In keeping with the ski resort theme, Blizzard Beach offers a varied level of downhill excitement. We’ve talked about some of the tamer attractions, like Teamboat Springs and Melt-Away Bay, but there’s more to Disney’s Blizzard Beach than bunny slopes!
The park wienie of Blizzard Beach is its Mount Gushmore. Standing a whopping 90 feet high, it may not seem very mountainous, but it’s certainly no molehill either—especially if you dare climb all the way to the summit.
Blizzard Beach’s Summit Plummet towers 3 stories above Mount Gushmore’s peak, at 120 feet up in the air. And that’s just where the thrill begins. Summit Plummet is definitely not for Guests who are faint of heart or who have a fear of heights. I know with each step up the stairs, my heart pounds harder. It’s not exhaustion from climbing so many stairs; it’s from anticipation of what I’m about to do!
Here’s a view from the edge. *Gasp!*
When it’s your turn to plummet, you position yourself on the ledge, feet-first, with legs crossed and arms crossed over your chest. Then, when you convince yourself it’s way too late to chicken out, you wiggle forward and…WEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! You go slightly over-vertical as you drop, literally catching air as you try to catch your breath. Then you slide through a short, darkened tunnel and back out into the sun to the splashdown area at the end of the 360-foot plume.
The whole ride is over in a matter of seconds. You can even check your time on the digital board below. And the best part is that PhotoPass is there to snap proof of your courageous act. Just hope they don’t get a pic of you adjusting your wedgie too! 😉
Today, make a summer fun mini-water park in your own backyard. Run a hose from the top of your slide and fill a kiddie pool at the bottom to create a simple waterslide. Place a large, flat sheet of plastic across the lawn and aim water sprinklers along its path to create a slip-n-slide. Let one child float on a tube or mat at one end of your wading pool while his or her siblings hold wake boards and kick their feet to create a wave pool. Have a water gun war. Align them all up together to make a waterworld obstacle course!
To implement an educational aspect, experiment with the water slides. Try dousing the slide with a little dish soap. Does that make the ride quicker or smoother? Why or why not? Try riding the slip-n-slide on a pool mat or inner tube. How does that change the experience? Aim the slip-n-slide down a slope. How does gravity affect the ride? What other variables can you think of to improve your backyard water park attractions?
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Recess, Physics (optional)
SKILL LEVEL: Elementary
NOTE: Adult supervision is strongly recommended for the above activities. Magical Mouse Schoolhouse is not responsible for accidents or injuries incurred while performing any suggested Today’s Takeaway.
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