave pool, the raft ride Crush ‘n’ Gusher, a whitewater family attraction Miss Adventure Falls, a lazy river called Castaway Creek, as well as a 50-foot geyser into a swimming pool. You can even learn to surf with private surf lessons.
What to Bring
To enjoy a full day or more of splashing fun with Disney World Water Parks tickets, you will want to come prepared. Here are some must-bring items for your water park visit.
1. Waterproof Phone Case
You’ll want your phone with you for navigation, communication, and documenting the adventure. Heading into a park with so much water, the first thing you’ll want to pack is a waterproof phone case. Enjoy floating down a lazy river or lounging by the pool taking photographs of your family without the worry.
2. Bathing Suits
This may seem obvious at a water park, but it’s worth the reminder. If you do not have a swimsuit you will not be able to enter the water. Take care to pack suits that stay in place on waterslides and other attractions to avoid embarrassment.
3. Sunglasses and Goggles
Proper eyewear is always important! Sunglasses to keep the sun out of your family’s eyes, and goggles for eye protection in the water. Goggles can also really come in handy on splashy attractions like the wave pools.
Nobody likes to be red and sore on vacation. Be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and re-apply on the whole family every hour or two. When you’re spending the entire day out in the hot Florida sun, a sunscreen mishap can be disastrous.
If you forget towels, they are available for rent at Disney World Water Parks. However, it is best to save your family money and bring your own.
6. Water Shoes
Water park walkways can be hot, slippery, and hard on your feet. Water shoes, water socks, or even flip flops will keep little feet protected and prevent slipping. You may not be able to wear water shoes on all attractions, however, so check ahead of time before getting in line for a ride.
Floaties give little kids confidence in the water, and ease parent worry. You can rent life vests for free at Disney World Water Parks, but floaties may be less bulky and more comfortable. Even with floaties, it’s best to stay close and keep two eyes on your little ones at all times.
8. Snacks and Water Bottles
Spending a full day getting plenty of exercise in the sun can build up a big appetite. Remember to pack water bottles and plenty of snacks. If possible, bring a cooler to keep everything cool. Note that no glass or alcohol is allowed into the park. If you’d rather purchase your family’s food and drinks, Disney World Water Parks have plenty of dining options available with festive themed options. Bring cash for treats like the Sand Pail ice cream sundae.
9. Sun Hats
For extra protection, sun hats are recommended to keep the sun off your face and out of your eyes. There are plenty of waterproof options if you want to keep hats on in the water.
10. Extra Clothes
Changing out of wet swimsuits before heading back to hotels and resorts makes a big impact on comfort. Don’t forget to bring a change of clothes for everyone, including dry underwear.
11. Plastic Bags
Pack a plastic bag or two to keep everyone’s wet swim clothes from soaking everything else in your bag. A small item but very important at the end of a long day.
Whether you're new to Disney Orlando or have visited many times, you may never have ventured over the Disney World Water Parks. However, with so many water rides, themed attractions, fun dining options, and more, the water parks are well worth a visit. Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon Water Parks can introduce you to a whole different sort of Disney adventure.