"Disney legend has it that after a freak winter storm
blanketed the area with snow, Florida's first ski resort was born."
Whether it's bobsledding down the "snowy" slopes of Mt. Gushmore or plunging straight down Summit Plummet at up to 55 mph, Walt Disney World guests get all the spine-chilling thrills of a northern ski resort!
But the 66-acre Blizzard Beach water adventure park is strictly tropical and the ice is limited to the soft drinks. It's all part of a "zany" combination -- a water park with the atmosphere and excitement of a major ski resort in the midst of a tropical lagoon.
The most eye-catching attractions at Blizzard Beach can be found on the slopes of Mt. Gushmore. As guests enter the park, they are greeted by the busy view of "skiers" sliding down the face of the 90-foot snow-capped mountain. It is home to Downhill Double Dipper, the only side-by-side racing water slides that stand 50 feet high and 200 feet long. Guests will travel up to 25 mph, twisting and turning before shooting out through a curtain of water. Mt. Gushmore also features slalom courses, toboggan and water sled runs and the awesome, 120-foot-high Summit Plummet -- the nation's tallest, fastest free-fall speed slide, visible from almost anywhere in the park.
Blizzard Beach Attractions
The main attraction of Blizzard Beach is this 120ft high, 65MPH water ride that plummets you back to earth. This ultimate water slide is very popular - so arrive early unless you want to stand in line thinking about what you are about to do for a long time! Other advice? Ladies yes it is true that your 2 piece bathing suit may not all be with you when you get to the bottom of the slide.
There is a minimum height requirement of 48" to use this attraction.
Described by Disney as "family white-water raft ride". Each raft is capable of holding between 4 and 6 riders. Bring the gang aboard and take a rollicking ride down a series of cascading waterfalls. To get to Teamboat Springs ride the Chairlift to the top of Mount Gushmore or take the stairway path and follow the signs to the attractions at the Green Slope area of the mountain.
Did you know? Teamboat springs is the World's longest family raft ride measuring in at a total length of 1,400 feet.
Reach speeds of upto 35MPH on this body slide attraction. During parts of the ride yourbody can actually become airborne and leave the bed of the ride.
Although a bit tamer than its neighbor Summit Plummet, Slush Gusher is a thrilling ride for active, waterslide enthusiasts. Zip down and find out for yourself!
To get to Slush Gusher ride the Chairlift to the top of Mount Gushmore or take the stairway path and follow the signs to the attractions at the Green Slope area of the mountain.
Downhill Double Dipper
This attraction is one of very few 'side-by-side' water rides in the world. It is located next to Snow Stormers on Mount Gushmore. This adrenaline pumping attraction's slides are 50 feet (15 m) high and are 230 feet (70 m) long. Guests travel up to speeds of 25 mph (40 km/h) on these twin inner tube runs as they race past internationally recognized ski racing graphic elements and flags. Time clocks count-off each downhill heat and the runs are outfitted with automated audio equipment that signals the start of each race. Also, it is one of the few racing slides where pushoff speed is not a factor, as gates hold back riders until it is time for the race to begin. This attraction has a minimum height requirement of 48 in (120 cm).
Three Slides form the Snow Stormers. Grab your mat and race your friends of family to the bottom! The attraction is designed to replicate a ski slope and forms a slalom style ride down the flumes. Ready. Set. Sled! Grab a toboggan-style mat, lie down on your stomach and speed down the mountain, banking through the curvy paths marked by ski-type gates on switchback, slalom-style racing slides.
These 350-foot long waterslides... descend the slopes of Mount Gushmore and plunge riders into a refreshing pool at the bottom. Compete with your friends and be the first one down the mountain. The race is on!
Snow Stormers is located between Downhill Double Dipper and Toboggan Racers on the slopes of Mount Gushmore.
To get to these attractions, follow the signs to the attractions at the Purple Slope area of the mountain.
