Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park is situated near Disney's Downtown Entertainment district and close to such hotels as Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney's Boardwalk. It's a great place to cool off after a hectic day walking round the major theme parks.
The legend goes that a typhoon hit a small resort village years and years ago and that along with an earthquake and a volcanic eruption, these people weren't very luck were they, left the village in ruins. The villages were a plucky lot and rebuilt the village as best they could, the result being Typhoon Lagoon.
When you get to Typhoon Lagoon you'll need to hire a locker, there are two sizes, small and large, you'll need to pay a fee and also a refundable deposit. You can also hire towels as well, which is really useful as it saves you lugging them round with you when they're wet. There are seperate male and female changing room with showers outside if you want a quick rinse before you get changed.
The main attraction, well for me anyway, is the main pool area. Here you'll see Mt Mayday and perched on it's peak is the shrimp boat Miss Tilly, left here after the typhoon. Every half hour the smokestack on Miss Tilly erupts and shoots a 50 foot flume of into the air. This is also where you'll experience huge waves on which you can bodysurf, yes they are that big. Personally I like to sit on one of the little islands at the edge of the pool and watch people being thrown about by the sheer force of the waves. The main pool is surrounded by white sandy beaches on which you'll find lounge chairs so that you can while away the ours people watching.
But if action is more your cup of tea then why not try out one of the many water slides, from the Humunga Kowabunga, where you can reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour whilst sliding down a 214 foot slide with a 51 foot drop. Make sure your swimsuit bottoms are secure, because believe me, this on will rip them right off. Or why not try Gangplank Falls a raft ride for all the family, where you sit in a rubber raft and are sent down a winding course though waterfalls and down drops. There are many different slides for heights, ages and thrill seekers alike.
For the little ones there's Ketchakiddee Creek, which is only open to those who are four feet tall or shorter, unless you are accompanied by a small child. Here there are fountains and waterfalls and squriting whales all designed to keep the littles happy.
If you want to slow things down then why not take a ride on Castaway Creek, this is a circular lazy river ride which winds throughout the park. Simple wait for an empty inner tude or rubber ring if you prefer to float by and hop on board. But beware, this is not as lazy as you might think, you'll go under a waterfall and at various points be squirted with ice cold water from broken pipes. it can take up to 35 minutes to go around the whole park, if you don't get off, but it's also a good way to get to the other different water slides as well.
There are six places to eat in Typhoon Lagoon all of which are counter service, such as Leaning Palms and Typhoon Tilly's and all serve a varirty of things such as burgers, hot dogs, salads, ice cream, fruit, cookies and drinks.
Typhoon Lagoon is a great place to relax and unwind, but it can also get rather busy and is only open seasonally. So it's best to check ahead of your trip to make sure that it will be open when you get there.
If you have a 14 day park pass then this park will most likely be included on it so you wont have to buy a seperate ticket to enter.
If you were to say to me a year ago that you would make your first steps out of England to Orlando, Florida on the holiday of a lifetime I would have laughed and probably thought you were mad, and yes I used England and not the UK as the furthest North I had been was York and the furthest west was probably Swansea.
My mother-in-law died at the end of last year (2011) and my wife thought that Disney World would be an ideal place to visit and would leave us with memories that we would remember for a very long time. The holiday was booked through Virgin holidays and included 14 day Ultimate Disney tickets and 14 day passes to Universal, a day tour to The Kennedy Space Centre, car hire. We stayed for the 14 days at the Port Orleans (French Quarter) on the Riverside resort with "free" Disney dining plan entitling us to 2 full meals and 2 snacks each per day. The full cost of the holiday was in excess of £12,000.
So for someone with a real fear of heights to be on a 747 at 40,000 feet on my maiden flight of some 8 hours came as a really big shock and had been dreading it for weeks leading up to leaving Gatwick airport on 6th August 2012. Temperatures ranged between 34 and 39 degrees centigrade throughout the whole of our stay until mid / late afternoon when apart from 3 days when we would be subject to a daily thunderstorm which dropped temperatures down to the mid 20's. In fact as the airport doors opened we walked straight out into our first storm, and as we left on our return flight another one was hitting the Orlando area.
When I think of Disney my first reaction is theme parks not water parks of which Disney has 2 - Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Not only am I afraid of heights but I absolutely hate swimming although I can swim reasonably well and don't mind being in the sea so finding me in these 2 parks certainly was unexpected but it wasn't about me, there were 6 of us in the family that were on vacation and it was an experience that I wouldn't have wanted to miss.
Typhoon Lagoon is situated near to Disney's Caribbean Beach resort and Downtown Disney and only a short 10 minute drive from the Riverside resort where we were staying. Our Disney Ultimate tickets were for 14 consecutive days and activated when we entered our first park and all adult tickets were subject to a finger print scan on entry on every visit to every park and like all Disney (and Universal) subject to a bag search. 14 day Disney Ultimate tickets were bought through Virgin at £265 (adult) and £235 (child). The Ultimate tickets together with Disney dining plan were issued individually to us at the reception desk at our resort which also acted as our room key and could whilst within Disney resorts and parks be used as a room charge card. These cards were known as your key to the world and any that allow room charging are linked to your credit card when you check in and charged on departure.
Typhoon Lagoon like all the other parks has a massive car parking area which on our visit during the second week of our stay was probably about 1/3 full. US children went back to school during the 2nd week of our holiday and the resort and parks were noticeably quieter.
