Orlando water parks again closed for cold weather

Posted Wednesday, January 17, 2018 5:17 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Universal's Volcano Bay and Disney's Blizzard Beach announced closures for this week, Wednesday through Friday, for another period of cold weather in Central Florida.

Read more from Spectrum News13 (Orlando).

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 6:24 PM

There is something a little ironic about a place called Blizzard Beach closing because of cold.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018 7:46 PM

On the ironic scale, how does that compare to Windseeker being closed due to high winds?

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018 7:50 PM

I tried to go to an Orlando waterpark once on a beautiful, sunny 60 degree day. I was greeted in the parking lot by someone who told me the place was closed and looked at me like I was crazy. I said “Hey, I’m from Ohio and it’s 9 degrees at my house!”

And I saw on FB today that a friend in Atlanta was “snowed in”. I don’t know how much they got, but I’d bet it’s a lot less than what we’re looking at here, where it’s business as usual.

I guess it’s all relative.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018 8:13 PM

It is all relative, but even being from Ohio, I wouldn't go to a water park if the temperature was only 60 degrees.

Last edited by Pete, Thursday, January 18, 2018 2:17 PM
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018 9:02 PM

70 degrees or just under that would be the lowest temperature for me to want to visit a water park. Even with the water heated, it's still cold walking around and climbing the stairs when you still are soaked from the water and no time to dry off with no lines.

I went to Typhoon Lagoon on December 24th in 2016. It was a Saturday with temperatures in the low 80s and I thought it would be really crowded. Almost everything was a 5 minute wait or less. I guess even that is too cold for some locals?

Last edited by YoshiFan, Wednesday, January 17, 2018 9:02 PM
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018 11:55 PM

After living in Florida for five years, minimum 80 before I'll go to a water park.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 9:23 AM

The thermometer on my car said 28º this morning driving into work on 408 this morning (or as us locals call it, "the 408"). Folks at work are truly in panic mode about the thought of walking outside.

I truly don't mind it once in a while. Plus - it should be in the mid 50s with sunshine by lunch time. Not waterpark weather. But not Northeast Ohio or Northwest PA either.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 9:43 AM

YoshiFan said:

I went to Typhoon Lagoon on December 24th in 2016. It was a Saturday with temperatures in the low 80s and I thought it would be really crowded. Almost everything was a 5 minute wait or less. I guess even that is too cold for some locals?

Since I still have several water park passes left on an old 10-day no-expiration pass, I usually try to hit one of the water parks during my annual December WDW trip, if the weather is decent. Even when the temps are in the 80's, I've found that the water parks are typically dead during the winter (probably the reason why only one is open during the winter). I've even gone on new years day and it's dead and everything is pretty much a walk on and lounge chairs are widely available.

The water parks are actually a pretty nice place to spend an afternoon at to relax and break up the trip from the theme parks. Sometimes I don't even get in the water. I can just sit and chill and enjoy a few $9 libations from the Polar Pub at Blizzard (which I highly recommend).

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 10:36 AM

YoshiFan said:

70 degrees or just under that would be the lowest temperature for me to want to visit a water park. Even with the water heated, it's still cold walking around and climbing the stairs when you still are soaked from the water and no time to dry off with no lines.

I went to Typhoon Lagoon on December 24th in 2016. It was a Saturday with temperatures in the low 80s and I thought it would be really crowded. Almost everything was a 5 minute wait or less. I guess even that is too cold for some locals?

I love when its cold, but not when I'm wet, water parks are a no unless it's close to 90. I rarely bother with water parks north because even when warm, the water is still normally way too cold.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 2:31 PM

Meanwhile, in Minnesota, our waterparks remain open this January.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 6:15 PM

It’s actually good for Florida citrus trees when it’s “cold”- it encourages a needed dormant period then a rebloom for new fruit. You don’t want long term freezing temps, though, that ruins everything.

I’ve said this before, but I always laugh when I go to Universal in February in shorts and a tee shirt and the locals are dressed for skiing.
Or, maybe they are laughing at me. Anyway, I don’t feel sorry for none a ya’s.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 7:55 PM

We're laughing at you, because we hate climate minorities. :)

My neighborhood is a neighborhood because most of the orange growers left and went south more than a decade or two ago. We get freezes enough that apparently it threatens the crop. There are a few active groves around us, but most are abandoned. One of them is the lot in the middle of the development where they'll eventually build a school. It's creepy.

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Friday, January 19, 2018 4:34 PM

Pretty sure I used to drive through "your neighborhood" to get back and forth to work...and I may have had an orange or two from those groves. Back in the day that was a dangerous stretch of road for Disney cast members. Lots of accidents.

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Friday, January 19, 2018 8:03 PM

Reams has a traffic light, finally, and no state trooper to direct at rush hours. And it's no longer in the curve, and that light will eventually be Floridian Way, which bypasses the parking lots and north park entrance and connects to the perimeter road by the fire station. Just in the few years after I moved, there were fatalities there. Massive improvement.

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Friday, January 19, 2018 8:37 PM

I believe you mean "Huuuuge Improvement"

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Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:12 AM

We had a "hard freeze" last night in Gainesville. It's one thing to get down to 30, it's another thing when the temps just keep dropping and you have to chisel your car out of an ice sculpture to go to work. Not supposed to happen in Florida!

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Saturday, January 20, 2018 9:28 AM

RCMAC said:
...when I go to Universal in February in shorts and a tee shirt and the locals are dressed for skiing.

On a trip to Florida a few years back, I met a friend in -- Jacksonville? -- for lunch. The temperature was in the upper 50s. I was in shorts and a t shirt, the locals were bundled up, the restaurant had heaters on its patio.

Heck, it's supposed to be 49 tomorrow here on Monday, and I'm thinking of wearing shorts...

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Saturday, January 20, 2018 9:45 AM

I've lived in Orlando for 10 years coming up this May. I still don't understand why so many buildings feel the need to crank the heat up any time the outdoor temps drop below 60.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018 1:02 PM

Conversely, I don't know why they crank the air conditioning when it gets over 90. Some Disney attractions are the worst, I think going well under 70.

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