“ Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida . „
I have just returned from 2 magical weeks at Walt Disney World in Florida.
Walt Disney World is situated in Orlando and includes 4 theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and Epcot), 2 water parks (Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach) and a number of different resorts. We stayed in one of the Disney resorts and visited all of the Disney theme parks and water parks. The first (and my favourite) water park that we visited was Typhoon Lagoon. We reached Typhoon Lagoon by bus. If you are staying at a Disney resort, you are able to catch free buses to all of the Disney parks.
Our park tickets were included in our package, so we didn't have to worry about entry costs to any of the parks. We could come and go as we pleased. However park prices are generally very expensive at Disney. A one day adult pass at Typhoon Lagoon costs $52.00 and a one day child pass costs $44.00, on the gate. These prices are quite high (especially for a water park) but I still think it's definitely worth doing. You can park at Typhoon Lagoon at no extra cost. The park opening times are usually 9am - 5pm or 10am - 6pm. Orlando has all year round warm weather, so any time of year would be a good time to visit. We visited in April and it was very hot. The water is heated and the water temperature is 75-80 degrees all year round, so is suitable for everyone. It is best to get to Typhoon Lagoon as soon as it opens to secure yourself a seat/lounger. Seats and loungers are free to use and there are lots of them, however Typhoon Lagoon gets absolutely packed (from early and throughout the day) and finding somewhere to sit down is extremely hard. You should find somewhere that provides some shade (keep in mind that the sun will move!), like under a tree or next to a rock. Don't forget to put on your waterproof sun cream too, I got very burnt! Unfortunately there are usually wait times for most of the slides, which can be a bit of a downer. Wait times are updated throughout the park. You can leave your possessions on your loungers whilst your explore the park but if you have valuables it would probably be a good idea to rent out a locker. Lockers cost $13.00 - $15.00 to rent for the day and require an additional $5.00 deposit. You can bring your own towels or rent them for $2.00 each. The park also has plenty of toilets, showers and changing areas.
The theming of Typhoon Lagoon is excellent. The park is set up to look like a tropical island in the aftermath of a storm. Surfboards stuck in trees and stranded boats are a common sight here! The theming is fun but not over the top. I find Typhoon Lagoon to be very beautiful and relaxing. It's covered in white sand and palm trees, for a few moments you might forget you're in a Disney water park and actually think you're on a tropical island! The park is quite large and you may find yourself getting lost a few times, although there are plenty of signposts.
As you walk in to the park you will find children's flotation vests. These vests are absolutely free to use and come in different sizes. These were a god send to me as my daughter cannot yet swim and she hates wearing her arm bands. It fitted well and she felt confident in the water whilst wearing it. If you want to take advantage of the free flotation vests you need to get to the park early. The vests went very quickly during our visit. I never thought that the Disney water parks would have characters to meet, but they do. During our visit, we saw Lilo and Stitch (which was quite appropriate as they live on a Hawaiian island). The queues to meet them didn't seem bad either. So make sure you bring along your autograph books!
You can find a number of stalls and kiosks (food and general gifts) at the front of the park, around the entrance. There is also a fast food restaurant and large shop, which sells practically everything you could want. I needed to buy a pair of googles for my daughter, which I bought from the shop for around $13.00. The restaurant and kiosks accept the Disney Dining Plan (a dining plan which you purchase prior to your trip).
The first thing you will notice is the giant wave pool. There is a big boat in front of the wave pool, it sits on top of a giant rock as if it's been stranded there. Every so often (about every 20 minutes) the boat lets out a honking sound which signals that the waves are about to start. The wave pool can hold hundreds of people (most of which stay in there all day! I almost did) and creates 6 foot 'tsunami' waves. I believe Typhoon Lagoon has the biggest simulated waves in the world (well it used to anyway...), they even use the pool after hours to do surfing. The waves are huge and forceful, you should only swim in the deep end if you are a strong swimmer (the deep end is over 7 feet). Young children should be kept in the shallow end but you should still be careful as the waves are still quite forceful in the shallow end and the floor is made of concrete. I saw LOTS of scraping accidents. The wave pool is a definite highlight for me, it's quite an adrenaline rush seeing 6 foot waves flying towards you! I will never forget the collective screams of everybody as the first wave began. The wave pool is surrounded by white sand and sun loungers/seats.