On entry we purchased a can of sun spray at about $14 which was almost a daily occurrence (and full of CFCs that are banned in the UK), goggles for my youngest daughter and a card holder that allowed me to keep my credit cards etc in my pocket or looped to my belt in a water tight container (really useful). It was not difficult to spend money and with the hire of towels and locker (part of locker fee refunded) within minutes of being there we had already spent over $50.
Once changed and sprayed, and with possessions safely stowed in the locker we searched for some chairs or loungers around the surf pool. As we dropped off our towels and bags with drinks etc we heard a sudden woosh as a giant wave started heading for the beach. We didn't go in the surf pool at first and decide instead to go on the lazy river (Castaway Creek).
Castaway Creek surrounds the surf pool and main area within Typhoon Lagoon and is accessible from various locations around the park from steps and there is access for those that find steps difficult. This is a very gentle "ride" using large inflatable rubber rings although some (including me) found getting in / on them extremely difficult and at times staying on! There are plenty of lifeguards stationed around Castaway Creek but from my point of view were positioned in the wrong areas because the most dangerous areas were at / close to the access points because of people leaving, people getting on and the clogging caused by the empty rubber rings that were not removed from the water. In fact so dangerous that on numerous occasions meant that I would get off my ring and pull my daughter through the areas as she kept slipping off her ring. Castaway creek is about 3 feet deep and is fun taking about 30 minutes to go around. Under normal circumstances this is great relaxation but if you have any young children that are non-swimmers or have just started to learn it should be treated with a degree of caution.
After we came off the lazy river we walked in to the surf pool. When we entered there were a few gentle waves similar to those that you'd see in a number of wave pools in the UK and although we had seen and heard a giant wave earlier the surf pool was dead quiet! It was over 30 minutes before alarm bells went off and water shot up from the boat on the "mountain" at the back of the surf pool. I was expecting extra water to enter from the back of the pool but it didn't appear to be any different as the water rose some 8 or 9 feet and rushed forward towards the beach area. Many walked or swam towards shallower water while others tried various methods to ride or swim the wave with varying degrees of success. We decided to get to roughly waist deep and brace for impact! I grabbed my youngest daughter and survived although not all my family managed to stay on their feet and were swept over!
By about 12pm we decided that we were in need of sustenance so after visiting the restrooms we walked around the numerous shops that were around the side of the Surf Pool and 5 of us decided to have fried shrimps, fries, cookie and coke / other soft drinks and the other was a hot dog, chips (crisps similar like Walkers), cookie and a coke which were all paid for as part of our Disney snack plan which would have cost in excess of $120. It was a memorable experience because we decided to pay for everything using the meal plan associated with our room. (We had 2 rooms - me, my wife and 2 daughters in one and our son and his partner in the other). Unfortunately, Disney systems did not allow for more meals charged than the number of guests in the room and so 2 meals has to be cancelled and re-entered as a separate transaction. It meant that we had been charged for more meals than we had actually ordered and needed a degree in maths for them to correct the problem and although they believed the corrections had been made we weren't convinced it was - as 2 extra cokes, fries and cookies were to prove. Still the food was good (including the drinks).
Shark Reef is near to where we had our meal and is where with the aid of mask and snorkel you can swim with the fish in a reef pool. We watched a number of children as they swam across the surface of the pool and although it looked fun we were wary of the "shark" and weren't convinced we could do it and for $20 each didn't want to take the risk.
Apart from the lazy river our only concern was the sharp bottom and sides of the lazy river and surf pool and we did have the odd graze - luckily we had already purchased swim shoes otherwise we may well have had cuts on the bottom of our feet / toes.
Although we spent some 3 hours at Typhoon Lagoon we did not feel brave stupid enough to go on the many slides at Typhoon Lagoon we had a great time. There are numerous slides and a children's play area that we only knew about after leaving the park. The park opening hours are seasonally adjusted and generally it opens at 10am. As our entry was included within the Disney Ultimate ticket we didn't pay on the day, but in general if you buy period tickets (eg 7 / 14 or 21 day) you get substantially better value per day.
If we could afford to go back to Florida, Typhoon Lagoon would definitely be on my list if we bought Disney Ultimate tickets again and would consider it for the hottest part of the day and if possible one of Disney's other parks when the temperature cooled. We loved the park and you will too.
I would recommend Disney World to anyone, it is an experience you will never forget and if you can afford to go planning is essential and it is beneficial to book any special events etc at least 6 months in advance to avoid disappointment. Disney is expensive, but their merchandise in Florida with exchange rates is better value than the UK. If you can afford to go set yourself a limit and stick to it, you'll probably never do it again (like us) and you don't want to end up in debt!
I recently visited Typhoon Lagoon for the first time. Having never been to any sort of water park before, I really didn't know what to expect. I'm not very adventurous with theme park rides, and extreme sports, but even I was able to have a wonderful time. I tried the Humunga Kowabunga, an extremely high and fast water chute, and the Crush 'n Gusher (a water roller-coaster!). They weren't really my cup of tea, as I found them a little too extreme. My boyfriend, however, loved them, along with all the other more extreme attractions. The wave pool was great fun, and Castaway Creek, the long lazy river that gently carries you in a big circle around the entire park in a giant rubber ring, was absolutely wonderful - I could have stayed on it all day! The snorkelling area was fascinating, with all sorts of interesting sharks, stingrays, etc.
