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Beat the Heat with Cool Treats at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 16th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


With summer quickly approaching, temperatures are on the rise. If you’re looking for treats that will help you beat the heat beyond the Mickey ice cream bar and Dole Whip, I’ve got a few suggestions for you:

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Aw, shucks! Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort has a Mickey Gelato Sundae that is as cute as it is delicious. Looking for a dairy-free option? Try one of their tasty new slushes. Flavors change—so be sure to try them all! You can even bring home some of the magic with a can/bottle holder imprinted with the resort’s logo.

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Tamu Tamu Refreshments at Disney’s Animal Kingdom has a new menu filled with frosty treats. Choco-holics will love the Double Chocolate-Chip Ice Cream Sandwich. My favorite on the new menu? The Chocolate Waffle with Espresso Mousse—the combination of the hot waffle and chilled semifreddo is simply wild!

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At Epcot, Liberty Inn just added Apple Pie a la Mode to their menu. Cool and creamy ice cream makes this hand-held treat a patriotic way to cool down.

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Cooling off at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park? Take a break from Summit Plummet and cool down with a unique brrr-everage like Frozen Hot Cocoa at Lottawatta Lodge. Over Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, try the shaved ice at Lowtide Lou’s.

How do you stay cool on hot days at Walt Disney World Resort?

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Disney PhotoPass Photographers Join the Summer Fun at Disney Water Parks

posted on June 5th, 2015 by Marie Ramirez, Marketing & Communications Manager, Disney PhotoPass Service


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Summer is here! This means it’s time to bring out your bathing suit and enjoy a day at the Disney Water Parks.

Whether you choose to spend a day in a tropical paradise at Typhoon Lagoon or enjoy a cool day of frosty fun at Blizzard Beach, our Disney PhotoPass Photographers will be there to capture all the splash-tastic memories from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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Look for our photographers at some of your favorite waterslides, raft rides and the wave pools.

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When you purchase Memory Maker as part of your Walt Disney World Resort vacation, you’ll be able to download all your memories captured by Disney PhotoPass Photographers for one price, including photos captured at the Water Parks this Summer!

With Disney PhotoPass Photographers readily available to capture the fun, all you’ll need to worry about is applying sunblock and enjoying the sun.

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Blizzard Beach Water Park?

posted on April 20th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Is Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park a must-do for you on your Walt Disney World Resort vacations? Think you’re an expert when it comes to our water slides? Test your knowledge below to find out!

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Blizzard Beach Water Park at Walt Disney World Resort

How many lanes of racers are there at the Toboggan Racers slides?
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How tall is Summit Plummet?
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Whose home do you pass by on the Cross Country Creek?
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How long is the slide at Slush Gusher?
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You can find the Fahrenheit Drops, Frozen Pipe Springs and Cool Runners attractions in what area of Blizzard Beach Water Park?
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Disney Days of Past: Blizzard Beach at Walt Disney World Resort Marks 20 Years

posted on April 1st, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Blizzard Beach celebrates a refreshing 20 years this week at Walt Disney World Resort. This watery wonderland has been a favorite way for guests to cool down when it gets warm in Central Florida. This aerial view of the park from December 1994 shows the ski resort beginning to take shape.

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The only place to ‘hit the slopes’ in Florida, Blizzard Beach is home to unique snow runs like Teamboat Springs, Downhill Double Dipper and of course Summit Plummet.

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Twenty years after its debut, I still have a little trepidation as I walk the stairs to the top of Summit Plummet. How many of you have conquered Summit Plummet?

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It’s a Bright Day at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

posted on March 31st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Disney’s Blizzard Beach, the third water park to be built at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, will officially mark its 20th anniversary tomorrow.

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With so much fun to offer guests, the view from here sure looks sunny.

(Be sure to check back tomorrow for a look back at the waterpark from our resident historian, Nate Rasmussen).

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#DisneyKids: Cool Summer Thrills for Little Guests at the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 20th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


We have shared some details about how Walt Disney World Resort will be the coolest place for an unforgettable family getaway this summer, and as a mom of preschoolers, I was thrilled to see how much there is for my little ones to do! With Olaf as the host for “Coolest Summer Ever,” of course there will be lots of Frozen-inspired fun, but there is also so much more.

