Washed Away With Typhoon Lagoon
As you may have read in my previous review on Monarch airlines i have recently came back from Florida. This year we visited Disneyland from the 25th of June through to the 10th of July. During the stay we visited every single Disneypark and therefore you might get quite a few reviews on their parks in the next few days. One of my favourite parks in Disneyland is definitely Typhoon Lagoon. Typhoon Lagoon has been situated in Disney for alot of years and it has definitely not aged one bit. It is a fun filled water park and mixed with the gorgeous weather always found in the Florida state you cannot go wrong with this park. The water rides and the huge lagoon which is home to one of the worlds largest wave pools makes this water park fantastic and i dont feel it could be better in anyway at all. I will section out my review to make it easier to read for you.
It May Be A Little Pricey But It Is Definitely Worth It
As some people have touched on in other reviews of this park it can be a little pricey but in my eyes it is definitely worth it. During your stay you can choose a variety of price choices which include just one stay in the park multiple days and also multiple parks. As we were staying in Disney we could easily catch the bus to any theme park in Disney which meant that we purchased the 14 day ultimate ticket to make use of the free transportation and meeant we can visit the parks multiple times in one day, or week. I will place the prices for this park below;
14 Day Ultimate Ticket (enterance to all Disney parks except the ESPN wide world of sports for 14 consecutive days.) Under 9s - £209 10+ £249
One Day Pass (enterance to Typhoon Lagoon for one day) $89/£55
One Day Park Hopper (enter any Disney park throughout that day) $124/£80
Safety At The Park
I feel that the safety at the park is amazing and cannot be any better at all. When you enter the park they take your finger prints when you scan your ticket. This allows the park to identify the people who are coming in and cut down security risks which a large theme park could come with. When entering you also go through turnstiles which count the number of people in the park so they can be assured the number in there and make sure there is enough life guards etc. When you enter and follow the path through there is a shop which you can purchase lockers to store all of your belongings and make sure that they are safe. If this is not the option you want to take, the shop sell necklaces with water tight boxes placed on them to store money which you can keep on you at all times but still be assured that the water will not get to them. Typhoon Lagoon also holds a great photopass service to prevent you from carrying around camera's. Back to the main safety point which is us attending. To prevent any injuries the park don't allow people to enter rides with visible metal to cut down on injuries sustained. On every ride there are life guards which are fully trained and very helpful and friendly if you have any queries. Lifeguards are situated at the end of every ride to make sure you get of safely. There are also lifeguards which walk around the park and can help at any time. Most of the lifeguards are stood around the huge lagoon which i would say is the main risk at the park. There are ten lifeguards around the top to help if anyone gets into trouble when the wave hits and many also lined around the edge of the wave pool. If you are not a strong swimmer the park also provides floating vests at the front of the park free of charge in which you fasten them around your middle and you can be assured you will never go under. If you are in the wave pool any younger swimmers or people in floating vests are not allowed over the red line which they deem to be the safest area. The park also holds a little beach section with seats they call the lost children section in which you can ask for a wristband and they place the parents names and possibly phone numbers on incase they get lost. If any child is lost in the park they get taken to that section for the adults to come and collect them. Overall i feel that the safety in the park is fantastic and could not be any better at all. I also think that the strong aspect of safety in the park also makes the park more family friendly and a safe environment for the kids.
One of the best bits of staying at the Disney hotels is that you get a free bus service. For everyone who is staying at the Disney hotels, they can use the Disney Transportation service for free, which i definitely made use of. The buses come to collect you around every ten minutes which is fantastic and it means you are never waiting ages for the bus. Most of the bus shelters at this water park are in shade which protects you from the sun, so you don't burn when you are waiting for a bus at Typhoon Lagoon. The bus drivers are very safe throughout the disney resorts and get you to your destination immediately. All of the buses are safe, have good seating and standing room, they all have facilities for the disabled, and are air conditioned to keep you cool in the hot weather. The great thing about the buses is that you get instant access to the theme parks, no walking is required as they drop you of at the front of the theme park, there are no car park charges ($20 a time at this water park) or toll charges when you are driving to the park which obviously depends on where you are driving from, and there is minimal waiting. If you need a bus to get anywhere you can catch a quick bus from the park and However if youa re not a disney guest and are travelling to the park as i mentioned before the price for the parking is $20+ depending on what vechile you are travelling in, lorrys, caravans, vans, coaches etc are more. Overall the bus service and transportation links at typhoon lagoon is amazing, and could not be better in anyway.