This water park is an absolute must if you are in the Disney area. It's very different to the theme parks, as you aren't bombarded with all the usual disney memorabilia everywhere. You really have the choice of relaxing in the sandy-beach areas or on castaway creek, or getting a thrill on some extremely exhilarating rides.
You leave all your belongings in lockers, so you are free to roam the park in just your swimsuit. I left my flip-flops in my locker, as you cannot take them with you on any of the rides. the floors were kept clean and safe enough to go barefoot.
Typhoon Lagoon is Walt Disney Worlds 2nd water park. It was opened June 1989 and replace Disney River Country which was closed due to water regulations and other issue with the park.
The story around Typhoon Lagoon is well known. A Typhoon that wreaked havoc upon a formerly pristine tropical paradise. Ships, fishing gear, and surfboards are strewn about where the storm flung them. Miss Tilly (a shrimp boat) was carried by the Typhoon and left atop the mountain. The parks' mascot is named "Lagoona Gator" who is related to Blizzard Beach's mascot Ice Gator.
Miss Tilly is the icon of the park. She is also the centrepiece of the park. She is impaled upon a mountain named "Mount Mayday" that erupts a 50-foot (15 m) geyser of water every half hour, right before the bells of the watch sound on Miss Tilly.
The park is most famous for having the biggest inland wave pool in America and once the world. The wave machine can produce 6 ft waves every couple of minutes. Before the park opens the wave pool is also used for surfing practice.
The newest attraction here is Crush 'n' Gusher. This is a Water coaster where two to three person rafts are propelled by water jets through hairpin turns and drop-offs. The ride has 3 tracks so you will never be board with this ride. My hint on this ride is also keep your bum off the floor as it hurts if you catch it.
The park has a 2,100ft lazy river that goes round the edges of the park. When swimming around listen out for the sound of the wave pool.
If you like snorkelling, try Shark Reef. Snorkel through a saltwater reef populated with stingrays, bonnethead, leopard sharks and tropical fish. All the equipment is provided free of charge which is very good as most parks charge extra.
For the kids they have Ketchakiddee Creek an area dedicated for children with water fountains and slides.
This park has loads of space for sunbathers and has perfect white sand beaches. The above is just a small number of slides and pools to enjoy. This is the perfect park to unwind and relax or try out things you have never done before. It is worth the $40 entrance fee any day.
Disney has two water parks - Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Of the two I would say that Typhoon Lagoon was my favourite.
Usually when we go to a water park it is really crowded and difficult to find a spot to lay your towels etc, however we did not find that here. All around the park there are plenty of shady spots where, once you have situated yourself, it is easy to explore the rest of what is on offer.
One thing I would recommend is that you buy a sun safe top as it is so easy to get burnt at a water park - getting in and out of the water all the time it is really easy to forget your suncream may have washed off! Also, if you have delicate feet it may be worth buying water shoes. Although there is sand, when walking bare foot on the concreted areas you can get very sore feet.
If you just want a relaxing ride then try the Lazy river, this winds slowly round the whole park and is a joy. However if you like waves then venture into the main pool area - the waves are on every 90 seconds and are awesome!
There are also some reasonably big rides such as crusher gusher if this is your thing or you can snorkel with sharks!!!
A quality relaxing day can be had by all!
Typhoon Lagoon is a fantastic place to spend a whole day or even just a couple of hours. The parking is free and if you have bought one of the 14 day disney park tickets there is unlimited access throught these days.
The lazy river around the perimeter of the park is one of my favourites, not forgetting the shark reef where you can snorkle above real nursing sharks and thousands of tropical fish!! It can be quite cold, but well worth it.
If you buy a cheap disposable waterproof camera in Wal-mart you can enjoy taking pictures to remind you at home, without the worry of damaging your own expensive camera.
If you would like to learn how to surf,you can apparently go in upto two hours before the park opens. You have to book this in advance, but if you fancy it you can arrange this early on in your holiday. Be warned it is really easy to get burnt whilst queuing for the many fantastic slides. This was our redest day!!!
Typhoon Lagoon is one of two water parks at disney, the other being Blizzard beach. This is an excellent water park which is very family orientated.
When you arrive you walk througha beack type walk way filled with palm trees and stalls, selling refillable drinks mug at $12 each. This is unlimited drinks so one to share should be enough for you, and a couple of money saving tips are that if you take your refillable mug back either to typhoon lagoon or blizzrd beach you are able to get a new sticker for only $6. There is the locker stall where it cist roughly $5 to rent for the day. Once changed in the open plan changing rooms you can walk round to scope out a spot, there is lots a space and the sunbed areas are generally quite shaded. It is pretty much to leave your towel and refillable mug underneather you sunbed and go and enjoy the rides.
The main pool is the wave pool which produces 7ft waves every 90seconds, these are really good fun and unlike anyother wave pool i have ever been to. You can if you wish to pay $120 each take surfing lessons in the morning in this pool before the park actually opens.
Other main attractions include the shark reef where you are given snorkelling equipment (life vest are provided fort hose who are not strong swimmers) and put in to a rather cold salt water area which is full a sharks, albit very small sharks but sharks none the less and other tropical fish, you generally are herded in a straight lineas there are so many people in at one time you cant really stop to linger, if you attend first thing when the park opens you get a better chance of seeing alot more.
