|The view as you walk in - wow!|
Typhoon Lagoon, Walt Disney World is a little smaller than Blizzard Beach but still manages to pack in lots to do. This is another water park so my tips for entrance are the same, arrive ready for swimming. Head into the hut, hire your towels and locker and get into the water as quick as you can.
Some people may say there’s no need for another water park but I disagree, Disney have made them different enough that having one and not the other would seem weird. Typhoon Lagoon is famous for North America’s largest wave pool where you can experience six-foot swells and smaller bobbing waves at the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool. I do want to mention here that my experience at the Surf Pool is surprising. On a few occasions I have been to the pool and stayed by the shore or in the water up to my waist, this was a mistake. The waves are very strong and if you are in the water up to your waist when that huge waves comes towards you, you are not staying on your feet. The force of the water will knock you off your feet and you will land on your bum, scraping your skin on the sand-like floor. You will end up with a graze, I promise you. My tip is to go into the water up to your shoulders, ensuring you have your feet on the ground if you’re not a confident swimmer. I did this and when the wave came I held my breath and ducked under it, allowing it to roll over my head. Popping up a few yards behind where I’d been stood, instead of being pushed off my feet and being able to exit the water, non grazed, is far better. For the little ones I would recommend keeping them in the shallowest part of the pool, this way they won’t be hurt when the bigger waves come. Both of my boys can swim and every time we went in the Surf Pool we went to the deep end. I held onto my youngest as the wave pushed us back and he thought it was fantastic. It was a mummy-ride. Also I wanted to mention that the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool can get very busy and people scream and rush towards the wave when they hear the signal. This can result in a few injuries, on one occasion I got smacked on the head with someones elbow and had to get out of the water. The only tip I can give is to try and avoid being amongst a big group of people, surround yourself with as much empty space as possible. Agreed, this may not be possible but there are life guards by the sides of the pool and if anyone gets into trouble they are on hand to help. I saw them in action a couple of times and they are amazing, they jump into the water without thinking and swim across to the person in trouble; helping them out of the water. Seeing them do this made me feel safer.
Crush ’n’ Gusher has to be the best raft ride at Typhoon Lagoon. This multi-passenger ride is awesome and when my eldest and I had a go I thought we were going to fly out of the thing! I screamed the whole way down and completely loved it! You do have to be 48” or 122cm to ride but it is one I recommend for the taller ones in the group. Typhoon Lagoon has a slide, similar to Summit Plummet at Blizzard Beach but with a twist. It’s called Humunga Kowabunga and it is a five-story, near-vertical body slide - and it’s in the dark! I’ve tried it - once. Again you have to be 48” or 122cm. The Storm Slides are more body slides but the younger people in the group can do these. You can speed down the mountain in one of three different slides and they all end in a big splash.
One thing Typhoon Lagoon has that is nothing like Blizzard Beach is Shark Reef where you can swim with sharks! Using a snorkel you are allowed to swim along while tropical fish, stingrays and sharks swim alongside and beneath you. This is one thing we didn’t do, I couldn’t convince the kids to do it. However it is something I will keep trying to get them to do, I love sea life and this would be awesome! Castaway Creek is Typhoon Lagoon’s lazy river and is lovely when you need a rest. It is a little more shaded than Cross Country Creek at Blizzard Beach and on the hotter days this is wonderful.
|Chill in Castaway Creek...|
Be prepared - there are lots and lots of steps at Typhoon Lagoon and to get to most of the bigger rides you will have to go up, and down, many steps. On a few occasions I had to take a rest half way up while the others continued ahead, partly due to me being unfit and partly due to having a dodgy knee. Either way I thought you ought to know, walking is not the only exercise you’ll get in Walt Disney World.
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By Morgan Prince