What Is The Weather Like In Florida?
January - 16c
February - 17c
March - 19c
April - 22c
May - 25c
June - 28c
July - 28c
August - 29c
September - 27c
October - 24c
November - 20c
December - 17c
(all average temperatures in centigrade)
In Florida, especially in the summer months there is often the odd rain storm which lasts around 30 minutes or so. This never hindered us. There are many shops around the theme parks and indoor activities. Most of the queing for the rides are under cover so that is not a problem. If you are in the water the rain doesn't matter because you are already getting soaked especially if you in the wave pool, although as soon as the lightening comes out all water areas are cut off due to health and safety. The weather in Florida in general is fantastic and could not be any better especially if you are going to spend the day at a water park.
Food At The Park
At Typhoon Lagoon there are a huge amount of food stalls which you can purchase food, snacks and drinks throughout your stay at the park. The food stalls are situated all the way around the lagoon. When stopping at Typhoon Lagoon you can buy a refillable mug for $9.99 for the whole day which we found to be great value and in fact shared the drink as the mugs are huge. Drinks being $1-$2 each means that that cup is amazing value. You can either buy snacks or a meal from the park. Snacks include funnel cakes, doughnuts, crisps, cakes, and ice cream. All of them have great prices especially for theme parks and all can be bought for under $10. The meals are also around the $10. Meals include burgers, wraps, sandwiches, chips (or fries!) and many other things. Food is readily available and there are alot of seating areas around the park and especially outside the food stands. Most of the food is unhealthy and there is not a huge range but it was all we wanted for a quick snack in the day. Overall i was really pleased with the food on offer at the park and didnt feel it could be any better in quality.
Staff At The Park
Disney being a family resort, the staff are very friendly. Despite me assuming that the staff were going to be nice the staff were very nice. The staff are situated around the hotels and the theme parks and are always ready to help. The staff are very knowledgable and child friendly which is something i loved about them. They are hundreds of staff from different countries (they have badges to say where they are from) which provides a massive range of languages which can be spoken for the staff to communicate with the visitors. The staff are really kind and offered help to younger members of the family despite their age which can be a problem in some places. The staff always look very happy and are dancing around. The staff which are emplyed by Disney are fully qualified, and the lifeguards are amazing which can be found in and around the water parks. In the hotel there was a timed dance which was always fun and the staff always joined in. I feel that the staff friendliness definitely helped to make a stay a very fun and good one! There are a number of lifeguards in the kid section and they are greta with the kids and always make the fun even funner! I would say that the staff at typhoon lagoon and the whole Disney area in general are lovely and couldnt be any better and therefore would rate them 10/10.
The rides at Typhoon Lagoon are fantastic and definitely bring a huge quality to the park. There are a range of rides at the park which means there is always something to suit you. Each ride has its own lifeguard and supervisors to assure that everything goes smoothly. All of the rides which require equipment such as the rings for the lazy river are included in your park admission. I will speak about each ride seperately under each heading!
Typhoon lagoon is the massive wave pool which is situated bang in the middle of the park. When you first enter the park past the lockers there is a time schedule which tells you when the biggest waves will be and when they will be doing the bobbing waves. The big waves are very often and are really fun. In this massive pool you swim around until you see the wave coming towards you. I saw the pictures before i visted the park but i didnt actually realise the size of the wave until i was there for myself. The wave is 6ft in height which is great and really fun. The pool is 6ft 7in at the deepest, the pool does go into the 8ft but this is cordened off as the machine is there which makes the waves. All the way until a little stream of water at the end as it is a gradual pool. This lagoon is great because everyone can enjoy it whether you want to sit at the back and get a splash or be washed away at the front.
Lazy River- Castaway Creek
At typhoon lagoon there is a lazy river which circles the entire park. The inner tube usage or the blow up doughtnut rings as the english call them are included in your park admission so you dont have to worry about extra costs. The lazy river is lazy as the name suggests and you can sit and relax whilst you circle the park and for as long as you want. This is one of the rides with no queue although when it is really busy you might have to wait a few minutes. There are double, single and baby blow up rings for the lazy river. Around the lazy river are a few exciting bits when you come across the washing lines with drips, the boat jets which squirt you, and a huge cave which has a waterfall which is bound to get you! I love the lazy river because there is no wait and there is a good mix between exciting and lazy which is great especially in the florida sunshine!