Crusher GUsher is the main slide which claims to be a water rollercoaster, it is a tube ride and you can ride with a partner. It is rather good and if your lucky you, the photo pass people stand at the bottom and take your picture as you come down, all though dont rely on this as they are few and far between in the water parks, you can pick up cheap enough dispoable waterproof cameras.
The rest of the park includes your usual lazy river and family rides not very different from any other water park.
Prices do vary depending on what tickets you have for disney, for the british it is included in the ultimate ticket.
On our trip to disney land last year we visited typhoon lagoon for a day of fun in the water and that is exactly what we got, there is so much going on there you can never run out of things to do.
There are nine water slides there with varying degrees of fright as you go down them , they all have height restrictions of over 48inches tall. the best 3 are
humunga kowabunga is a five storey high water flume that is fast moving and completely enclosed.
May day falls is a long water slide that travels slower taking you through caves and waterfalls along the way and you get to have a look at the beauty of the place. You travel around this on a blow up ring.
Cast away creek is a slow moving ride which you travel on in a inflatable ring that takes you all around the park, this is a good way of getting from one area to the next as you have lots of points where you can get off.
There is an area called surfs up wher it is an immitation beach that has a rough sea for anyone into surfing and a sandy beach for you to sun bathe on.
Ketchakiddie creek is designed especially for children under 48 inches tall who cannot make the height restrictions for the other rides, there are lots of fun things for them in this area to play with and to go on, there are some great kids flumes, a small wave pool and a beach.
You can rent towels when you get there but we took our own, they have lockers to put your belongings in, life guards all around to keep every one safe, you can rent inflatable aids for children who cannot swim aswell as adults. There are quite a few fast food out lets that serve food and drinks but at high prices.
The queues can get long during the buisy parts of the day for the food and the slides so you are better off getting there early and having a good go on the slides before it fills up like we did then spend the afternoon relaxing on the loungers.
This is a great day out and a good way to get some relaxation time in wholst in disney land.
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon water Park is a wonderful place to spend a relaxing day after the madness of the theme parks. We spent a fantastic day, under the shade of trees, basking by the lagoon. There are plenty of sun loungers and chairs to be had. The lazy river that circles the whole park is a great way to 'chill out'. Ques for water slides build up during the day. We were disappointed by the family white water rafting ride - GangPlank Falls. Having stood in line for 30 minutes, the ride was over in a couple of seconds and not too thrilling either! The other slides were worth the wait. The shipwrecked boat, Miss Tilly, that sits atop Mayday Mountain provides a stunning backdrop to the park. She shoots water from her funnel at regular intervals, accomapnied by the ships hooter which signal the 6ft wave in the surf pool. There are loads of life guards on duty looking after everyone's safety. Unlike the Disney Theme parks, there is no charge for parking, which is great.
Get to the park early to avoid the rush and get a good shady spot at the waters edge.
Make sure you take plenty of sun cream.
Buy a refillable drinks cup (about $10) this can be used all day for free refill from the refill stations around the park.
Lockers are avilable to store valuables. Most people seem to leave towels, shoes, books etc on their chairs and wander off.
The first theme park on my trip to Orlando was Typhoon Lagoon. I had last been there in about 1992 so was interested to see it again. Typhoon Lagoon is part of the Disney family and was opened in 1989. The idea behind the park is that it was created as the result of a huge storm which caused the rapids to form and the boats to be blown there from a nearby fishing village. As with everything Disney, this is another land of make believe!
Typhoon Lagoon is part of the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. You can reach Disney World many ways, although we used hire car. Driving there is very simple and Walt Disney World is signposted straight off the I4 (the main road passing through Orlando). The nearest airport is Orlando International, to which many airlines fly direct from the UK. You can get shuttles from the airport. Once inside the Resort the signposting is fairly good, even if all the road systems look exactly the same! Be careful though as the signs often run out when you're close to your destination (why does that always happen with tourist attractions??).
As soon as you see anything associated with Disney you know this is not going to be a cheap day out. A single day in Typhoon Lagoon costs $40 for anyone over 10 and $32 for anyone 3-9 years old. You can combine your Typhoon Lagoon tickets with other tickets for parks in the Disney World complex and if you are staying for a long time in Disney then this definitely cuts the cost down. We were only spending two days, however, and we already had one ticket from a previous trip, so we just paid when we got to the park.
The opening times of the park can vary a lot. At the moment the park is opening at 9am and is open until 8pm, however, this changes from September when the hours will become 10-5. The park is closed for refurbishment in November and December this year (with no indication as to whether this carries on until January and I'm not sure if this refurbishment is a one off or an annual event). The opening time is extended for one day a week for those people staying in a Disney Resort hotel, which is great because you get the park to yourself for a couple of hours and means the queues go down to nothing. My advice is to check the online calendar before you go and to check with your hotel about opening times.
The park can close at times due to the weather. Florida is notorious for thunder storms and obviously these aren't such a great mix with a water park!! If there is a thunder storm within a certain radius then they shut all the rides. This happened to us not long after we arrived (we got there in the afternoon). If the weather is bad enough they will shut the park completely. Closing the rides for a little while can actually be a good thing because we went and got some food and a lot of other people left which meant that we didn't have to queue for anything after they reopened the park.
We got to the park in the afternoon and parked easily, fairly close to the park entrance. Whether we went on a quiet day or whether others had already left I'm not sure, but it wasn't over-crowded when we went.
