The kids are back in school, and fall is in the air. It’s not usually the time of year that you think about water parks, but it’s actually the perfect time to visit one when you’re at Walt Disney World.
Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach are open all year ’round, other than temporary closures for rehab. The closures are staggered, so one of the two is always open no matter when you visit. Winter’s not a bad time to go to the water parks if you’re hearty. When you come from the north, even temperatures in the 70s feel balmy enough for swimming when you’ve just left a world of cold and snow.
But my favorite time of year at the water parks is the early part of the fall off-season. The list accompanying this article goes through five reasons why I highly recommend adding one of them (Typhoon Lagoon is my personal favorite) to your autumn itinerary if you love swimming, sun, and water slides.
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Short Wait Times
The wait times at the water parks drop drastically once kids are back in school. Sure, you still have people who pull their kids out or home school, as well as foreign visitors, but a big chunk of youngsters are busy with their studies. That means short waits for those lucky families who can visit Disney World in the late summer and early fall.
Florida is brutal in the summer time. The sun beats down mercilessly and turns you into a lobster unless you remember to keep applying your sun screen. It’s hard waiting in the long, hot lines, and your energy quickly gets sapped. Things start to cool off as fall approaches, and the humidity drops. It’s still plenty warm enough to swim, even for Floridians, but a lot more comfortable.
Less Chance of Rain
The question of rain during the summer in Florida isn’t “Will it rain today?” but “When will the rain come?” There’s a thunderstorm almost every afternoon, and that means getting kicked out of the water until the lightning passes. The chance of rain dwindles down as summer turns into fall, so you’re not as likely to have your fun day interrupted.
Great Spots for Home Base
Getting prime chairs in the shade is a challenge at busy times of year. You have to get to your water park of choice right at opening time and race to the best spots before they all get taken. There are plenty of great spots all day in the off-season, so you won’t have any problem finding a good home base for your family.
Time to Do Other Things
You can get so much more done in a shorter period of time during the off-season that you have plenty of time to visit another park. Get to the water park early and exhaust yourself riding as many slides as you wish with minimal waits. Then head to your theme park of choice to finish out the day when you’ve had enough (I love going to Epcot and hanging out till Illuminations).