Blizzard Beach vs Typhoon Lagoon: Battle of the Disney World water parks

(Article last updated: September 24, 2017)

People who plan to visit a Disney World water park don't usually plan to visit both so they have to decide - Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon?

In this post, these 2 water parks face off in 8 different categories and 1 is crowned the winner.

Let's get started...

Some general advice first

Before the battle begins, just some general water park advice.

  • When to go. The first few hours and the last few hours that a water park is open are the best times to be there. Everything in the middle is busier. The first few days of the week are usually the least busy days at the water parks.
  • PhotoPass. There are PhotoPass photographers in the water parks too. Their PhotoPass cards are usually attached to a plastic bracelet that you can wear while you're at the water parks (and to the theme parks afterward too, if you like). MagicBands are waterproof and can also be worn.
  • Winter closings. Each of the water parks is closed for a month or two each winter. Usually, 1 water park will be closed for a month or two at the end of the year and the other will be closed at the beginning of the year.
  • Too cold in winter? Check the weather daily and try to pick the day with the most suitable weather. You may not want to buy a ticket to one of the water parks until you arrive. (Read our article about ticket options here.)
  • Afternoon rains. Don't let the afternoon rain scare you. If it rains, you can usually just wait it out. The water park will empty and you'll have it to yourself afterward. Try the Dark Sky app for iPhone and iPad to predict the rain down to the minute while you're on your trip.
  • Food. Of course you're not necessarily looking for great food when visiting a water park but the mini donuts sold at the water parks are a fun and popular snack. The kids' meals and ice cream come in a pail with a shovel.

Now...let's check out the parks...

Nicest Disney water park theming: Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon

Blizzard Beach theme

The story behind Blizzard Beach is a cute one..

After a freak snow storm blanketed Florida in white, a ski resort sprang up with slalom courses, toboggan slides and iceberg walkways. When the weather shifted back to hot, the whole resort started to melt. What to do?

An enterprising alligator saw an opportunity. Clad in a scarf and hat, the gator slid down the ski jump, shouting "Yahoooo!" all the way. With a big splash he landed in a pool of melted snow below the mountain, and the slushy, slippery slopes became an exhilarating water park like no other in the world.

...and so this water park is themed after a ski resort, complete with ski lifts and the look of snow throughout.

Blizzard Beach at Walt Disney World | Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon

 

Typhoon Lagoon theme

Typhoon Lagoon's story is not quite as cute...

According to Disney legend, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon was created by an epic storm. Surfboards were hurled into palm trees and boats were tossed around like toys.

The typhoon made the storm-soaked Mount Mayday an ideal source for exhilarating waterslides. Surrounding the mountain, a 56-acre topsy-turvy tropical paradise was formed—full of waterways, rivers, rapids and slides.

...but the theming is more beach-like.

Typhoon Lagoon at Disney World | Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon

The winner for best Disney water park theme is...

While the story of Blizzard Beach is cute and it is the most heavily themed, we just don't like the actual theming. It feels odd to be in a swimsuit surrounded by "snow" and listening to Christmas music.

The tropical feel of Typhoon Lagoon is a much better option for a vacation.

Favorite Disney water park for little ones

Blizzard Beach for kids

Blizzard Beach has 2 areas for kids: Tike’s Peak and Ski Patrol Training Camp.

Tike's Peak is geared toward younger kids and has a snow-castle fountain, pop-up water jets and kid-sized slides in a shallow water area for little ones who are less than 48 inches tall.

Tikes Peak at Blizzard Beach | Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon

Ski Patrol Training Camp is for slightly older kids who aren't quite ready for the big slides and includes curvy waterslides and inner-tube slides, a floating iceberg course and a zip line where children less than 60 inches tall can grab a T-bar and hang on as they zip down over the water and drop into a pool.

The water in this area is around 8 feet deep so children need to be able to swim or should wear a life jacket.