Once we'd bought our tickets, which was an easy process, we made our way through the electronic gates (where you also have to give your fingerprint so they can make sure you are using the same ticket if you re-enter the park). You then make your way through the various bits of tat that they are trying to sell you into the park proper. We made our way to the toilets to get changed. I have to say I was quite unimpressed by the toilets and changing facilities considering it was a water park and that it was Disney. They were dark and although clean they weren't spotless. Once changed we paid for a locker ($10!!!! With $5 back at the end) and headed to find some chairs to put our stuff down on. I would say don't bring anything valuable and then you won't have to worry about leaving your stuff on the chairs but in reality at least one person has to bring the room key or the car keys or a wallet so hiring a locker is the only option unless one person stays with the things all the time. As we were on a girly holiday we wanted to do all the rides together so the locker was duly paid for! We did find seats, although finding 4 together was quite a challenge. We then headed for the various attractions which I shall go through one by one:
The Surf Pool: This is the main pool in the park and is right in the centre. The pool starts off very shallow, so that you walk into it. Every minute or so there is a wave released from the deep end of the pool. Everyone waits for this wave so they can swim in on it. The pool is really fun, but I found that there's only so much time you can spend in there as it's quite repetitive. The pool is good because it's so shallow at the one end that any age can go in it. However, I did find that the bottom of the pool is really rough and you can easily scrape yourself on it. I did notice a couple of kids with grazes on them (you would think they'd change this given how health and safety conscious the Americans are!). Also, the wave is big so you'd have to be careful with children. The deep end is also very deep so you would again have to be careful. I had a few water up the nose incidents! There are lifeguards on duty around the pool which gives peace of mind.
Humunga Kowabunga: This was definitely one of the best but one of the scariest slides in the park. It's a bit like the kamikaze slides they have in some water parks, in that it goes straight down vertically. There are three slides. You sit at the top and wait for the light to go green and then let yourself go. I closed my eyes - it was that mix between sheer terror that you're dropping and excitement. It was over in a matter of seconds. Don't be surprised if you have a wedgie when you get to the bottom as the force of falling followed by shooting through the water at the bottom pushes your swimming costume up. I ended up with a wedgie and am fairly sure I flashed the audience at the bottom of the slide (oh yes, I paint an attractive picture!).
Storm Slides: These are the more everyday slides that children can go on as well (although not the youngest as there is a height restriction). There is a choice of three slides which go around and through tunnels etc. These were fun and lasted longer than the Kowabunga, but were tame in comparison. We were lucky on the day we went that weren't a lot of queues so we went on all three of the slides.
Shark Reef: This was excellent. You are given a snorkel and mask and you can swim with sharks! As you queue up you are given a lot of safety information. You are then given another safety briefing when you enter the water. The water in the shark reef is freezing! The sharks themselves are not very big and they're obviously harmless but it's still a thrill. There are other fish in there as well which are beautiful and very colourful. I'd definitely recommend doing this one!
Crush 'n' Gusher: This was another complex of slides. For this one you collect you go in twos or threes. You collect your inflatable at the bottom of the hill and then walk up the steps to the top. I think they should have installed a conveyer belt to take the inflatables to the top so that you don't have to traipse up the stairs with them! This was a great slide, lots of ups and downs and quite fast. I really like the fact that you're on there with someone else - I think it makes it more fun!
Gang Plank Falls: This is another slide where you are on with other people. You ride a tube for four people down the rapids. This was a really fun ride but we did find that ours bums were dragging on the floor of the ride (and no - we haven't all got big bums!!).
Mayday Falls and Keelhaul Falls: These two rides are again on tubes but this time you go down on your own. They were fairly standard water rides and were fun.
Castaway Creek: This is one of the more famous features of Typhoon Lagoon. The creek winds its way around the park. You sit in a rubber ring and the current pushes everyone round the creek in the same direction. This is a relaxing ride to go on, although if you fall asleep you will get woken up as you go through the waterfall! There are also opportunities for people on the side to squirt you with water guns - not keen on them! We only went round this once as it was nice to relax but we wanted a bit of fun! If you go on here with children be careful as the current can mean you lose people quite quickly (the last time I was in Typhoon Lagoon we lost my cousin like this - she fell asleep and just kept going round and round!).
Also in the park there are beach areas, which we didn't use, but which are good if you have little kids. There are places to eat as well. We ate while the rides were closed down during the thunder storm. The food was the usual mix of American fast food. I had a burger and chips which was tasty but nothing to write home about. The prices were not too stupid for a theme park. There were also lots of stalls selling food such as ice cream and drinks. The others had ice creams (huge things) but I don't like ice cream so didn't partake. They sold one ice cream sundae in a bucket and you were given a spade to eat it with (literally!)....I would suggest sharing this one!
There were some shops and stalls in the park selling the usual bunch of tourist fare. There were lots of swimming related items (towels, snorkels etc). Lots of the items had Disney characters on them. Again the prices seemed fairly average for theme parks (i.e. overpriced for what you're getting!). We didn't buy anything, deciding to save our money for the outlets later in the holiday!
Absolutely! Typhoon Lagoon is a really fun park to visit. There are lots of slides to do and they are really fun. To save money I recommend taking your own food as this can really add up if you have children. I think it's great for all ages. We were all 25 and had no children with us and we had a great time. It is expensive to get in but I think if you're heading for Disney World in the first place you know that it's not going to be a cheap holiday! I would say that one day is enough in the park and we saw everything in a couple of hours. In this way it is perhaps not the best value but I still think it's worth a visit.
