Blizzard Beach vs Typhoon Lagoon
Which Disney Water Park is Better?
Everyone knows that Magic Kingdom is Disney World’s most iconic theme park. The other Disney theme parks – Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios – get plenty of love as well, and for good reason. But ask someone to name Disney’s two water parks and you may have them stumped.
It’s a shame Disney World’s water parks – Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon – are often overlooked because they are some of the most enjoyable and thrilling areas of the park. This oversight may be a result of just not having enough time to experience all of the Disney World parks during a short 3 or 4-day vacation. Very understandable. However, if your Disney vacation will last 5 days or more – and everyone in your group likes water activities – there’s really no excuse for skipping them entirely.
So which Disney water park is better? Here we give you a head-to-head Blizzard Beach vs Typhoon Lagoon comparison to help you decide which one to try.
As for when to go to a Disney water park, they tend to be less crowded during the first few days of the week (Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays) and during the first couple of hours and the last few hours of the day. It probably goes without saying that holidays, weekends, and school vacations will surely be busy times.
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With that said, let’s now review and rank some of the best elements of Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.
(Typhoon Lagoon) Photo Credit: Chad Sparkes
Typhoon Lagoon opened to the public on June 1, 1989. With an annual attendance of nearly 2.3 million visitors, the park is the second most visited water park in the world. It’s biggest claim-to-fame is its huge wave pool, one of the largest outdoor wave pools in the world. Typhoon Lagoon operates year-round but does close for a month or two each fall/winter. During this annual maintenance closure, its sister park – Blizzard Beach – remains open.
The theme of the Typhoon Lagoon is based on a “Disney legend” of a typhoon that has devastated a tropical paradise. The centerpiece of the park is “Miss Tilly,” an impaled shrimp boat situated on top of an erupting geyser called “Mount Mayday.” Boats, surfboards, and fishing gear are strewn throughout the lagoon to give the effect of a ravaged paradise. Typhoon Lagoon’s mascot is “Lagoona Gator.”
Opening in 1995, Blizzard Beach is Disney World’s slightly smaller water theme park. It hosts around 2.1 million guests per year, making it the third most visited water park in the world (right behind Typhoon Lagoon). As with its sister park, Blizzard Beach is open year round with a short closure during the winter as Typhoon Lagoon stays open to serve its guests.
Despite its frigid Christmastime ski resort theme, the water temperature of each attraction is heated to approximately 80 degrees (except for the “melting snow” in Cross Country Creek).
Most of Blizzard Beach’s major attractions are located atop Mount Gushmore, the park’s dramatic 90-foot tall artificial “mountain.” Mount Gushmore features three colored slopes – Green, Red, and Purple – meant to aid guests in navigating their way around the park.
Now let’s take a look at some of the attractions and features of each Disney water park.
Typhoon Lagoon wins in a lot of areas: it has a more relaxing theme and a nice tropical feel, not to mention a great lazy river, family raft ride, and an amazing wave pool. With that said, Typhoon Lagoon’s lower-key atmosphere may have a slight edge for adults.
However, most people head to the water parks with their kids in mind, or to seek out thrilling attractions. In this respect, Blizzard Beach has the edge. It doesn’t have a world class wave pool, but it does have thrilling slides, tube rides, 2 kid’s sections, a long and surprise-filled lazy river, and an over-the-top theme.
Overall, Blizzard Beach has more of the “wow factor” that many families look for. We vote Blizzard Beach as the best water park at Disney World by a slight margin. But don’t take our word for it; try both for yourself and see which one your family likes better!
Winner: Blizzard Beach (by a narrow margin)
We hope our Blizzard Beach vs Typhoon Lagoon article has helped you prioritize your Disney water park of choice. For more useful Disney World information, please review some other MagicGuides pages such as our helpful Disney Dining Plan Calculator, Disney Transportation Map, and Fun Things to do at Disney World articles.
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