Disney's Blizzard Beach reopens after almost year long closure due to pandemic

Mar 08, 2021 in "Blizzard Beach"

Blizzard Beach reopening from COVID shutdown
Posted: Monday March 8, 2021 7:00am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney's Blizzard Beach reopened yesterday, welcoming guests back after a near year-long closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As at the main theme parks, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is operating in alignment with the health and safety measures implemented throughout Walt Disney World Resort such as enhanced cleaning, temperature checks and physical distancing.

Physical distancing markers are in place throughout the park to keep guests safe distances apart. Guests (ages 2 and up) and cast members are required to wear face coverings while visiting Blizzard Beach. Guests may remove masks while traveling to the water slides but masks will not be permitted in the water or on the attractions.

Mobile Ordering is available for quick service dining, and unlike the main parks, a Park pass reservation is not required prior to visiting Blizzard Beach.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon currently remains closed, and no opening date has yet been announced.

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CSJORDANMar 09, 2021

I supervise a lifeguard staff for a recreation department, we also have our lifeguards wear masks when on duty. The expectation is they will rip it off (can be done in less than a second) before entering the water. In all of our trainings, we practice this with scenarios, I am sure Disney is doing the same.

Giss NericMar 09, 2021

I prefer Typhoon Lagoon cause of the wave pool, Water parks will be in demand for sure cause it's the only place where masks is not really required to be worn since you're on the water most of the time. I hope they open Typhoon by summer.

DznyGrlSDMar 08, 2021

Probably not in 2021 - we'll see - it depends on the demand for the water parks vs available CMs to staff them. I wouldn't expect to see both of them open at the same time. I also don't forsee them selling APs this year. Again, with only 1 park open + limited capacity it doesn't make any sense. I'm not sure about allowing APs to ugprade to Platinum either.

djkidkazMar 08, 2021

Any rumors as to when typhoon will open? I would guess probably towards May when kids start to get out of school and the summer heat forces people to water parks? Also, would like to see the water park AP make a return soon. $70 for a one day ticket as a local is just not happening.

wdwmagicMar 08, 2021

Think it would be safe to say in an emergency the mask on the lifeguard would be either left in place or ripped off rapidly.

GoofGoofMar 08, 2021

Right which takes the same or less time it takes to pull your sunglasses off or a hat.

twilight mitsukMar 08, 2021

They take the mask off first

GoofGoofMar 08, 2021

Do you think the lifeguards won’t jump in now to save a drowning person? That’s a really bizarre comment.

HauntedPirateMar 08, 2021

If we end up going, Summit Plummet is my first stop. 😁 Hopefully I can convince one or two of my kids to do that slide as well. I still have a general fear of heights but I can do these types of slides now.

NelleBelleMar 08, 2021

Does it really take the lifeguard more than a second to rip the mask off to jump in and save someone?

surfsupdonMar 08, 2021

Great step forward. They just opened the wrong park!! Haha

crawaleMar 08, 2021

Why is the lifeguard wearing a mask? Suppose he has to jump in - doesn't make sense. More risk if you are drowning then from COVID.

JoeCamelMar 08, 2021

'71 said he saw one lone soul up on the drop slide

ToTBellHopMar 08, 2021

Thanks. I’ll be curious to see once it’s back in the 80s later this week.