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Experience the ‘waterful’ World of Disney

Posted: April 2002

Typhoon Lagoon/ © Disney
With two water parks, two interactive fountains, more than 50 pools, various recreational lakes, and four world-famous theme parks, a Walt Disney World® Resort vacation offers unique ways to have fun and stay cool.

Water parks

Detailed themes and unexpected surprises describe Disney’s two water parks. Whether it's the snowy slopes at Blizzard Beach Water Park or the storm-struck beaches of Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, each Disney water park offers a refreshing solution to summer in central Florida. (Disney's River Country will be closed throughout 2002.)

With breathtaking water adventures and relaxing rivers, Disney's Blizzard Beach, the resort's largest water park, offers 22 water slides, special areas for both pre-teens and young children and a one-acre wave pool. Disney's Blizzard Beach is a Florida-style ski resort featuring Mount Gushmore, a 120-foot "snow-capped" mountain that transports guests into a snowy, winter playground in the middle of sunny Florida.

Guests visiting Disney's Typhoon Lagoon can escape to a tropical paradise complete with a large wave pool, a saltwater snorkeling pool, nine exciting waterslides, sparkling streams, and wonderful waterways. An exciting highlight of Disney's Typhoon Lagoon includes snorkeling with live sharks and other tropical fish at Shark Reef. For clients in need of a little relaxation, Castaway Creek is a 2,100-foot stream, which takes guests aboard inner tubes on a relaxing tour through a misty rain forest and hidden grotto. A children's area, Ketchakiddee Creek, provides a land of slides, floating boats, ball fountains and waterfalls.

Resort pools

The Walt Disney World® Resort hotels offer 53 pools and 11 white-sand beaches. The 900-room Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, for instance, offers two swimming pools, including the new Grand Floridian Beach Pool. The newly opened pool features a water slide that twists and turns through trees and under a walking bridge. Guests enter the water directly from the beach. Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts feature a three-acre, 750,000-gallon mini-water park with a pirate shipwreck and sand-bottom pools. Disney Caribbean Beach Resort rests on a 42-acre lake with sailboat and pedal boat rentals.


Children love the interactive fountains of Epcot and the Disney Village Marketplace. With jets set into the ground, the fountains invite everyone to become part of the fun as water shoots up at random.

Of course, there are fountains that make their own magic. The Innoventions Fountain at Epcot performs every 15 minutes with 264 jets of water that shoot up to 100 feet into the sky, dancing to music. And at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, a geothermal geyser-style fountain erupts hourly from a rocky outcrop at the edge of Bay Lake, showcasing a 120-foot plume.

Make plans now to visit the Walt Disney World® Resort this summer during the 100 Years of Magic Celebration by taking advantage of AAA Vacations® special values. When booking a vacation to the Walt Disney World® Resort through AAA Vacations®, guests receive a variety of special benefits, including preferred viewing areas for "Fantasy in the Sky" fireworks at the Magic Kingdom and "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" at Epcot on selected packages.

Disney's Discovery Magic Package allows guests to enjoy all the wonderful, "waterful" things across the Walt Disney World® Resort. And, with AAA Disney Magic Moments® savings, AAA members can save as much as 15 percent off the room portion of their AAA Vacations® package this summer.

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