Ski Patrol Training Camp at Blizzard Beach | Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon

Typhoon Lagoon for kids

Typhoon Lagoon's kid section is called Ketchakiddee Creek which has small scale slides, fun fountains, crawl tubes, waterfalls, a leaky tugboat and a mini ripply-rapids ride. There are 10 different activity areas with tons of fun for little ones who are less than 48 inches tall.

Ketchakiddee Creek at Typhoon Lagoon | Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon

The winner for best Disney water park for kids is...

Although the theme of Typhoon Lagoon is probably more appealing for adults the combination of the cute theme along with having more options that appeal to a wide range of kids of all ages makes Blizzard Beach the winner of the best Disney water park for kids.

Disney water park most likely to give you a heart attack

Blizzard Beach's scariest slide

Blizzard Beach's Summit Plummet is terrifying. 12 stories STRAIGHT down....

Summit Plummet at Blizzard Beach | Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon

Typhoon Lagoon's scariest slide

Typhoon Lagoon's scariest attraction was Shark Reef which allowed you to snorkel in the water above sharks. Unfortunately, it closed at the end of the season in 2016. The most intense slide at Typhoon Lagoon is probably Humunga Kowabunga but at only a 5 story drop (in darkness) it doesn't really compare to Summit Plummet.

Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon

 

The winner of the Disney water park most likely to give you a heart attack is...

By far, the winner of this is Summit Plummet at Blizzard Beach which is not only terrifying but a literal pain in the ass rear. Scariest thing in all of Disney World? Maybe.

Best Disney water park wave pool: Blizzard Beach or Typhoon lagoon

Blizzard Beach wave pool

Blizzard Beach's Melt Away Bay is a moderately sized pool (relatively speaking) with lapping waves...

Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon

Typhoon Lagoon wave pool

Typhoon Lagoon's Surf Pool is one of the largest wave pools in the world and alternates between 90 minute surf (6 foot high) waves and 30 minute bobbing waves. You can even take surfing lessons in it.

Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon

The winner of the best Disney water park wave pool is...

The wave pool at Typhoon Lagoon wins by a landslide.

Most popular Disney water park

Typhoon Lagoon regularly edges out Blizzard Beach in attendance, with both parks having over 2,000,000 visitors annually.

The winner of most popular Disney water park is...

Typhoon Lagoon

Best Disney water park inner tube water slide

Best inner tube slide at Typhoon Lagoon

Typhoon Lagoon's Crush 'n' Gusher is a multi-rider, coaster-like raft ride for big kids and adults. Each of the 3 slides are around 400 feet long and includes lots of sudden drops and uphill climbs. Up to 3 guests can ride at once.

Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon

Best inner tube water slide at Blizzard Beach

Downhill Double Dipper at Blizzard Beach are 2 inner tube waterslides for big kids and adults that are positioned side by side so that you can race to the bottom. The slides are enclosed and mimic a downhill ski race complete with digital stop clocks.

Downhill Double Dipper at Blizzard Beach | Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon

The winner of the best inner tube slide at a Disney water park is...

Crush 'n' Gusher at Typhoon Lagoon is a super unique slide since it's very coaster-like and involves going up and down throughout the ride (as coasters do).

Best lazy river at a Disney water park

Typhoon Lagoon lazy river

Castaway Creek at Typhoon Lagoon goes all around the park and is a great way to relax and/or make your way to a different section of the park...

Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon

Blizzard Beach lazy river

Cross Country Creek at Blizzard Beach is very similar but goes in the occasional cave as well...

Cross Country Creek at Blizzard Beach | Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon

The winner of the best lazy river at a Disney water park is...

It's a tie. They are super similar.

Best family raft ride at a Disney water park

Blizzard Beach family raft-ride

Blizzard Beach’s Teamboat Springs is a 1200 feet long winding river ride that allows up to 6 people per raft and is suitable for everybody in the family...

Teamboat Springs at Blizzard Beach

Typhoon Lagoon family raft-ride

Typhoon Lagoon’s Miss Adventure Falls is a new family ride that includes an animatronic bird, tunnels and a conveyor belt to carry you to the top...

Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon

The winner of the best Disney water park family raft-ride is...

Although Teamboat Springs used to win hands down the new Miss Adventure Falls at Typhoon Lagoon is now in the top spot. You can't beat the slow climb to the top and the fun story that goes along with the ride.

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So, which Disney water park is better: Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon?

Drum roll, please....

The winner of the battle of the Disney World water parks is...

Typhoon Lagoon wins in areas that make it most likely to appeal to the entire family.

Blizzard Beach is nice in its own right so you can't really go wrong (especially if you're looking for intense thrills). In fact, you may have read the description of some of the attractions here and thought "I'd love to be in a swimsuit while listening to Christmas tunes and falling 12 stories!" and that's OK too.

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Which do you think is the best Disney water park - Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon? Let us know in the comments.

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Rob

Heads up from an Orlando resident here: Admission to the water parks is $50-$60 for adults, but this includes BOTH parks. So you can start at Blizzard Beach in the morning and then zip over to Typhoon Lagoon in the afternoon if you want. There is also a shuttle that runs between the water parks with no additional stops along the way.

I’ve found that this is a great way to experience the water parks, especially if you arrive to your first park right at opening and find that you’ve completed all the attractions before noon.

Oh, and a pro-tip for the mini donuts: They are cheap (for Disney) and super good. And if you purchase them in the final hour of park operations you just might get a few extra as the staff tries to get rid of them without trashing any leftovers. For instance, I purchased a 1/2 dozen and received twice as many about 50 minutes before close.

Gord

Is the shuttle service between the two water parks only for Disney Resort Guests or for anyone with a water park day pass?

Ines Albarracin

im from argentina, and i was in disney when i was 11 years, i loved thypoon lagoon, but for me it is better blizard beach, definitely! but i have to admit that i loved to stay in a pool with sharks but i think it is more excited all the water slides, and this year im gonna again and i dont remember which park it is better, and remembered reading this article the best park and it is BLIZZARD BEACH
PD: Im sorry if something is written wrong or not understood, remember that i dont know speak english!

Eight-Three-Eight

I actually slightly prefer Blizzard Beach’s wave pool. Mainly because of the inner tubes.

Ruth

I’m traveling to disney alone for the first time. I’m 50 and was wondering which of the two parks would be better suited for me.

CinColo

I’ve only been to Typhoon Lagoon (just went in Oct). I liked the tropical theme. From what I’ve read, compared to Blizzard Beach, it has less intense rides/slides. You may want to use that as a guide. My girls and I really liked the Crush ‘N Gusher at Typhoon Lagoon. I’ve also read that some people complained about there only being 1 place for food at Blizzard Beach. Typhoon Lagoon has spots throughout the park.

The love whisperer

We’ll I think it could be your choice since you r just one person

K.Albert

Hi, do you have to bring towels or they are included in the price? If you have to pay for towels, how much is it?
Also, do you need to use water shoes? Can you used them on the attractions/slides?

Thanks in advance for your answers!

jess

you can bring ur own towel or rent and NO water shoes on attractions

Tori

Can you bring coolers in to the water parks?

Gary Bowden

Do they furnish towels at the water parks

Krystal DeCoteau

Any tips for visiting either water park with an infant? Would she be able to go on any of the slides with me? My husband’s personal favorite park is Blizzard Beach, but I would like to try the snorkeling at Typhoon Lagoon, any experience with Shark Reef?

Thank you

jess

i would really go to Typhoon its more fun it has a great wave pool!

Gabriela

Hello Shannon. I was wondering how much time is needed at each water park. Do they take a full day? Or with half a day at each one is enough?

Jenn

Hey, I know this is an old article, but has anyone been to either park in November? Is it awfully cold? I want my littles to have fun, but they won’t if they are shaking with cold! Any advice?

