December 13, 2012 at 2:14 PM
The very popular Typhoon Lagoon is a water park located within the Walt Disney World Resort Orlando, Florida. The water park opened on June 1, 1989 and is home to the world's largest outdoor wave pool. Legend has it that a typhoon wreaked havoc upon a beautiful tropical paradise. The centre piece of the park is "Miss Tilly," a shrimp boat impaled upon a mountain named "Mount Mayday" that erupts a 50-foot column of water every 30 minutes. Typhoon Lagoon's mascot is "Lagoona Gator" who is related to Blizzard Beach´s mascot Ice Gator.
The tropical feel to this water park is done very well and it is my favourite water park in Orlando. The music is set back in the 50’s – 60’s with old Beach Boys hits and others from that era. There is plenty for the kids to do with all the water slides such as “Humunga Kowabunga” Three enclosed "speed slide" flumes that hurl riders’ downward five stories in seconds (Height Restriction: 48” or taller) and “Storm Slides” Three enclosed water slides called Jib Jammer, Stern Burner and Rudder
Buster, that send riders’ through twists and turns from a height of three stories, amongst others.
The lazy river encircles the water park, you just float around it at a leisurely pace. Definitely an ideal place to cool off. It can get busy at times and you may have to wait for a tube. There are stops along the way if you want to get off at another part of the water park.
Typhoon Lagoon’s latest addition, Hideaway Bay, was once known as "Out of the Way Cay" and is a sandy beach area located behind the changing rooms and lockers. It is in the most hidden part of the park and features the newest attraction at Typhoon Lagoon. Crush ´n´ Gusher: Water "coaster" where two to three person rafts are propelled by water jets through sharp turns and drops. (Height Restriction: 48" or taller). You can fall out of these tubes, take it from me! Great fun though.
The wave pool is probably the main attraction here and you can hear the screams and see the “panic” on kids faces as each wave erupts from the rear of the pool surging forward and knocking those waiting off of their feet. This happens every 30 seconds when this phase is on and the phase lasts about a hour. Then it changes to bobbing waves for about 30 minutes before reverting back to the tidal waves.
There are a couple of fast food places to eat, “Leaning Palms” the main counter service restaurant. Surrounded by shaded seating areas. Located near the main entrance and “Typhoon Tilly’s” Located near the “Shark Reef”. There are other snack service carts for hot dogs etc. There is an Ice Cream hut and a place where you can get mini doughnuts with dipping sauce.
When you enter the park you pass some merchandise stalls here, you can buy a Typhoon Lagoon souvenir mug and for a little extra you can have a sticker with a barcode that allows you to fill up all day long from the soda fountains and the quick service food outlets.
Definitely a must visit place!!
July 28, 2010 at 9:06 PM
May 19, 2009 at 4:55 PM
What better place to be during this warm spell than soaking up some sun in one of the water parks in Orlando.
Disney have just increased the daily admission price to $45 for adults and $39 for kids for Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. One way to take advantage of these increases is to buy a Water park Annual Pass, currently $106 for adults and $85.73 for kids.
These tickets are great if you do not intend on visiting the regular parks that much during your trip. 3 admissions and you are in pocket.
March 19, 2009 at 8:05 PM
Typhoon Lagoon re-opens on Sunday March 22nd after a longer than usual winter rehab. There are believed to be some changes including:
Miss Tilly's vessel – Remove & reinstall rockwork & support steel.
Castaway Creek at Crush 'N' Gusher Beach and Wave Pool – Wave pool replacement.
July 8, 2008 at 10:20 AM
Typhoon Lagoon is a gem in Orlando's treasure chest. It allows you to escape the concrete jungle of conventional theme parks and other attractions. It has a lush, tropical atmosphere with many sandy areas to sunbathe and plenty of shade for those that don't want too much Sun.
Without a doubt the most popular part of Typhoon Lagoon is the wave pool. It has two modes one is a choppy water effect and the other is a tidal wave effect. The latter of the Two is the most popular and you can hear the bathers chanting "We want the waves, We want the waves" They normally run the Tidal Wave for 30 minutes every hour with a 90 second break in between waves. The waves are about 6 ft tall at their highest and people try to "body surf" their way inshore on them. It's not that easy though! The force from the waves will knock you off your feet so watch out!
The wave pool is used to teach people to surf before the park opens to the general public. There are several videos on YouTube showing that.
There are sun loungers and chairs for your use but make sure you get there early in the busy times as they soon disappear, especially the ones close to the water. The park opens at 10:00am but allows people to go through the turnstiles at about 09:45am where you queue on the bridges before getting to the actual water areas. This gives time for people to sort out towel and locker rental if they need it. You can also get free life preservers for kids too.
Throughout the day the music playing is playing is 50's and 60's "Surfer type" songs. There are several places to eat and get snacks but mostly it is fast food.
Other attractions there are the new slush 'n' gusher ride which is a water based rollercoaster type of thing, only you are on a 2 or 3 person tube. You go downhill and uphill on jets of water, through twisting enclosed tunnels to be finally dumped into a large pool at the end. A word of caution, though not often, they do tip over and I can vouch for that. If you do tip over the ride shuts down immediately, where you can either shimmy your way out of the ride or they open up the rope areas covering the tube runs to let you walk down the steps. Great fun though!
Tip: You can buy a souvenier mug for around 9 dollars and fill it all day long at the various soda fountains and eating places. If you visit again take your mug with you and get a new sticker with that days barcode for 7 Dollars and drink all day. If you want to read some more about it visit our Orlando Guide or Perfect Florida Guide.