• On Sep 25, 2019
    Janet from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are planning to visit a water park in January 2020. Will Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach be open? Are there Disney characters in the park?

    Thanks for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Janet!

    My family and I absolutely love the Walt Disney World Resort Water Parks. While each of the Water Parks does close during the winter and/or early spring for updates and refurbishments, one of the two Parks is always open. Currently Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is closed, but the Park Hours calendar indicates that it will reopen on Monday, January 13. At that time Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will close for its refurbishment.

    I’m not sure how long your Walt Disney World Resort vacation is, but if your trip spans these two dates, I would recommend making time to visit Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park first (before it closes on January 13). Then if you’re staying until January 13, you can visit Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park for its 2020 reopening.

    As far as Characters in the Water Parks are concerned, you’ll typically find Goofy wandering around in his swim trunks and tank top over at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, whereas Lilo and Stitch often make appearances at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. There are actual meet & greet locations for these Characters at each Water Park, but we’ve often seen them wandering around, interacting with Guests and posing for photos. Typically there’s also an official Disney PhotoPass photographer with them, too! 

    Enjoy your January visit to Walt Disney World Resort, Janet, and please let us know if there are any other questions we can answer for you as you plan your visit to The Most Magical Place on Earth.

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, South Carolina

Hiya, pals! I'm Amy from South Carolina. I'm married to my Disney-loving best friend, and together we've raised two princes and a princess. Whether I'm teaching my high school journalism students, planning Disney Bounding outfits with my daughter, or researching which new adventures we'll encounter on our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation, I find a way to incorporate a little Disney magic into everything I do. I look forward to helping you discover the magic, too!  Learn More About Amy

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