Blizzard Beach Archives

August 12, 2017

Catch Frozen Summer Games at Disney's Blizzard Beach this weekend


“Frozen” fans: Make tracks to Blizzard Beach if you want to experience some unique wintry summer fun before it melts away. The water park is hosting the Frozen Summer Games and the last day is Sunday. That means you have just today and tomorrow to get in on the action!

Guests can meet the team captains, Kristoff and Olaf, near the Beach Haus merchandise shop. (Walk to the end of the shop and you’ll see the queue ropes in front of you. The backdrop is set up to the left behind the store.) Blizzard Beach currently is the only location on Walt Disney World property where guests can meet Kristoff, so don’t miss this opportunity!

When we arrived this past week, it was mid-afternoon and there was no line to meet Kristoff. The ice harvester walked right out to approach my 12-year-old daughter and engaged her in conversation about Anna, Elsa and Olaf. A Disney PhotoPass photographer is stationed at this meet-and-greet, and, of course, you can take your own photos, as well.


Kristoff poses for photos and signs autographs at 10:05 a.m., 11:05 a.m. and 12:05 p.m. for 40-minute sets. After a lunch break, he reappears at 1:55 p.m. and 2:50 p.m. for 35-minute sets. Kristoff alternates meet-and-greets at the same location with Olaf. Everyone’s favorite snowman appears at 9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. for 20-minute sets filled with plenty of warm hugs. After lunch, he returns at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., again for 20-minute periods. With Florida temperatures in the 90s, Olaf can’t risk staying outside any longer or he might melt! (Set times are unpublished and could change.)


Near Melt-Away Bay, guests of all ages can take part in the Frozen Summer Games four times each day: 11 a.m. and 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. A stage is located at sand’s edge not too far from the biggest restaurant, Lottawatta Lodge. A DJ who is set up there plays the coolest hits and also directs the games.


Guests at Blizzard Beach can join Team Kristoff or Team Olaf to participate in a variety of friendly competitions, including Ice Pail Relays, Ski Pole Limbo and Slide Races. On the day that my daughter competed, there were four games: a water balloon toss, two versions of passing or throwing giant snowballs (white beachballs) and the Ice Pail Relays. They all take place in the soft sand in front of the stage, and no advance signup is necessary. Each person who participates is given a wristband to indicate Team Kristoff or Team Olaf. Winning teams receive a commemorative card stock photo frame.


This is the second year for the Frozen Summer Games at Blizzard Beach. Admission to the water park is $57 or $62 plus tax for adults, depending on date, and $51 or $56 plus tax for children ages 3 to 9. (The cheaper pricing goes into effect August 28.) Guests also can purchase an annual pass with admission to both Disney water parks and no blockout dates for $125 plus tax per person, regardless of age. Florida residents can purchase an After-2 p.m. annual pass for $75 plus tax per person, regardless of age.

January 3, 2014

Tips for visiting Walt Disney World and SeaWorld when it's cold outside


Florida might be a subtropical paradise, but it does get cold here at times, as this week's front proves. And, though "Frozen" might be a big winter hit in the theaters right now, you don't have to spend your days in the Orlando theme parks experiencing the same.

How will the cold affect your visit to Orlando theme parks such as Walt Disney World and Seaworld? When the mercury dips below 50, some things change even if others remain the same. Here are a few things of which to be to be aware:

** Water parks will close. Disney's Typhoon Lagoon already is not open to guests because of scheduled maintenance, and Disney's Blizzard Beach also will be closed today. Same goes for SeaWorld's Aquatica. Guests who had planned to visit the Disney water park still can enjoy the adjacent Winter Summerland miniature golf course, though.

** Some animals will stay indoors, but others will not be deterred by the cold. At Disney's Animal Kingdom, a three-hour process brings all animals indoors each night to climate-controlled areas. In the morning, they are given a choice whether to venture out or stay warm and cozy. When Florida has a cold snap, such as this one, extra precautions also are taken in the outdoor habitat, such as adding heating elements, for example. So, riding Kilimanjaro Safaris will not be a bust, but you're unlikely to see the Komodo dragon from the walkway along its outdoor habitat because it is sensitive to the cold. Same goes for some other animals, too.

