Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park Is Set To Reopen On March 7, 2021
It’s time to take the plunge as Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park gets ready to reopen on March 7. After many months, the wait is finally over! Cast members will begin returning soon to prepare Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park for its scheduled reopening on March 7, 2021 and is inviting you to come adn dive into the magic.
First opened to the public on April 1, 1995, this spring will kick off Blizzard Beach’s 25th season. Like the other areas of Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Blizzard Beach will welcome back Guests and Cast Members to this iconic Water Park in a responsible way, with a plan focused on health and well-being but done in a magical way as only Disney can do. When Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park reopens, it will operate in alignment with
the health and safety protocols implemented throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, including reduced capacity, temperature screenings, physical distancing markings, and face coverings. Face coverings will be required in designated areas for each Guest age 2 and up, including but not limited to the park entrance and exit, retail areas, and food and beverage ordering areas. Face coverings will not be permitted while experiencing water slides or in the water. Guests may also remove their face covering while actively eating or drinking, but they must be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.
Located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom resort area between Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and Disney’s All-Star Resorts at Buena Vista Drive/Osceola Parkway intersection — Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Disney’s Blizzard Beach is a 66-acre themed water recreation attraction — inspired by the mythology of a snow ski resort that didn’t exactly find a suitable climate in Florida! Bigger in size with more thrill rides, here’s what you can expect at Disney’s Blizzard Beach:
So just how did a ski resort end up in the heart of Florida? As the story goes, a legendary snowstorm in Florida prompted local opportunists to build a ski resort. When Florida’s climate returned to normal temperatures and the snow began to melt, Blizzard Beach was born. Did you know that Disney’s Blizzard Beach is home to one of the fastest waterslides in the world?
The ultimate water park thrill ride, Summit Plummet is a 120-foot-tall waterslide with a near-vertical drop. Once you take the dive, you’ll be able to accelerate up to 65 mph on the slide, making it one of the fastest attractions at Walt Disney World. Here’s a closer look at some of the other attractions that will be waiting for you when Disney’s Blizzard Beach reopens on March 7.
Mt. Gushmore: The snow-capped, 90-foot-high peak that is the park’s visual centerpiece, on top of which sits the platform “launch pad” for the park’s most-talked-about attraction, Summit Plummet.
Summit Plummet: Thirty feet above the peak of Mt. Gushmore is the platform for a thrill ride that sends the daring on a high-speed adventure down a 350-foot slide. At 120 feet high and up to 55 mph, it is one of the world’s fastest free-fall water slides.
Downhill Double Dipper: Side-by-side racing water slides that begin 50 feet high on the slopes of Mt. Gushmore and plunge riders along a hilly 200-foot-long course at up to 25 miles per hour.
Slush Gusher: A double-humped water slide that drops guests through a snow-banked mountain gully from a start 90 feet up Mt. Gushmore (next to Summit Plummet).
Teamboat Springs: The world’s longest family white-water raft ride takes six-passenger rafts down a twisting, 1,200-foot series of rushing waterfalls.
Toboggan Racers: An eight-lane water slide that sends guests racing over exhilarating dips as they descend on a 250-foot course along the “snowy” slope.
Snow Stormers: Three flumes descending from the top of the mountain and following a switchback course through ski-type slalom gates.
Runoff Rapids: An inner tube run where guests can careen down three different twisting, turning flumes — one in the dark.
Chair Lift: Wooden-bench chair lifts sporting colorful overhead umbrellas and snow skis on their underside, converted from ski-resort to beach-resort use, carry guests over the craggy face of Mt. Gushmore, from its base at the beach to its summit.
Tike’s Peak: A kid-size version of Blizzard Beach for children ages 2 to 5 (under four feet tall), including scaled-down elements of Mt. Gushmore. In addition, this area features a snow-castle fountain play area.
Melt-Away Bay: One-acre pool at the base of Mt. Gushmore and fed by “melting snow” waterfalls.
Cross Country Creek: A lazy creek circling the entire park, carrying floating guests through a bone-chilling ice cave. Once inside the mysterious cave, guests will be splashed with the “melting” ice from overhead.
Ski Patrol Training Camp: Designed for pre-teens with a T-bar drop, crinkle slide and a challenging ice-flow walk along slippery, floating icebergs. Cool Runners is the camp’s twin inner tube slide.
