The park opened on April 1, 1995 and was the third WDW water park after River Country and Typhoon
construction of Florida's first ski resort. Naturally, the snow didn't last long, leaving behind a collection of
waterlogged but snow-less ski jumps and chair lifts. The failed resort was in the process of closing for
good when an alligator was seen sliding down a flume and splashing into a pool of water, screaming
"Yahoo!" Thus the "ski resort" was reborn as a water park, with the alligator (named "Ice Gator") as mascot.
In 2008, the park hosted approximately 1.89 million guests, ranking it the second-most visited water park in
the world, behind its sister park, Typhoon Lagoon.
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 m), making it the fifth highest point in Florida. Mount Gushmore is split into three
colored slopes to aid guests navigating around the park: Green, Red and Purple.
The "Mountain" also serves to hide the park's pipes.
All water areas are heated (at approximately 80 degrees Fahrenheit) with the exception of the melting snow
in the ice cave of Cross Country Creek.
found at the uppermost point of Mount Gushmore. They can be accessed by foot, or by chairlift. The chairlift
is a one-way ride, except for guests with disabilities.
Summit Plummet: is the flagship attraction at 120 feet (37 m) tall, and speeds 60 miles per hour (97
km/h). It's the second tallest and fastest free fall slide in the world. There is a minimum height requirement
of 48 in (120 cm).
Teamboat Springs: is the world's longest "family white-water raft ride" at 1,400 feet (430 m) long . This
attraction sends guests down a twisting series of rushing waterfalls. Water Park guests sit in large blue
rubber rafts, which can hold a minimum of 4 and maximum of 6 persons, equipped with handles to hold on
while the gushing water takes you down the slide. No infants and other Health Restrictions are advised.
Slush Gusher: is a 90 feet (27 m) tall, 250 feet (76 m) long snow-banked mountain gully body slide
attraction that reaches speeds up to 35 miles per hour (56 km/h). It has two places where it almost levels
off, only to drop back down again. As such, it is one of only a few water slides where "air time" is achieved. If
you want to reach maximum air, raise your crossed-legs just before you reach the second hump and keep
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.
Downhill Double Dipper: is one of the world's only side-by-side racing slides. It is located next to Snow
Stormers on Mount Gushmore. This adrenaline pumping attraction's slides are 50 feet (15 m) high and are
230 feet (70 m) long. Guests travel up to speeds of 25 mph (40 km/h) on these twin inner tube runs as they
race past internationally recognized ski racing graphic elements and flags. Time clocks count-off each
downhill heat and the runs are outfitted with automated audio equipment that signals the start of each race.
Also, it is one of the few racing slides where pushoff speed is not a factor, as gates hold back riders until it
is time for the race to begin. This attraction has a minimum height requirement of 48 in (120 cm).
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 so different).
Runoff Rapids: is a 600-foot (180 m) inner tube run featuring two open and one enclosed tube slides.
This attraction careens guests down twisting, turning flumes, passing through corrugated steel pipes.
Tubes available at the bottom of the attraction. The Red slope stairs are the only way to access this
Meltaway Bay: is a 1-acre (4,000 m2) wave pool nestled against the base of Mount Gushmore. This
The Cross Country Creek: is a 3,000-foot (910 m) slow-moving water attraction commonly known as a
"lazy river," that travels around the perimeter of the water park. The attraction carries floating guests (in inner
tubes) through a bone-chilling ice cave. Once inside the mysterious cave, guests will be splashed with the
"melting" ice from overhead. There are 7 entrances and exits located throughout the park for this attraction,
and any of these locations guests may pick up tubes and leave them as they exit the creek. The journey
takes between twenty and thirty minutes to complete depending on crowd levels.
Ski Patrol: is an area for pre-teenage children.
Leisure Pool- The pool contain "icebergs" on which guests under 12 can walk across.
Fahrenheit Drops - Commonly known as the "T-Bar", this attraction is a rope drop that deposits guests
that are under five feet tall into eight and a half feet of water.
Freezin' Pipe Springs - This attraction is a short body slide. It deposits guests in the same water area as
Farenheight Drops, but has no height restriction.
Cool Runners- a wide-open slide (inner tube) area created by rapidly melting snow mounds (moguls).
Tike's Peak features gentle slides designed to resemble scaled down versions of attractions at Blizzard
Beach. Also included is a snow-castle fountain play area with pop (water) jets. Picnic benches also
provided. Footwear is suggested due to hot pavement. The attraction is limited to children under 48 in (120
The Chairlift carries up to 3 guests over the craggy face of Mount Gushmore, from its base at the beach, to
its summit. The chairs carrying guests feature wooden-bench seats, colorful overhead umbrellas and snow
skis on their underside. The Chairlift was converted from ski-resort to beach-resort use after a freak
snowstorm hit Florida and soon after melted forming the perfect site for a water park. This is a one-way ride
to the top of Mount Gushmore providing access to most attractions depending on the number of guests
present in the park. A Gondola is also provided for disabled guests to access the top of Mount Gushmore.
Requirements: Minimum height requirement of 32 in (81 cm),48 in (120 cm) to ride alone.
Avalunch: Offers light snacks and refreshments. Located next to the entrance of the Chairlift.
Lottawatta Lodge: Ski lodge providing outdoor covered seating and is the main counter service area.
Polar Pub: Bar located on the beach by the wave pool.
I. C. Expeditions: Offers ice cream, deserts and refreshments. Located near the Chairlift.
The Cooling Hut: Offers light snacks and refreshments. Located in the Village
The Warming Hut: Offers snacks, lunch and dinner. Located near the bottom of Downhill Double Dipper.