Disney World Water Parks: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

guide to Disney World water parks

UPDATED 2017

Disney World is a hot and busy place in the summer, and one of the best ways to cool off in Orlando is to head to a water park. There are two amazing water parks on Disney property. If you are a Disney pro who visits yearly, or planning your first trip, our Travel Experts have the low down on Water Park Fun & More options, changes and pricing to get you ready to splash into summer!

Head to tropical-themed Typhoon Lagoon water park to

  • Board a treasure raft and hit the high seas at Miss Adventure Falls, the longest ride in the history of Disney Water Parks!
  • Zoom down one of three enclosed slides in Humunga Kowabunga.
  • Race 30 miles an hour down one of the three storm slides, winding around until you land at the refreshing pool at the base of the Jib Jammer, Stern Burner, or Rudder Buster.
  • Take a whitewater adventure as you slip and slide away with your inner tube on Keelhaul Falls.
  • Take a refreshing and exciting plunge on Mayday Falls, the longest waterslide in Typhoon Lagoon.
  • Defy gravity on Crush’N’Gusher, an exciting water slide roller coaster experience you have to see to believe!
  • Sunbathe on the sandy beach.
  • Glide down the lazy river on a relaxing raft ride.
  • Smaller visitors will have a blast at Ketchakiddee Creek.
  • Enjoy the largest wave pool in the world with a six-foot wave and bobbing waves.

Head to melted ski resort Blizzard Beach water park to

  • Zip down one of the world’s tallest and fastest water slides, Mount Gushmore.
  • Gather the whole family to ride Teamboat Springs. With twelve hundred feet of whitewater and rushing waterfalls, Teamboat Springs is one of the longest raft rides in the country!
  • Shoot the tube and race down the slopes at 25 miles per hour on your own inner tube, on Downhill Double Dipper.
  • Race in one of the eight lanes of Toboggan Racers.
  • Try Summit Plummet, the world’s tallest and fastest free body slide!
  • Float down a tranquil river, Cross Country Creek.
  • Sunbathe on the white-sand beach.
  • Enjoy a wave pool with smaller waves, and a unique kids area for the littler ones.

How much money will you need to do some serious Disney swimming? We want to make sure you have the most up to date information if you are planning a trip to one of Disney’s Water Parks, so we’ve explained that with three simple options.

Pricing Option #1

Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon Ticket Prices

You can purchase tickets to the water parks without having any other tickets. These prices are independent of any of Disney’s other theme parks tickets, and these prices DO include tax.

Annual Passes

  • Initial Purchase Annual Pass: 2017 $133.13 Child (3-9), $133.13 Adult (10+)
  • Annual Pass Renewal: 2017 The price is discounted if you renew within 30 days of your annual pass expiring

From a Cheapskating perspective, purchasing a water parks annual pass makes sense if you will be visiting Orlando to go to the water parks more than twice without purchasing tickets where the water park is included. Visiting 10 times as an adult can put your per visit cost down to around $13. 

Individual Tickets

  • One-Day Water Park Hopper Admission (use any time for one calendar year): 2017 $59.64 Child (3-9); $66.03 Adult
  • One-Day Water Park Hopper Seasonal Admission (These are tickets purchased with blockout dates): 2017 $54.32 Child (3-9), $60.71 Adult (10+)

Guests using a one day water park ticket can visit both Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon on the same day, provided they are open, while this perk will not apply to the Option #2 (Water Park Fun & More Option.) 

From a Cheapskating perspective, purchasing independent tickets makes financial sense when you are not purchasing many days of Disney park tickets, or when you are purchasing theme park tickets to other Orlando theme parks like Universal or Sea World.

Option #2 below may save you more money, and might be more financially beneficial if you plan to purchase multi-day Disney park tickets.  

Blizzard Beach Water Park

Blizzard Beach Water Park

Pricing Option #2

What is the Water Park Fun & More Ticket Option?

When you purchase Disney tickets, you can purchase what is called the “Water Park & More Option.” So in addition to vacationing in the four main theme parks, this option allows you to enjoy water parks and other smaller attractions. The Disney website refers to these as “visits” rather than tickets, so we’ll stick with that wording. Using that terminology, you will have “tickets” to the theme parks and “visits” to one or more of the following:

  • Blizzard Beach water park
  • Typhoon Lagoon water park
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  This does not include any event ticket costs.
  • One round of mini golf at Fantasia Gardens before 4:00 p.m.
  • One round of mini golf at Winter Summerland before 4:00 p.m.
  • One round of golf at Oak Trail family walking course. You must make advance reservations.  Clubs and pull carts are not included for adults.

Some Points to Remember

Any tickets purchased for two days or more give you an equal number of additional visits. 3 day tickets = 3 additional visits, 6 day tickets = 6 additional visits, and so on.

