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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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10 Fun Facts About Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

posted on April 1st, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today in Disney history is a milestone for Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, which opened its doors on April 1, 1995.

In honor of the anniversary, here are 10 fun facts about this place.
“Summit

  1. Summit Plummet, the park’s signature attraction, measures 120 feet tall.
  2. The park’s storyline described the park as being Florida’s first ski resort – which quickly melted into a fun water park due to the temperature.
  3. One of the “ski resort” elements that still remains is a chair lift, which takes guests from the beach to the top of Mt. Gushmore.

“Ice

  1. The park debuted an original character, Ice Gator, as part of it’s storyline.
  2. When it comes to speed, guests can slide up to 55 mph on Summit Plummet and 25 mph on the Downhill Double Dipper.
  3. Teamboat Springs is the world’s longest family raft ride. Up to six can ride per raft.

“Tike’s

  1. Tike’s Peak, an area for young children, features a scaled-down version of Mt. Gushmore.
  2. Teamboat Springs features a 1,200-foot series of rushing waterfalls.

“Mini

  1. One of the park’s more unusual snacks are mini donuts, which are prepared fresh and offered up with chocolate, white chocolate or raspberry dipping sauce.
  2. In 2012, the park joined 500 host locations to help set the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.

Do you have a special memory of Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park? If so, leave it in the “Comments” section below.

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‘My Yard Goes Disney’: A Blizzard Beach-Meets-Brooklyn Backyard

posted on July 15th, 2012 by Tony Shepherd, Producer, Broadcast Marketing


With summer in full swing, who doesn’t love a visit to a Disney Water Park? My idea of a perfect July day is to spend the morning riding thrilling attractions at one of the parks and then heading off to Blizzard Beach for a splash of excitement!

You love the Disney Water Parks, too? Imagine if you had one in your backyard!
The Thompson Family’s Backyard Gets a Blizzard Beach Makeover on HGTV’s ‘My Yard Goes Disney’

Tonight, on HGTV’s “My Yard Goes Disney,” you’re going to meet the Thompson Family. Maria and Rodney, along with their sons Issac (7) and Alex (4), fell in love with Walt Disney World Resort when the boys were younger. Alex visited Magic Kingdom Park when he was six months old. His parents bought him a plush Mickey Mouse doll that has followed him everywhere they’ve lived, from Puerto Rico to New York City.

Their absolute favorite place is Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park. They love the snow theme throughout the park. As a family, they love the wave pool and Teamboat Springs. Rodney’s favorite is the Ski Patrol Training Camp and, no surprise here, Maria loves Melt-Away Bay.

Dad grew up in Brooklyn and doesn’t get to see snow now – except when he’s at Blizzard Beach. When the HGTV Designers discovered that, they knew that this would be the perfect makeover for their backyard. Just look at this snowy landscape they created!

The level of detail is truly extraordinary – right down to my favorite Water Park snack, the Blizzard Beach mini-donuts!

Chill with us on tonight’s episode of “My Yard Goes Disney” at 5:30 p.m. Eastern on HGTV.

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Enjoying Polar Patios at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

posted on June 5th, 2012 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I love the beach! It’s great living in Florida because I’m about an hour away from the ocean. There is one “beach,” however, that is about 20 minutes from my apartment – Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park at Walt Disney World Resort. I like visiting the park as it reminds me of winter in Ohio (except without the cold wind and snow to shovel – if only Ohio winters had the warm Florida sun!). I recently visited the water park to learn more about a special offering from the merchandise team that makes enjoying Blizzard Beach even better. They are called Polar Patios and retail guest services manager Summer Figueroa explained the concept.

“We introduced the Polar Patios to Disney’s Blizzard Beach as a way for guests to have an extra special visit to the water park,” said Summer. “These premium spaces offer guests a variety of amenities including a spacious area with cushioned furniture, all-day drink mugs, a personal locker and more.”

“Premium

There are 15 different Polar Patio spaces throughout the water park that are booked on a first-come, first-serve basis. In addition to the amenities that Summer mentioned above, the spaces also include an attendant who can take food orders (separate charges for food apply), towels, a cooler with ice and bottled water. Six guests can enjoy the patio space (there is an additional fee for guests 7-10). The Polar Patios can be rented for either a full day or half-day depending upon availability.

“Premium

Summer and I strolled through Blizzard Beach to survey the different spots. I liked the fact that some of them were covered by the shade of tall, beautiful trees. Summer said there are spaces nearby the kids’ area for parents with young ones.

“Premium

There is another option for guests seeking an alternative option to the deluxe Polar Patios. They are called Lodge Picnic Umbrellas, and they have two reclining lounge chairs, a table, an umbrella and towels. A maximum of four guests can use this reserved space.

Summer told me that similar reserved spaces are also found at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.

For reservations and pricing information, please call (407) WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7529.

After seeing these reserved spaces, I need to find a way to reserve the beach on the west coast of Florida (or maybe Key West!).

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Hitting the Slopes at Blizzard Beach Water Park

posted on February 16th, 2012 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


With winter upon us, it’s a great time to hit the slopes for a little downhill action even if you’re here in Florida visiting Walt Disney World Resort. Only our slopes are beginning to melt away and require a bathing suit for enjoyment, and they were created with a little more help than just Mother Nature.

 Summit Plummet Takes Shape at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park in 1994

Spanning over 60 acres, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is home to the one of the nation’s tallest, fastest speed slides, Summit Plummet. But Back in December of 1994, Summit Plummet and the rest of Mt. Gushmore at Disney’s Blizzard Beach was still taking shape.

 Summit Plummet at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

And while many enjoy taking a trip down the ski slopes up North in January, I like the option of hitting the Downhill Double Dipper at the water park which doesn’t require a hat, scarf and mittens.

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PhotoPass Back at Walt Disney World Water Parks, New Location Added

posted on June 21st, 2011 by Kelly Glassburn, Manager of Marketing & Communications, Disney’s PhotoPass Service


PhotoPass is Back at Walt Disney World Resort Water Parks with a New Location Added

Well, summer is officially upon us as evidenced by our skyrocketing temperatures here in Orlando! Which makes it the perfect time for a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort Water Parks.

PhotoPass is Back at Walt Disney World Resort Water Parks with a New Location Added

Whether you are chillin’ at Blizzard Beach or relaxing at Typhoon Lagoon, Disney’s PhotoPass photographers are back in full force to capture your most splash-tastic memories. Check out our newest photo location at Blizzard’s Teamboat Springs. Word has it that there is a hidden Mickey, but I have yet to find it.

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