My other highlight was Shark Reef. Here you are given the opportunity to swim with live sharks, rays and fish. I absolutely love sharks (not so much fish!) and I like rays too, so this was a 'must do' for me. I'm not sure I would have the guts to swim with sharks in the wild, so to be able to do this was amazing and something I wont forget in a hurry. The queue time was 45 minutes (although I did visit during spring break) but it did seem to go down fast. The experience is absolutely FREE. You are given a mask and snorkel, and given a quick demonstration on how to use it and what to do when you get in the water. I was a bit freaked out by the fact I had to put the snorkel in my mouth, knowing that hundreds of other people had done the same. However when we picked up our snorkels, the place absolutely stunk of disinfectant and the staff were quite strict ("use the first snorkel you pick up, don't touch more than one") which was reassuring. You could use a free life jacket if you didn't feel you were a strong swimmer. You enter the water in groups of about 10 and are advised not to kick your legs, just use your arms. The animals live in salt water so the water was very cold, however I didn't really find this a problem as I was full of adrenaline and didn't really feel anything as I plunged in to the water! The first thing I saw was a ray (just a couple of metres away from me), followed by a couple of big fish, then a hammerhead shark (right below me), followed by a number of tiger sharks (I think) at the bottom of the reef and some more fish towards the end. The animals didn't seem to be bothered by us being there and most of the sharks stayed at the bottom of the reef (we were told to stay on the surface). They weren't fully grown sharks but some of them certainly looked bigger than I expected! The only downside is that it didn't last very long, I swam across the reef in only a minute or two. It would be a nicer experience (and better living conditions for the animals) if the reef was slightly larger.
If you can drag the kids out of the wave pool, there is also a childrens area called Ketchakiddee Creek. This is a great area for little ones under 48 inches tall and somewhere where parents will feel relaxed to let their youngsters play. One for everybody is Castaway Creek which is a lazy river that runs a full circle around the entire outside of the park. It's a slow moving and relaxing river that you can catch a rubber dingy/tube on (there are lots of entry points and it didn't take us long to find a dingy). I absolutely loved sitting back on my dingy and soaking up the rays, really relaxing and tranquil. Gangplank Falls is a slide in which groups of up to 5 people can ride in a giant dingy. We queued about 15 minutes to get on the slide and had to push the giant dingy up a flight of stairs (so maybe not suitable if you're on your own!). It was enjoyable but nothing special, the kids enjoyed it and it was nice to find a slide that we could ride together. Other (and bigger) slides include Storm Slides, Mayday Falls, Crush n Gusher, Keel Haul Falls and Humunga Kowabunga. I only managed to do a couple of these slides on my most recent visit but I have done them all in previous years and they're all great fun. Humunga Kowabunga was one of my favourites.
Overall we had an excellent day out at Typhoon Lagoon. The wave machine is excellent, the theme and atmosphere is fantastic, the shark reef encounter was great, the slides are good fun, the adults loved it and the kids loved it. I would definitely visit again and would highly recommend it to others. We also visited Blizzard Beach (the other Disney water park) which I found enjoyable, but not as much as Typhoon Lagoon.
This review has turned out a lot longer than I intended but I hope you enjoyed it nonetheless!
I am not really a fan of water parks in general. I am not a particularly strong swimmer and I have to wear glasses as I am very short-sighted so all in all they are not places that I go out of my way to visit. However the Disney water parks are in a different league altogether and I visit them quite happily. There are two Disney ones in Orlando, Florida, Typhoon Laggon and Blizzard Beach.
Typhoon Lagoon is probably my favourite. The park is built with the theme that a huge storm happened which impaled a fishing boat on top of a mountain and the resulting tides and rapids have continued. The setting is like a tropical island. There are lots of palm trees set around sandy beaches with tropical music drifting around.
