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Fast Facts About Disney’s Water Parks

Summer is a great time to visit one of Disney’s amazing water parks. Most Guests focus on the four main theme Parks while visiting Disney; however, the Disney water parks shouldn’t be missed.

Walt Disney World has two water parks: Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Typhoon Lagoon is a tropical escape with a large wave pool, a coaster-like raft ride, and a great lazy river. Over at Blizzard Beach, Guests enjoy a winter wonderland, including the famous Summit Plummet. Currently, Typhoon Lagoon is the only water Park open to Guests.

If you want to plan a day at Disney Water Park, we have a few fast facts you will need to know. These will help you be better prepared for a magical time.

Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool
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Admission to the water parks is separate from your regular Disney Park Ticket. To enjoy the water parks, Guests can choose one of three ways to purchase a ticket. You can buy a single-day ticket or upgrade your Disney Park Tickets to a Park Hopper Plus or Water Park and Sports option.

The Park Hopper Plus provides Guests with admission to more than one theme Park each day and a visit to the Water Park any day you have valid Park tickets. This option allows you to visit the Water Park multiple times throughout your stay.

When purchasing the Water Park and Sports option, Guests can visit one theme Park and gives you one admission to the Water Park.

Consider how much time you want to spend at the Water Parks as you determine what ticket will be the best for you.

H20 Glow Nights Typhoon Lagoon
Credit: WDW Magazine

Water is Heated

If you plan a trip to Walt Disney World during those non-summer months, you can still have a great time at the water parks.

Disney heats their pools to keep them nice and cozy all year long. Like the Walt Disney World Resort pools, the water parks are heated yearly.

Do pay attention, though, to ensure the water parks are opened. There are times throughout the year when they close for refurbishment. When this happens, Disney typically tries to keep at least one of the two options open for Guests. Also, if the temperature is too cold during those random days in the winter, they may close down. Storms will also close the water parks. Since it is unsafe for Guests or Cast Members to be out during the Florida thunderstorms, they will pull Guests out of the water and shut down the slides for some time.

Just keep the weather in mind when planning your visits. If a water park is essential to your Disney experience, consider visiting during the warmer months.

There are Lockers

Don’t worry about leaving your stuff unattended while you float down the lazy river. The Walt Disney World water parks have lockers Guests can rent to lock up their items.

There are two different sizes that Guests can choose from depending on how much you bring to the Park. The standard-sized locker, 12.5″ x 10″ x 17″, is $10 a day. A large locker, 15.5″ x 13″ x 17″, is $15 a day.

You can get in and out of the locker as often as needed during the day. Guests set up their 4-digit code and use that for access during the day. Lockers can be a great way to store all the items you don’t need or don’t want to worry about while enjoying the water.

Ariel Towel
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Towels Are Not Free

Remember that towels are not free as you plan what you need to pack for the water park. Guests can rent towels for around $2 per towel.

Save some money by bringing towels from home or your Walt Disney World Resort. Just make sure you take those towels back with you.

cabana at Typhoon Lagoon
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Rent a Cabana

To have your own space, consider renting a cabana. There are a few options and packages that you can choose from. Take a look to see what might work best for your group.

This can be a great way to plus your experience at a Disney water park.

Castaway Creek, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
Credit: Disney

No Individual Tubes Allowed

Disney water parks don’t allow individuals to bring their own tubes. If you have little ones, keep this in mind. Life jackets are available for Guests to use, as are tubes for the lazy rivers.

Leave your personal tubes at home as you won’t be able to use them.

Swimsuit Restrictions

There are also restrictions regarding swimsuits. You can’t have swimsuits with buckles to protect the slides and tubes. Also, there are no strings or thongs allowed. As a family-friendly park, you need to have appropriate swimsuits.

If you have little ones with diapers, pack those swim diapers, as those are required as well.

Food and Water Can Be Brought In

A great way to save money while visiting a Disney water park is by bringing in your drinks and food. Like the four main Theme Parks, Guests can bring their coolers. As long as there is no glass or alcohol, you are good to go.

Related: How to Pack for a Disney Water Park

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Entrance
Credit: V Mills

Everyone Can Have Fun

The great thing about Disney water parks is that everyone can have fun. There is something for everyone to enjoy, from the littles to the teens.

When visiting Walt Disney World, consider taking the time to visit one of the water parks. They provide great entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

Related: How to Pack for a Disney Water Park

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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