|B & MOM, May 2007.|
The Water Park Fun & More ticket option allows to to experience two water parks, DisneyQuest and admission to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. It also used to include admission to Pleasure Island (le sigh). That's a whole lot of extra for 55 bucks. If you're planning on staying 7 nights in Disney (or 8 or 10, which is always recommended), it's suitable to say that time will allow you to explore a bit outside of the 4 main theme parks. My suggestion, coming from someone who isn't super crazy about water parks, is to start with DisneyQuest.
|With friends, March 2006.|
|DisneyQuest's Virtual Jungle Cruise|
|Wonderland Cafe, 2007.|
Be sure not to miss my two favorite DisneyQuest attractions; Virtual Jungle Cruise and Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters. Remember, if lines appear long, they move just as fast. I've never really had an issue with queue times. If you're looking for something a bit more low-key, DisneyQuest has an entire floor dedicated to some good old-fashioned Arcade Games, including my personal favorite, AIR HOCKEY! If you've played yourself silly until the point of starvation, fear not - Wonderland Cafe and Food Quest are two fantastic dining options that DisneyQuest has for you. OK, enough with the information overload. I could really go on about this place for a very long time. JUST GO! For more information on DisneyQuest and to add the option to your park ticket, visit here.
"It was a meteorological phenomenon of the strangest order. One balmy day, a freak winter storm developed
over the western end of Walt Disney World Resort and covered the area with a thick blanket of powdery
white snow. Before you could say "hot cocoa," plans were underway for Florida's first ski resort.
Ski lifts were put up, toboggan runs were laid down and an entire resort area blossomed around the mountain
of snow. Yet before the first skier could strap on a pair of boots and stick his poles into the snow, the
temperatures returned to their normal Florida levels, and the powdery snow quickly turned into slippery
slush. The ski resort operators saw their dream melting down the hillside. Yet that's not all they saw.
As the slush began cascading down and pools of water began to form, an echoing "yahoo" was heard from
the summit of the mountain. Everyone looked up to see a playful alligator careening down the melting hillside.
He slid to the base of the mountain and landed in a pool of water with a thunderous splash. They knew at
once that they were back in business.
Slalom courses, bobsled and toboggan runs became downhill waterslides. The creek of melted snow that
formed at the base of the mountain became a relaxing tube ride. The chairlift carried swimmers instead of
skiers. The ski jump became the tallest and fastest water slide in the world. The ski resort became known as
Disney's Blizzard Beach, the most slushy, slippery, exhilarating water park anywhere!" (All Ears)
And what a delight it is. As water parks go, Blizzard Beach is the cream of the crop. With attractions like Summit Plummet (a living nightmare of a waterslide), Downhill Double Dipper and my personal favorite, Teamboat Springs, you have a whole day's worth of fun. I mean, how many other water parks have chair lifts? There is also a good variety of food options here - nachos (what else?) at the Cooling Hut, a Blizzard Dog at Avalunch, a Grand Margarita from Polar Pub and some mini donuts from a place called..Mini Donuts, the possibilities are endless. All you need is your bathing suit, some sunblock and a waterproof camera for those memories, and you've got yourself a great family day and some fun in the sun.
|J says" Spend a day at Blizzard Beach!"|
What is your favorite extracurricular activity at Walt Disney World? Your favorite DisneyQuest attraction? Send me your comments!