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Disney World Orlando, Florida Blizzard Beach

Snowy Watery Fun, Its Blizzard Beach

If put on the spot and made to choose a favorite Disney water park it would be a tough decision but all said and done Blizzard Beach would pip Typhoon Lagoon to the post. Disney water parks are something special and Blizzard Beach is as good as it gets.

Set around an Alpine Ski resort complete with Chalets, Ski Lifts and Ski Patrol, Blizzard Beach looks fantastic, and with rides aplenty it is a great day out.

You will need a locker and towels, you can bring your own but they are cheap to hire and come with the locker keys. Rather than queue for both at the locker rental station just pop into the main shop just past the entrance way, they too rent towels and lockers but without the queue.

Summit Plummit from the Pool

The lockers are all numbered, with the key on an elasticated wrist band, take care not to lose this. There are changing facilities next to the locker stations.

The park is arranged around the Alpine summit with the the pools of Melt Away Bay and Tikes Peak at its base. In contrast to the fantastic and enormous waves in Typhoon Lagoon the waves of Melt Away Bay are more gentle, with rubber rings supplied, perfect for a lazy splash.

As you make your way up the mountain via the Chair Lift or stairs the rides get taller and faster with Summit Plummet the tallest and fastest of the lot. Queues can be long but the wait is worthwhile for the brief adrenaline fueled scream as you screech down the slide. The speed trap often flashes speeds in excess of 50 MPH, the fastest you'll ever go in your swimmers!

For more gentle fun and setting off from the same area as Summit Plummet, Teamboat Springs is a family raft ride that sends you plunging back down the mountain in your life raft. Great fun, although watch out for the waterfalls at the end! There is often a PhotoPass photographer at the base of this ride, it makes for a great picture.

On the other side of the mountain the fun continues with Toboggan Racers, Downhill Double Dipper and Snow Stormers. Queues are generally not to long with up to eight racers at a time competing in Toboggan Racers.

There are Lifeguards on patrol at every ride, in the pools and through out the park, they are friendly, courteous and very well trained, you feel extremely safe here.

Make sure you take plenty of sun screen to cope with queuing in the sun and swimming in the pool. Keep an eye on the weather, thunderstorms will close the water rides, although in most cases not the park. If you are in the park when a storm starts listen out for instructions from the lifeguards they will tell you when you have to get out of the water and when it is safe to return.

If a summer thunderstorm strikes then don't follow the rest and leave the park, instead sit it out undercover with a drink, once the storm clears and the rides reopen you will have the park to yourself, only your energy will limit the number of rides you can go on.

Both Disney water parks are picnic friendly with plenty of space (especially towards the back of the park) to set up camp. There are also two main food outlets and numerous smaller concessions, check out those fresh mini doughnuts, yumm.

Oh and also check out the park soundtrack, Reggae meets Christmas songs, bet you find your feet tapping along!