As the July heat pounds down on Baltimore, its not hard to imagine yourself at a pool or the beach. But what if you combined the pool and the beach? You would get Walt Disney World’s newest water park – Blizzard Beach.
Just like Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach has a Disney inspired themed. After a freak snow storm blanketed central Florida with snow, a ski resort quickly popped up. The ski resort had slalom courses, toboggan slides and iceberg walkways. But just as quickly as the snow came in, it melted. This melted snow was then converted into a water park.
The Magic Kingdom has Cinderella’s Castle, Epcot has Spaceship Earth, and Blizzard Beach has Mount Gushmore. The focal point of the park, Mount Gushmore is the entrance way to many of the parks thrilling water slides. Mount Gushmore is accessible by walking or the more convenient chair lift, just like you would find at an actual ski resort. Unfortunately, the chair lift is one way. But being that you will most likely be sliding down, that doesn’t offer much of a problem. The attractions on Mount Gushmore are divided into three different color groupings – green, red, and purple.
The green slope attractions are found the highest up Mount Gushmore, and are the most thrilling. The flagship attraction at Blizzard Beach is Summit Plummet. Summit Plummet is a 120 foot high free fall slide. It is so high you are eye level with the Tower of Terror. It is the second tallest and fastest slide of its kind in the world. Guests dropping down Summit Plummet can reach speeds of 60 mph, so fast that you can hear whistling in your ears.
Also in the green slope is the Slusher Gusher. While not as intense as Summit Plummet, this 90 foot free falling slide lets guests reach up to 50 mph as they go over hump, often catching air. Teamboat Springs is the other attraction in green. This is the worlds longest family white water rafting ride. Sitting in rafts that can accommodate up to six adults, Teamboat Springs sends guests down a winding river and through a series of water falls.
Stay tuned for part two of Walt Disney World Water Parks: Blizzard Beach.