Welcome To Tidal Wave Party 12 – The Party Just Got Longer! 2018-04-27T03:15:46+00:00



Welcome Aboard! Tidal Wave 12 will begin May 31 and go through Monday June 4 at the Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs. The entire 325-room property has been secured again this year with the return of our Mistress of Ceremonies, RuPaul’s Drag Race All-stars Alum Ginger Minj* all weekend! In addition to the fabulous pool parties with our world class DJ’s we will be adding entertainment options based on your feedback.

We will be adding A Hard Hat Cabaret Show on Friday night, Featuring Ginger Minj*, New York Legendary Drag Performer and America’s Got Talent contestant, Delighted Tobehere*, NBC The Voice’s own Bear Artist, Nakia and a Special guest performer*. There will be a Singles and a Couples mixer, Bingo (Cash & Prizes), “Under Construction”-a Saturday Night Dance, A Silent Auction benefiting both The Make-A-Wish Foundation & The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, an optional Sunday Bloody Mary Brunch and a Sunday T-Dance to keep you entertained throughout the weekend.




CeeLo Green dubbed Nakia “the next big star.” Rolling Stone called Nakia “a bear who knows how to sing,” and Texas Music Magazine said, “His live performances are akin to a religious experience.” All high praise, for sure, but what it all boils down to is this: “Nakia is the real deal y’all, he’s got some serious soul…” That’s what Sharon Jones had to say after she initiated an impromptu duet with Nakia at a show in Austin, Texas.

Ginger Minj


“I’m the whole package! I can sing, I can dance, I can act, I can gab, and I’m not afraid to adapt myself to any situation. Need me to rap? Sure. Need me to sing a show tune? Absolutely. Need me to comfort your sister because her boyfriend just dumped her? I never liked that bastard, anyway. Need me to perform a Bris? You’re in luck, I just got a new bagel cutter.”

Delighted ToBeHere


Delighted Tobehere’s entertainment career began February 2001 where she performed alongside The Armorettes – “The Infamous Camp Drag Queens of the South” – in the legendary nightclub Backstreet Atlanta. Since her momentous first performance, she has been a tour de force in the drag scene both on-stage and behind the scenes.

Jinkx Monsoon


Jerick Hoffer, better known by the drag persona Jinkx Monsoon, is an American drag performer, actor and singer best known for winning the fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Extraordinarily real, some audiences have not yet decided whether Jinkx is a woman or a drag queen. Combating humble beginnings, struggling for social status, raising a homosexual son striving for fame as a comedian, this well-developed character has attained more than acclaim, but a life of her own.



All admission tickets and optional events will be done through EventBrite


  • Includes access to all pool parties, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday & the singles and/or couples mixer.


  • Includes access to all pool parties, VIP Seating for Friday night’s, The Hardhat Cabaret Show, Meet & Greet with Ginger, Delighted, Nakia & Special Guest, Friday and Saturday Bingo, “Under Construction” Party feat. DJ Hazmat and the Sunday T-Dance with DJ John Cross


  • Includes access to all pool parties, VIP Seating for Friday night’s The Hardhat Cabaret Show, “Under Construction” Party feat. DJ Hazmat and the Sunday T-Dance with DJ John Cross


HARDHAT CABARET – $60 (Optional for Bronze ticket holders)

BINGO [FRIDAY & SATURDAY] – $25 (Optional for Silver and Bronze ticket holders)

UNDER CONSTRUCTION PARTY – $15 (Optional for Bronze ticket holders)


Show times and performer line up schedule subject to change. Events will take place weather permitting.


Suggested Park: Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Registration: 12pm – 10pm
Pool Parties: (wrist band required)
2pm-6pm- Early Arrivals Party, DJ Cubby (Clearwater)
6pm-10pm-Embarkation Party, DJ Moose (Atlanta)
10pm-2am- Bon Voyage Party, DJ Barry Huffine (Fort Lauderdale)
Silent Auction: 2pm – 10pm
Vendor Market: TBA


Suggested Park: Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Registration: 11am – 10pm
Pool Parties: (wrist band required)
11am-3pm- Flashback Party, DJ Mike H (Orlando)
3pm-7pm- Capsized Party 1, DJ Cap ‘n Kirk (Orlando)
7pm-9pm Dinner Break
9pm-2am-Capsized Party 2, DJ Bill James (Miami)
Singles Mixer: 7pm – 9pm
Silent Auction: 11am – 10pm
Bingo with Ginger Minj (Cash & Prizes) **Main Ballroom: 2pm – 5pm
HARDHAT-The Cabaret Show 10pm – 12am
Scheduled to appear:
Ginger MinJ
Delighted Tobehere
Special Guest Performer
Vendor Market: TBA


