About Typhoon Lagoon
The Ever popular Typhoon Lagoon is a water park located within the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, 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.
Typhoon Lagoon closes for around 3 months of the year for maintenance work. Normally December time.
During this time Blizzard Beach remains open and it closes once Typhoon Lagoon reopens.
Typhoon Lagoon Attractions
|Humunga Kowabunga||Three enclosed "speed slide" flumes that hurl riders' downward five stories in seconds||48" or taller|
|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.||none|
|Gang Plank Falls||Family raft ride featuring large four-person inner tubes.||none|
|Mayday Falls||A wild 460 ft long single rider tube slide that sends you down rocky falls.||none|
|Keelhaul Falls||A little more sedate tube slide that sends riders through caves and waterfalls.||none|
|Forgotten Grotto||A cave walkway through Mt. Mayday and over a rope bridge.||none|
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).
Sandy White Beach: A white sandy beach area with Sun Loungers and chairs as well as a heated wading pool with zero-depth entry is next to Crush 'n' Gusher.
this is the largest section of the water park and home of the feature attraction the Tidal Wave, as well as many shaded, white, sandy beaches to relax and sunbathe if you wish.
Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool: Wave pool, which alternates on a 90-minute surf (6 foot high) waves and a 30-minute bobbing waves cycle.Bay Slides: Beginner slides situated in a corner of the Surf Pool designed to send toddlers down shallow slopes that end shallow water where mums and dads can catch them. Height restriction: 60" or under.
Blustery Bay: Zero depth entry tidal pool near the clock tower, adjacent to the "Surf Pool" and is surrounded by sandy beaches.
Whitecap Cove: Zero depth entry tidal pool near "Surf Doggies", adjacent to the "Surf Pool" and is surrounded by sandy beaches.
Learn to Surf: Hosted by "Craig Carroll's Cocoa Beach Surf School" a two and a half hour surf lesson before the park opens (additional cost). All needed surf gear provided.
Shark Reef Attractions
Shark Reef: Snorkel through an unheated, salt-water reef populated with manta rays, bonnet head and leopard sharks (small ones!) and tropical fish. Snorkels, masks and life-jackets provided free of charge. An adult must accompany children under 10 years of age.
Sunken Tanker: Underwater viewing area of the reefs. Viewed through tankers portholes. S.A.S Adventure: A 30-minute "Surface Air Snorkelling" experience. Using a "pony" tank, a small regulator, and a buoyancy vest experience the "Shark Reef" in a different way (additional cost). All participants must be at least 5 years of age.
Hammer Head Fred's Dive Shop: Snorkels, masks, life-jackets and unheated showers provided.
Shopping and Dining
If you have forgot that sun hat or are in need of sunscreen you can find it all at Singapore Sal's. You can even buy swimwear. For snacks and meals there is Low-tide Lou's Typhoon Tilly's Leaning Palms and Let's go Slurping. They all serve typical fast food such as burgers, salads, sandwiches and drinks. Bear in mind that Typhoon Lagoon gets very busy during peak times and there can be large lines for food and seating is quite difficult to find. Try to avoid dining at peak meal times. Along with the main eating establishments there is the happy landing ice cream parlour.
TIP: If you are going to be drinking plenty of soda pop during your day at Typhoon Lagoon, consider buying a refillable souvenir mug. They cost $10 on the day of purchase and can be refilled throughout the day and if you return to the water park another day you can pay just $5 to get it recharged. All prices are subject to tax.
Typhoon Lagoon has a lot to offer its visitors no matter what age they are, from Katchakiddee Creek, where they cater for the smaller children with a selection of slides for the under 4ft/122cm tall, to the exhilarating tidal wave and Humunga Kowabunga but even without all the slides it still makes a great place to visit. The lazy river (Castaway Creek), meanders its way around the water park and you can float away your stresses on inflated tubes. The journey around the water parks takes around 20 - 25 minutes, depending on how busy it is. During busy times be prepared to wait for a tube.
The water park itself is superbly landscaped with it's white sandy beaches and tropical foliage. Take a scenic stroll along the walkways and up over Mount Mayday, you can get some terrific views of the park from there. It's made all the more authentic with rope bridges and tropical flowers along the way.
Sun loungers and chairs are free but you need to arrive early to be able to choose your spot and have plenty of choice. It doesn't take long for the park to fill up during the peak times.
Towels and lockers can be rented at High & Dry rentals just as you enter the water park. If you are feeling like you want to really push the boat out, then why not rent a Beachcomber Shack? It includes a locker, towels, drinks mug, cooler with ice, bottled water, lounger and a side table. The full day rental charge for 6 guests is from around $220 up to $320 during peak season. You can also reserve 2 beach chairs, a Parasol, a cocktail table and 2 towels in the area known as Getaway Glen. The cost for this is $40 plus tax.
TIP: Typhoon Lagoon opens about 30 minutes before its stated time, this is to allow people to get towel and locker rentals, so make sure you are there when this happens and it will give you a bit of a head start.