Hi Shannon,

Terrific article. Thank you! You made it clear that Typhoon Lagoon it is. We’re looking forward to going this Saturday. We live in Orlando, FL, are big fans of Disney, but have never been to a water park. Thanks again.

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emma watson

We visited both water parks in the afternoons in early April. We are a family with a 5 and 2 year old and we MUCH preferred the kids area at Blizzard Beach, there is much more choice for the little ones here.

val cruz

i have not been to any of the waterparks yet but i am going soon. suprisingly, i am only 11, so i want a waterpark that has a lot of water coasters, fun activites, and an exciting experience so that my dad and i would have fun. by reading the reviews and looking at all the comments about these too waterparks, i think im going to have to go with Blizzard Beach.
thnx for the help!! <3

Ginette

I have a 4 year old and a 1 year old. Is there a better park for the little guys or should we skip it and wait a few years until they are older? The family raft at BB is the 1 year old able to go on? Thanks for the help.

i think Blizzard Beach is better but i REALLY want to do the surfing lessons at typhoon lagoon where should i go!!!

We just visited Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach for the first time in the last couple weeks. We have a 9 year old and a 6 year old. From a theming perspective Blizzard Beach is superb at transporting you to a different world and completely immersing you in it. I love the snow and the lift, which offers great views. The slides there are geared more for older kids and adults though, but Teamboat Springs makes up for that by being an awesome family raft ride. I wish it was more like Gangplank Falls at Typhoon lagoon where it was more of a rapids slide, but I’ll let that slide (no pun intended). The Ski Patrol Training Camp was perfect for our kids. I wish that Typhoon Lagoon had something like that. The wave pool, while VERY intense, allows everyone to throttle their experience by how far out they go. I would say Blizzard Beach would be our favorite, but the lazy river there was WAY WAY too shallow. The lazy rivers are our family’s favorite thing to do. We love to swim in them and not float. Typhoon Lagoon was 3.9 feet deep while Blizzard Beach’s was only 2.5. We had gone to Typhoon Lagoon first and really enjoyed it there. We were looking forward to at least the same experience when we went to Blizzard Beach but were disappointed by the shallow water. You can’t swim in it at all with scraping everything up. Very sad too, as the cave there is much longer and more detailed. It had the potential to be even better than Typhoon Lagoon’s. I think in the end I consider the two water parks a near tie though as there are good and bad things at both, but I think Typhoon Lagoon edges out with the deeper lazy river, more raft rides that appeals to a wide age group and the awesome Crushin’ Gusher Water Coaster.

aidan

blizzard beach is way better without a doubt

Rob

I vote for TL too, agreed the theme is more relaxing. I did like the giant straight slide at BB :).

Robyn

Are both water parks open in August 2013 ? can you buy a yearly pass including both parks
if you are a Canadian citizen ? How much does this cost ?

Rob

Robyn, I don’t think the Premium Annual Pass is restricted, I am a Florida resident so I can do the “payment plan”, but I don’t see why you wouldn’t be able to purchase it outright. It includes the 4 main theme parks, both water parks, and Disney Quest, all unlimited admission. Also free parking, merchandise, dining, and special tours discounts. Well worth it for me since I live right here. Yes, both are open in August.

I like the theme of TL better than BB, too.

Rob

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/passholder-program/

$621 for the Premium pass, which is the only one that gives you water park admission.

I thought Blizzard beach was better but I did have my daughter who was 5 at the time so it was a nice park for her she actually was able to ride the tubes slide. Typhoon Lagoon was one of those places I had wanted to go since I was a kid but was disappointed when I got there. Mostly I think it was due to the fact that it took us well over an hour to get there and multiple bus transfers. We ended up with less than an hour to try out the park and the crowds were terrible. I really think it is worth doing some real research if you want to go to a water park to know what rides you would like to ride as I did not even realize a water coaster existed and would have loved to ride it while I was there. I would be bad to wait in line to realize you had no idea that is what it was or to miss something really great.

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