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Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
One of our favourite Water Parks in Orlando is Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon which is situated in the Downtown Disney area of Walt Disney World.
The Park usually opens at 9am. but our advice would be to get there earlier as queues do form before opening time.
You are able to rent lockers at a reasonable price for the day in which to store your valuables, sun tan lotions, clothes etc.. You can borrow life vests for your children if they are not confident in the water from “High ‘N Dry Towels’ and they always have a plentiful supply of clean towels for guests to use. We also bought an enormous Typhoon Lagoon drinking beaker which you can refill free of charge as many times as you like throughout the day which saves on buying individual drinks for all the family.
Another little tip would be to wear water friendly beach shoes as it gets rather painful walking around bare foot all day! You can buy these from Singapore Sal’s Beachwear shop here but are cheaper by far if you buy them before your visit from somewhere like Walmart. You can also buy waterproof cameras very cheaply from Walmart and it’s worth stocking up before you go to any of the Water Parks.
Make sure you take plenty of waterproof suntan lotion and to reapply throughout the day as it gets hotter as the day goes on.
Overlooking the water park is Mount Mayday, a large mountain with a shrimp boat called “Miss Tilly” marooned on the top. This overlooks “The Surf Pool” which has waves of varying size and intensity flowing and crashing throughout the day. At set intervals you will hear a loud hooting from the ship which tells you that the high waves are about to start in the Surf Pool, and this is accompanied by jets of water being shot out of Miss Tilly’s funnel and spraying towards you.
Not being a dare devil kind of family, our favourite ride is the “Castaway Creek” which is a lazy river which winds it’s way all round the edge of the Park and on which you bob along on big tyres . They have a range of tyres for you to choose from – single tyres; double tyres for two to share and smaller tyres with the middles filled in for children and which they can sit on cross legged. If you have separate tyres for you and your children, a good idea is to hold hands with them across the tyres so that they don’t float off – there are a couple of places where the river splits and goes merrily off in two separate parts which eventually join together again!
The “Gang Plank Falls” is a good family raft ride which you can all enjoy together. You “wheel” your raft up to the top, climb in and shoot off – the only downside is that it doesn’t last very long so you have to climb to the top with your raft again!
There are two other raft rides which are single rafts only – “Keelhaul Falls” and “Mayday Falls” both of which are good fun for adults and slightly older children.
“Humunga Kowabunga” is a great body slide. There are three slides and you can race each other down to the bottom. Ladies beware! Make sure you are wearing a full swimming costume as it is very fast and accidents with swimming costumes and bikinis can and will happen!
For little children “Ketchakiddee Creek” is fabulous! There are slides and rafts and bubbling jets of water which are fantastic fun for your little ones. Children have to be 48 inches or under to be allowed in.
There are plenty of places to get snacks throughout the day but they do get very busy between 12 and 2pm so it is a good idea to eat slightly earlier or later to avoid the crush.
Typhoon Lagoon is a wonderful place to have a more relaxed day but to still enjoy the magic of Disney!
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