This is new at Typhoon Lagoon just recently. They have built a massive tropical pool in which there are small sharks, sting rays and hundreds of tropical fish. He you can be amugst the fish and spent time looking at them. There are two options for this which is free or $20, i have done both and i will give you the points of each one. I will start first with the free version. With the free version there is usually around a 30 minute wait which isnt too convient if you have other rides you want to go on. When on the free version you get given a snorkel and goggles for your 1 minute swim if you really stretch it out. In this tank there in not alot in there and the goggles often steam up so you dont have much of a look, plus all of the people around you. If you pay the $20 you get given a full scuba kit but due to American law you cannot swim underneath unless you have a certifcate, if you try you get pulled out, not that i did!! There is minimal people in there as you pay, and get fully equipt by a qualified person. There is also no wait for this experience. You have until the oxygen runs out to see all the fish which is usually 30 minutes. The pool is alot bigger and got more fish in it including rare nemo fish and others. There is also not alot of people in there, at one stage i was the only swimmer in that tank. If you would like to view you can go down in the submarine which splits the two sides and view the people swimming by. I love the shark reef and think it is a cheap and extremely fun experience.
Crush 'n' Gusher
Crush 'n' Gusher is the newest water slide attraction at Typhoon Lagoon. Crush 'n' Gusher has three different waterslides for you to enjoy which all end up in the same pool at the end. As there is three different slides the waiting time for Crush 'n' Gusher is generally not very long. The height minimum for the ride is around 48 inches which means that lots of people can go on this ride. I was quite disappointed in this ride as you had to go and collect a raft at the bottom and carry it all the way to the top which is quite a few stairs. The rafts are either two or three people which is different for a water slide like this, and means familys can join in the ride all together! Crush 'n' Gusher is really fun although sometimes the bumps from the high drops where a little hard on the back. Overall i think this ride is fantastic but could be better in certain area's.
Unfortunately i was a little to big for Ketchakiddee creek but the kids did go in and really enjoyed it. Ketchakiddee Creek is a large kids area with lots of slides and water sprays. Kids can enjoy this section if they are under the height of 48 inches. There are multiple slides which end in water and lots of sprays and water squirting out of the floor for the kids to run around in. The area is well designed and the kids loved it and spent alot of time in there. It is great for the kids as they might not be able to get on some rides but you can gurantee there is always something for them to do in there! Overall i thought this area was great for the kids and couldn't have been any better for them.
Gank Plank Falls
Gank Plank Falls is the family raft ride here at Typhoon Lagoon. Before i start i have to say that the one at Disney's Blizzard Beach is alot better. This family raft rides holds groups from 2-4 people. The queue for this ride is usually pretty long and you are looking at waiting about 30 minutes but as it is a constantly moving queue your not bored really. When you get to the front your family get given a stripey raft to roll up a few steps which is pretty fun in itself. When you get to the top a man holds the raft whilst you get in, when your ready to go you are off! The ride isn't too long but it is really fun, you go through white water conditions and also a waterfall which is bound to get you soaked. When you reach the bottom you come to a holt and can get out of the raft easily once again. There is usually a photopass member at the bottom of the hill who takes your photo when your about to reach the end. Overall i thought that this ride was fantastic but the version at blizzard beach is alot better as it holds six people and also is about 4-5 times longer.
Humunga Kowabunga is what i rate the best ride at Typhoon Lagoon. These are three side by side water slides which is basically one straight drop down landing in a slide of water. The drop is around 5 stories high which is great and really fun. The slide waiting time is not too bad as they get on about 2 every minute and of course there are three slides. If you are going to board this attraction i do recommend wearing a one piece bathing suit as the landing at the bottom can be quite powerful. The drop which you go down is in an enclosed space in a dark tunnel but your soon out of it again. The ride is fun and really enjoyable but obviously doesn't last very long. I really enjoyed this ride and boarded it a few times during my stay at the park.
