Blizzard Beach

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    ABOUT

    Opening on April 1, 1995, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park was the third water park to open at the Walt Disney World Resort. Since the 2001 closure of River Country, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are the two water parks still in operation at the resort.

    The park’s fictitious backstory ties back to a freak snow storm in 1977 that blanketed the area in snow. Area developers looked to capitalize on the storm by constructing the first ski resort in Florida. When the snow melted, the ski jumps, chair lifts and ramps remained and the developers witnessed Ice Gator, the park mascot riding down the mountain on an inner tube. The operators saw the potential of the park and quickly shifted course to a ski themed water park.

    The park layout has several color coded “slopes” with slides coming off each area.

    Green Slope

    • Summit Plummet – The icon of the park is a 120 foot slide where guests can reach 60 miles per hour
    • Teamboat Springs
    • Slush Gusher

    Purple Slope

    • Downhill Double Dipper
    • Snow Stormers
    • Toboggan Racers

    Red Slope

    • Runoff Rapids

    Several other offerings can be found throughout the park as well including the Cross County Creek lazy river and the Melt-Away Bay wave pool.

    HISTORICAL NOTES

    The park debuted on April 1, 1995.

    GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

    SIGNIFICANT PERSONNEL

    • Marshall Monroe – Creative Executive and Principle Technical Staff at Walt Disney Imagineering
    • Kevin Rafferty – Walt Disney Imagineering