Spend one of your Disney vacation days cooling off in the crisp, clean water of one of the two water parks, Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach. Locals or visitors with teens will want to head towards the cool ski atmosphere of Blizzard Beach. Families with younger kids will find the most fun at Typhoon Lagoon.
Plan your day
Before you go, check out a map of Disney's Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach. Start your approach from the back of the park and move towards the front through the day. Go on popular rides first including the fast Downhill Double Dipper or the intense Slush Gusher. Spend the busier part of the day, before lunch, enjoying the leisurely water rides, like Castaway Creek, a lazy river. You can enter or exit at five different spots, and there is no extra charge for the rafts. Enjoy your time together; a family of four can enjoy Gangplank Falls together, in one large raft.
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach with Toddlers
Swim diapers - Kids who are not potty-trained are expected to wear swim diapers. Pack extras because they can get heavy when wet. They're also available to buy at the park if you need extras.
Getting around - Bringing your own stroller is fine, but there are none available to rent.
Safety first - You can borrow life jackets for the kids, free of charge at guest services.
Claim your space - Set up your towels and belongings near Ketchakiddee Creek in Typhoon Lagoon. Kids who are less than 48 inches tall will find slides and 10 activity areas just for them.
Water Park Necessities
For many necessities, you'll have to choose between convenience and cost. If you need to bring cash, wallets or cell phones, arrive early and rent a large locker.
Stay hydrated - Take advantage of the free ice water available at Disney's water parks. Bring your own refillable water bottles, one for each family member. If the kids want some flavor in theirs, pack some individual serving size packets of lemonade, decaffeinated iced tea, or fruit drinks.
Save money on food - Pack your own soft cooler with peanut butter sandwiches, apples, grapes, small containers of applesauce, dry cereal (nutritious and filling), animal crackers, carrot and celery sticks, and lots of ice. Keep everything dry by using plastic containers and locking bags. Store the cooler wherever you set up your towels. If you're all about convenience, consider a Disney Dining plan.
Towels - Bring your own beach towels or borrow some from the pool area of your resort, which won't cost you anything. If you would rather not lug around wet towels at the end of the day, rent some from the water park.
Dressing for the park
Opt for modest - Consider wearing a one-piece bathing suit with strong straps, since some of the water rides can be a challenge in a two-piece bathing suit. Leave your best bathing suit at home, as you may create small pulls on the fabric.
Accessorize - Remember to wear water shoes because that pavement can get hot. Bring hats, sunglasses and light-colored t-shirts to cover sun-drenched skin.
Protect - Slather on the waterproof sunscreen before you head to the water park. Bring the sunblock with you for reapplication.
A touch of luxury - Rent your own Polar Patio at Blizzard Beach with a shaded table, a waiter, your own locker, towels, and ice-cold drinks.
Extra Magic Hours - If you're a guest at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels, you can enjoy an extra hour in the morning or three evening hours. There's no extra cost, but only one park is open extra hours each day and listed on the calendar.