It's the third-tallest and fastest free fall slide in the world. Address: He currently resides in Clinton. 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. 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. T: 910-592-8137 My whole family laughed as I made a poor attempt, at best, to climb from the trough and stumble toward them. 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. Disney's Blizzard Beach is a water theme park located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida near Orlando. 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. The operators were preparing to cut their losses and walk away. They are going to be forced to shut down the water park. You weren’t supposed to make your descent until the operator lifted it. 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 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. Inclement weather had been threatening to cut our excursion short to the water country throughout much of the day; but just as we began to climb the winding tower, the rain came down in torrents. Mark S. Price is a former city government/county education reporter for The Sampson Independent. After climbing the spiraling tower leading to the death defying water slide, it definitely seemed like I was on top of the Empire State Building. During the closure, its sister park, Typhoon Lagoon, will remain open. 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. 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. F: 10-592-8756 And the architecture is a playful intersection of alpine lodges with Caribbean colors and accents. 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. 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. Summit Plummet is the flagship attraction at 120 feet (36.6 m) tall, and speeds 60 miles per hour (97 km/h).  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. Not that it mattered, we were already wet; but the rain was cold and the wind that came with it made me shiver. 109 W. Main St. 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. 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. There is a minimum height requirement of 48 in (122 cm). “There is no way I’m walking back down all these steps,” I thought to myself. Summit Plummet is the flagship attraction of Blizzard Beach. Mount Gushmore is split into three colored slopes to aid guests navigating around the park: Green, Red and Purple. Death brings county’s virus fatalities to 23, Call: The mountain is a unique engineering structure constructed in a challenging setting - a high water table Florida woodland. I was going down that water slide one way or another. There is a minimum height requirement of 48 in (122 cm). 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. However, they were interrupted by an echoing "YAHHOOO!!!" We finally made it to the top, and my goal was in sight. They looked up to see a blue alligator, wearing a red scarf and gold innertube, careening down the mountain at top speed. The chairlift is a one-way ride, except for guests with disabilities. I advised her to let the flood gates open. He currently resides in Clinton. 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. Summit Plummet is one of the highest and fastest water slides on Earth. My nieces began to whine because they were cold. Summit Plummet is the flagship attraction of Blizzard Beach. 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!". 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.  Blizzard Beach is open year-round with an annual maintenance closure in the winter. 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. It would have spared me the horrors of watching my life pass before my eyes as I plummeted to uncertain doom. The teenybopper refused to lift the bar until the area below was cleared. There is a minimum height requirement of 48 in (122 cm). Clinton NC, 28328. The National Weather Service was calling for severe thunderstorms to hit the area within the next forty-five minutes to an hour. I can tell you I was not fond of the sand in the areas where the lounge chairs were at. The setting and atmosphere of the park are marked by a unique blending of tropical landscaping with simulated melting snow throughout. There was a metal bar across the slide. 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 was going down that water slide whether she wanted me to or not. I screamed so loudly on the way down, I think everyone in the entire park heard me. 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), https://disneythemeparks.fandom.com/wiki/Summit_Plummet?oldid=6752. This left behind a collection of waterlogged yet snow-less ski jumps and chair lifts. Mark S. Price is a former city government/county education reporter for The Sampson Independent. They can be accessed by foot, or by chairlift. Naturally, the snow did not last long. coming from the mountain of melting snow. 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 park opened on April 1, 1995 and was the third Walt Disney World water park. 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. Innovative elements of the park include a beach chair themed chair lift, complete with beach umbrellas, and pretend snow skis. I would have been glad for the shelter of the tall structure, but the rain was coming down at an angle. Disney's Blizzard Beach, along with Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, remains closed whilst the four theme parks reopened July 11–15, 2020. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. No one would ever know since we were already dripping wet. When my brother John wasn’t looking. 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. Disney Theme Parks Wiki is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. Knocking myself out with the metal bar before taking the plunge might have been the better alternative in the end. 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Positives: Other than Summit Plummet, the rest of the water park was fine. I was not a happy camper, let me tell you. I guess I know now who can’t be trusted to keep a secret. The park's whimsical and imaginative concept was conceived by designer-imagineer Marshall Monroe, who, at the time, was a Creative Executive and Principle Technical Staff at the Walt Disney Company. Now that didn’t sit very well with me considering that she was going down the slide before me. Ice Gator, the mascot, then landed in a pool of melted snow at the base of the mountain with a thunderous splash. The water park, along with all the other Walt Disney World parks, closed in March 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Coolers are allowed in the water parks.