Mayday Falls & Keelhaul Falls
I have placed these two rides together on the review as they are basically the same ride but with different rafts you join. On Mayday Falls you have a yellow raft with a backrest, and on the Keelhaul Falls you have a blue raft with no back rest. As these rides are continuous the wait time is rarely over the five minutes. You collect your raft at the bottom and climb to the top, this isn't too bad as the raft's don't weigh that much and i saw alot of kids carrying them up themselves. When you get to the top a person holds your raft whilst you get in and on the green light you are off. Both of the rides don't have any other features other than the plain slide which meant i only went on it a few times. The rides are quite long and last around 1-2 minutes. On both slides you land in a pool at the end. I enjoyed both of these slides and as there is a minimal wait it is definitely something you should do during your stay at Typhoon Lagoon.
Storm Slides at Typhoon Lagoon are three slides in which you enter by yourself with no inflatables and ride down by yourself. You can choose what route you want, i have tried all of them and they are all very similar. The wait time for this ride is usually around the ten minutes which isn't too long for a great ride. You enter the slide and ride it down on your back. Once again there are no special features to these slides exept for a tunnel in one of them. The ride does last around the 1-2 minutes mark which is pretty good for a single rider slide. When you reach the bottom you hit a pool which may cause you to go under as you go at quite a speed down the slopes. I would definitely recommend the storm slides as they are really fun and the wait to ride them is minimal!----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The White Sandy Beaches
Surrounding Typhoon Lagoon are many white sandy beaches which really gives the park that tropical feel they are looking for. The white beaches hold lots of shaded and sunny places for you to relax whilst the kids go off or for waits in between rides. The beaches have thousands of chairs and sunbeds for you to relax on, and also tropical sun shaded parasoles. The whit beaches are kept very clean, however if you are planning to go on them i do recommend wearing shoes as the sand can get extremely hot and can burn your feet. When you enter the park, outside the shop is a board to tell you where there are the most places on the beaches and are regularly updated which can be really helpful and save you a bit of time!
Miss Tilly is the boat which is the main image of Typhoon Lagoon. The story goes that when a massive wave hit the area the boat got mounted on the top fo the mountain at Typhoon Lagoon. When the big wave is coming the boat spray water high in the air and a big alarm sounds. This is the ionic part of Typhoon Lagoon and definitely gives it its image.
Typhoon Lagoon opens from 9am - 8pm usually. If you are a Disney guest you can benefit from the early opening hours on certain days however you will have to ask for them during your stay as they regularly change. If you get extra hours the park opens at 8am for you instead of 9am. If there are storms around or rain clouds the park sometimes has to close for a while and they have to exacuate the water areas due to lightening risks. If you purchase your tickets and they have to close the park they are no refundable.
Typhoon Lagoon is situated right next to the Downtown Disney shopping area's so if you are catching a bus from your Disney resort you should expect a busy bus. Also if you are planning to drive there there is quite a lot of traffic around the downtown disney area at night. If you are catching a bus back from the park, Disney buses automatically stop at 8pm (closing time) and no more will come except for one to Downtown Disney where you have to wait and catch another bus from there which is not very handy.
The Typhoon Lagoon water park is situated around a one hour bus journey from the all star resorts, animal kingdom and blizzard beach Disney's other water park. If you are looking for the distance you need to travel or need an address for the sat nav you can find the park at the following address;
Typhoon Lagoon, 1500 W Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830.
If you would like to contact Disney there number is as follow's;
UK Customer Hotline; 0800 16 90 730
Florida Customer Hotline; (407) 939-7718
Typhoon Lagoon is a amazing water park situated in Disneyland. It follows a story of a washed up boat after a large wave. This boat can be found situated on top of a large hill in the middle of the Typhoon Lagoon park. When the boat goes off a large wave appears in the large wave pool, which is great fun. Surrounding the water park, are loads of palm trees and tropical plants, giving the water park an exotic feel! There are loads of water rides which are so much fun. One of the newest rides, or experiences is the new shark reef. There is a free version and a paid version for $20. I myself would certainly recommend the paid version but test it out first! You go swimming with sharks (not massive ones) sting rays, and loads of tropical fish! Typhoon lagoon also is adapted for the weather with sprays spraying the path to prevent your feet from burning on the floor. The floors are also slip free which is great and stops you falling over! Towels and lockers are also available to hire from the theme park which is good and prevents you from carrying anything around!
Overall i would 100% visit the park when i next visit Disney. I think that the water park is amazing. It is great for all ages and matches perfect to the Florida climate. It is definitely worth visiting on your trip to Florida. I am going to upload a few photo's to the review so you can see what the park is like! Thanks for reading and rating my review it is much appreciated! - Lucy439br ©