Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Reader Question - Water Parks!.

I recently received this question from reader Anna -
Congratulations on your new baby. I know you are busy, but I was wondering if you could offer an opinion which water park is best for families with young children. My family is traveling to WDW in late August. This will be my 4 year old son's second trip and my 1 year old daughter's first trip. Since Florida is extremely hot in the summer, we are thinking of spending an afternoon at a water park. I've never been to any of them so I don't know which would fit young children best. Thanks for your help!

Water Parks are a tricky question - especially with young children.  **Disclaimer - I have never experienced Disney's water parks!**  Being that I only have second hand knowledge of the water parks, I reached out to my readers for their opinions:

  • Whitney said:  We took my 4 year old to Typhoon Lagoon last year. She liked it enough. The wave pool scared her though so we stuck to the lazy river and the kiddie area
  • Heather said:  Yes we did...3 and 5. I picked Blizzard Beach because Tike's Peak is closer to the Entrance then Ketchakiddee Creek at Typhoon Lagoon. The 3 year old was able to do the little slides and she loved it!
  • Laura said:  My son is 4. I think we like Blizzard Beach best.
  • Jessica said:  I took my 2 year old to both water Parks! He loves them both better than the resort pools. We stayed in the shallow end of the water, and be was able to go on the "MEDIUM" sized slides! He is a bit of a dare devil though.
I've heard accounts from friends that preferred Typhoon Lagoon with young children.

My personal choice - especially for the afternoons - is to save the money and enjoy the resort pools!  Walt Disney World is known for their themed pools - many have pool slides, splash areas, and are great areas to spend an afternoon!  

I've also heard that the theme parks fill up quickly in the hotter and more crowded months - to get on the rides and get chairs, it's best to go first thing in the morning.  

I say - wait until they're older and tall enough to enjoy the big rides and enjoy the resort time in the afternoon!  For height requirements, click here

I'd love to hear opinions of my readers who have been to the water parks with little ones - what do you think?


  1. I prefer Blizzard Beach to Typhoon Lagoon by a slim margin overall, but honestly where a little one is concerned I'd have to agree with you Jenn and say to save your money and take advantage of the resort pool. And if you're staying at the Beach Club, you even have your own lazy river!

  2. Thanks Jenn for linking up to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop today!

    I would suggest waiting till your youngest is older. I spent a lovely day watching my son play in the kiddie area of Typhoon Lagoon while the rest of the family was off doing the water rides. We could've enjoyed the resort pool just as well for a lot less $.

  3. Personally, I have never cared for the kiddie areas at either water park. My little ones always managed to get run over by slightly bigger, more rambunctious kids and ended up with abrasions from the concrete. We spent our time there in the lazy rivers and wave pools...and if it weren't for the older members of my party, we would have been just as happy at any of the resort pools.