Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is closing on December 16th and 17th due to temperatures dropping. The Disney World Website and the My Disney Experience app show that the park will be open on Sunday, the 18th, but that could change depending on the weather.
During the colder months, this is common amongst water parks in the Orlando area when the temperatures drop into the 60s and 50s or lower.
The Water Park may be closed, but here is the story behind the snow-covered park and some helpful information for planning a trip to Blizzard Beach!
The Blizzard Beach Story
You see, once upon a time, there was a freak snowstorm in Disney World. Wanting to take advantage of the snow, Disney built the first ski resort in Florida. Sadly, the temperatures rose, and it looked as if their new venture was melting away. An adventurous alligator decided to slide down the slippery slope into the pool that formed below. Realizing that the ski runs could be put to use, Blizzard Beach was born, or so the story goes. That is also why the Blizzard Beach character is called Ice Gator.
Blizzard Beach Useful Information and Facts
- Blizzard Beach opened on April 1, 1995.
- The water at Blizzard is heated year-round between 75 to 80 degrees, with the exception of the melting snow in the ice cave of Cross Country Creek.
- Guests may bring food baskets.
- Coolers of a size that may be safely carried are permitted.
- No glass containers or alcoholic beverages are allowed.
- No boogie boards, surfboards, or personal flotation devices.
- Water toys (beach balls, air mattresses, tubes, kickboards, etc.) that do not attach to the body are not permitted.
- Free life jackets are available at Snowless Joes. A refundable deposit is required.
- Guests may not bring in their own fins, masks, or snorkels.
Have you ever been to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park? If you have, which slide is your favorite? Please tell us your answers in the comments below.
Hi, I'm Erica, and I write about all things Disney. Before working for The DIS, I was a theme park performer at SeaWorld, but I also performed at Disney. I have such an immense love for theme parks to the point I studied them in college.