Plummet [down the] Summit!

Well, one thing’s for sure … when it comes to Walt Disney World’s water parks, our opinions can best be described as completely mixed.

Earlier this week, I sought out feedback as to whether or not it is worth a cool $55.38 to buy a ’1-Day Water Park Ticket’ to either Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach. Well, if, like me, you were looking for the results and comments to push you in one direction or another, you’re a little bit disappointed. We produced, at best, a “split decision”!

First, let’s re-visit the polls.

1. Is a ‘1-Day Water Park Ticket’ really worth $55.38? If “Heck, yeah!” or “No way!” are two ends of a spectrum, we live equally on …

… each end. The “yays” slightly outnumbered the “nays” by a tally of 18 to 15. The most interesting result to me, however, was the fact that, with a result of 26, the alternative I gave you – “I could take it or leave it …” – outscored both of those options. Looking at it another way … people who said “whatever” or “no” trounced those who said “yes” by a score of 44 to 15!

2. When it comes to the water parks, I would rather … This question pitted the two parks against each other. When the dust settled, Typhoon Lagoon slipped past Blizzard Beach – 22 to 14. It was only by a slim margin, but it seems that we can conclude that taking on “the Typhoon” is the thing to do. Then, again, “Spend my time in one of the main parks” bested both water parks by garnering 26 votes. So, do we go “swimming” or not? There’s seems to be a lot of taking it or leaving it and “let’s go to a big park” going on here!

3. Which one is the bigger thrill? Finally, I asked which of Summit Plummet, Crush ‘n’ Gusher, or Humunga Kowabunga is the can’t miss attraction. It was Blizzard Beach’s “Plummet [down the] Summit!” that bested Typhoon Lagoon’s Crush ‘n’ Gusher by a tally of 22 to 16. Interesting. Typhoon Lagoon slipped past Blizzard Beach – 22 to 14 – to be the slightly favored park, but it was Blizzard Beach’s marquee thrill ride that bested Typhoon’s multi-slide water coaster. I told you … these results were really mixed!

As for comments, our friends on Reddit were the most vocal. Here’s what they had to say …

“I’ve only ever been to Blizzard Beach, but my brother was a Cast Member at Typhoon Lagoon and said it was infinitely better than Blizzard Beach and his favorite water park.”

“If you are taking kids, Blizzard Beach is the place to go. If its just adults, going Typhoon Lagoon is a better choice. This being said, both parks are fun and are worth checking out.”

“I enjoyed the lazy river at Blizzard Beach, but aside from almost drowning, Typhoon Lagoon was more fun.”

“I went to both Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. The Summit Plummet at Blizzard Beach is the second-tallest and fastest slide in the world, but the wave pool at Typhoon Lagoon was really cool. You can’t really go wrong with either park.”

“I can’t believe some people think it’s not worth the money!? It’s cheaper than the parks, and you have plenty to do. I love BOTH water parks, and it’s a nice break from the four main parks. At the end of the day you’re not THAT tired as you would be from walking in, let’s say, Magic Kingdom. I don’t know how to swim at all, and this has never been a problem with me. Of course, I’m not gonna drag myself to the deep end of the wave pool at Typhoon Lagoon, but I don’t see how someone would not want to go there because of that. What about age? I’ve gone with my parents, and they absolutely love it. My dad, who has back and knee problems and is on the heavy side, loves the lazy rivers. As for kids, both water parks have attractions for younger kids. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone. I just think everyone should get to experience both water parks once before they can judge whether they really like it or not.”

“Typhoon Lagoon. My brother and I learned how to body surf that massive wave pool! So much fun … spent most of the day doing it.”

“Typhoon Lagoon in my opinion. It is more scenic and has a lot of pretty landscaping. Blizzard Beach is a bunch of concrete made to look like snow.”

“Typhoon Lagoon is generally more relaxing. The slides and family-raft rides may not be as big as the ones at Blizzard Beach, but there is more sandy areas, and from what I remember, walking on Blizzard Beach’s concrete all day was not fun. Also, at Blizzard Beach, you have to wait in a line for a ski lift to take you up Mount Gushmore … to wait in line again at a slide. Typhoon also has the Crush ‘n’ Gusher … which is awesome!”

Wow! Thanks for all the feedback, my friends! The polls might have been a bit lackluster in wisdom, but the comments speak volumes. Is it truly worth the extra $55.38? I guess we’ll have to take a plunge and give it a try! Might be that someday soon we will!

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s time for the weekend! Yahoo!

Now, let’s “Plummet [down Blizzard Beach’s] Summit”!!

Summit Plummet

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