Arriving as the park opens gives you a good choice of sun beds. The beds are actually quite close together and it can be a bit tricky getting between them. Towels can be rented cheaply and it is a good option as it saves you having to launder all the sand out when you get back home. Large and small lockers are available to rent which are quite a good idea as you don't want to leave money or expensive cameras on your sun beds whilst enjoying the attractions. Waterproof boxes that can be worn around the neck can be bought in the shop and are useful for keys etc.
The park has a couple of family style raft rides; these are my favourites as they do not plunge you under water at the end. The best one is Keelhaul falls. The main problem with these rides is the long walk up to the top of the hill in the hot Florida sunshine! Queues can build up quite quickly so it is worth arriving for opening time.
For fans of downhill slides then Humunga Kowabunga is a must. The height of 5 stories gives an exhilarating plunge (so I have been told by my children!) in a matter of seconds. A one piece swimming costume is recommended for ladies as bikinis do not stand up well to the flumes!
The Shark reef is a little cooler than the main pool, you don snorkels and goggles and you can swim across the pool with small sharks around you. If you don't fancy swimming then there is an underwater viewing area. The sharks are very small but it is still an unusaul experience so is worth a try. We also found that this section of the park seemed to be quieter and calmer as it was away from the big rides.
Ketchakiddee Creek is the area for youngsters. There are some brilliant little slides and a pool for children that will keep them happy for hours. My children are too old for this area but lots of little ones seem to be having a good time.
Castaway Creek is a ring ride that circles the park. The tubes can get a bit congested on busy days but it is quite a relaxing experience travelling along and through caves. There are entry ports all around the park. I travlled on this quite a lot although I wish I could perfect the elegant way some people can get on and off the rings. I always seem to fall in the water! On a cooler day the creek can feel quite cold as it is very shady.
There are several other slides and flumes but they are all located around the huge surf pool. The tides are a lot stronger than you might expect so hang on to little ones. I was amazed the first time I stood in the shallows as it is very easy to lose your footing. The water is lovely and warm and it goes from very deep to very shallow so everyone should be happy.
There are refreshment shacks dotted around and there is a gift shop where you can also buy anything you may have forgotten like sun lotion or goggles.
Just like any waterpark it is wise to have lots of waterproof suncream to hand as it comes off very easily on the slides and flumes. Unlike other Disney parks you are welcome to bring coolers into the park so you can pack a picnic if you want.
My family can spend hours playing here and I am quite happy to lie amongst the palm trees, reading a book and relaxing after all the hectic theme-park days so it really suits us all.
Typhoon Lagoon is one of 2 water parks in Walt Disney World Florida (the other being Blizzard Beach) although there are several other water parks in the Orlando area.
Typhoon Lagoon is my favourite out of the two as i find it so much more relaxing, the shops are better and the rides are more suitable for all ages. As you approach the park there are little story boards that tell you the "story" of typhoon lagoon -
"A furious storm once roared across the seas, catching ships in its path helpless to flee, instead of a certain and watery doom, the winds sweep them here to typhoon lagoon"
As you can probably tell from the above, the theming of typhoon lagoon is based on ships that have been trapped because of a storm. The centre point of the park is a ship called typhoon tilly that is stuck at the top of a rock. Every hour water errupts from the top of the ship.
The main attraction of the park is the wave pool. It goes to about 8 foot deep i think and i personally find the waves easier in the deep end before the wave breaks. Its definately not for weak swimmers though. Be careful as people get thrown about with the waves and ive had many people ending up crashing into me!
Aswell as the wave pool there is a lazy river that goes around the park where you can float along in rubber tubes - although there is the occasional icy cold waterfull to keep you awake! There is also a variety of family raft rides and tube rides suitable for young children.
