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Cool Off at Disney's Water Parks

What better way to cool off in the summer than a water park! And Walt Disney World has two of them - Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach!

I was lucky enough to visit both of Disney's water parks last summer. My husband and daughter love the slides, but my favorite thing to do is the wave pool and the lazy river. For both water parks, it is best to go early (the water parks open at 10a.m.) or stay late. That is when it will be the less crowded.

Don't let any afternoon showers scare you away! They usually only last a short time, so it may be best to just wait it out. After all, you are already wet. For safety, the lifeguards will clear the pools and slides if there is thunder, but it usually doesn’t last long and it is back to the fun!

Find a shady spot and grab some chairs early. You can rent towels or bring some from your resort pool. Just be sure to return them! There are lockers available to rent for your valuables. Magic Bands are waterproof and they come in handy when getting food and snacks.

Both water parks have an area for toddlers to enjoy with little slides and shallow pools. If you're spending the whole day, you might consider renting a cabana or an umbrella.

Typhoon Lagoon

This park has beach-like theming and features the largest wave pool in North America! You can even book a lesson to learn how to surf! The lazy river goes around the whole park, in and out of tunnels. While it's a great way to relax, it's also a cool way to get around! Typhoon Lagoon offers a variety of slides, some are body slides and others use a tube.

Make sure you ride Crush 'n' Gusher - the water coaster!

Blizzard Beach

Enjoy Winter in July! Or, May, June, August... Blizzard Beach has a ski resort theme! That's right! All the snow melted and now it's a super fun water park - and they play Christmas music too!! Blizzard Beach has some of the best slides, but I also enjoyed just relaxing in the lazy river and hanging out in the wave pool.

Families with tweens will appreciate the Ski Patrol training area with a zipline, a floating 'iceberg' challenge and separate pool and slides!

In the afternoon, we had a chance to visit Winter Summerland Miniature Golf located at Blizzard Beach.

If you purchase the Park Hopper Plus Option with your theme park tickets, the water parks and the miniature golf courses are included. Be sure to plan out the number of days you want to visit. One day, we went to the water park for most of the day and then headed to Disney Springs in the evening. On another day, we went to the water park in the morning and around mid-afternoon, went back to the hotel to change and then headed to Magic Kingdom in the evening.

We enjoyed both water parks, but we think that Blizzard Beach has the best slides, whereas Typhoon Lagoon has a better wave pool.

Both parks are a great option on a hot day!

Kelly Guillory is a Vacation Specialist with Coasters & Castles Travel. She enjoys planning trips for her clients as well as visiting with her own family!

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