Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Mar 28, 2009
    Shannon from IN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Been to disney serval times, but never to water park. We have 4kids 9,8,19m and 6m. We plan to visit water park this time. Which one is better? How should we plan our day.

    Hi Shannon!

    I've been taking my kids to the waterparks at Disney since they were one, and both are hooked!

    Both waterparks have very well-themed areas for small children (under 48 inches tall), and since you have two that sound like they fit in this category, that's great news!  Blizzard Beach has "Tikes Peak", which is set up like a mini-version of the larger park.  It has small slides,a tube ride, wading area and giant "sand castle" that are sure to delight your tot.  This area is well-shaded, with wooden cabanas and many palm trees. 

    Typhoon Lagoon has "Ketchakiddie Creek" which is also a play area for little ones with slides, splashing pools and sand.  Here, too, you can find shaded cabanas and trees.

    Both parks also often a variety of attractions that are great for families (like lazy rivers) and will appeal to your 8 & 9 year olds, including intermediate slides and tube rides. 

    When my kids were smaller, we found that the kiddie area at Blizzard Beach was more elaborate and could keep them busy longer.  My boys, who are now 4 & 6 continue to prefer Blizzard Beach's "next" level of slides and attractions. Whichever park you chose, I recommend arriving early in the day.  The water parks are very popular, and the "prime real estate" (i.e., shaded cabanas, picnic tables, etc.) tend to be secured early in the day by anxious visitors.  While people come and go during the course of the day, and space frees up, if you want a place to call "home" for the day, I'd definitely go early.

    Have a great time!

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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