There is a shark reef area where you can hire snorkels and swim - ive never done this as it costs extra. There is also their newest ride called Crush n Gusher which is a "water coaster" you sit in a family raft (rubber ring) that can seat 2 or 3 people and head off down the slope - they have a type of conveyor belt on the floor of the ride that then shoots you up slopes, round corners and down sharp drops. Remember to not sit too far down in the ring as i ended up with bruises once! It is a great fun ride but not suitable for small children.
I love the shops in typhoon lagoon, they sell lots of different nick nacks aswell as a selection of quiksilver and roxy merchandise. Its a great place to buy flip flops and sandals too!
They have a couple of eating places that sell the usual, salads, burgers, hotdogs and chicken tenders. The food is all really tasty and fresh.
All in all if your in Orlando Typhoon Lagoon is definately worth a visit!
This is one of two water parks on the Disney World property (the other being Blizzard Beach) and one of many in the Florida area. Out of the two Disney Water Parks, I think this might be better for younger children or adults.
The attractions are very varied. There is a large beach with free sun loungers. Great for if you can get to the Florida coast. Crush N Gusher Water Rollercoaster is really good fun. Two people ride on a double ring down & up a water slide that is really great fun & still a pretty unique thing to see at a water park. Shark Reef is a pool of live fish in salt water that you can both snorkle through or walk through a tunnel inside. An interesting & novel idea that gets a lot of customers. I enjoyed this although for me it was a little too interactive for my liking. A school of fish swam at me. Not good!
There are other slides which can be ridden in rings or just down a tube. The park does have a lot to offer. If you're buying the unlimited Disney Ticket, you should definitely give it a go. If you're paying on the door. Pick between this & Blizzard Beach. Your choice will depend a lot on whether you want big rides at the other park or a chance to snorkel with some sharks at this one.
If you have been to Disney land in Florida it is most likely that you have also heard of Tyfoon Lagoon and its partner waterpark Blizzard Beach. Having been to Florida many times now I have only recently actually been to this waterpark. I really felt as though I had been missin gout because it really was fantastic. The entire waterpark is based on a tropical paradise where a tyfoon storm has devestated the island. The most obvious shipwreck is at the top of the mountain and can be seen all over the park, it looks fantatstic! When I first went into the park I found that my first impressions were brilliant I mean, you really do get the feeling that you are in a tropical paradise.
Here are many of the rides that you can go on:
The wave pool and surf pool!:
The park itself has a world class wave pool that produces absolutelt huge waves! Allthough I did not do this, the park is open 3 hours before for optional sufing and they offer lessons so you can learn! This sounds fantastic and next time I go I will definately look in to doing this because I can only imagine how fun it is. What I love most about it is that the water is the perfect temperature, although I at some points it can become crowded. I suppose that is dependant on the time you go and the month in which you travel. The wave pool istself switches between having small waves every half hour or so and having the very big waves that can be 6ft or higher every ninety minutes. Oh and don't worry if you think you might miss it because there are sirens that tell you, however this tends to mean it becomes overcrowded very easily despite being such a huge park.
This is a continuous raft ride that takes you around the entire park, through waterfalls and other features. There is also a very cool feature whether you like it or not that people can use waterguns at certain places to shoot the people below! I found this to be particulalry satisfying when shooting my partner who appeared to have relatively dry clothes!
Keel haul falls:
This is literally a tube ride which is great fun because you travel past waterfalls and caves which really is exciting.
When I saw this I really did think that this was going to be fantastic. I had heard before that it was the longest family raft ride in the world, being over 300ft. It really is great fun and especially so if you are going with the family. At time it can be quite fast but I'm sure your children would not find it too scary, oh and prepare to get wet because you pass through waterfalls!
Have you noticed how all of these rides have their own tropical name, everything at this park goes along with its tropical theme which is what I love so much about it. This ride is a very fast one indeed and so it is not recommend for all! All I can say is that this ride goes so fast you don't get the chance to take a look at where you are going. There is also a height limit and so it is worth checking, I think it is set at 42 inches.
This is a children's water world play area and it really is sweet, there is so many minature rides available that will be sure to keep them entertained!
