Disney’s Blizzard Beach is Open

Disney's Blizzard Beach grand reopening

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After ten months of being closed for renovations, Disney’s Blizzard Beach in Orlando, FL, is finally open again! We were invited to an exclusive event on opening day, November 13th, and given a tour of the newest area, Tikes Peak. It was our first time at Blizzard Beach, but it won’t be our last.

Blizzard Beach has everything you’d expect from a water park, with a sprinkle of magic that only Disney can bring. From the music to the food, there is no mistaking that you are in a Disney park.

Before you head to Blizzard Beach, let’s talk about what you can expect and what you shouldn’t miss.

three girls standing in front of the Disney's Blizzard Beach sign
three sisters standing outside of the gate to Blizzard Beach
tropical santa, a dad and a little girl at Blizzard Beach

Meet Santa

Now through December 31, 2022, you can celebrate the holidays at Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park—featuring a flurry of festivities, including your chance to meet Santa Claus! He’s dressed for a day of tropical fun.

When you walk in the gates, just toward the left, you will see Santa’s sleigh and be greeted by “snow” fall. You’ll meet Santa Claus dressed in his best Florida gear. Let Santa know what you’d like this year. We asked him what kind of cookies were his favorite and let him know about our plan to create something special this year.

By the way, he said you can never go wrong with chocolate chip.

little girl standing with Goofy

See Your Favorite Disney Characters

We were excited to see Goofy just moments after walking in. Goofy was waiting for us at Lottawotta Lodge (while we ate the most delicious Disney-themed breakfast). Falynn had the opportunity to give him a big hug and let him know that he is her favorite (shhh! don’t tell Mickey).

While we didn’t see any other characters during our visit, you can expect to see some of your favorite Disney characters — and a few are even in unique costumes, during your visit to Disney’s Blizzard Beach.

Lockers, Life Jacket and Towel Rental

Before you head into the water park, stop by and rent a locker to put your belongings. They have plenty of dressing rooms so you can get your swimsuit on and lock up your valuables. If you want to take your phone with you but don’t want to get it wet, stop at the Beach Haus shop and pick up a waterproof phone pouch (it’s an excellent investment).

If you forgot your towels at home, there is no need to worry. Blizzard Beach offers towel rental at Frostbite Freddy’s. Life jackets are available free of charge for guests.

little girl excited about the new Tike's Peak at Blizzard Beach
olaf and his friends at Tike's Peak
little girl hugging a snowgie from Frozen at Blizzard Beach's new Tike's Peak
newly renovated Tike's Peak at Blizzard Beach is Frozen themed
splash pad with Ana and Elsa from Frozen at Tike's Peak at Blizzard Beach
little girl going down a water slide

All New Tike’s Peak at Blizzard Beach

Blizzard Beach’s Tike’s Peak is a newly renovated area designed for preschoolers and kids under 48 inches tall. This watery winter wonderland is inspired by the Disney animated film Frozen—with scaled-down thrills to delight younger kids! 

There is so much to love about Tike’s Peak. Your little ones will enjoy wading pools with Olaf and his Snowgie pals, Anna and Elsa’s igloo fortress with pop-up water jets, miniature snow-banked slides, side-by-side downhill slides, a junior inner-tube ride, and snow chutes. While the little kids have their Frozen adventure, the rest of the family can relax on the soft, sandy beach and listen to a background track with songs from both Frozen films.

While my youngest daughter is a little too big for Tike’s Peak, she loved seeing her favorite Frozen characters.

skylift at Blizzard Beach
Mount Rushmore and the chair lifts

Chair Lifts

Every ski resort has a chairlift to ferry guests up the mountain, and Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park is no exception! This slow-moving experience is an effortless way to access the entrance to attractions like:

  • Summit Plummet – The most thrilling waterslide at Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park, with a 120-foot long, 12-story drop.
  • Slush Gusher – A tamer, 90-foot-long waterslide for those not quite ready to take the “big plunge.”
  • Teamboat Springs – A family-style whitewater raft ride that fits up to 6 Guests per inner tube.

When I saw where the chair lift was leading my daughters, I was sure they would come right back down, but my girls are daredevils. While they weren’t ready for Summit’s Plummet’s 12-story drop, they went straight to Slush Gusher and loved every second of it. They would have headed back up for a second round if it had not started raining.

Speaking of rain, you should know that everything shuts down as soon as it starts raining. It’s for safety, of course. Luckily, Florida’s weather is as predictable as it is unpredictable. It could be raining one minute and hot and sunny the next. So don’t let the rain chase you away.

little girl on a Blizzard Beach raft

Cross Country Creek

Grab an inner tube and paddle gently down the stream as you glide through mysterious caves and illuminated grottoes, under bridges, and past a lush green forest. Bask in the refreshing spring water that’s made its way down Mount Gushmore—and look out for bubbling geysers, waterfalls, and leaky pipes along the way.

Cross Country Creek is a 3,000-foot-long lazy river through a polar-themed paradise, and my girls loved every second of it. They couldn’t stop talking about the “huge mountain” they had gone through. It’s the perfect area for people of all ages. The festive tubes were a great twist for the holidays.

Wattamelon-Passionfruit Lemonade at Disney's Blizzard Beach

Blizzard Beach Dining

There are several quick service food and drink options at Blizzard Beach, depending on what you are craving. If you are hoping to sit and eat, Lottawatta Lodge is the large restaurant in the entrance of the water park. You can place a mobile order or order at the registers. Lottawatta Lodge offers a number of options, including burgers, salads, and flatbreads. Don’t forget to try the new Wattamelon-Passionfruit Lemonade. It is delicious!

Of course, in true Disney fashion, there are snack options all around the water park, including frozen treats, donuts, and funnel cakes. There is even a pub for adults!

If Disney’s Blizzard Beach sounds like something your family would enjoy and you are going to be in Orlando, FL soon, you can check pricing and availability here:


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Have you ever visited Disney’s Blizzard Beach? If so, what do you think? If not, does it look like a place you and your family would enjoy? Comment below and let us know! Contact us if you have any questions; we’d happily answer them.

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Disney's Blizzard Beach is the perfect water park in Orlando, FL for Disney fans. Check out newly renovated Tike's Peak, now Frozen-themed.
Disney's Blizzard Beach is the perfect water park in Orlando, FL for Disney fans. Check out newly renovated Tike's Peak, now Frozen-themed.

Special thanks to Disney for inviting us to a special grand re-opening event and providing our family with an experience at Blizzard Beach that we will never forget.

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  1. That looks like so much fun, I’d love to visit this place with my family. Thanks for sharing!

  2. wow! How wonderful! I am so glad that you had so much fun all together! It looks the perfect place for families!

  3. This seems like a great way to get to enjoy the idea of Winter when living in perpetual Summer heat!

  4. Blizzard beach sounds like a great place for the kids to kick back and have fun. I had no idea that Disney had their water parks open during the winter months. But I guess it stays warm enough in FL for them to remain open.

  5. How fun that you can take that lift to the top. I’d do that, it’s way better than standing in the big lines going up the steps like traditional lines do.

  6. We are going to Disney in April 2023 for the first time as a family. Thank you for sharing this awesome news!!

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  7. We can’t wait to get over there! Blizzard Beach is so much fun! Looks like you had a great time! #memories

  8. Oh wow, I’ve not heard of this place before. it sounds like so much fun. I bet you had the most amazing time there.

  9. So fun! Blizzard Beach is a park we have not been to yet. I hope we can visit one day! I know my kids would LOVE it.