Each time we return to Walt Disney World, we try to pick something a little unique or different to try; there are so many different activities to try in Disney World alone it’s not difficult to pick something new or unusual for each visit. For our 2014 group trip,we were away over my dads birthday so we decided to splash out a little a rent a ‘Polar Patio’ at Blizzard Beach for him to relax and enjoy his day.
For those of you who may not have heard of the Polar Patios, these are basically cabanas dotted around Blizzard Beach Water Park, which you can pay to rent for the day. As well as saving you guaranteed (padded!) sun loungers in the shade, you also get access to your own safe, free towel rental, bottled water and a free refillable mug for each member of your party.You’ll also have the benefit of an attendant, who is on hand with any help or requests you may have. Polar Patios were priced at around $220 for the days hire and that covers up to 6 guests. With 10 of us in total, we were able to pay an extra $30 a head in order to have us all in the reserved space, bringing the total paid to $340
Initially I thought that the rental for this premium space was very expensive, but this was our luxury treat for this holiday so we didn’t mind the price just this once. However, we did decide to add up the cost had we done the day without the Polar Patio to compare the difference in price. With the water park refillable mugs costing around $15 each, and locker rental priced at $10 that was already a total of $160 for the 10 us. The bottled water provided was also replenished throughout the day and we went through 12 bottles, adding another $30 to our total. We also had the convenience of our towels being changed throughout the day as they became wet, and with towel hire at $2 this would have cost around $40 based on 2 towels per person. Not including the attendant and the reserved, shaded, comfy loungers, we had counted up $230 already. While you wouldn’t necessarily need to buy a mug, or rent towels if you are trying to keep costs low, $110 ($11 per person) for comfy, reserved seating and an attendant who got your lunch for you, provided tips for enjoying your day and was on call for any assistance you may need, didn’t seem too a bad price for the service.
We arrived at Blizzard Beach for opening at 10am in order to make the most out of our full days rental. With 2 young boys with us, we had requested the Polar Patio situated in Tikes Peak, thinking it would give the rest of us the most opportunity to relax while the boys could play. The rental hut were you ‘check-in’ for your patio were able to accommodate us in our request, however I suspect that the later you arrive the more difficult it is to be able to choose which patio you get! Our attendant for the day led us to our patio and helped us get settled in, showed us the ‘call’ button we could press if we needed her and then asked us what time we would like her to return at to take our lunch orders. We were then left to our own devices to enjoy our day at Blizzard Beach!
The loungers provided were very comfortable, and in a lovely shaded area. With young boys, I loved having a shaded area for them to sit and nap in during the day. However, this is the first area where the Polar Patios will let some people down; they are all in shaded areas. While perfect for us, sun worshippers will probably not get full enjoyment out of these premium spaces. The comfort of the loungers compared to the standard ones provided through the park is incredible. Most of our party took a nap at one stage or other during the day, something that isn’t as easy to achieve on the plastic-slatted loungers!
I can’t speak for the areas of other Polar Patios, but ours was in a corner of Tikes Peak, giving us a little peace and quiet. Being in the toddler area was perfect for us as it kept our young boys closest to the area they most wanted to play in. There are a number of Patios dotted through the park, so have a look at their locations on a Blizzard Beach Park Map and request the patio in the area you would prefer to be closest too; you can’t be guaranteed to get the one you want, but it’s always worth asking!
Easily one of the best advantages of the Polar Patio was the attendant who was on hand throughout the day. Along with changing our towels when the were wet and checking that we had enough water in our ice box, she also took our orders for lunch and brought our food back to the patio, saving us any hassle of queueing and waiting for lunch. A complete lazy luxury, I loved this hassle-free way of spending the day at Blizzard Beach as it gave us more opportunity to enjoy the pools and water slides. My pregnant sister also took a craving for popcorn later in the afternoon, and a quick call to our attendant saw two huge boxes of popcorn arrive within 10 minutes; it really was a wonderful experience to be looked after in this way all day.
Overall I really enjoyed the luxury of a premium space at Blizzard Beach. The Polar Patios are a real treat, and I especially loved the padded loungers as they are so much more comfortable than the plastic loungers provided throughout the park. However, the expense of the Polar Patios is something which will make many people think twice about booking one for a day at the water parks. If you are looking for a treat, then I would highly recommend one, but it is not something which most people could splash out on without factoring it in to a holiday budget. If you are interested in a Polar Patio, you can reserve one up to 180 days in advance. However, it is worth noting that payment in full is due at the time of booking; something else to take into consideration when looking into a Premium Area at Blizzard Beach