This has to be my favourite out of all of the park rides, it is in essence a fantastic snorkling experdition where you can watch a coral reef and the fishes (including sharks and manta rays!). You are supplied with a lifeguard and a pair of goggles, but I found that my goggles always leaked which was painfall for my eyes, so always check! It is also worth mentioning that the water temperature is considerably colder than the rest of the pakr, there is a big shower however, which prepare's you though.
The storm slides:
These slides are brilliant they take you past a whole load of features and then just drop you out into one bi pool, great fun!
This is another foam slide where you go down quite quickly and get a great view of the park along the way.
Crush N Guster:
This is another one of my favourite's in the park, there is a choice of different routes available and you go down in a two person raft (ideal for family and friends). You can either choose the bannana blaster, pineapple plunger or cocanut crusher which vary in speed and style. This ride really does throw you around and is great fun!
It even has its own white sanded beaches at different places within the park! Some extra infomration that you may wish to know is that from last time, lockers cost $5 for the whole day and extra towels are available to rent for $2. Another thing that I really loved about tyfoon lagoon was that there are so many excellent gift shops available throughout the park. It is always nice to get some of your friends and family a small present and I felt that the gift shops at Tyfoon Lagoon provided well. There is a big variety in what you can buy and more importantly they are reasonably priced. The food is also worth considering, there is a place called 'Typhoon Tilly's' and another called 'Leaning Palms'. I have used both in the past and the food quality was ecellent, the prices were quite expensive but I suppose you are paying a premium. They offer all sorts of things from hotdogs and burgers to ice cream.
The park is easy to access and is right in the heart of Florida and there are shuttle runs available to and from the park if needed. If you did want to bring your own lunch to try and save money there is a picnic area available called 'Getaway glen' which is very present and there is a good view of the park. I found the park to be very safety orinetated and so if you were worried at all about your children I can assure you that there is lifeguards etc all over. I also really liked the 'Forgotton Groto' which is basically a cave walkway and it really is great fun for all of the family. When going there it can get very hot especially if you go in summer. I sunburn quite easily an found myself in the first hour or so really going red. So I would though rally recommend getting a cheap shirt that you don't mind getting soaked to put on, especially for children. On that topic you can buy sun tan cream from many of the shops within the park so if you didn't have any or ran out for whatever reason it is good to know that it is available.
I found this park overall to be absolutely superb, the atmosphere is great and perhaps most importantly there is a great variety in the amount of water slides. That is what I liked most about it because there is something for everyone there whether you just want to relax or the opposite. It is great fun for all of the family and as I said previously the gift shop and food available is also very good. The park is clean in general and the staff there from my experience are very friendly and helpful which is just what you need. Just remember that if you do have small children there is a height limit on some of the rides but providing they are over 42 inches they can go on any. I would really like to try out the surfing next time I go because it looks fantastic and the surfing school I'm sure is also very good. I absolutely loved this park and I would really recommend it to everyone. I can't wait to go again, it is well worth the money and is brilliant all round.
I hope you found this review useful to you and thank you very much for reading it. I would greatly appreciate any comments, thank you.
This is a real wonderful place for fun & pleasure in Orlando. I will definitely go again there if I got opportunity & time. Lovely scene & environment out there with lovely people. Yes as per price point of view it seems bit costly, but you will get that kind of facility & fun so you will be 100% satisfy with your trip of joy. Transport facility is also not very good, but will not get any trouble due to this as well. A huge mass of clean & warm water attract everybody irrational to age & mood. If you go alone even in that case I promise, you did not free lonelyness or boring, will definitely find some body to join you, thanks to lovely & helpful people coming every day over there. In last I will recommend this site, if you have any plan for visit to florida. thanks you very much for taking your time & interest in Typhoon Lagoon.
© sukhdeo 2008 (posted in its original form on ciao UK under the name dave8london)
Orlando Florida has become a massive attraction that gains thousands of visitors each year, The major attractions being the Disney world resort, is made up of four theme parks and two water parks, the theme parks are the magic kingdom, Hollywood studios MGM, Epcot and Animal kingdom. The two water parks are Blizzard beach and my favourite Typhoon Lagoon.