Did you know that Cross Country Creek is one of the longest lazy rivers in the U.S.A.and that Teamboat Springs is one of the world’s longest family whitewater raft ride?
At 3,000 feet, Cross Country Creek ranks among the longest lazy rivers in the country. It takes between 20 and 30 minutes to complete one journey around the waterway – depending, of course, on how lazy you want to be!
One of the world’s longest family whitewater raft ride is none other than Teamboat Springs at Blizzard Beach. Along the winding rapids of Teamboat Springs, guests encounter remnants of the fabled snowstorm in the form of snowshoes, snow shovels, melting icicles, and a snowmobile.
There’s never a shortage of tasty treats when it comes to Walt Disney World and Disney’s Blizzard Beach is certainly no exception to magical, mouth-watering goodness all waiting for you to dive on in.
From churros to Mickey ice cream bars, you can discover many of your favorite snacks at the Disney Water Parks. There are plenty of menu items to choose from, including these loaded nachos from Avalunch. For adults, there’s a wide variety of adult beverages to help you chill out during your visit.
Piña CoLAVA anyone? How about a Blue Blizzard Margarita? The Polar Pub serves as Blizzard Beach’s own full-service beach bar and offers specialty cocktails inspired by the park’s stories.
- Lottawatta Lodge (counter-service restaurant featuring burgers, sandwiches, and salads)
- Polar Pub & Frostbite Freddie’s, Avalunch, Warming Hut, Cooling Hut, and I.C. Expeditions (snack stand locations throughout the park offer hot dogs, nachos, chips, pretzels, frosty beverages, and other tasty treats)
- Beachcomber Shacks and Polar Patios (premium shaded rental spaces include towels, locker, drink mugs, Adirondack seating, ice chest stocked with bottled water, service attendant)
- Locker rooms (dressing rooms, showers, locker rental, towel rental, life jacket rental)
- Beach Haus shop (bathing suits, towels, T-shirts, sunscreen and other beach essentials)
- Snowless Joe’s (photo pickup, sundries)
- Shade Shack (sunglasses and accessories)
- Picnic areas (picnicking is permitted but no alcohol or glass containers can be brought into the park)
At this time a park reservation is not required to visit a water park, however, reservation requirements are subject to change. Water parks are subject to rehabilitation, seasonal, weather, and capacity closures.
Water Park Tickets
1-Day Disney Water Park tickets are now available for purchase for arrivals beginning March 7.
Disney will automatically extend unused, unexpired 1-Day Disney Water Park tickets that were active at the time the water parks were closed through December 31, 2021. Not all unused, unexpired 1-Day Disney Water Park tickets have been extended yet, but such extensions should be completed by March 7, 2021. As an alternative, Guests may instead choose to cancel their ticket. To choose this option, please call the Disney Reservation Center. If you are unable to visit by December 31, 2021, Guests may apply the value of a wholly unused ticket toward the purchase of a ticket for a future date.
If you have a ticket that includes the Park Hopper Plus Option or Water Park & Sports Option for dates prior to the opening of Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, we are continuing to offer:
- Ticket Usage: You may use your current date-based ticket with the existing add-on options at other experiences available during your visit.
- Ticket Modification: Tickets, as well as Disney Resort hotel packages with tickets, may be modified. To discuss your options, please call the Disney Reservation Center, or contact your travel professional.
- Ticket Cancellation: If you do not want to use your ticket, you also have the option of cancelling your ticket or package. To discuss your options, please call the Disney Reservation Center, or contact your travel professional.
At this time, Guests can purchase new tickets that include the Park Hopper Plus Option or Water Park & Sports Option for admission March 7, 2021 and later. We will resume sales of Water Parks Annual Passes at a later date.
Water Park Annual Passes
Water Parks and Water Parks After 2 Annual Passes active at the time the Water Parks were closed will be automatically extended for the period both Water Parks were closed. Not all Water Park Annual Passes have been extended yet, but such extensions should be completed by March 7, 2021. As an alternative, water park Passholders may instead choose to cancel their pass. To choose this option, please call (407) 939-2732.
We will continue to monitor the constantly changing environment and its impact on the state of Florida as Disney continues to safely find the right time to welcome back even more of our Guests and Cast Members. Will you get into the swim of things when Disney’s Blizzard Beach reopens on March 7?