Typhoon Lagoon is one of two water parks provided in Walt Disney World, Blizzard Beach is the other.
During my trip to Florida in March of this year, we opted for Typhoon Lagoon as we had heard this was the better out of the two water parks.
How to get to Typhoon Lagoon:-
Disney Transportation buses operate to Typhoon Lagoon approximately every 20 minutes and they pick up from all of the Disney Hotels, unfortunately you can no longer get the connection from Downtown Disney straight to Typhoon Lagoon, you do have to go via a hotel to get there, bit complicated but easy enough to do really.
The buses are free and we got our connection from the Polynesian which was a 10 minute walk from the Disney Transportation and Ticket centre located at Magic Kingdom.
When we arrived at Typhoon Lagoon, we followed the entrance procedure whereby you have your bag checked and then you place your ticket into the machine on the turnstile, provide your finger prints and then proceed through the turnstile into the park.
As you enter the park you arrive at Boat Wreck Cart which is a gift shop and this is where you can purchase a key for a locker to store all of your items. This costs $10.00 and is ideal for 2-3 people and $5.00 is refunded upon return of the key. You can also purchase gitcards so that you can use them in the shops and food areas rather than having to return to your locker to get cash, the gift cards are waterproof and you can credit them at every points and they come on a wristband so you don't have to worry about losing them.
In the centre of the park is the Typhoon Lagoon surf pool and it was not something that I enjoyed as I am not good in deep water, so this was somewhat of a shock to my system when the 6 foot wave came crashing through the Surf Pool dragging me under the water, it is not one for those not confident with swimming. There is a loud crash noise to warn you that the wave is coming but does not give you much time to get out of the water, so I stayed close to the edge where you still felt the power of the wave even then.
Castaway Creek is my kind of fun as you board a large rubber ring and lie back and float along the river, through various rainforests, caves and grottos but beware as there is one area that kids can squirt you with a cold water cannon so if you don't fancy the full 20 minute cruise there are regular intervals that you can choose to exit the lazy river.
There is also a sandy white beach which is an ideal place to set up camp and leave your towels in the free seating area, then return to relax in the shade if the temperature gets too high. One tip I have is make sure you have plenty of high factor water proof suncream as we had waterproof but in a low factor as the weather was not at its hottest and we really really burnt and we were in complete and utter agony it was awful.
Shark Reef is an interactive experience as you can swim with sharks, tropical fish. This was something that my boyfriend Mark really wanted to do, but again it was not something I was too keen on so we settled for walking under the submarine and view all the people snorkelling and swimming with the fish.
Crush "n"Gusher is a relatively new feature of Typhoon Lagoon and is available for 2 or 3 riders where you sit in a large inflatable as you climb hills, fall down vertical drops it is really something to get the adrenalin pumping!! There are 3 different slides to experience and they are something you do have to experience!!
Keelhaul falls is for individual riders and is ideal for those that don't want the adrenalin pumping too much! A more traditional water slide that takes you through twists and tturns before landing into a pool no more than 3 ft deep, my kind of ride.
Mayday falls is more turbulent it is really bumpy and a lot faster and a lot higher to get to the top, all the same I really enjoyed the ride and found that the most strenous part was climbing to the top.
Gangplank falls is ideal for the family and you can sit 2 adults and 2 children comfortable in a raft that falls slowly through tunnels and turns and you do get pretty wet on this one!
Humunga Kawabunga, now this neither of us could face this is a 214 foot enclosed slide shooting almost vertically this just looked too scary for words.
One bit of advice is to purchase one of the refillable plastic cups which are $9.99 and you can fill all day long, they come with a barcode which you need to present to the drinks point in order for the drinks to be dispensed, you get through quite a lot of pop in the waterpark and you can refill as many times as you like and is ideal for the kids as they can keep going backwards and forwards to refill.
Refreshements available included Pink Lemonade, Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Minute Maid Lemonade and Water.
Typhoon Lagoon is great to relax, and have fun and is suitable for all ages as there is indeed something for everyone and I highly recommend a visit there.