We visited typhoon lagoon on our last visit to the USA, when we purchased a park hopper ticket this was one of the attractions listed, so as it was paid for we decided to go as it was a very hot day and a water park would be the best way to keep cool.
HISTORY OF TYPHOON LAGOON
The Typhoon Lagoon Water Park was added to Walt Disney world resort, and opened on June 1, 1989, is home to the world's largest outdoor wave pool and attracts not only tourist but learner and professional surfers from all over the world, as the wave pool is a great way to practice their skills.
The water park gets its name from the Disney's legend of a typhoon that ruined a beautiful tropical paradise. So the park has ships, surf boards and fishing equipment ruined placed as features all around the park and the water rides are based on the actual typhoon.
The center of the park has a fishing boat (Miss Tilly) on top of a mountain (mount mayday), and every 30minutes this mountain erupts with a 50 foot gush of water, this is the center attraction and everything else surrounds this spectacular center piece.
There are many things that attract visitors to the typhoon lagoon one of which is the weather as you need to have a reasonably hot day, as you are in the water or at least getting wet. So I would recommend a nice day otherwise you may find it rather cold.
People visit the water parks to cool down from the Florida's summer sun, and experience magnificent water rides and wave machines.
Here are some of the other attractions that typhoon Lagoon has to offer,
GANG PLANK FALLS, on this ride you will be give a huge inner tube, you sit on it and whip your way down the watery slide that has water fall and fantastic scenery. I have to admit I didn't notice the scenery until I looked back up at it as I was too busy holding on for dear life.
This is classed as a mild but wild ride, so it is tame, but with me not being a strong swimmer I held on so tight that my hands were blue. Children can go on this providing they are a certain height, but it is recommended that they can swim.
KEELHAUL FALLS, this ride also involves massive rubber rings, it is a white water rapid ride that throws you from side to side and spins you around.
This was also classed as mild but I would say wild, you get so dizzy from all the spinning and swaying. As I rapidly got down this mountain I was feeling rather sea sick so I only endured this ride once.
MAYDAY FALLS, is the longest waterslide in the park, again you travel down this slide on a huge rubber ring this is by far the best water slide in the park, yes it was very fast and scared the life out of me but I went on it time and time again. It was like oh well I have done it once and survived so I did it again, this gave me the courage to try all of the slides and rides.
SHARK REEF, This was nice to do, I got to swim into a tank with real l sharks and tropical fish, and I still swear to this Day that the fish kept nipping me.
This a saltwater pool surrounding an over turned tanker boat and you can swim with the shark and fish in and around this, all non-swimming visitors can even go inside the tanker boat and watch the sharks and fish through portholes.
STORM SLIDES, there are three very extreme water slides that go as fast as thirty miles per hour, on these you just throw yourself down the slides and after zooming down the slides you land in a huge pool.
These four slides at the Jib jammer, Stern burner, Rudder buster, all three of these are very close together and they entwine into each other, so you can race other rides or even your friends or family.
When riding these, I would recommend a decent swimsuit as you either flash you bust, as the waves had a habit of pulling down your top and your bottoms get wedged (you know what I mean) so you have to be alert as it will be bum cheeks ahoy.
SURF LESSONS, These are held at the parks enormous wave machine. Professional instructors and small classes help you learn the skill of surfing to become a novice and even a professional surfer.
This wave pool attracts surfers and learners from all over the world as every minute and a half, you can surf the waves. This is great to try because as you improve the wave can get larger. 6 foot waves are the maximum that this will go to.
I tried a little bit of surfing, but as the waves got bigger I chickened out and sat back and watched, I was amazed at how big these actually went.
The typhoon lagoon water park is seasonal and opens from April to October, these month may vary depending on the weather climate.
Usual opening hours are 10.00am - 5.00pm, during high season July - August the park is open until 6.00pm.
