Sunscreen and swimsuits! The two things we’re definitely going to need if we’re going to chat about Blizzard Beach updates. On April 1, 2020, Blizzard Beach will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. Wow, time really does fly by. With the park amidst its traditionally winter refurbishment, Walt Disney World is using this opportunity to spruce everything up. You’ve got to look good for your big day, right? What updates could we expect? Let’s lather up with sunscreens, no one has time for a sunburn, and slide our way through the rumored Blizzard Beach updates!
Where It All Started
It’s a theme like no other. Designed around the idea of a freak Florida snowstorm, Blizzard Beach is a ski resort that is slowly melting away in the warm sun. All the melting has created an array slides, with one being the atop the list of the tallest and faster body slides around, Summit Plummet. Built into the Ski jump, the speed slide stands 120 feet tall and guests reach speeds of 60 mph.
All of the slides begin at the top of the mountain, Mount Gushmore. Oh the dad jokes, we’ll never try of them!
Passholder Insights: Both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard are quietest in the morning and later in the day, with the busiest time being midday.
We’ve Got Insight!
It’s hard not to be excited about working on a Walt Disney World project, just ask ProSlide. According to Blog Mickey, ProSlide shared that they are leading the Blizzard Beach update project. This would make a lot of sense, as ProSlide was originally contractor for the development of the park. The representative could not elaborate around the details of the project, all they could say is it “Mammoth”.
Passholder Insights: Disney water parks do not offer FastPass as an option. Our recommendation is to tackle the more popular attractions like Summit Plummet or Crushin’ Gusher at Typhoon Lagoon earlier in the day.
Solid hint! Peeling back the layers and thanks to a little digging from Blog Mickey we have one idea around what Mammoth could be referencing. ProSlide calls their family raft attraction, Mammoth, which at Blizzard Beach is called Teamboat Springs. Could Teamboat Spring be the big Blizzard Beach update?
Wait! Less than 24-hours after we found out about the project we find new slide materials in the Blizzard Beach parking lot. Doing a once over of the materials it’s clear it is not materials for a Teamboat Springs, but materials for what looks like Summit Plummet!
Passholder Insights: Attached to Blizzard Beach is one of our favorite places to go outside of the parks, Winter Summer Land (mini-golf course).
How Mammoth Is This?
It’s a good size. This year Walt Disney World has extended its traditional timeframe to allow for larger updates to the park. In the DVC Duo house, we have a thought around what’s happening in regards to Blizzard Beach updates. With the park coming up on 25 years is time for the majority of the slides to be updated. From years of use, guests are feeling the joints between slide pieces more than ever. We believe Disney World is working on replacing the slides materials to create a smoother experience. The two slides needing the update the most are Teamboat Springs and Summit Plummet.
More Blizzard Beach updates to come. We could see Walt Disney World extend the updating beyond the two iconic slides to include Runoff Rapids. For a while, the Runoff Rapid section of the park has been closed for unknown reasons. Recently, Disney World has worked to clean up the area to a point where it could reopen after the Blizzard Beach updates.
What is still unknown is if Walt Disney World plans to add a new slide to the park. It’s highly possible as the most recent water park updates have occurred at Typhoon Lagoon. No what matter, we know when Blizzard Beach reopens for the 2020 seasons we’re in for a treat. Just remember, don’t forget the sunscreen!