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Here are some highlights of just some of the activities that little ones will enjoy:

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From hugs from favorite Disney Jr. characters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and royal meet & greets at Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park, and of course the chance to cozy up to Mickey Mouse and pals at all four theme parks, kids will delight in hanging out with their favorites this summer.

Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
From June 17 – September 7, little ones’ Frozen dreams will come true at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

  • Where else but the magical “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” can they belt out the lyrics to all of their favorite songs from the film in a room full of other kids?
  • Kids get to feel like they’re part of the show during the daily Frozen procession, where Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and friends parade through the park and greet the citizens of “Hollywoodland.”
  • It’s worth taking a nap in order to stay up for the special Frozen Fireworks, featuring Elsa and Anna, and a dazzling fireworks display set to the music from the film.

Frozen encounters at Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom is a favorite for my family. There is so much to see and do, and now with FastPass+, you can reserve seating to ensure you won’t miss a moment!

Cool Off at Two Water Parks
The two water parks at Walt Disney World Resort are an ideal way for the entire family to chill out this summer.

  • At Disney’s Blizzard Beach, young children will enjoy Tike’s Peak, a play area with kid-sized versions of the attractions including slower-moving, scaled-down thrills for small fries 48 inches and under.
  • Over at Typhoon Lagoon, Ketchakiddee Creek is a play area featuring 10 different aquatic activities just for preschoolers and little kids.
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Giant Sand Castle in the Snow Announces 24-Hour Party, ‘Coolest Summer Ever’ at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 11th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


As you may have seen on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America,” we shared some true Disney magic in winter-weary Boston by creating a warm summer scene, inspired by Olaf’s “In Summer” dream, to officially announce that the “Coolest Summer Ever” is coming to the Walt Disney World Resort. And it all begins with a Disney Parks Blog reader favorite – a 24-hour event at Magic Kingdom Park – during Memorial Day weekend, the traditional kickoff to summer.

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Olaf, who is the official host of our “Coolest Summer Ever,” surprised Bostonians near historic Faneuil Hall with a 20-foot wide beach that included a Cinderella Castle made of sand, beach chairs, beach balls and other reminders of summer fun at Walt Disney World Resort. Check out how it all came together in the video below.

We’re kicking off the summer with an all-night party at the Walt Disney World Resort. Magic Kingdom Park will be open to guests for 24 hours of nonstop fun from 6 a.m.-6 a.m. May 22-23. Guests are invited to dress to show their Disney Side while a selection of favorite attractions, entertainment, merchandise, food and beverages will be on tap all night long to celebrate the start of the “Coolest Summer Ever” at Walt Disney World Resort.

For the “Coolest Summer Ever,” we’re already planning experiences you won’t want to miss. Here’s an early look at some of the highlights:

There’s more to come, so keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog or visit Disneyworld.com/CoolestSummerEver for future details and information.

Also, later this morning, Erin will be sharing a special announcement from Disneyland Resort right here on the blog.

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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.

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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.

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

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Blizzard Beach, 1994

posted on March 20th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Finally, it’s the first day of spring! While everyone up North begins to officially thaw out (hopefully), it’s the perfect time to celebrate the place at Walt Disney World Resort that was created by thawing out – Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park.

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Covering over 60 acres, this one-of-a-kind themed water recreation area is home to the thrill slide Summit Plummet, as seen above, still under construction back in December 1994.

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It’s the perfect place to chill out on a warm Florida day, and all you need is a bathing suit. No gloves, boots or heavy coats required!

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A Chilly Bucket of Deliciousness at Disney Water Parks

posted on July 1st, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


July is National Ice Cream Month, the perfect excuse for indulging (and maybe sharing) a favorite frozen confection. You can indulge and share the generous Sand Pail ice cream bucket you’ll find at IC Expeditions at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park and Happy Landings and Snack Shack at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park at Walt Disney World Resort.
A Chilly Bucket of Deliciousness at Disney Water Parks

Yes, you probably will be in a bathing suit so that might make it easier to share this extravaganza – chocolate and vanilla soft-serve ice cream topped with crunchy chips of waffles cone, cookie pieces, sprinkles, hot fudge, caramel sauce, strawberry sauce, whipped cream and a cherry. Ask for extra spoons.

When it’s all gone, the bucket and shovel are perfect for building castles in the sand.

Cost is $9.99. The dessert isn’t on the Disney Dining Plan.

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