The two water parks at Walt Disney World Resort are well-known for their exhilarating attractions like towering water slides and an exciting surf pool, but did you know that Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach are also amazing places to take preschoolers? With summer heat in full swing, the water parks are a great option for keeping cool with even the littlest kids. And don’t worry, there is plenty for you to experience together, even if they can’t quite swim yet.
At Typhoon Lagoon, there is a dedicated area called Ketchakiddee Creek, that’s specifically for children under 48” tall. What my preschooler loves about this water zone is that feels like its just as exciting as the larger park that her older siblings get to explore, so she doesn’t feel left out. Ketchakiddee Creek features side-by-side slides, an inner-tube rapids ride, a cave with a waterfall and lots more. While my youngest can’t dive into the water to snorkel at Shark Reef, she loves to wander around on shore and check out the colorful fish, stingrays and sharks in the man-made coral reef below. She could spend hours there looking for Dory and Nemo!
Over at Blizzard Beach, Tikes Peak gives younger kids a sense of being in the middle of an icy adventure complete with mini snow-banked slides, chutes running through the snow, and an igloo fortress with spouting pop-up jets. I like the sandy beach around the area so I can hang out with my little one while she builds sandcastles. Now that she is just tall enough (32” tall) to experience the chairlift to the top of Mount Gushmore, we can take a leisurely ride all the way to the mountaintop and get an incredible view of the park below – and watch all of the daredevils head down the “slopes” of more thrilling attractions like Summit Plummet.
And at the end of the day, you can always count on Mickey ice cream bars to bring the entire family together at the bottom of the water slides!
Have you had a chance to try out The BOATHOUSE Restaurant in The Landing area of Downtown Disney yet? The restaurant, which opened just a few months ago, offers diners delicious food, great views of the water, and the chance to experience some floating fun aboard an AquaCar and other watercrafts.
The BOATHOUSE sure looks lovely at night!
Disney pin fans, if you have been collecting the Diamond Decades pins at the Disneyland Resort, be sure to mark your calendars for these next releases. On August 6, add to your collection with Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Haunted Mansion and “it’s a small world.”
On August 13, look for additional pin releases from the Diamond Decades series including Matterhorn Bobsleds, Disneyland Monorail and Disneyland Railroad, Pirates of the Caribbean and Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.
Finally, on August 20, be sure to pick up the Diamond Decades Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride-inspired pin.
Pins will be available to purchase on their release dates at the following locations:
Wristband distribution guidelines will apply to these releases. Wristbands are distributed near Rainforest Café in the Downtown Disney District around 7 a.m. on the day of release, unless otherwise determined.
As Downtown Disney continues to transform into Disney Springs, shopping, dining and entertainment are still at the forefront of all we do here. Lately, the latter is stealing the spotlight in a big way!
How the years have zoomed by. We are celebrating the 16th anniversary of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster this week!
Disney’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith celebrates another anniversary this week. This super fast attraction originally opened in 1999 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I still recall my first ride with my father during that summer many years ago. Recently, I stopped by Rock Around the Shop, the merchandise location found at the attraction, to check out the latest rockin’ products.
The Disney Magic took her maiden voyage today. The Disney Magic is the first ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet to sail the seas. Here’s a look at the ship still under construction in Italy.
I love the “Storytellers” statue on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park. You can walk right up and stand beside a young Walt Disney and his pal, Mickey Mouse, as if they’re just two more dreamers making their way around 1920s Los Angeles.
Do you have over a thousand photos on your cell phone? If so, you are like me and many others that enjoy capturing pictures of magical moments, especially while vacationing with la familia.
Do you know what time it is? It’s time for the next release in the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration “Decades” collection! Not too long ago, I shared the art that would appear during the celebration, but here’s your first look at some of the merchandise featuring the 1965–1974 artwork. Be sure to check out the new collection starting July 30 at select locations throughout the Disneyland Resort. Tip: If you haven’t had a chance to collect the first set of items in the “Decades” program, there’s still time. But don’t wait – items are in limited supply.