Each admission or round of golf counts as one visit taken off your total visits, even if you go on the same day. 

You cannot “park hop” to the attractions included in this add-on option. 

You can go to a water park in the morning, leave mid-day, and return in the afternoon, as long as it is the same park. If you went to Typhoon Lagoon in the morning and a mini-golf location in the afternoon, this counts as the use of two visits.

No matter how many days of tickets you purchase, ticket and visit admission will need to be used within a 14-day period. If you purchase seven days or more in tickets, receiving eight days or more in visits, you may need to go to more than one attraction on several days in order to use all of them within 14 days.

With a seven-day ticket using the Water Parks Fun & More option, you have an additional seven days of visits. 7 + 7 = 14, so you have enough days. 8 + 8 + 16, which is more than 14, so you can see where you’ll need do so some double scheduling after seven days.

Typhoon Lagoon water park in Orlando

When to Purchase the Water Park Fun & More Ticket Option

You can purchase this option at the initial time you buy your tickets.

You can also add the Water Park Fun & More option after your initial ticket purchase.

Using five days as an example, purchasing five-day tickets with this option provides you with five additional Water Park visits, which need to be used during the 14-day period.  That period starts on the day you first started using the tickets.

Upgrades are allowed within the first 14 days – that’s the day of your first use plus 13 days- or before midnight on the day you use your last admission, whichever occurs first. This is the time your Princess Travel Expert comes in handy. We want to maximize your time in the parks and make sure you are getting as much magic as you can out of your vacation. We can help you decide which one of these options works best for you.

Typhoon Lagoon ticket prices

Pricing Option #3

Magic Your Way with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun & More

Upgrading your Magic Your Way with Park Hopper with the Water Park Fun & More option gives you the benefits of the Park Hopper option plus the Water Park Fun & More option. 

The additional cost of upgrading to Water Park Fun & More after purchasing the park tickets with the park hopper option is a rate of $15 (plus tax) per person (for both Adult and Children aged 3 and over.)

From a Cheapskating Princess perspective, this option makes financial sense if you actually plan to visit more than one park in a day. And if you are planning to visit Orlando only once a year or so. You can schedule a day for the water parks in your itinerary and get the most out of your tickets.

Many people like to visit the water parks in the morning and then head over to any of the theme parks in the evening to see the nighttime entertainment. (Keep in mind, most days water parks are only open until 5pm)  You just need to decide if your group plans to do several parks in one day. Also consider where you live. If you live somewhere with very few water parks, and your kids hardly ever get to go.  They might be begging you for a water park adventure, then the Water Park Fun & More is a great option to add to your package. This is another great question to ask your Princess Travel Expert. We help you figure out what is best and will work for your family.

You can see by this Google map image, the main focus of this water park is the wave pool, and it certainly does not disappoint.

prices for Typhoon Lagoon

Typhoon Lagoon offers a children’s section called Ketchakiddee Creek. This area has which has waterfalls, small slides, spraying fountains, crawl tubes, a leaky tugboat and a small-scale rapids ride. With ten different activity areas, this is a must-do for children under 48 inches tall.

You’ll notice on the map above that the park’s main feature is the wave pool, which as we mentioned is the largest wave pool in the world. It features alternating 90 minute surf with six-foot high waves with 30 minutes of bobbing waves. Feeling adventurous? You can even sign up for surfing lessons at an additional cost. 

 

Blizzard Beach:

prices for Blizzard Beach

Blizzard Beach has two children’s areas called Tike’s Peak and Ski Patrol Training Camp

  • Tike’s Peak is definitely aimed at younger children, with a snow-castle fountain, pop-up water jets, and small slides in a shallow water area for children less than 48 inches tall.
  • Ski Patrol Training Camp is for older children not ready for the larger teen/adult slides.  This area features both curvy and inner-tube slides and a floating iceberg course. There is zip line where children shorter than 60 inches tall can hang onto a bar as they zip down and drop off into a pool. Because the water in this area is about eight feet deep, make sure your children can swim or wear a life jacket.

Many of our readers have mentioned they feel that Blizzard Beach has more offerings for the younger crowd. The wave pool, Melt Away Bay, is a moderate-sized pool with bobbing waves, which could also be more suited for younger children who may be scared by the huge wave at Typhoon Lagoon. The slides at Blizzard Beach are generally regarded as more for older kids and adults than the slides at Typhoon lagoon, so there is something for every age group here, with an emphasis on a great place for younger children.

We always recommend taking a one or two-day “break” in-between regular park days, especially in the summer, when the Florida sun and heat seem to suck the life right out of you and the kids. Once you’ve been to a Disney water park, your kids will mention it every time they set foot in a back yard pool.

We hope to see you soon headed down the lazy river!

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