Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Mar 9, 2015
    Monique from ON 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 would you recommend for first time visitors? The kids are 13 and 10. Is there any advice you would give or things we should know about the water parks? Thanks for the help!

    Hello, Monique! I'm so excited that you are planning a visit to one of the two FINtastic Disney Water Parks on your vacation. Whether you choose to swim with the sharks at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon or zip down Slush Gusher at Disney's Blizzard Beach, I am sure that you and your family will have a wonderful time.

    Both parks offer a variety of slides for all age levels and interests, but I think that Blizzard Beach would be an excellent choice for the tween age group for several reasons: The tube slides are a bit more adventurous than the ones offered at Typhoon Lagoon and the obstacle course at the Ski Patrol Training Camp is so much fun! If the kids are interested in more daring slides, make sure to try out Summit Plummet while you are there. It's my absolute favorite attraction in all of Walt Disney Word!

    To make the most of your first visit to either of the water parks, make sure to:
    • Arrive early and find a spot to stash your towels, shoes, phones and other items that you will not be able to carry with you on the slides. You can find lounge chairs all over both parks, or even rent a locker for a small fee.
    • Plan ahead for your electronics. You may want to take pictures or have your phone handy for important calls. You can purchase a waterproof pouch online that will allow you to carry your phone or camera through wet areas.
    • Wear sunscreen and bring along the bottle for touch-ups.
    • At Blizzard Beach, you may find that the single rider line for the Chairlift moves much faster than the group line. If the kids don't mind splitting up for a couple of minutes, this may be a way for you to save a little extra time on your visit.
    I hope that you and your family have a splashtastic time at the Walt Disney World Resort! If you have any additional questions about either of the water parks, please do not hesitate to stop back by the Moms Panel. Happy planning, Monique!
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Meet the Panelist: Autumn, Georgia

Hi, I’m Autumn! I’m a social media consultant, web content writer and homeschool teacher to my daughter. I enjoy learning languages as a hobby and can speak a bit of French, German and Spanish. My family and I have visited the Walt Disney World Resort many times over the years and I’ve become quite skilled at putting together fun and exciting family vacations to the various Disney properties! Learn More About Autumn

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