There is more to Disney than just the theme parks and the most popular place to recover after a long day at one of the parks is either Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon. Both parks follow typical Disney themes with thrilling slides, artificial white sandy beaches and row upon row of deckchair. Some of the more expensive Disney tickets include entry into the Disney Water parks, otherwise you will need to buy a ticket. Once inside, all the ride are free. In the summer the water parks get very busy very quickly and often closed the entry by noon. Please note that Disney tends to shut one of the water parks over the winter for "enhancements" - check ahead before you visit or buy tickets.
Blizzard beach - according to Disney legend, a freak snowstorm in the area led to the development of Florida's first ski resort. Naturally, the snow did not last long and this left behind a collection of waterlogged but snow-less ski jumps and chair lifts. The operators were preparing to cut their losses and walk away. Until they were interrupted by an echoing "YAHHOOO!!!" coming from the mountain of melting snow. When they looked up they saw an alligator wearing a red scarf and gold inner tube, careening down the mountain at high speed. Named Ice Gator, the mascot landed in a pool of melted snow at the bottom of the mountain with a thunderous splash. The resort operators suddenly saw the park's potential and the mountain of snow became known a Blizzard Beach.
So the alpine theme park, rather strange for a state that rarely sees snow has a cable car which takes you 90 feet up to the top of Mount Gushmore, from where you can take dare devil rides like Summit Plummit and Downhill Double Dipper. Some are height restricted but there is something for everyone. The water is heated except for the melting snow in the ice cave of Cross Country Creek.
Typhoon Lagoon is home to the world's largest outdoor wave pool. The Disney legend behind this one is of a typhoon that wreaked havoc upon a formerly pristine tropical paradise. Ships, fishing gear and surfboards are strewn about where the storm flung them. The centerpiece of the park is "Miss Tilly," a shrimp boat which is impaled on a mountain named "Mount Mayday". This erupts a 50-foot geyser of water every half hour or so, right before the bells of the watch sound on Miss Tilly. The mascot of Typhoon Lagoon is “Lagoona Gator” and he is related to Blizzard Beach's mascot Ice Gator.
Check the Disney website daily for opening times and enhancement work - also note that they will close if experiencing excess number of guests or inclement weather, including thunderstorms.