Surf’s up, dudes and dudettes! Grab your board and swimsuit, Typhoon Lagoon just opened its gate for the 30th season. The sun is shining and after rope dropping for the past couple of days, it’s time to take an off day from the parks to recharge. Disney World has tons to see beyond the parks, should a Disney water park be on the list? Let’s grab our sun screen and swimmies we’re heading to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon to get our water park on!
Theme, it’s always about the theme. On June 1, 1989, Typhoon Lagoon opened its gates for the first time bringing water park themes to a new level. Created from a typhoon crashing upon a tropical paradise, Typhoon Lagoon tells a story at every turn. The icon of the water park is Miss Tilly, anchored atop Mount Mayday, the shrimp boat has a 50 foot geyser that erupts every 30 minutes. No worries, you won’t miss it, as the typhoon bell sounds just before it blows!
Typhoon Lagoon’s theme is carried throughout the water park from the slides, to the wave pool, and even the concession stands.
Passholder Insights: Typhoon Lagoon is home to one of the world’s largest outdoor wave pools. On select mornings, surf lessons are available before the park opens for an additional cost.
Tickets for Typhoon Lagoon vary depending on how you plan your trip. If you decide while on vacation to go to the water park you’ll have a couple of options to choose from. First you could buy a one day standalone ticket for $69 plus tax. Second, you could upgrade your Disney ticket to include the water parks under the park hopper plus option. The pricing will vary depending on the length of your park ticket. Whichever direction is best for you, we would recommend purchasing tickets prior to arriving at Typhoon Lagoon. You can purchase tickets at your Disney hotel, online, or through your Disney Authorized Travel Agent.
Passholder Insights: If you plan on going to the water parks a couple of times during your trip definitely check out the park hopper plus option, as it will usually save you money. Additionally, it includes other activities such as golf.
Slide Away – Mount Mayday
How are you going to slide? A top Mount Mayday you have options on how you want to make your way down. Whether you prefer heading down alone or with your family, or on tube or au naturale (keep the swimsuit on, this is a family affair), Typhoon Lagoon has it.
With two different body slide options you can choose either Humunga Kowabunga or the Storm slides. The Humunga Kowabunga speed slides are the fastest way to the bottom, with 3 identical tracks there is no bad choice. Hold on to those important items as you’ll reach speeds of 39 mph on your 5 story drop. If you’re like Simba and like to go left and right, then check out the Storm Slides. Each of the uniquely named slides (Jib Jammer, Stern Burner, and Rudder Buster) delivers a different experience as you wind your way to the bottom
If tubes are more your speed you’ll have two different options, Keelhaul Falls (yellow) and Mayday Falls (blue). Marked by different tube colors each track provides a different ride. Mayday Falls is the “rougher” slide as it simulates rapids along the way. The cool part of Keelhaul falls is it brings you through a cave as part of the adventure.
Passholder Insights: If you or someone in your group is making their first-ever trip down a water slide or tube slide, Keelhaul Falls is a great place to start and work your way up from there.
It’s family adventure when heading down Gangplank Falls. The original family raft ride at Typhoon Lagoon, a group of up to four guests join together to make their way down a 300 foot long water slide. With drenching waterfalls and never knowing if you’ll be facing forward or backwards, Gangplank Falls is fun for everyone.
Passholder Insights: Please be aware that if you have a group with less than 4 people, you may be paired up with other guests to the fill the raft.
The New Area
Over the years, Typhoon Lagoon has grown and added a new area to the park with more attractions. The star of the show is the first water roller coaster in the Orlando area, Crush ‘n’ Gusher. Themed around a tropical fruit packing facility you grab your “crate” (two-person raft) and head up to the top of the plant. With three different tracks, Pineapple Plunger, Coconut Crusher, and Banana Blaster, you can choose to ride with a friend or go at it alone. The ride takes you down and up, yes up, hills, as you fly in and out of dark sections. This is one of the most unique rides in all of Disney World, definitely ride all 3!
Passholder Insights: For some odd reason most people head either left or right when picking a track, leaving the middle with usually with a shorter line. Not a guarantee, but 60% of the time it works everytime!
Just over a year ago, Disney World opened a new family raft ride at Typhoon Lagoon, Miss Adventure Falls. A first of its kind, Miss Adventure Falls is a themed adventure including animatronics on your way to the top. The coolest part of the ride is there’s no need to climb any stairs, as you board the ride at the bottom to start. Similar to Gangplank Falls, groups with less than 4 people may be paired up with other riders.
Passholder Insights: The best time of day to get the most rides in is when the park opens at 10 am or towards the end of the day. The majority of guests don’t head to the water parks until midday.
Wait, There’s More
Beyond the slides, Typhoon Lagoon offers a variety of different water park experiences including a lazy river, sandy beaches, 2 quiet pools, a full kids area with slides and tube rides (Ketchakiddee Creek), and the world-famous wave pool. Hold on to, well everything, as the wave pool is creating a 6 foot wave every 90 seconds at different times of the day. When you hear the loud horn it means the typhoon’s waves are on there. Take them on however you see fit.
Typhoon Lagoon is a great way of spending a more adventurous day by the pool. There’s plenty of chairs and lockers spread around the park. If you’re looking for a more shaded spot you may want to grab a seat earlier in the day. We’ve enjoyed the water parks over the years and it’s a great way to beat the heat during those hot summer days. If you enjoy water parks, we would definitely recommend checking out Typhoon Lagoon. It’s the best Disney water park, at least in our option. There’s the horn, it’s time to go catch a wave!