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Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
Member Name: Rosani
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
Date: 17/10/01, updated on 17/10/01 (293 review reads)
Advantages: Lots of fun
Disadvantages: Can be expensive for one day
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.
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