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Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
Member Name: kellylouj
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
Advantages: Great to chill out and relax
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.
Summary: Wet wet wet!!