Think that summer is over? Well, in Florida, summer is a relative term. Sure, it means for many families that school is about to start for many in the Central Florida area, but locals still enjoy the theme parks year round.
Both of Disney's water parks are still open until fall when Disney's Typhoon Lagoon and Disney's Blizzard Beach take turns closing for refurbishment until the busy Spring Break season. One usually remains open while the other one is being freshened.
For fun, take the Chairlift to Summit Plummet or Slush Gusher. Not that daring? Take the family on Teamboat Springs which is next door to these plunging water slides.
Want a good work out while at this water park? Take Run-Off Rapids. The stairs to the top will give you some pause, and you get to do it while enjoying the music, and the foliage planted for your enjoyment. If you are a single rider, you'll be taking the enclosed tube down.
The steps to Teamboat Springs will also stretch your legs.
If you want to race a friend or family member, be sure to take Downhill Double Dipper.
If you just want to relax, then just hang out at Melt-Away Bay, Blizzard's wave pool. It's not as big as Disney's Typhoon Lagoon but at least you can bring inflatables into the water.
Unlike Typhoon the opened a new ride a few years ago, called Crush N Gusher, Blizzard has not debuted any new attractions in this water park.
What should you avoid? In the summer, don't wait too late in the day to arrive. The free lounge chairs and the shade are usually taken. Sure you can reserve patios, and other areas but those don't come cheap.
Feel free to bring a small cooler of snacks, and food, just don't bring alcoholic beverages. Your coolers will be inspected.
All you can drink mugs (for the day) are available for purchase but these mugs, although great souvenirs, can be expensive. Luckily, you can get ice and water at the refill stations if you don't want to purchase an all day mug.
If you like to drink cold water: buy some at the local grocery store, and bring it in.
Don't count on the water fountains in the park to quench your thirst. Many of them have very little pressure, and what water does come out is tepid.
Disney's Blizzard Beach is a great place to hang out, but it shouldn't bust your budget. The price to get in can be pricey for most. Check out the prices on-line.
If you're a Florida resident, definitely consider the price of an annual water park pass. Two visits to the water parks, and you break even.
Last but not least, stop at the local store and get some sunblock or sunscreen. You'll definitely pay at least twenty percent more if you buy at Disney.
Blizzard Beach is a fun water park, and if you plan accordingly, you won't be sunburned, and you won't feel like you've been taken to the cleaners on the food and drinks.