Disneys typhoon lagoon is my favourite of all the disney water parks. It has something for everyone there. Whether you like to just lie back and relax or for the more adventurous you will find something at Typhoon Lagoon that you will enjoy. It is easy to get to from the disney hotels and the disney transportation centre. A free bus will drop you right outside the entrance and will pick you up in the same place when you come out. Admission to the park is free for children under 3. For adults it costs $43 and children $35 but if you have a disney hopper pass you will be able to use this. Grab a park map on your way into the park to find out where everything is. Lockers are available for hire when you get into the park. They have small or large lockers available. The charge for a small locker is $5 plus a $2 deposit which you get back later when you return the key. The large locker cost $7 + $2 deposit. There are also life vests and towels available for use. There are restrooms/toilets jotted around the park. A first aid room is situated at the front of the park. Food and drinks can be brought from various places all over the park. Leaning palms is a very popular one serving burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, pizza and salads. A variety of soft drinks are also available. Happy landings serves a variety of ice cream Typhoon Tilly serves sandwiches and salads Lowtide Lou’s serves snacks of potato chips (crisps), pretzels and soft drinks. Lets go slurpin serves frozen drinks and spirits Surf Doggies serves hot dogs and turkey legs. These can all get very busy at lunch times and finding a table to eat at is almost impossible. We found our selves having to stand for about 10 mins until there was space. There is only one shop selling souvenirs in Typhoon lagoon. This is situated not far from the entrance and exit. Called Singapore Sal’s it is quite a large shop and it sells beachwear, gifts and
sundries. This water park is suitable for people of all tastes. If you are the type who enjoys relaxing on the beach and soaking up the sun, just grab yourself a lounger and you can sunbath on the silver sand beach next to the large lagoon. Or relax at ‘Out of the way Cay’ a sun-drenched beach getaway. There are plenty of free sun beds and chairs in these areas. For those of you who enjoy the large water slides there are a number of these too. The biggest of these slides is called Humunga Kowabunga, this is three large slides all next to each other. There is a height restriction for this ride of 48 inches, if you are shorter that this you will have to grow a bit before you are able to ride. This ride is high and very fast, the slides each a long tube type slide, you come shooting out at the bottom and straight into the pools at the bottom. Next to these fast slides are some more Body Slides for which there are no restrictions. They are nowhere near as fast. There are quite a few raft rides at typhoon lagoon. These are fun to go on. They are not very fast and are suitable for all ages. Grab yourself a raft as you wait in the que. Mayday falls and Keelhaul falls must be ridden on your own but Gang Plank falls is a family raft ride and you can fit up to 4 smallish people in the raft. There are also slide areas for very small children to enjoy as well. If you are feeling brave you should head over to the shark reef where you can experience snorkelling with sharks in the salt water reef. I was not feeling that brave but I am sure that some of you would like this part of the park. Snorkel equipment can be hired from the Shark Reef Dive Shop which is situated next to the reef. My favourite part of typhoon lagoon has to be the lazy river. This is a river that runs around the edge of the park and has 5 entrances and exits around it. All you have to do is get yourself a rubber ring, jumps in it and just lie back and f
loat around the river. There are a number of waterfalls around the river where you will get wet. Some of these the water is very cold and can come as a bit of a shock when you get soaked. Lying in these rings and floating around allows you to get a great suntan, but do remember to wear lots of waterproof sunscreen because you don’t want to burn. It takes about 10 - 15 minutes to completely float around the river. The exit points get very crowded and you can often get stuck here for a minute as people try to get out of the river and others struggle to get spare rings and get into them. Beware for people who choose to swim around the river. The park is set around a large lagoon. This is known as Typhoon lagoon surf pool. Every few minutes a horn will sound and a large wave comes along. Signs around the pool tell people to be careful in this pool. Children should be supervised and if you are not a strong swimmer you will need to stay in the shallower areas. The waves are very strong in this pool and it does get very busy. There are a few seats around the edge on the wall, but once a wave comes is can easily still soak you up to your neck if sitting here. A piece of advice from me is to take a pair of flip flops with you. I didn't and I found the paths and the sand can get very hot after the sun has been on them for a while. This is a great water park with something there for everyone.
It's been a few years since I was at Typhoon Lagoon, but I still remember almost every detail. I was touring Orlando with my parents, and we bought Hopper passes which were great because we went to Typhoon Lagoon in the day, and then toured Epcot at night. It's important to note that we went mid January, which was great because the parks are almost deserted, we had no waits for inner tubes or to go on the slides. The only down part is that Typhoon Lagoon is the only park open, the other two are closed for maintinence. The weather was a bit cool, so that might have detered people from coming, but having come from Canada, the weather seemed like summer to us. There are plenty of lockers to store your clothing in, and I believe you can rent towels, though I suggest brining your own, because they are not that great in size. The main attraction is the wave pool, and it's amazing. It's the largest man made wave pool in the world. I was a little nervous at first because the waves can be daunting, so I stayed around hip level water for the first bit. And the waves are still pretty powerful there. Quite a few knocked me down. Eventualy I went into the deeper waters, and had a great time. A word of cation, if you can bring those shoes you can wear in the water, because the floor of the pool is pretty rough, and I got many a scratch on my feet and even on my arms too. Every so often a horn blows to tell you that either a giant 6 foot wave is comming or there are nice mini waves good for body surfing. My mom and I would go to the shallow end when ever a large wave came, but once a horn blow, and my mom thought it was the mini waves so she started going deeper but i knew it would be the big wave so I headed to the kiddie section. I loved seeing the look in her eyes when she saw that huge wave comming toward her. If you have small kids there are two sections were they can go, and the waves are very gentle. Castaway Cre
