Innovative elements of the park include a beach chair themed chair lift, complete with beach umbrellas, and pretend snow skis. I screamed so loudly on the way down, I think everyone in the entire park heard me. And the architecture is a playful intersection of alpine lodges with Caribbean colors and accents. The teenybopper refused to lift the bar until the area below was cleared. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Walt Disney World), Pirates of the Caribbean (Walt Disney World), Swiss Family Treehouse (Walt Disney World), Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room (Walt Disney World), Access to the Purple Slope attractions (all of which have at least two nearly identical tracks, and as such are designed for racing), is from a pathway next to the catch pool of Downhill Double Dipper. At 120 feet (36.6 m) tall, and speeds of 60 miles per hour (97 km/h), it's the second tallest and fastest free fall slide in the world. The Green Slope attractions (all are single track water slides, and as such are not meant for racing), are found at the uppermost point of Mount Gushmore.

Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. To some, it may sound like an oxymoron; but to others, including myself, it was a totally awesome water park in the heart of Orlando, Florida, owned by Walt Disney World.

Summit Plummet is the flagship attraction of Blizzard Beach. Naturally, the snow did not last long. [3][4], According to Disney "legend," a freak snowstorm on January 11, 1977 (Weather channel, 1980) in the area led to the development of Florida's first ski resort. I guess I know now who can’t be trusted to keep a secret. During the closure, its sister park, Typhoon Lagoon, will remain open. Not that it mattered, we were already wet; but the rain was cold and the wind that came with it made me shiver. “There is no way I’m walking back down all these steps,” I thought to myself. I would have been glad for the shelter of the tall structure, but the rain was coming down at an angle. The mountain is a unique engineering structure constructed in a challenging setting - a high water table Florida woodland. Rachel also had another problem as we were waiting in what seemed like an endless line of other thrill seekers – she had to go to the potty. Well, that was the wrong thing to say because my brother had a conniption fit when Rachel blurted out what I instructed her to do. I was going down that water slide one way or another. Learn how and when to remove this template message, "TEA/AECOM 2016 Theme Index & Museum Index: Global Attractions Attendance Report", "Live Blog: Walt Disney World Presents Reopening Plans to Orange County Economic Recovery Taskforce",, Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, The Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons,, Articles needing additional references from October 2013, All articles needing additional references, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Year-round with annual maintenance closure, This page was last edited on 27 October 2020, at 15:35. At 120 feet (36.6 m) tall, and speeds of 60 miles per hour (97 km/h), it's the second tallest and fastest free fall slide in the world. Ice Gator, the mascot, then landed in a pool of melted snow at the base of the mountain with a thunderous splash. I was going down that water slide whether she wanted me to or not. We were on a family vacation — my parents, their four kids, one daughter-in-law, one son-in-law and four grandchildren — to the Sunshine State in June 2003. [1] In 2016, the park hosted approximately 2,091,000 guests, ranking it the third-most visited water park in the world, behind its sister park, Typhoon Lagoon. Knocking myself out with the metal bar before taking the plunge might have been the better alternative in the end. The setting and atmosphere of the park are marked by a unique blending of tropical landscaping with simulated melting snow throughout. After watching my two nieces and brother go down, I was confident I would survive the nearly ninety degree-angled drop through a tunnel traveling at a rate of 30 mph to the bottom well over one hundred and twenty feet below. I advised her to let the flood gates open. We finally made it to the top, and my goal was in sight. The wet spot had many cool and exciting things to do, but the hottest attraction was undoubtedly the Summit Plummet, known for being the fastest and tallest water slide on the planet.

But did you know, as we neared the top of that tower and Rachel’s bladder was screaming for relief, my prim and proper brother told his daughter to let nature take its course as she went down the water slide. Epcot Center and the Magic Kingdom, along with many other things, including the resort where we were staying, could be seen from what is most likely the highest elevation in the Sunshine State.

I couldn’t believe the trail of people, including tough talking teenage boys, in front of us that gave up their position in line and descended the tower losing their only opportunity to ride the biggest, baddest water slide of all time. The Red Slope is found at the very rear of the park, containing only one attraction (a multi-slide attraction, but not designed for racing, due to the slides being different). The operators were preparing to cut their losses and walk away.

A few minutes later, a dreaded announcement came over the public address system. Disney's Blizzard Beach, along with Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, remains closed whilst the four theme parks reopened July 11–15, 2020. [2] Blizzard Beach is open year-round with an annual maintenance closure in the winter. Death brings county’s virus fatalities to 23, Call: coming from the mountain of melting snow. The Summit Plummet definitely lived up to its name, not to mention leaving me with a lasting impression as I pulled my swimming trunks out of my derriere. However, they were interrupted by an echoing "YAHHOOO!!!" My nieces began to whine because they were cold. There is a minimum height requirement of 48 in (122 cm). Summit Plummet is one of the highest and fastest water slides on Earth. Summit Plummet was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for being the highest and fastest until the opening of Insano—41 metres (135 ft) tall, with speeds of 105 km/h (65 mph)—at Beach Park in Brazil. All water areas are heated (at approximately 80 °F or 27 °C), with the exception of the melting snow in the ice cave of Cross Country Creek. The National Weather Service was calling for severe thunderstorms to hit the area within the next forty-five minutes to an hour. In order to take the plunge over what looked like Niagara Falls, we were required to hop aboard a ski lift and travel over much of the park to the top of Mount Gushmore, a man-made mountain with an elevation of ninety feet. Summit Plummet is the flagship attraction at 120 feet (36.6 m) tall, and speeds 60 miles per hour (97 km/h). Mount Gushmore is split into three colored slopes to aid guests navigating around the park: Green, Red and Purple. T: 910-592-8137 There is a minimum height requirement of 48 in (122 cm). The majority of the major attractions at the park are hosted atop of Mount Gushmore, an artificial hill with an elevation of 90 feet (27.4 m). Mark S. Price is a former city government/county education reporter for The Sampson Independent. The chairlift is a one-way ride, except for guests with disabilities. There is a minimum height requirement of 48 in (122 cm).

Clinton NC, 28328. They can be accessed by foot, or by chairlift. “The only way I’m going down this mountain is over the edge of the water slide.”. It would have spared me the horrors of watching my life pass before my eyes as I plummeted to uncertain doom.

It's the third-tallest and fastest free fall slide in the world.

There was a metal bar across the slide. I decided to give the most popular ride in the park a whirl along with my brother John and his two daughters Nicole and Rachel. The Summit Plummet definitely lived up to its name, not to mention leaving me with a lasting impression as I pulled my swimming trunks out of my derriere. When my brother John wasn’t looking. Coolers are allowed in the water parks.

The ski resort operators suddenly saw the park's potential, and the mountain of snow became Blizzard Beach, "the most slushy, slippery, exhilarating water park anywhere!". I was not a happy camper, let me tell you.

He currently resides in Clinton. The day we went there was a crowd, but we only waited 15 minutes per slide and I thought that was perfectly fine compared to other places I have been. This left behind a collection of waterlogged yet snow-less ski jumps and chair lifts. Summit Plummet is the flagship attraction of Blizzard Beach. They looked up to see a blue alligator, wearing a red scarf and gold innertube, careening down the mountain at top speed.

I don’t care how much it was raining, I was not about to give up my spot in line after waiting forty-five minutes. I have been to numerous water theme parks across the country and ridden down many “thrill seeker” water slides, but all of them paled in comparison to this, the King Kong of all water slides.

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