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Don’t Visit a Disney Water Park Without This

Walt Disney World is more than just the four main Theme Parks of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, and Magic Kingdom.   Along with many amazing Disney Resorts, Guests visiting Walt Disney World can also enjoy Disney Springs as well as two water parks.

Walt Disney World offers two water parks on property.  Blizzard Beach is currently closed with no announcement yet regarding opening.  The water park that is open is the tropical-themed Typhoon Lagoon.

Typhoon Lagoon offers a tropical escape with a lazy river, wave pool, and numerous slides for both individuals and groups.  For those looking to add some extra fun to their Walt Disney World vacation, a Disney water park is an excellent option.

Typhoon Lagoon typically opens to all Guests at 10 am most days making it a great option when wanting to sleep in without heading to a Disney Park and needing to worry about Genie+.

If you do choose to head to Typhoon Lagoon, or Blizzard Beach when it opens, make sure you have these items with you.

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The Florida sun is hot and can take a toll on everyone if you aren’t protected.   Even though you can purchase suntan lotion at the water park, there isn’t always a large variety and the cost will be extremely high.

We obviously recommend bringing sunscreen to Walt Disney World, but it becomes even more important when visiting a Disney water park.

If you aren’t able to bring a lot of sunscreen with you because of flying or other issues, consider doing a grocery delivery from Walmart or another store.  You could take a ride share to a nearby store or head there after getting to the Orlando area.

Sunscreen is essential for a successful day at a Disney water park.

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The Disney water parks do offer towels for rental at $2 per towel.  If you are flying to Walt Disney World, it probably won’t be easy to bring your own towels but there are other ways to save $2 per towel.

If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, consider bringing a few towels from the pool at your Resort.   Make sure that if you do choose to do this for towels you help Disney Cast Members out and bring the towels back to your Disney Resort pool.

For those that are looking for towels to use throughout their Walt Disney World vacation, they can head to a store nearby to pick up some of their own to use.

There are two ways to look at renting towels.  For some it is worth the money to not have to haul wet towels around all day; however, others prefer to save their money and will haul towels around.

No matter what you choose, make sure you know how you are going to get your towels.


Sunglasses and Strap

We have already talked about the importance of making sure you are protected from the sun with sunscreen, but we don’t want to forget the importance of protected eyes from the sun as well.

Make sure that you have your sunglasses for the water park and also bring a strap for them.  This will help prevent them from getting lost in the lazy river or wave pool.

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Waterproof Pouch

To keep your phone and important items like credit cards with you in the water park, purchase a waterproof pouch.  There are lots of different options on Amazon that would work.  Take a look to make sure that you choose one that will fit your phone size.

These are a great way to keep things with you without having to worry about them getting wet. Keep in mind that some of the water slides might not all Guests wear them for safety reasons.

Wet/Dry Bags

We discovered these a few years ago when planning our first family trip to a water park.  Wet/dry bags are fantastic for keeping those wet swimsuits separate from dry clothes.

Each of us has our own bag making it easy for when we head to the changing rooms.  It is great that there are separate zipper areas so everything can be kept apart.

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Portable Charger

As with any Walt Disney World Park, make sure you bring a portable charger with you.  Even at the water parks cell batteries drain quickly.

Don’t be stuck with a dead phone and not able to capture those magical moments.  Have your portable charger ready to go.

Water Shoes or Socks 

Something we learned quickly at a water park is that our feet always get hot and sore from walking around.  To help with this, we have started to bring water shoes or socks.  These are easy to get on and off but keep are feet happy.

Even though these are allowed in the lazy river and wave pool, there are slides that they aren’t allowed on for safety reasons so plan ahead.

If you don’t have these, then make sure you bring something like sandals to walk around in.  Your feet will thank you.


Staying hydrated is key to a successful day at a Disney water park.   Bring your own water bottles and hydrate packets to help.  Although you can get water cups at the different quick-service locations, bringing your lets you know you are prepared.  Having water is key so don’t forget it.

The Disney water parks are a lot of fun and full of their own magical experiences.  Make sure you are ready for a great time by bringing these items with you.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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