by Beth Keating
March 6, 2023
Time for the seasonal switcheroo at Disney World’s two water parks, with one park closing for refresh and maintenance while the other reopens in time for the specially ticketed nighttime “H2O Glow Nights.”
Typhoon Lagoon will be reopening on March 19, 2023, while Blizzard Beach will temporarily close that same day to undergo a refurbishment. This was pretty typical of the water parks’ schedule pre-pandemic, when the two parks would take turns closing for maintenance during winter months, when fewer guests were heading to the water parks anyway.
H2O Glow Nights are a chance for swimmers to experience lower than usual park crowds while enjoying DJ dance parties, specialty snacks, and character meet and greets after the park closes for the day to regular guests. Typhoon Lagoon’s After Hours H2O Glow nights return on select evenings beginning May 20, 2023. Ice cream novelties, popcorn, and select fountain beverages are included in the cost of the ticket. Tickets for the glow nights are currently on sale.
The water parks usually have their own distinct treats for purchase as well, with the new “Pineapple Upside Down Cone” and a “Pineapple flatbread” debuting at Typhoon Lagoon to share the park’s tropical theme. A unique assortment of specialty Dole Whip desserts can also be found at Typhoon Lagoon.
Typhoon Lagoon is the #1 attended water park in North America, with more than 2.2 million visitors a year, according to recent data from the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). The water park is home to the largest wave pool in North America, as well as “Ketchakiddee Creek,” a water playground especially designed for the youngest members of your water-bound crew. “Crush ‘n’ Gusher” offers a 400 foot long coaster-like thrill, and “Miss Adventure Falls” is a whitewater adventure-style raft ride for families. And if you are looking to learn a new skill while you are on vacation, Typhoon Lagoon also offers surf lessons.
Beth Keating is a theme parks, restaurant and entertainment reporter for DisneyBizJournal.
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