At SeaWorld Orlando, many of the marine animals already thrive in cooler waters, such as the orca whales, sea lions and dolphins, so these temperatures don't affect their performances. The shows will go on! And although the penguins in the new Antarctica attraction reside in a climate-controlled area, guests just might feel like they've stepped onto the South Pole, too, no matter how chilly it might be outside.

** Steer clear of water rides, such as Splash Mountain or Journey to Atlantis, or the Splash Zone at the Shamu show. These places may be open but do you really want to spend the rest of your day shivering from wet, soggy clothes?


** Seize the opportunity to drink plenty of hot chocolate or warm coffee in the theme parks. SeaWorld has the best deal for hot chocolate, with its refillable souvenir mug. It works the same way as its drink cups -- after a one-time purchase of the cup, all refills are 99 cents. At Disney World, coffee lovers can get their Starbucks fix at new locations on Main Street, U.S.A., in the Magic Kingdom and near the Fountain of Nations in Epcot. Additional stores are planned!

** When vacationers arrive at the theme parks, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement and the anticipation of their favorite attractions. But when it's cold, adjust your schedule accordingly. Plan to visit indoor attractions in the morning or evening, when temperatures are coolest. As the day warms up, spend more time outdoors for a more pleasurable experience.

** If you're staying in the Disney resorts, don't forget that some, like the Fort Wilderness Resort or the BoardWalk Inn, offer enticing fireplace settings in their main lobbies. Others, such as the Polynesian Resort or the Beach Club, also offer nightly beachside fire pits complete with s'mores that also can be fun family escapes from the rare Florida cool-downs. The cozy evening gatherings around the fire can be the perfect way to wind down after a long day in the parks, too. Who knows, if you're outside at a fire pit, you might even catch a glimpse of a fireworks show, as well.


June 8, 2013

Disney's Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon vs. SeaWorld's Aquatica: Who has the better after-2 p.m. pass?


As Orlando residents, my family and I have had various combinations of theme-park passes since our kids were toddlers. For several years, those included the popular water parks: either Disney's Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon or SeaWorld's Aquatica.

With school out for summer, now we are considering an option we haven't yet tried: The after-2 p.m. water-park pass that is available to Florida residents. For a reduced price, guests can purchase an annual pass that allows entry into the water parks only after 2 p.m. with no blackout dates.

The water parks offer this option, of course, because that's when the crowds start to thin out. Guests who have been in the water since 9 a.m. often are ready to head back to their hotels by mid-afternoon. Plus, in Florida, it's a given that many summer days include afternoon rain, which also clears a water park pretty quickly. Added to this is the fact that the afternoons often are the hottest parts of the days.

So, purchasing an after-2 p.m. pass is a gamble with the weather. But at about half the cost of a regular annual pass to the water parks, we think it just might be worth a try. The water parks stay open later in the summer, often until 8 p.m., so we potentially still could spend six hours on the slides and in the pools.

Now, the difficult decision: Which water park do we choose? Our family has happy memories at all three water parks. But on paper, Disney's Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are the better deal.



At Disney, the after-2 p.m. pass is $66.03 for adults and $53.25 for kids (including tax) ages 3 to 9. It allows the passholder entry into two separate Disney water parks for one year from the date of purchase. Plus, there is no charge for parking. In addition, Walt Disney World allows guests to bring coolers of all sizes, including large rolling ice chests, so it is possible to bring a meal and drinks for the day and save money. The only restrictions involve glass containers and alcohol.


At SeaWorld's Aquatica, Florida residents can purchase an after-2 p.m. pass for $58.58 for adults and $53.25 for kids (including tax) ages 3 to 9. It is good only for the one park and only through the end of 2013. There is a $12 charge to park each time you visit. SeaWorld restricts coolers to a 16-quart size, and food is limited to snacks, bottled water, baby food and whatever is needed for those with dietary restrictions. Of course, alcohol and glass containers are not permitted. SeaWorld does have a small picnic area outside its gates and guests are allowed to use the tables for meals stored in their vehicles and then re-enter the water park.

But how do you measure value when your children prefer one water park over another? How would you decide? Please tell us in the comments.

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