Hi! I’m Raquel Giorgio, Public Relations Manager at Walt Disney World Resort, and the mother of one very adorable and enthusiastic Tween. My nine-year-old daughter is just starting to yearn for independence … but still wants to know her family is within arm’s reach. Sound familiar to you?
I want to welcome you to the latest series on the Disney Parks Blog. It’s all about … you guessed it … Tweens! While we know that Walt Disney World Resort is a favorite vacation destination for families with younger children, I’m here to tell you that Walt Disney World Resort is also the perfect place to bring your older kids! Thrilling and adventurous experiences in all FOUR of our Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, TWO water parks and Disney Springs await them! Now that they are older, Tweens can do and experience so much more! They’re taller and height restrictions may no longer apply to them. And they may be up for more adventure now!
Just check out brothers Graeme and Corbin as they try to one-up each other with a challenge to go on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Summit Plummet at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park.
Whenever I bring my daughter to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, it’s mandatory that the family ride Expedition Everest three times … in a row! She just loves it! And then she’ll exit the ride to search out a chance to meet Mickey and Minnie in their trendy safari outfits!
What are some of your favorite thrill rides here at Walt Disney World Resort that you’d like to share with your older kids? Is it Space Mountain, Splash Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park? Perhaps Test Track at Epcot or Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? I’d love to hear! Please share in the comments below.
For more information on planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort with your Tween, check out www.disneyworld.com/Tweens.
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!
One of my absolute favorite weekend activities at the Walt Disney World Resort is hitting the slopes – I mean slides – at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park.
This morning’s sunrise shot was snapped at the top of the Snow Stormers slides – one that my son recently braved with me for the very first time.
Do you have a favorite slide at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park? Tell us in the comments section below!
When temperatures creep up, there’s nothing like a bit of H2O. Here are some watery ways folks ward off summer’s generous warmth:
Spritzes of circumstance. For a quick refresh, you need only catch a Magic Kingdom Park camel at the right time at The Magic Carpets of Aladdin. And even though you can get plenty of moisture at Kali River Rapids, you can also get a sprinkle or two from other Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests aiming squirt guns from the bridge over the attraction. Think of it a kind of public service for this time of year.
Kid’s mini-water frolic areas. Some parks have mini-water fun areas, where festive sprays pop up at random and kids let off steam. Similar fun is flowing at Downtown Disney Marketplace.
Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station. The newest wonderful world of wet was suggested by reader Thomas in an earlier post, and it’s a big hit for the little ones, as well as a Magic Kingdom Park joy for fans of the Disney animated classic, “Dumbo.”
Club Cool. Beware of the Beverly! If you’ve been to this ethereal Epcot oasis before, you’ll probably get the reference. At Club Cool, you can sample international Coca-Cola products to your heart’s content. Everybody has a favorite, and more than one have stood poker-faced as newbies take sips of a brew called “Beverly” and watched them make the same face as Lucy did when she joined the thousands of happy peppy people who spooned their way to health with her first taste of Vitameatavegamin (“It’s so tasty, too. Tastes just like candy!”).
Disney Water Parks, of course. You can pretend you’re splashing around “snow-capped peaks” at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park–where little ones can step across ice blocks and giggle on Lilliputan miniatures of the park attractions. This summer, we’ve even introduced a fantastic selection of delicious foods at both Water Parks. And whether you’re Disney Channel fans or those of us whose hearts belong to Annette (or both), you can groove to music, entertainment and games during the Teen Beach 2: Beach Party at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Twistin’ rockin’ eatin’ and laughin’ at beach parties is the height of summer coolness.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
Look for our photographers at some of your favorite waterslides, raft rides and the wave pools.
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.
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!
Blizzard Beach Water Park at Walt Disney World Resort
How many lanes of racers are there at the Toboggan Racers slides?
How tall is Summit Plummet?
Whose home do you pass by on the Cross Country Creek?
How long is the slide at Slush Gusher?
You can find the Fahrenheit Drops, Frozen Pipe Springs and Cool Runners attractions in what area of Blizzard Beach Water Park?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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).
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.
Here are some highlights of just some of the activities that little ones will enjoy:
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.