BREAKING NEWS: DISNEY WORLD IS CLOSING DUE TO COVID-19!
March 12, 2020: Thursday evening, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida released the following statement saying:
“In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of our theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida beginning at the close of business on Sunday, March 15th, through the end of the month,” a Disney spokesperson said.
The Walt Disney Company will pay its cast members during that closure period. The hotel at Walt Disney World resort will remain open until further notice. The retail and dining at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World will remain open.
Domestic Walt Disney Company employees who are able to work from home are being asked to do so, including those at The Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, ESPN, Direct-to-Consumer, and Parks, Experiences and Products. We will continue to stay in close contact with appropriate officials and health experts.”
Disney World resort employs more than 75,000 people, making it the largest single-site employer in the United States.
Typhoon Lagoon is closed for refurbishment January – March 2020.
Cast members can get into the two WDW Disney water parks – Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon – for free – until December 31st with just a few scheduled blackout days! That’s a $69 value!You can also buy 1/2 price tickets ($34.50) for family and friends at the gate. Cast members must be with guests.
Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon (our favorite!) are open daily this summer.
The water park’s summer hours are currently from 10am – 8pm daily.
CM Tip #1: The water parks do close for the daily afternoon thunderstorms, so always check before you go! If the thunderstorms happen too close to closing, the water parks just close for the day and don’t reopen.
CM Tip #2: The water on the rides is not heated! Some guests think the water is a little too “refreshing”! [Note: Every year, both water parks will close due to cold weather in January, February, and March when the daily temperature is below 65 degrees. The cast members working there were temporarily re-deployed to other Park locations. Also, expect some closure days in late December due to cold weather too.]
Check on water park hours here: Disney’s Water Parks Hours
Guests LOVE Miss Adventure Falls!
The new Miss Adventure Falls tells the tale of Captain Mary Oceaneer, a world famous treasure-hunter and member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (S.E.A). Years ago, the Captain made it her goal to sail the seven seas and collect treasures to share with the world.
One day when Captain Mary was out diving for treasure, a rogue storm struck and carried her ship and precious artifacts all the way to Typhoon Lagoon!
Take a peek into the Captain’s adventures. The entrance of the attraction is composed of items found at the site of the Captain’s shipwreck, including a bird cage, a diving helmet, a vintage Adventurer’s magazine that features the Captain on the cover and more.
The queue is also a treasure trove for the eye. Here, you’ll pass unopened crates of S.E.A. artifacts, crackers for the Captain’s parrot, as well as parrot-shaped footprints, a sure sign that the Captain’s diving partner, the parrot Duncan, may have walked this way!
On the lift up to the waterslide entrance, you’ll pass the hull of the M.S. Salty IV, which appears to have been snapped in half by the storm. Inside, Mary’s parrot and trusted diving partner, Duncan, is busy chatting, singing, and keeping an eye out for even more treasure. You can peek inside to spy’s Duncan’s unique treasure collection, telescope and more.
The 4-person raft ride is one of the longest rides at Disney water parks and takes you on a 2 minute long hunt for Captain Mary Oceaneer treasures.
Want to be a lifeguard at one of Disney World’s water parks or resorts?
Apply today! It’s a fun job! Disney Parks always has lifeguard openings FT/PT positions.
More details: Know Before You Go
Disney’s Water Parks General Admission
- Active Florida Site Cast Members*, Employees* and Non-Employees** of The Walt Disney Company may receive Free Admission and 50% off Admission for eligible Guests to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.
- Non-Florida Site Cast Members, Employees, Retirees and Non-Employees*** of The Walt Disney Company may receive 50% off Admission for themselves and eligible Guests to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.
Walt Disney World® Resort
Water Parks Discount and Self-Admission Offer Block-Out Dates
July 1-6, 2019
December 22-31, 2019
50% off Admission Offer:
Ages 10+ : $34.50 + tax
Ages 3-9: $31.50 + tax
Know Before You Go
- Cast Members and Employees of The Walt Disney Company, Retirees and Non-Employees*** with a Main Entrance Pass will be able to purchase the number of discounted tickets based on their number of eligible admits. Cast Members and Employees of The Walt Disney Company, Retirees and Non-Employees*** may be asked to present their Guest Passes to determine how many discounted tickets may be purchased.
- Cast Members and Employees of The Walt Disney Company with a Self-Admission Pass may purchase discounted tickets for themselves and up to three (3) additional Guests.
- Non-Employees*** with a Self-Admission Pass may purchase discounted tickets for themselves and one (1) additional Guest.
- Only Cast Members and Employees of The Walt Disney Company, Retirees and Non-Employees*** are eligible for this discount. A Spouse/Domestic Partner Pass holder may NOT purchase these tickets on behalf of Cast Members and Employees of The Walt Disney Company or Non-Employees***.
- Cast Members and Employees of The Walt Disney Company, Retirees and Non-Employees*** must visit the Water Park along with their Guests.
- No discount available on the Disney H2O Glow Nights hard ticket event at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.
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Have a magical day!
More about our most excellent day at Typhoon Lagoon:
I finally convinced Elly that we should go to a water park on one of our days off. She has very strict requirements to go out to any of the Parks or do things. It has to be cloudy or nighttime, and have lots of available water. Well that’s been difficult because Florida is tropical, hot & sunny!
Our parents have taken us to both water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, but I really have no memory of them. I was so excited!
We put our stuff down and got into the lazy river which circles around the entire park. OMG, that water was COLD! But it was so fun! There are just tons of empty tubes floating along in the river so it was easy to grab one and go. The lazy river takes you through the misty Amazon, a shipwreck, and a waterfall. Very cool!
We both got the kids hot dogs with a side of fries and applesauce. We always try to order off the kids menu because it is cheaper and you get more to eat!
The hotdog was really good, but the applesauce was so gross! You know the sliced apples they serve, the ones that are all watery and flavorless? Well it was just those gross apples mashed up. No flavor, no sugar, nothing! Yuck! Disney is getting way too “healthy”!
Then, we walked over to the wave pool. The wave pool is huge! We first walked over to the kiddie pool area because that’s more my speed. Every half hour a huge tidal wave comes by and it’s crazy! People will go to the deep end and swim along with it. Yikes! We stayed for the tidal wave in about 3 feet of water.
Elly was feeling particularly brave, and she convinced me to ride one of the water rides.
We walked up this huge staircase to do the Mayday Slide. It’s a highspeed, 5 story drop! Sooo scary! We had to wait a little to go and so I talked to all the little kids in line. They said it’s just a 5 second ride and that it was so fun. I should know never to listen to little kids!!
OMG, this ride was way too scary! You’re basically vertical, flying down this completely dark slide! They have you cross your arms and ankles and I can see why! 😦
After I was able to peel my eyes open again, I had to check to make sure everything was still where it was supposed to be because when we came to the bottom of the ride, I literally almost lost my swimsuit bottom. Like seriously.
Elly and I agreed “no more water rides”!! Anything labeled “high speed adventure” is not for us! Haha
To calm our nerves, we got back in the lazy river and rode it all the way around and relaxed again.
To top off our day, we got a funnel cake to go. 🙂
The weather was so perfect, high 80s with some clouds. And, because it is October, no one wants to go to the water park, so it was basically empty except for a few Europeans. I can deal with some tiny male speedos if that means no lines!
We definitely had a blast today! I wish we had been doing this more because it is a lot more relaxing than spending the day walking around the Parks! I can’t wait to come back on my next day off! 🙂