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Walt Disney World water parks join Theme Park Insider

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Published: April 20, 2009 at 9:28 AM

In response to many, many requests, I finally have added the Walt Disney World water parks to the Theme Park Insider listings.

Blizzard BeachWe now have pages for Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon on the site. If you've visited one or both of these parks in the past year, please click over there and start submitting your ratings and reviews of the various attractions there.

Those parks join SeaWorld Orlando's Aquatica as the water parks listed on the site. I'm not planning to add more at this time, as those are the three most popular themed water parks in the world.

Busch Gardens name changes
Also, I have changed the names of the two Busch Gardens parks on the website, back to Busch Gardens Tampa and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. This is after consulting with folks at Busch Entertainment Corp. and thinking about what I thought worked best for the site.

Officially, BEC calls each of these parks simply "Busch Gardens," though it appends those extra names for various marketing campaigns. Two parks with the same name won't fly on the website, though, for a variety of reasons having to do with not only the site's publishing system, but also readers' ability to know which park's attractions they are rating or reading about.

So, for simplicity and ease of understanding, I am using the city in which each park stands, Williamsburg and Tampa, to denote which park is which.

Readers' Opinions

From Don Neal on April 20, 2009 at 9:45 AM
That's great! I haven't been to either of the Disney Water Parks but have heard great things about them. So I think it makes sense for them and Aquatica to make the cut. I am looking forward to reading about them once everyone has a chance to post their thoughts and reviews.
From Deidre Dennis on April 20, 2009 at 9:47 AM
Can't wait to submit pictures and ratings after our trip in June for these two water parks.

Don, both water parks are fantasic and unique. I think you and the fam will enjoy them immensely! We spent more time at Blizzard Beach on our last trip several years ago, but plan to spend equal amount of time at both this year. They are two of the coolest water parks we've ever visited.

From Anthony Murphy on April 20, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Go Blizzard Beach!

Go Typhoon Lagoon!

From Joshua Counsil on April 20, 2009 at 11:21 AM
Good stuff.

Next on the agenda - adding hotel restaurants!

From Robert Niles on April 20, 2009 at 11:40 AM
We need photos, so if you have some (pretty people-free, postcard-style pics of the locations always preferred), please submit!
From Don Neal on April 20, 2009 at 12:18 PM
Great point Josh. It would be nice to browse to a resort then be able to rate/review/read about the hotel/rooms portion and the individual restaurants that that resort.

Site just keeps improving Robert! Keep it up!

From Robert Niles on April 20, 2009 at 12:35 PM
On-site hotel restaurants remain on the to-do list. I'll get to them; promise!
From Eli Katzman on April 20, 2009 at 1:48 PM
Robert, can you do Dorney Park? I'd say that's a big enough resort spot, I guess...
From on April 20, 2009 at 4:01 PM
How about Busch Gardens Africa or Busch Gardens Europe, which are their official names to date anyway? Overdue for a visit to them, perhaps!
From Robert Niles on April 20, 2009 at 4:16 PM
Not according to the management at Busch. I explained that in the post.
From ANGELA HUGHES on April 25, 2009 at 1:47 AM
Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are both fantastic parks. The Crush 'n' Gusher at Typhoon is my fav. in that park as the family raft ride is a little tame compared to Blizzard' family raft, Teamboat Springs. Best to get there very early though as the lines soon build up.
From Tiffany Alfonso on April 25, 2009 at 2:02 PM
Excellent work placing the fine duo of WDW theme parks to the listings - I'm indifferent with the Busch Gardens namings, though. (Heck, I live in Tampa - where they have a Busch Gardens near my cousin's post-secondary school, the prestigious University of South Florida!)

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