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Vintage Walt Disney World: Early Days of Disney Water Parks

posted on July 10th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


It’s summertime. It’s warm. I need to cool off. Should I hang ten at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park or hit the slopes at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park? Decisions, decisions. While I deliberate, here’s a look at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park under construction from March 1989 and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park in December 1994.

Vintage Walt Disney World: Early Days of Disney Water Parks Vintage Walt Disney World: Early Days of Disney Water Parks

I still can’t decide. If I go to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon I can take a ride on Crush ‘n’ Gusher, while over at Disney’s Blizzard Beach I can slide down the Toboggan Racers.

Vintage Walt Disney World: Early Days of Disney Water Parks Vintage Walt Disney World: Early Days of Disney Water Parks

This is the toughest decision of the summer for me at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Debbie on July 10th, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Hey Nate,
I remember when there was only River Country! That was a fun time. Now there are so many decisions to make you kind of have to be there a month to partake in everything that is offered. Decisions, Decisions.

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Eric on July 11th, 2014 at 2:37 am

Typhoon Lagoon! Blizzard Beach is nice, with some fun theming, but Typhoon Lagoon’s wave pool, better lazy river and Crush ‘n’ Gusher help win out.

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Michelle on July 11th, 2014 at 2:24 pm

I miss River Country!! We are laid back people and River Country was the best :)

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Heather on July 11th, 2014 at 3:25 pm

I agree, it’s so hard to choose! I too have such fond memories of lazy days at River Country.

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Melissa on July 12th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

It was 2000. We were going on our first trip in over ten years. We were 20(twins). We both wanted to go to Typhoon Lagoon. She wanted to go to River Country. I wanted to go to Blizzard Beach. We decided to pick two. I picked Blizzard Beach, forcing her to pick Typhoon Lagoon. As a result, we never got to visit River Country, as it closed shortly after. I will live with this regret forever. That is my tale.

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