Extra magic hours can be purchased and these are every Saturday night, the magic hours are 5.00pm until 9.00pm.
Adults $71.00 dollars,
Children under 10 $60.00 dollars, these are for a one day water park pass.
If you are staying for a week you can purchase the weekly pass for,
$219.00 dollars for adults
$182 dollars for children under 10
This is the price for a weekly pass, and will allow you into any of the Disney resort parks.
Extra magic hours can be purchased with weekly passes, for a small extra cost. Extra magic hours entitle you to visit the park when everyone else has left, yes there will be other people there but you will not have to queue or wait for any of the rides.
Magic hours for this park are on a Saturday evening 5.00pm - 9.00pm.
The other six Disney parks magic hours are on different days.
LOCATION OF TYPHOON LAGOON
This themed water park is located at Lake Buena Vista. This is a city in Orange County, Florida, and is mostly known for being home to the Walt Disney World Resort.
The address is 1534 W Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States.
You will find that most hotels will run free transport to all of the Disney attractions. So if you are staying in a hotel it is worth asking at reception.
THINGS YOU WILL NEED
You will need to take these with you on the day,
A swimsuit, this is needed to go into the park, if you don't have one you will need to buy one.
Sun cream, this is a must as you will burn because you will be in and out of the water, you may not feel like you are burning on the day but the day after you will certainly feel it.
Cameras, yes you can take cameras at your own risk, lockers are available if you need to lock it away, if you want to go in the water.
Beach towel, you will need this at the end of the day but during the day you tend to dry off with the sun.
Money, you are best having some money for refreshments, pictures and gifts.
This is a great day out for all of the family, so if you fancy lounging in the sun while the kids play you can sit on the manmade sandy beaches and catch a tan, or you can let your hair down and join in the fun.
All of the rides and pools are manned by trained life guards, so the kids will be fine to go off on their own.
Certain restrictions are in place small children can't ride certain rides if they are too small or can't swim, but the park does make allowances and if accompanied by an adult they too can join in the fun. This is for the mild ride anyway.
I wasn't overly keen on going here as I was not a great swimmer, but I really enjoyed it. I intended to sit around all day with a book and a bottle of tanning lotion, this way I would get a relaxing day and a nice tan.
It didn't quite work out, yes I did relax in the morning but come lunch time I decided to give one of the inner tube rides a go because it looked like great fun but not to extreme, well once I had done one that was it I tried everything and really enjoyed it.
I really enjoyed this day because it was something I never ever thought I would be brave enough to do, but I surprised myself and had a great day.
my family think this is the best water park of all, it's fun as plenty to do and is very big. You need to take extra care when in the wave pool, my husband & daughter was in the 4ft deep area when a wave came, it carried our daughter out of my husbands hands, & my husband was carried that far that when he stood up the water was only up to his ankles. on saying that there are plenty of life gaurds around the whole of the park and in particular the wave pool thers a man made beach with plenty of sun loungers to relax on while the kids are in the water having the time of their lives.
we first went to florida in 1995. obviously we visited all the disney parks. we had a five day hopper pass for the disney resorts and with that we could have a day at blizzard beach, typhoon lagoon and other water parks. we decided to visit typhoon lagoon. it has the biggest wave maker there which the children loved and each time before a wave came you would here a siren go so if you didn't want to stay in the water you could get out. the only thing in this pool was you couldn't really swim because of the waves and admittedly when they came i moved and stayed at the shallow end. there is also like a river that goes round the park kids were sitting in rubber rings just floating round it and adults too. on one part of it you could swim above some sharks which my father-in-law did but didn't realise until we told him when he got out. his face was a picture but obviously it was save or it wouldn't of been allowed. there was also some big water slides there great for all ages. they have changing rooms with lockers so you don't have to lug your clothes about with you. i have to admit i usually find these things a bit boring but all the family wanted to go so i went and we spent all day there and i thoroughly enjoyed myself. we have been to florida twice since then and went back to typhoon lagoon both times.