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Disney water parks: Typhoon Lagoon

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Ms Tilly, a marooned fishing trawler, sits atop Mt. Maroon at Disney's Typhoon LagoonThe premise behind Disney's Typhoon Lagoon is that a huge storm has swept through a tropical island leaving the park in ruins in its wake. The surging waters have left behind numerous water slides, and have marooned The Ms. Tilly fishing trawler atop Mt. Maroon. Mt. Maroon sits at the entrance to Typhoon Lagoon which periodically erupts in huge tidal waves sure to sweep away unsuspecting swimmers.

As with Disney's Blizzard Beach water park, you'll want to get there early to get a locker and to find a place in the shade near the spot in the park where you think you'll spend most time.

Typhoon Lagoon is Walt Disney World's original water park!Try to gauge where the sun is, and where it will be in a few hours and plan accordingly. You don't want to find a nice shady spot only to realize you'll soon be baking in the Florida sun!

You can buy a day pass to Typhoon Lagoon, or you can get tickets as part of the water parks & more add-on to your base ticket.

Top Attractions at Typhoon Lagoon


The surf pool at Typhoon Lagoon produces 6 foot waves!Surf Pool

This is the centerpiece of Typhoon Lagoon- a huge pool forming a quarter-circle that washes up to beach areas that surround it. The deepest part of the pool is 6', and there are shallower areas on the side so those with small children can enjoy the waves- after they've been reduced to 'kiddie' proportions.

There are plenty of tubes floating in the pool so you can ride the waves, but during busy times you may have to hunt for a recently abandoned one. Every couple of minutes, a siren sounds signaling the Typhoon is about to hit!

If you're in the deepest part of the pool, it can be VERY intimidating to see the huge 6 foot wall of water churning toward you. Some try to body surf on the waves, some try to dive beneath them. Either way, you'll find yourself being pulled away in the current.

NOTE: If you're a parent with little ones who may not be the strongest swimmers- beware! The waves are very turbulent and have pulled more than a few swimmers under. Keep the kids close- and hold on!


Shark Reef at Typhoon LagoonShark Reef

Shark Reef is great fun for the whole family. Disney supplies the mask, the snorkel, the coral reef- and the fish, for an interesting one of a kind experience. Be forewarned! The water is kept at a chilly 68 degrees! Quite a change from the Surf Pool and water slides!

You enter the water in an area that's about 2 feet deep, where you get a quick lesson in snorkeling. It's a little tricky for first timers to get used to breathing through the snorkel. It took the kids a couple times across the 'pool' before they were comfortable with it. You'll get to see lots of cool fish- including sharks and stingrays as you traverse the pool. Near the end on the right side is the best place to go as many fish seem to hang out there.

When you get to the end you have the option of keeping your snorkel and mask and going around again and again! We went through the pool 3-4 times each. Mom, who has the biggest fear of sharks, went across the most!

After you're done you can go to an underground path built like a sunken ship. You can look through the port holes to see the fish from a different perspective, and see the other swimmers take their turns!

Shark Reef under water shot at Typhoon Lagoon


Crush 'n' Gusher water slide at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon theme parkCrush 'n' Gusher

Crush 'n' Gusher is one of the newest slides at Typhoon Lagoon, and also one of the coolest! You can choose to ride solo in a single person tube or with a partner in a tube for two down one of three different slides: Banana Blaster, Coconut Crusher, or Pineapple Plunger. Each slide is over 400 feet long!

Part of the ride takes place in an enclosed tube, then it opens up to uncovered areas. The dark parts are a little scary (not too much though) because you can't see which dip or curve is coming next. No matter which slide you choose, the ride culminates in a big splash in the pool at the bottom!


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