Location: Lake Buena Vista, FL
Opening in 1995, Blizzard Beach is the third waterpark on the Walt Disney World property. With the wild successes of River Country and Typhoon Lagoon, the creation of a third waterpark seemed like the perfect choice for the growing property. Construction started a few years prior, turning the forested plot of land into the waterpark oasis that it is today.
Blizzard Beach even has its own story line. At Blizzard Beach, a freak snow storm hit central Florida, leaving behind a winter wonderland. This led to a ski resort in the snow-laden tropical paradise. Later on, the snow began to melt under the hot Florida sun, leaving the frozen tundra behind. Around the property, one may find hints and allusions to this story line, from the statues in the front of the park, to the theming of the park's attractions, such as Cross Country Creek.
Blizzard Beach, unlike most waterparks, is built atop Mount Gushmore and is divided up like the classic ski slopes found in the North. The Green Slope, being the highest of the slopes, holds the tallest slide, Summit Plummit. This iconic slide held the title of tallest slide in the United States for a number of years. Adjacent to Summit Plummit, Slush Gusher is a tri-drop slide. Rounding out the slides at the top is the longest raft slide, Teamboat Springs, a downhill adventure that can be experienced with the entire family. To get to the Green Slope, one can take the Ski Lift, one of the iconic specialty attractions at Blizzard Beach.
The Purple Slope is the second highest slope. This is where one can find Toboggan Racers, a mat racing slide with three drops as guests race to the finish. Downhill Double Dipper, two slides that dip twice and race to win also reside here. Lastly, the Purple Slope is home to Snow Stormers, a mat slide that mimics the feeling of going down hill in a toboggan.
The Red Slope is the lowest slope on Mt. Gushmore. The Red Slope is home to Runoff Rapids. Runoff Rapids is an inner tube attraction that has one enclosed slide and two open slides. This slide experience mimics the feeling of going through rapids.
The Ski Patrol Training Camp is Blizzard Beach's older-style children's area. Here one can find Cool Runners, an inner tube slide, Freezin' Pipe Springs, a small slide for children, Leisure Pool, which contains platforms in the shape of icebergs that kids can walk on, and Fahrenheit drops, a rope style attraction.
Tike's Peak, the other children's area, has small slides and water activities for smaller children. One would think that the rest of the attractions have an area, but that is not the case. Attractions like Melt-Away Bay, the wave pool, & Cross Country Creek are not categorized in the slope system. Melt-Away Bay is a tropical pool in the surrounding tundra, while Cross Country Creek is where one can find a circuit of wet thrills, including going through an ice cave. Outside of the waterpark, Blizzard Beach has a miniature golf course called Winter Summerland Miniature Golf. This miniature golf course boasts two sides: one themed to the winter, and the other to summer. Both end up at Santa's workshop.
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