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!
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.
Celebrating a birthday at Walt Disney World Resort is an unforgettable experience, and there are so many great options on how to personalize for the guest(s) of honor. So much so, that it can be tough to decide what’s the best fit for your group! The real parents who make up the Disney Parks Moms Panel can give tips and advice on how to make special arrangements, and in this edition of Moms Panel Monday several panelists help a guest who wants to plan a birthday celebration for teens who happen to have a strict diet. From private surfing lessons at Typhoon Lagoon to a vegan-friendly meal at Sanaa, they provide ideas that will make the special day even more memorable!
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.
As Jenn Fickley-Baker shared earlier, this week is the anniversary of the opening of Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park here at Walt Disney World Resort. How well do you know this park? Test your knowledge below!
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
How long is Castaway Creek at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park?
Which of the following is NOT the name of a “fruit chute” at Crush ‘n’ Gusher?
What is the name of the group raft ride at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park?
How many stories do you slide down on Humunga Kowabunga?
How many gallons of salt water fill the Shark Reef at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park?
Today, June 1, is the anniversary of the opening of Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park – so it’s only fitting that today’s sunrise shot was snapped at the park.
Looks like the perfect morning for a cool glide around Castaway Creek, doesn’t it?
For more about Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, visit the post below:
As a part of the Coolest Summer Ever celebration here at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will be celebrating the upcoming release of the Disney Channel Original Movie “Teen Beach 2” with a daily “Teen Beach 2: Beach Party.”
The party, which takes place on the shore of the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool, features a DJ spinning retro tunes, beach-themed games, hula hoop contests and more. Parties will be held through July 5.
If you plan to visit, keep this in mind – when guests purchase a one-day water park ticket, they can park-hop between the two water parks in the same day that both are open.
“Teen Beach 2″ premieres on Disney Channel on June 26th.
Surf’s Up! As part of the Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World Resort, a new summertime dance party inspired by Disney Channel’s upcoming “Teen Beach 2” (sequel to the popular “Teen Beach Movie”) will hit the beach at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park.
From May 22 through July 5, guests can join in the “Teen Beach 2:” Beach Party at various times throughout day. The fun includes “bikers” and “surfers” who dance and play beach-themed games with guests as a DJ spins remixes of retro tunes. Taking over part of Typhoon Lagoon’s main beach area, guests can participate in relays on the sand, hula hoop spinning, water balloon and beach ball tossing, and the grooviest dance moves this side of Mt. Mayday.
Premiering this summer on Disney Channel, “Teen Beach 2″ is set months after surfer sweethearts Mack and Brady return from a summer adventure that transported them into Brady’s favorite 1960s beach party movie, “Wet Side Story,” only to receive a surprise real-world visit from Lela, Tanner, Butchy and their other newfound surfer and biker buddies.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is the perfect place to find cool thrills on attractions like “Crush ‘n’ Gusher” and “Humunga Kowabunga,” or you can just “hang 10” in North America’s largest wave pool or the lazy river. With Summer 2015 being the Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World Resort, there’s never been a better time to check out all the water-soaked action at Typhoon Lagoon, including the “Teen Beach 2:” Beach Party.
And don’t forget to check out “Teen Beach 2,” coming to Disney Channel this summer.
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.