We think that Typhoon Lagoon’s theme of a tropical paradise hit by a massive storm is a good fit for a water park – and it certainly pulls off the lush tropical feel very well. But with its frozen decorative features, ski lifts, and Christmas music, Blizzard Beach clearly has a more elaborate and creative theme.
We think that adults may prefer the relaxing elements of Typhoon Lagoon, but Blizzard Beach’s magical frosty theme is more interesting and more appealing to kids (and the kid-at-heart).
Yes, it’s kitschy…but it’s also a lot of fun.
Winner: Slight Edge to Blizzard Beach
Best Body Slides
If you are after thrills, Blizzard Beach is the place to be.
The massive 120-foot slope of Summit Plummet makes this attraction one the fastest and most extreme body slides in the world. Modeled after a ski jump, you just push off and let gravity take hold as you plunge down 12 stories, race through a dark tunnel, and then re-emerge into spraying whitewater at the end of this 360-foot-long run.
Other fun body slides include the 90-foot-tall Slush Gusher and the short body slide named Freezin’ Pipe Springs.
As for Typhoon Lagoon, Humunga Kowabunga‘s three enclosed “speed slide” flumes send guests down five stories in a matter of seconds! There’s also the Storm Slides, a series of three body slides that plummet guests down three stories with some twists and turns along the way.
Winner: Blizzard Beach
(Typhoon Lagoon) Photo Credit: William Warby
Best Tube Ride
Blizzard Beach’s Downhill Double Dipper involves 2 inner tube water slides positioned side-by-side. The slides are meant to resemble a downhill ski race – with digital stop clocks and all – and you race your opponent to the bottom. It’s lots of fun but younger kids will not be able to go on the ride as they do not meet the height requirement.
Overall, Typhoon Lagoon offers better family slides, including the Miss Adventure Falls (a tube ride for the whole family) and the two-person water coaster raft Crush ‘n Gusher.
Both parks have fun tube rides but Typhoon Lagoon’s attractions can involve the entire family, including the young ones.
Winner: Typhoon Lagoon
(Typhoon Lagoon) Photo Credit: Steve Bozak
Best Lazy River
The Castaway Creek lazy river winds around all sections of Typhoon Lagoon. This continuously flowing, 2,100 ft long river passes through lush vegetation, calming waterfalls, and misting screens. Guests can even bring their own float (or just use the park’s inner tubes).
It’s a great way to travel around the park and into other sections, but – more importantly – Castaway Creek is your opportunity to relax and soak up some sun.
Blizzard Beach’s lazy river is called Cross County Creek. It winds 3000 ft around the park and can be used for transportation or relaxation.
It’s not really that much different than Typhoon Lagoon’s other than you do go through caves and come across a few surprises (like a polar cave with falling ice water).
So which lazy river is better?
Typhoon Lagoon wins for relaxation and Blizzard Beach wins for distance and frosty surprises.
Best Wave Pools
Blizzard Beach’s Melt Away Bay is situated at the base of Mount Gushmore where a constant waterfall of “melting snow” provides small waves to the pool.
If you are looking for a thrilling wave pool, look elsewhere because Blizzard Beach’s 1-acre Melt-Away Bay is all about relaxation.
At the other end of the spectrum, Typhoon Lagoon’s Surf Pool is one of the largest and most thrilling wave pools in the world. It blasts thunderous 6-ft high waves every 90 seconds, giving you plenty of opportunity to body surf on top of the waves.
The park also offers its guests an opportunity to take surfing lessons (extra fees apply).
If you are wondering why Typhoon Lagoon tallies more annual visitors than Blizzard Beach, their wave pool has a lot to do with it!
Winner – Typhoon Lagoon (obviously)
Best Children’s Area
Kids under 48″ (4 ft) tall are probated from entering certain attractions. Therefore – if your little one’s enjoyment level is the top priority – you surely want to focus on the areas of the park where they will be able to participate in the fun.
The children’s section of Typhoon Lagoon – called Ketchakiddee Creek – has 10 activity areas and attractions like small side-by-side slides, tame inner tube rides, waterfalls, fountains shaped like animals, crawl chutes, and a waterfall cave.
Blizzard Beach has 2 separate areas for those under 48″: Tike’s Peak and Ski Patrol Training Camp.
Tike’s Peak is oriented towards younger children and offers small slides, water jets, a snow castle fountain, and a shallow water section.
The Ski Patrol Training Camp section is geared towards older kids who aren’t quite ready for adult-size attractions. This area offers larger curving water slides and tube slides, a T-bar zip line called Fahrenheit Drops, and a floating iceberg balancing course named Thin Ice Training Course.
These two designated sections are great for families with children of various ages because each of them will be able to participate in activities geared towards their respective age brackets.
Winner: Blizzard Beach