ek is great it's a gentle tube ride that slowely take you around the park, but if you want you can hop off at different times. It take about 30 minuites to go full circle. You can swim safely with sharks [they are under plexy glass]. I did not know that fact, and since I have a slight phobia of sharks I opted to sit this one out, but my dad did it, he loved it so much he went again. That's probaly my only regret of the trip, that I didn't go snorkling. There are the two huge slides Humanga Kawobunga [or how ever you spell it] but I was too scared to try those out. If you are girl and go on this, I suggest a one piece. I read in a book that the best job of the park is to help the people off the ride, because usually once each hour, a women loses her top on the way down. There are many great slides and rafts that you can ride too, each taking you on a slightly different route, and you can even take a hike up to Miss Tilly, the giant ship at the top of the park. This park only has one gift shop and one fast food resteraunt, but I do believe they let you picknick, which can save you some money, even though the SuperMarket prices in Orlando are outrageous. All in all a great park to visit, even if only for a couple of hours
Typhoon Lagoon is one of the three water parks held in the Disney Park area. The others ones are Blizzard Beach and River Country. I have to say though this was my favourite of the two. FOOD Around the different areas there will be somewhere for cocktails, pastries or even hot food. When I was there I went to a food stall beside the main pool which sold hotdogs, turkey legs and drinks. It wasn't very expensive and it was nice. There was nowhere to sit though, you sat on a sunbed on the beach, or chairs. The day I went here I prayed for it to be sunny, and I was very lucky it was one of the hottest days of my holiday. Anyway, you go into the entrance get changed and put your items into your locker. You then usually make your way into A-Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool-this was the pool I spent most of my day in. When I was eating I heard screams, and then all of a sudden a wave shot up and came over the pool picking up people until the end of the pool. I ran in as soon as I could, what it is, is that from the start of the hour until 30 minutes into every hour (e.g, 4:30, 3:30) the huge tidal waves went on. You sit in the pool and a noise comes, everyone screams and then you see this huge wave coming towards you, you know you will be pulled under so usually everyone holds their breath and ducks under, some people try to swim on top of it. I loved this, it was great. From the half past of the hour until the o'clock the wave machine is on, causing the pool to be choppy like the sea this is brilliant too. B-Castaway Creek-Continuous Flowing River Entrances-This is brilliant to go to different parts of the park. You grab a rubber ring sit on it, hold onto it whatever and then get pulled along, this is relaxing and there are fun parts on the way. C-Ketchakidee Creek- what this is, is slides, rafts and bubbling jets for children, I didn't get to go hear so I can't talk much about it. D-Keelhaul
Galls-This was good, it's a ride on rubber rings (rafts), but you have to be 48 unches tall or under to get on. E-Mayday Falls-this is like the ride above on rafts. F-Gang Plank Falls-This is a family raft ride just the same idea as the 2 above. G-Humunga Kowabunga-these are triple speed slides. You need to be 48 inches to go on. These are quite high. H-Storm slides-these are body slides- quite high again. I-Shark Reef-this was quite good and different for a water park. You collect a life jacket and snorkle, and then go over to the shark pool where you get told what to do. You don't splash your feet, don't stop unless you were on the island etc. This was ok but quite scary after everything she told you not to do because you were worried incase a shark came up and killed you, ok maybe over the top but still. The sharks were babies they were so small I barely noticed them, the water is freezing though, I was glad to get to the other side. J-Bay Slides- I didn't go on these because you had to be under 5 feet. It was for children anyway. It was just body slides. K-Mountain Trail-These were trails, with photo opportunities and also to get a picture of the boat which is the main logo for typhoon lagoon. L-Getaway Glen-This is a picnic area. M-Out Of The Way Cay-this is a beach area where you get the sun. N-Forgotten Grotto-This is a cave walkway. This was a brilliant park and I had great day. This would be ideal for anyone. The closing hours for this park was 6pm. At 6:15pm people were still in the pool even after they knew the place was closing. There is a whitle and you are told on a speaker to leave the lagoon. Right on 6 you won't get a changing room unless you leave earlier than 6. You shouldn't wait long though. If it's really bad you just need to change in the toilets or showers. When you come out there is transpo
rt to all disney hotels and you go to your bus stop. I was in International Drive, so I had to go to Epcot, get the Monorail back to the bus/transportation centre then get the Link 50 bus.
Typhoon Lagoon is the brilliant Disney water park in Florida (unlike Blizzard Beach, but that is another story) and it even has its little "story": years ago, a hurricane a typhoon and a tornado converged into what is now Typhoon Lagoon and wreaked havoc on the little resort that used to be there. The weather was so wild that it even picked up a small boat and perched it on top of Mount Mayday and at regular intervals, the mountain tries to get rid of its “guest” by sending out a powerful water jet (it never succeeds, needless to say). So the chaos that was left is what is now Typhoon Lagoon, which explains the topsy turvy appearance of the shops (some are positively near collapse!), the various items scattered around the park and the variety of the pools and water features available. It is very well themed and all the trees and palms provide some much needed shade in the Florida heat. When I used to live in Florida I would spend almost every day off in TL – it is the best of the water parks in Orlando, no contest. Did you know that the wave pool in the park is the largest in the US? It is lots of fun, too. It is like being in the sea without the sand (which, if you are anything like me, is definitely a good thing!). Or what about Castaway Creek, where you can let the current pull you around (literally) the park, encountering waterfalls and rain forests along the way. This is also a great way to get a tan, by the way. For those that like slides and such, there are the Humunga Kowabunga and the Storm Slides, both are enclosed slides that twist and turn you around and are great fun (could be a long queue though, especially in the summer). If you like rafting there are also 3 falls for whitewater rafting, also great fun. Just make sure that someone on your party is strong enough to carry the raft itself up the steps to the start of the falls! In TL you can also swim with sharks (albeit very small ones) an
d snorkel with them around a “wreck”, as well as try your hand at surfing if you want. This is done outside park hours and requires booking, so check with cast members for further details and costs. Tickets for the park can be quite costly: $24USD per day, but if you purchase one of the many park hoppers available, you will find that TL is included in it and is well worth a visit. A day there is not quite as hectic as a day in the parks, it is much more refreshing, you can get a nice tan and recharge your batteries for another day.