Suggested Park: Disney’s Magic Kingdom
12pm-1pm, Bears Invade Country Bear Jamboree (Magic Kingdom)
Registration: 10am – 8pm
Pool Parties: (wrist bands required)
11am-3pm-DJ Rocker Bear (Orlando)
3pm-7pm-Capsized Party, DJ Gary Hudgins (Raleigh)
7pm-9pm Dinner Break
9pm-2am-Shipwrecked, DJ Brayden (Los Angeles)
Silent Auction: 11am-10pm
Bingo with Ginger Minj (Cash & Prizes) **Main Ballroom: 2pm – 5pm
Couples Mixer: 7pm – 9pm
Under Construction Dance w/DJ Hazmat * Main Ballroom: 10pm-3am
Vendor Market: TBD


Suggested Park: Disney’s Epcot
Silent Auction Pick up: 10am – 2pm
12pm – 6pm The Morning After-Tea Dance
with Ginger Minge & DJ John Cross (Portland)
6pm – 10pm Land Ho-Closing Pool Party-DJ Gary H (Raleigh)
Vendor Market: TBD

* (Optional event for Bronze ticket holders)
** (Optional event for Bronze & Silver ticket holders)
*** (Optional event for all ticket holders)

The Silent Auction beneficiaries are The Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Holiday Inn Paralax

With the recent buy of The Best Western, we are recommending the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista as our overflow hotel. It is located right next door to the Holiday Inn and share a common walkway. We highly encourage you to sign up for their Honors Program before booking your room to receive the best pricing options.

Unfortunately we could not reserve a hotel block without a guarantee for 150 rooms. The hotel will do all it can to keep our guests close to each other and try to be closest to the Holiday Inn side. Please use the link below or call the 800# to reserve your room.

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs™
1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 32830
USA +1-407-827-4000
1-(800) 445-8667 Reservations
(Within walking distance to the Tidal Wave Host Hotel)



Holiday Inn Disney Springs – (407) 828-8888
1805 Hotel Plaza Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830


Standard View – $170
Disney View – $183
Pool View – $196
Premium Pool View – $209


  • All reservations must be made with a major credit card. two one-night deposits will be collected. The first night will be charged on or about March 1, 2018. The second night will be charged around April 1, 2018.  There is a limit of only ONE room reservation per name. We cannot “hold” rooms.
  • The pool and patio will open at 11am on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Wristbands provided at the time of registration must be worn at all times. Each guest must purchase a ticket package to receive a wristband.
  • Check-in begins at 4:00pm and checkout time is 11:00am. Upon request, the Holiday Inn will arrange for baggage storage for attendees’ luggage until actual departure from the Hotel. No late check outs will be permitted, even with IHG Rewards Membership.
  • Our host hotel fills up fast! To book your rooms, you must first purchase one of our ticket packages. Once your transaction is complete, you will receive the on-line booking link. Please note, you must reserve a minimum of three nights, and those must include Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.
  • We also secure a large block of rooms at the Hilton Disney Springs Resort Area. Once the Holiday Inn is full, we will open up the overflow block.


Cancellations MUST be made prior to May 1, 2018 to receive a full refund.
Cancellations made after May 1-15, 2018 are subject to a two day hotel charge.
Cancellations made after May 15, are non-refundable and will incur a full three day hotel charge.


Fat Marker Clothing

Fat Marker Clothing

Pool Party Sponsor


Side Kick Productions

Side Kick Productions

Pool Party Sponsor


Each sponsorship includes banners placed poolside at the event, your logo and link on our website, the Eventbrite ticketing page, all email correspondence as well as mentions on our Facebook page. Each pool party sponsorship also provides a keg of beer for attendees to be distributed by Holiday Inn staff.


Early Arrivals Party – TBA
Embarkation Party – TBA
Bon Voyage Party – TBA
Flashback Friday Party – TBA
Capsized Party – TBA
Double or Nothing Party – TBA
Resurrection Party – TBA
Capsized Party – TBA
Shipwrecked Party – TBA
Once your sponsorship has been purchased you will be contacted via email regarding graphic file information and where to ship your banners.


