I have always loved water parks. My hometown is not too far from one named Wild Waves/Enchanted Village. I would go every so often during my childhood and loved it every time. I’m a swimmer so I feel most at home near the water. So when I learned, while on our first trip back in 2014, that Disney World had two water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, I got so excited. I made it a goal to make it to at least one of them.
We didn’t make it to either of them during our first trip. Our second trip was in February 2015 and was unseasonably cold for Florida- we’re talking temperatures in the low 50s. It was still much warmer than Chicago at that time, however, so we weren’t complaining. But it definitely was too cold to swim.
We didn’t plan to go on our most recent trip in June, either. However, our flight home wasn’t scheduled to leave until 10:30 pm and we had all day to kill with no hotel room in which to relax. The last thing we wanted to do was hang out in the airport all day with two active kids. So after brainstorming the day before, we decided it would be the perfect time to try out Disney’s Blizzard Beach.
Although the water slides looked awesome, and I would’ve loved to go on them, we actually spent our whole day doing two attractions- Cross Country Creek, and Melt-Away Bay. As soon as we got in Cross Country Creek (a lazy river that floats all the way around the park) Ladybug was in heaven- especially when D put her in her own inner tube. She didn’t want to get back out. I think we floated around the park at least twice, maybe even three times before getting out for lunch. Buddy and I shared an inner tube- he sat in my lap- and D walked behind the inner tubes to make sure that both non-swimmers stayed safe. It was so relaxing that Buddy actually fell asleep and didn’t wake up until we were getting out of the water.
After our first go at Cross Country Creek, we realized that all that lazing around was making us hungry so we decided to sample the cuisine at Lottawatta Lodge. My favorite was the frozen hot chocolate. I love frozen drinks and hot chocolate so whenever I can combine the two, it’s that much better.
Once we finished eating, Ladybug was begging to go back to Cross Country Creek so we made our way back to the entry and got in for another few laps around the park. The only thing that got Ladybug out of the river was convincing her to play in the sand near Melt-Away Bay with the toys that came with her kids’ meal at lunch. So she played in the sand for awhile before cooling off in the wave pool. Buddy especially loved Melt-Away Bay. He’s my water baby; he loves splashing around in any water he can find. (I’d be very surprised if he’s not a swimmer when he grows up.) He had a great time until he got hungry and wanted to eat.
Ladybug went back to the sand for more playtime while I fed Buddy. She played until it was time to go. Blizzard Beach closed early that day because of an impending thunderstorm but it didn’t matter. We had to leave for the airport anyway. Our wonderful Disney vacation had come to an end.
I would definitely like to go back sometime and try out the water slides, but it was still an awesome day. I have one piece of advice, however. When walking from the water attractions to the dining areas, lockers, and changing rooms, make sure to wear shoes. Although the pavement is mostly wet on the walkways between water attractions- which cools it down- it is dry when you get to the front of the park where the lockers are. We seriously underestimated how hot the pavement would be under the intense Florida sun and did not wear shoes. Boy did our feet pay the price. Ouch!
Have you ever been to Blizzard Beach? What attraction did you like best?
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