The 8 lane ride offers riders an array of dips as it fires it's way down Mount Gushmore at Disney's Blizzard Beach. This attraction is a another that requires riders to use a mat.
Ready. Set. Snow! Grab a mat at the top and race your friends or family members down the mountain over a series of dips to the bottom of Mount Gushmore.
This 250-foot long waterslide is an avalanche of fun!
Toboggan Racers are located near the Snow Stormers and Downhill Double Dipper water rides on the slopes of Mount Gushmore. To get to these attractions, follow the signs to the attractions at the Purple Slope area of the mountain...have fun!
These are three tube style rides that offer three different descents down Mount Gushmore. Contains 600ft of winding, dropping, twisting and much more. Guest must ride a tube on this attraction.
Grab an inner tube and careen down Mount Gushmore on any of the three unique waterslides. Each flume is different, so try them all!
The center slide is fully enclosed and accommodates one rider at a time. The two outer slides can accommodate rafts that hold up to 2 people.
All 3 waterslides at Runoff Rapids twist and turn down the hill, taking you on an invogorating ride with a plunge into the pool at the bottom. Dive in!
To get to Runoff Rapids follow the signs for this attraction at the Red Slope area of the mountain.
This is a perfect method of transport through the park or just for a chance to relax and catch some sun!
The Cross Country Creek is a 3,000-foot (910 m) slow-moving water attraction commonly known as a "lazy river," that travels around the perimeter of the water park. The attraction carries floating guests (in inner tubes) through a bone-chilling ice cave. Once inside the mysterious cave, guests will be splashed with the "melting" ice from overhead. There are 7 entrances and exits located throughout the park for this attraction, and any of these locations guests may pick up tubes and leave them as they exit the creek. The journey takes between twenty and thirty minutes to complete depending on crowd levels.
This is an area designed for pre-teenage children, the area contains;
Fahrenheit Drops - An attraction that drops guests under 5 feet tall into a pool of water
Freezin' Pipe Springs - Short body slide
Cool Runners - A tube slide
Gentle versions of the main Blizzard Beach attractions designed for the younger generation of guests. Also features a water play area. Your little ones will have mountains of fun at this water wonderland made just for them.
This preschooler play area offers scaled-down, kid-sized slides that resemble the bigger waterslides of Mount Gushmore.
The wading pool at Tike's Peak is very shallow, with a snow-castle fountain and pop-up water jets for tots to splash and play near. Children must be less than 48 inches tall to play at Tike's Peak.
Tike's Peak is located on the ground level away from Mount Gushmore on the other side of Cross Country Creek. This attraction is only available to guest under 48" tall.
Carries guests up Mount Gushmore. The chairlift is one-way but you can ride one of the attractions back down to earth.
This is a 1-acre (4,000 m2) wave pool nestled against the base of Mount Gushmore. This attraction is constantly fed by "melting snow" waterfalls creating "bobbing" (short) waves.
Food and beverage
Avalunch: Offers light snacks and refreshments. Located next to the entrance of the Chairlift.
Frostbite Freddie's: Bar located adjacent to Snowless Joes in the Village.
Lottawatta Lodge: Ski lodge providing outdoor covered seating and is the main counter service area.
Polar Pub: Bar located on the beach by the wave pool.
I. C. Expeditions: Offers ice cream, deserts and refreshments. Located near the Chairlift.
The Cooling Hut: Offers light snacks and refreshments. Located in the Village
The Warming Hut: Offers snacks, lunch and dinner. Located near the bottom of Downhill Double Dipper.
Coolers are allowed in the waterparks. The only restricted items are glass and alcohol.
North Pearl: Jewelry store featuring pearls. Located in the Village across from the changing rooms.
Snowless Joe's: Rental location offering locker and towel rentals and complimentary lifejackets. Located in the Village next to the changing rooms.
The Beach Haus: Main merchandise store offering souvenirs, swimwear, footwear, etc. Located in the Village in-between the Main Entrance and Lottawatta Lodge.