Why isn’t Tidal Waves being held at Wet N Wild anymore? 2018-02-18T22:09:58+00:00

Wet ‘n Wild was bought out by Universal and decided to close it down and build a new park, Volcano Bay.

Why can’t you buy out another water park? 2018-02-18T22:11:28+00:00

We are looking at several options and want to find make sure we find the right fit. To put things in perspective, the cost to open Wet ‘n Wild was as follows:
$45,000 just to rent out the park
$20,000 for after-hours
$12,000 for staff, lifeguards
$ 5,000 Security
$8,000 for shuttle bus transportation.

Other factors include DJ Salaries, plane tickets, hotels, liability insurance & parking. We are still negotiating with other parks to see if we can come up with a cost effective solution.

Why does it cost so much for a Tidal Wave Party ticket? 2018-02-18T22:13:36+00:00

Based on your feedback, we try to have a well-rounded weekend with something for everyone. A drag show, musical entertainment, Bingo, or Disney Dining may not be your cup of tea, so we don’t charge you for it. This is why there are multiple ticket options available. For those who want entertainment, we have a different tier ticket. You may purchase the bundled options or purchase ala carte, adding the entertainment you would like.
Costs of doing business include Entertainment, Attorney’s, travel, hotel, salaries, sound & lighting for shows/ DJs, extra bartenders, extra hotel staff, and security to name a few .

Why does it cost so much to see a drag show? 2018-02-18T22:14:14+00:00

As with last year, we have hand-picked a talent line up that goes beyond your typical bar Drag Show. Each performer has appeared not only nationally but all over the world. The Hard Hat Cabaret showcases each of these performers’ own unique talents with comedic routines, both live vocals and some lip-synchs. We have also added Nakia from The Voice to round out this show.

Why are the Holiday Inn rates higher during Tidal Wave Weekend? 2018-02-18T22:16:12+00:00

We asked the Holiday Inn this very same question, below is the Answer from Christine (Director of Sales for Holiday Inn – Disney Springs)

Hi Danny,

You are correct that the rates the weekend prior to Tidal Wave are lower, there are several factors that play into this:

Demand – The Tidal Wave event falls over a weekend with high demand in the area which increases the rates, this is why throughout the year you will see different pricing from day to day and week to week

Flow Through – Pre and Post days of Tidal Wave are difficult days for the hotel to sell rooms since the hotel is not able to offer stays that overlap with the Tidal Wave event

Area Hotels – In looking at the other hotels in the area with similar events we are offering competitive rates. In addition we do not inforce policies such as mandatory valet and no outside food or drink in the pool area during the events.

Packages – We do not offer packages during special events such as Tidal Wave, our parking team requires extra staffing and longer hours which prevents us from discounting parking, however we do waive the Resort Fee of $12 for all guests staying under the Tidal Wave block

Staffing/Additional Cost – An event such as Tidal Wave does require additional staffing for all departments, more than any other event throughout the year. Things that we offer such as the poolside bar and grill concessions are at no additional cost to Tidal Wave and the hotel breaks even on these.

Is there an age limit to attend Tidal Wave Party and it’s events? 2018-02-18T22:17:46+00:00

All Tidal Wave events are age 21+. Please be sure to have your ID at all times.

How can I book a room at one of your hotels? 2018-02-18T22:18:45+00:00

Once you purchase your registration ticket (Gold, Silver or Bronze through Eventbrite), you will be provided with an on-line booking link. PLEASE NOTE that unlike past years, there are NO complimentary passes to the pool/patio area. A minimum purchase of a Bronze Admission is necessary for entrance into the pool/patio area.

What names need to be on my hotel room? 2018-02-18T22:19:47+00:00

Anyone staying in your room, MUST be added to your hotel room

What are my transportation or parking options at the event? 2018-02-18T22:21:37+00:00

An overnight parking charge of $12 for self-parking or $18 for valet will apply to all guests with vehicles. There is a daily parking fee of $5 for any vehicles parked for more than one hour. Hotel transportation can be arranged through Mears transportation, Lyft or Uber.

Why is there a resort or service fee on my confirmation from the hotel? 2018-05-18T11:02:20+00:00

We have negotiated to have this fee waived, but it will show up on your confirmation. *Note that the resort fee is only waived for the host hotel at the Holiday Inn. Overflow hotels will still charge a resort fee.



Information on the performers coming to Tidal Wave Party


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