With summer fast approaching, now is the time to plan your trip to one of the Walt Disney World® water parks. Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are both incredible parks, but there has been a long debate over which one is best. Regardless of which side of the fence you’re on, you’re sure to have a great time at either park. Consider the following factors that go into making a water park stand out.
In this department, the two parks are almost the complete opposite. Typhoon Lagoon has a tropical theme in which the park has been hit by a massive typhoon that’s left a boat named ‘Miss Tilly’ stranded atop a mountain at the center of the park. Blizzard Beach, on the other hand, is themed as if Florida were struck with a freak blizzard which saw the creation of a ski resort. Once the snow melted, however, the resort became a water park. Deciding which is best in this category is all up to your personal preference.
In general, those who have experienced the wave pools at both parks tend to favor the Surf Pool at Typhoon Lagoon over Melt-Away Bay at Blizzard Beach. The Surf Pool creates large waves every 90 seconds, while Melt-Away Bay is a calmer experience. The Surf Pool is also larger in size, though it does demand that you have stronger swimming skills than Melt-Away Bay.
A true tie, both parks feature lazy rivers that extend around the entirety of the property and feature waterfalls, caves, and other scenery to keep things interesting. It really is hard to beat the relaxation of floating down a lazy river under the warm Florida sun.
Up until recently, Blizzard Beach held the advantage in the slide department, but the recent addition of the Crush ‘n’ Gusher at Typhoon Lagoon makes this topic more debatable. The almost straight-down drop of Summit Plummet at the center of Blizzard Beach is a longtime fan favorite. Other slides at the winter-themed park encouraging you to race your family and friends make for a fantastic experience as well.
Typhoon Lagoon’s Crush ‘n’ Gusher is a unique aquatic roller coaster-type experience that sends riders down slides and propels them upwards as well. This new experience gives Typhoon Lagoon a unique ride unmatched by any other water park. Additionally, the lines tend to be somewhat shorter than those at Blizzard Beach.
Choosing Where to Play and Stay
At the end of the day, choosing the right park depends on you and your family’s requirements. If you have small children who want to experience a wave pool for the first time, Blizzard Beach might be the better option. If you’re looking for a truly unique experience on one of the world’s only aquatic roller coasters, then Typhoon Lagoon is the place to be.
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