Disney World Water Parks: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

guide to Disney World water parks

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.

Head to tropical-themed Typhoon Lagoon water park to

  • Snorkel with sharks, stingrays and tropical fish in the coral reef
  • Plunge down rushing rapids
  • Sunbathe on the sandy beach
  • Glide down the lazy river on a relaxing raft ride
  • 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
  • Float down a tranquil river
  • Sunbathe on the white-sand beach
  • Enjoy a wave pool with smaller waves

How much money will you need to do some serious Disney swimming? 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 not include tax.

Annual Passes

  • Initial Purchase Annual Pass: 2015 $99 Child (3-9), $110 Adult (10+)
  • Annual Pass Renewal: 2015 $89.46 Child (3-9), $101.18 Adult (10+)
  • Water Park + DisneyQuest Annual Pass: $132.06 Child (3-9), $148.04 Adult (10+). There is no renewal discount for this option. This option has recently been removed with the announcement of Quest’s impending closure in 2016.

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 $10. Visiting four days decreases your per day price to about $25. 

Individual Tickets

  • One-Day Water Park Hopper Admission (use any time): 2015 $50 Child (3-9), $58 Adult (10+)
  • One-Day Water Park Hopper Seasonal Admission (use any time except May 23-Aug 30 in 2015): 2015 $45 Child (3-9), $53 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, since there is less than $5 difference between a one-day water park ticket and purchasing Option #2, which can give you more days of water park fun for just slightly more money. Option #2 seems to 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
  • DisneyQuest (As long as it remained open)
  • 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

Added to a one day ticket, you will receive two extra visits.

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/ Quest 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 Quest 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

Water Park Fun & More Ticket Option Prices

cost of water park tickets at Disney WorldThe cost to purchase the Water Park Fun & More Ticket Option, added to the base-price ticket for Magic Kingdom, is a flat rate of $64 before tax.

Adding this option for a two-day or longer ticket is also $64.

Adding this option to one day at Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom ticket costs $72.

From a Cheapskate Princess perspective, the more ticket days you purchase, the more tickets to other activates you will receive, especially when compared to a single day ticket purchase. If you purchase five days of tickets, you will receive five water park visits, which brings your cost to about $16 a day for a water park visit. 

This option seems like a bad financial decision to add for just a one day ticket purchase, given a one day independent ticket is only $50 for an adult. Although for two days, your per day price drops to $32. 

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 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

Typhoon Lagoon ticket prices

Pricing Option #3

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

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

The additional cost after purchasing the base-price ticket is a flat rate of $90 for add-on to a 1 day Magic Kingdom ticket or any 2-day or longer ticket. You will pay $98 for add-on to a one day Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom ticket.

From a Cheapskating Princess perspective, this option is really not much more money to pay for the privilege of park hopping. But this only makes financial sense if you actually plan to visit more than one park in a day. Many people do Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom in the morning and go to Epcot or Magic Kingdom that night with a mid-day break in between, while other die-hard park fans stay in the same park all day. You need to decide if your group plans to do several parks in one day.   

If you plan to park hop, paying approximately $30 more per person for that added privilege isn’t a tremendous amount to spend over what you are already paying.

For more information regarding Typhoon Lagoon, use this link.  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. 


For more information regarding Blizzard Beach, use this link.

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.

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you with an inner tube, headed for a lazy river.

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  1. TwoBits says:

    I’ve never been much of a water park person, but my kids love them, so I bit the bullet and added the water park option to my our base ticket. I was not disappointed with Blizzard Beach. What an outstanding water park! I loved the ski patrol area for the 12 and under crowd. It was set up in such a way that the boys (then aged 10 and 9) could play while my wife and I could relax on deck chair and monitor them. Typhoon Lagoon was a bit of a disappointment after going to Blizzard Beach, and we actually spent anothe 1/2 day at BB to finish out vacation. It will definitely be on our agenda the next time we go to Disney!

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