Some fun enhancements done in the Disney park! Find your way down the article to know what has been done.
Thinking of a visit to Walt Disney World this spring or summer?
Don’t rule out a stop at the water parks to cool off.
In 2019, both Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon will feature thrilling experiences as well as exclusive food and beverage options you can’t get anywhere else at Disney.
Items like the Sand Pail Sundae at Typhoon Lagoon and the Key Lime Pie on a stick at Blizzard Beach are sure to be a big hit under the hot Florida sun.
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Disney Water Parks General Manager Mark Dukes told TravelPulse there are several new things for guests this year.
“We’ve got some exciting things going on with our cabanas we’ll be able to share in the next couple months, but we’re adding eleven new cabanas to Typhoon Lagoon between now and mid-June. We should have the last one of them open in June,” Dukes said.
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The newly unveiled, limited time Splash Pack offer should also grab guests’ attention.
“It allows the guests to bundle some experiences, so they get a beach towel – one of our merchandise beach towels,” Dukes said. “So, it can be a Little Mermaid, it could be Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, Toy Story, Mickey and Minnie. They get the refillable drink mugs, and then they get a lunch or dinner option with that as well. So, we’re bundling that for $44, which is about a 20 percent discount off what they would pay regularly.”
It’s a test phase for Disney available now through May 4, so stay tuned to see if it gets extended into the summer season.
Additionally, Disney is bringing back and expanding on H2O Glow at Typhoon Lagoon.
“It was so well received last year that we’re adding nine more events, and we’re actually expanding it an hour on the front end,” Dukes said.
H2O Glow will stick with the same ‘Party-Saurus Rex’ theme as last year, with Buzz, Woody and Jessie returning, pairing perfectly with the new Toy Story movie slated to release this year.
As the sun goes down, the party lights come up and a DJ will play tunes as a limited number of guests play, dance, eat and drink the night away.
The cap on how many visitors enter the park for the special event allows for short to no wait times on the rides. And you get the bonus of riding water slides at night.
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For those who have yet to visit Blizzard Beach or Typhon Lagoon, the immersive experience is one you won’t forget.
“All of our rides have deep theming to them,” Dukes said. “You know, it’s not just a big plastic ride on a tower. Our rides are embedded into our story. Everything you see from the shipwrecked boats to the merchandise shop and food beverage locations all have deep theming on them as well. So, they’re just a great experience and a little different than what you might find in a water park back home.”
Plus, the majority of the rides at both parks don’t have a height requirement so the whole family can join in on the fun.
Home to the longest lazy river in the country, Blizzard Beach is an ideal place for relaxation with perfectly shaded cabanas but also plenty of beach lounge space to catch a tan. Plus, it’s perfect for families with kids of any age thanks to the two separate areas just for children. You can also set your emotions on edge if you ride Summit Plummet – the 120-foot tall free-fall body slide.
Typhoon Lagoon also packs plenty of thrills with rides like Crush ‘n’ Gusher and Miss Adventure Falls.
However, the real showstopper is the wave pool. Typhoon Lagoon features the only surf-able wave pool in the United States.
Around 10-12 guests will go out to surf school in the morning before park the opens to everyone. Disney partners with professional instructors here, with one instructor teaching before anyone enters the water and then two instructors in the water with the students, helping guide them to paddle and stand up to surf the waves.
It’s $165 for the class and guests will have two and a half hours of surf time. Riders must be eight years or older to participate in the surf school.
“The beautiful thing about our wave pool is that it’s the same wave one after another, so it’s consistent. If you were to go to the beach you could wait an hour for your next great wave but this one comes in the next three to five minutes,” Dukes said.
Those waves can reach up to six feet high and also break from three different directions, giving surfers plenty of ways to practice their skills. Even pros come out and rent the space for special events because the waves are always consistent.
Another area Disney continues to enhance is through food and targeting millennials.
On targeting those young adults, Dukes said “there’s an opportunity to ride some really thrilling rides and relax when you want to relax. There are great bars, very talented bartenders, fun drinks, amazing food. It’s not the typical hamburgers and hot dogs you find at across the country. It’s a really great menu with some fun flavor explosions and fun drinks.”
Frozen drinks and cool treats also make for great Instagram pictures.
“I’m very proud of our culinary staff,” Dukes said. “We’ve changed menus at both of the parks. We’ve really focused on creating some healthy options for our guests, but even our regular fun food is not what you experience most water parks. It’s above and beyond. And I’m really excited about what they put together.”
Both parks feature gluten-free and vegetarian offerings for meals as well. This includes unique flatbread pizza that goes beyond the traditional pepperoni. Step out of your comfort zone and try something new!
But if you really want a burger and fries, Disney comes through with incredible flavors in the Blizzard Burger that features a scrumptious “ham jam” on a pretzel bun. And you can’t go wrong with the Cuban Burger at Typhoon Lagoon either.
Another area of fun for millennials is Hammerhead Fred’s bar at Typhoon Lagoon. It features live entertainment and will become an adult’s only area at certain times during the year, making it a terrific escape for the millennials without kids.
The millennials who do have kids have plenty of options for fun in the sun for themselves and their children.
As for characters at the parks during the day, you’ll find Lilo and Stich at Typhoon Lagoon and Goofy at Blizzard Beach. However, there could be surprises in the future.
“We’re always looking to see based on the popularity of the movies at the time what we’re going to do, if we can bring some additional characters in or change them up,” Dukes said.
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