by Harry Smith
Hey Dad, I am going to WDW for the first time this august. I am going for 5 days from the 9th August. My family would really like to go to a water park while we are there but after spending 4 days in the park (one a day) we only have one day left. Which water park do you recommend? Also do you have any info on crowds that could be useful for us or any other tips?
Photo by Princess Ashley
Dad’s You Can’t Go Wrong Answer
The water parks at Walt Disney World are really something special – they’re theme parks in and of themselves! Both parks are great, but have completely different vibes. Which one to visit depends on whether your family is looking for a more rowdy or relaxing park – in either case you’ll have a blast cooling off in the Florida heat!
Both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach are full of thrills big and small. They each have a great assortment of body slides, inner tube slides, family raft rides, lazy rivers and fantastic play areas for kids from toddlers to preteens! But make no mistake; these parks are two completely different experiences!
Typhoon Lagoon is Dad’s favorite water park. Ever. It’s the perfect combination of relaxation and thrill in a lush tropical setting. Plus it has the Surf Pool – the biggest wave pool in the world! It’s no joke – they even hold surf lessons in the pool early each morning, these waves are REALLY that strong – hold on to your kids! If that’s not enough, Typhoon Lagoon also features the Crush ‘n Gusher water coaster and Shark Reef where you can swim with real live sea life – pretty cool, huh?
Blizzard Beach is the world’s coolest water park – literally! It’s themed like a ski resort with snowmen, ski hills, and even a chair lift to take you up Mt. Gushmore! This park is a little wilder with a not-so-lazy river, splashes of ice cold water, and Summit Plummet – one of the fastest body slides ANYWHERE. The wave pool here, Melt Away Bay, is certainly calmer with gentle bobbing waves but on the whole this park is for those looking for a faster pace. But hey, you can always take a break with a round of mini golf at Winter Summerland!
As for avoiding crowds, like all Disney Parks Dad always suggests getting there early! The later in the day, the longer the wait for slides, and the more crowded the pools and lazy rivers will be. Plus you may encounter those famous Florida thundershowers in the afternoon, so it’s best to get in early and have fun in case the park has to close for a bit in the afternoon.
If you really want to avoid crowds, Dad’s friends at Touringplans.com have you covered. They’ve built two suggested touring plans for each water park (families with small children and families with older children) that will help you maximize your time having fun and minimize your time waiting in line!
Dad’s Bottom Line
Harry, you really can’t go wrong with either of these water parks. Dad’s pick is always Typhoon Lagoon, but lots of kids love the theme and thrills offered at Blizzard Beach. Why not get the family involved in choosing whether they want to visit a ski resort or a tropical paradise? Bring lots of sunscreen, drink plenty of water, and have a great time!