As all Disney fans already know, Walt Disney World is home to two water parks: Disney's Blizzard Beach and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon. While these parks only bring in a small fraction of the total number of guests who visit Walt Disney World on an annual basis, they are still among the most-visited water parks in the world, and have become a popular add-on for guests, especially those staying at the resort for a week or more.
However, though everything seems to be going great at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon these days, some weird things have been happening at Disney's Blizzard Beach in recent months that have us a little bit concerned not only about current operations, but about the future of this park as well. However, to look at the full picture, we have to go back several months to fall 2015...
The broken water slides and the refurbishment that fixed nothing
The trouble with Disney's Blizzard Beach actually started back in fall 2015, when headlining attractions Summit Plummet and Slush Gusher began closing for long stretches of time seemingly without cause. Though no official reason behind these ride closures was ever given, insiders said that a water pumping issue was behind the "technical issues" causing these slides to shut down periodically
Though this sounds like a problematic situation from the start, Disney's Blizzard Beach’s annual refurbishment was actually just around the corner when these problems began, and most fans figured that Disney would get around to fixing whatever issues were happening during the coming two month closure. After all, Disney's Blizzard Beach recently passed its 20th anniversary, and considering water park slides are subject to a lot more wear and tear than your average theme park attraction, it seems only natural that the headlining water slides at this park might need a little TLC after such a long time. The upcoming park closure seemed like the perfect time to fix whatever was causing these two rides to fail, and most guests didn't worry about these rides not functioning in the short term.
However, when Disney's Blizzard Beach reopened in 2016, it looked like the issues that were causing problems with Summit Plummet and Slush Gusher actually had not been addressed during the refurbishment. Only weeks after the park re-opened for the spring season, it shut down again without warning for several days because of issues related to these two slides. Disney's Typhoon Lagoon's own refurbishment period was even cut short so that guests could be re-routed away from Disney's Blizzard Beach in an effort to give those who really wanted to visit a water park an alternative.
And while you might think that closing down the whole park because of two malfunctioning rides that were not fixed during a refurbishment period is a little weird, Disney's next step was even stranger...