Most people know about the major four theme parks located at Disney World (Epcot, MagicKingdom, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom) but Disney also has two water parks for guests to enjoy. I would strongly suggest that anyone planning a Disney not overlook or write-off these parks (like we did for years) for a few reasons:
First, we have been to Disney water parks and always enjoyed ourselves. They are less crowded (much shorter lines) than the regular theme parks and are a great way to beat the heat of the Florida sun. We always look at the forecast to see which day will be the hottest and that is when we plan our water park day. We find the atmosphere much more relaxing and it is always a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks. Our kids love the wave pools and the beach areas that they can sit and play in. Also, if you are staying on Disney property you get FREE transportation to and from the water parks.
Second, if you are on a tight budget the Disney water parks tickets are ½ the cost of the regular theme parks ($50 per day vs. $95 per day) but still offer great family amenities. You can also add the ‘water option’ to your Disney ticket which will lower the price a little more. They can be purchased directly through Disney or through third party vendors outlines in my resources section. Also, parking is FREE at Disney water parks as opposed to $15 per day at the regular theme parks.
There are two water parks to choose from (info taken from Disneyworld.com):
Typhoon Lagoon – Escape to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park for a storm of fun in the sun! Snorkel with sharks, stingrays and tropical fish in the coral reef. Plunge down rushing rapids, sunbathe on the sandy beach and glide down the lazy river on a relaxing raft ride. After an epic typhoon hurled surfboards into palm trees and tossed boats like toys, the storm-soaked MountMayday became a topsy-turvy oasis of water-filled adventure!
Blizzard Beach – Discover frosty fun for the whole family at Disney’s BlizzardBeach water park, a one-time ski resort that has melted into a watery wonderland. Zip down the slushy slopes of MountGushmore on one of the world’s tallest and fastest waterslides. Float down the tranquil river and sunbathe on the white-sand beach. Children under 48 inches tall can even splash around in their own water play area with a snow-castle fountain and kid-sized waterslides.