Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jul 28, 2009
    Boyana 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.

    Which water park is best for a 4 year old that is 42 inches tall? I see 'big kids' used on a lot of attractions - is that a age/height requirement?

    Hi there Boyana!

    I've been taking my kids to the water parks since they could barely walk!  Both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach are great options for young children.  Each has a fabulously-themed "kiddie" area for young children (under 48 inches) with mini slides, splash areas and sprinklers.  At Blizzard Beach, this area is called "Tikes Peak" and is a mini replica of the entire park.  It has wonderful , shaded areas with picnic tables and lounge chairs, and is a great place to "set up camp" for the day.  At Typhoon Lagoon, the kiddie area is "Ketchakiddie Creek".  In my opinion, there are more attractions for little kids at Blizzard Beach, however, both have plenty of options.

    In addition, both parks have wonderful lazy rivers and giant pools that will likely delight your little one.  At Blizzard Beach, there is an amazing family raft ride (Teamboat Springs) that all of you can ride (no swimming required).  It's not scary and a great way to give your child a "taste" of his/her water park future!  

    Life vests are available for all guests free of charge, so be sure to pick one up if it would make you or child feel more comfortable.  Finally, I recommend bringing your own towels for the day, as there is a fee to "rent" the water park towels.

    Have a great day splashing around!
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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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