The Baltimore swimming pools and Ocean City aren’t keeping you cool? Par two of the Blizzard Beach series will have you packing your bathing suit as you jump on the next flight to Walt Disney World.
The next grouping of water attractions at Blizzard Beach is the purple slope. All the purple slope attractions have at least two slides, thus designed for racing. The Downhill Double Dipper is the largest of the racing slides. Here, guests race down a 50 foot slide reaching up to 25 mph in rafts. Intended to be a true race experience, gates keep guests back and a clock counts down until the beginning of the race. Snow Stormers is a mat racing slide. Guests lay down on the mats as they race them toboggan style. The last purple slope attraction, Toboggan Racers, is an eight lane water slide where guests race against one another on mats.
The last slope is the red slope. This slope currently only contains one attraction, Runoff Rapids. Runoff Rapids features two opened and one enclosed slides in which guests go down on tubes. Each of the three slides is different. The enclosed water slide is often described as a water slide version of Space Mountain.
As with most water parks, Blizzard Beach has Melt-Away Bay. This 1 acre wave pool does not create the type of waves as the wave pool at Typhoon Lagoon does, rather there is gentle wave action. This allows guests to have rafts in the wave pool, but not expect to do any body surfing. Running throughout the park is Cross Country Creek, a lazy river. There are seven different entrance and exit points around the park. Guests float the perimeter of the park and even go through an ice cave where they are dripped on by “melting” ice.
The Ski Patrol Training Camp is an area of the park where kids who aren’t quite ready for the big slides can play. There are several attractions within this area including ice burgs kids can try and walk across, tube slides, and smaller body slides. There is also the T-Bar. The T-Bar is a rope zip line that drops kids off in a pool.
Tike’s Peak is the area of the park where the littlest guests can play. Here there are kid sized play structures. There are also several gentle slides for the kids. The water is kept very shallow here.
Dining at Blizzard Beach is convenient. Besides snack carts throughout the park, there are also quick food restaurants and a pool bar. Guests are even allowed to bring in coolers (no glass is allowed). Refillable souvenir cups are also available for purchase. For around $10 a day, guests can buy a cup and fill it up with whatever beverages they like at various different refill stations throughout the park.
There are plenty of chairs and shady areas all throughout the park where you can sit and relax between all the water slides. Premium seating is also available but costs extra. Lockers and towel rentals are also available but not necessarily needed.
The next time you are down in Walt Disney World and need to cool off, Blizzard Beach is the perfect place to relax but also get your adrenaline pumping.