Water Parks

Sunday, 20 February 2011 20:58

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon

 

According to Disney Imagineering legend, years ago, a fishing trawler named Miss Tilly found itself caught in a powerful hurricane. When the torrent subsided, the boat found itself perched precariously atop Mt. Mayday, with water still gushing down through channels and valleys to a lake below. What else was there to do but for the survivors to create Typhoon Lagoon?

Typhoon Lagoon is the most-visited water park in the world. While its theme is not as whimsically inventive as that of its sister park, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon excels at providing guests a consistent and energetic setting for some of the best water rides in the world. But do keep an eye out for the unique touches the Imagineers have brought to the decor, including scattered remnants of ships' cargoes and even palm trees supposedly bent low by the hurricane!

Typhoon Lagoon is not far from Downtown Disney, and the two often share bus routes. The park is usually open from 10AM–5PM (closed November through early January), and admission is $45 for adults or $39 for kids ages 3-10. Admission is free, though, if you've added the Water Park Fun & More option to your Magic Your Way tickets—and note that just one admission almost pays for the cost of the option.

The direct telephone number for Typhoon Lagoon is +1 407 560-4141.

  • Castaway Creek. A 2,000 foot tubing river that winds through the whole park.
  • Crush 'n Gusher Water 'Rollercoaster'. What do you get when you cross a water slide with a roller coaster? This!
  • Gangplank Falls. A family ride, in four-passenger tubes.
  • Humunga Kowabunga. Three 214 foot long slides send you plummeting straight down, at a terrifying five stories per second!
  • Keelhaul Falls. A whitewater rafting experience.
  • Ketchakiddee Creek. A children's play area.
  • Mayday Falls. Inner tube slide winding down the side of an artificial mountain.
  • Shark Reef. A snorkel pool featuring tropical fish, rays, small (non-threatening) sharks, and a mock sunken ship.
  • Storm Slides. Three 30 mph slides through dark caverns.
  • Surf Pool. One of the world's largest wave pools with some of the largest artificially created waves. Take advantage of the surfing lessons offered heree.

Disney's Blizzard Beach

What's a ski resort doing in central Florida? The Disney Imagineers who created Blizzard Beach claim that they built it after an unusual freak winter storm blanketed the area, only to have it experience a massive meltdown shortly thereafter. When a stray alligator splashed down the former ski jump on his belly, they realized the area would make a swell water park!

Blizzard Beach is the second-most-visited water park in the world (behind only its sister park Typhoon Lagoon, and the incredibly inventive theme is a big reason why. It's almost eerie to see guests walking around in swimsuits while there's snow everywhere. Enjoy the cognitive dissonance by going on some great water slides, including the tallest and fastest body slide on the continent.

Blizzard Beach is not far from Animal Kingdom, and the two parks share bus routes. The park is usually open from 10AM–5PM (closed mid-January through February), and admission is $45 for adults or $39 for kids ages 3-10. Admission is free, though, if you've added the Water Park Fun & More option to your Magic Your Way tickets—and note that just one admission almost pays for the cost of the option.

In 2011, the park will be closed through mid-March for an extended refurbishment.

Chairlift. What's a ski resort without a chairlift? You can use this to get from the park entrance to Summit Plummet, Slush Gusher, Teamboat Springs, Toboggan Racers, and Snow Stormers.

Cross Country Creek. A relaxing inner tube ride around the whole park.

Downhill Double Dipper. A pair of racing speed slides on which you ride inner tubes.

Melt-Away Bay. The park's largest pool. Has some gentle waves, but nothing remotely like Typhoon Lagoon's wave pool.

Runoff Rapids. Three "ski slopes" into a pool of melted "snow".

Ski Patrol Training Camp. A play area for older children.

Slush Gusher. Go over two "moguls" down the mountainside.

Snow Stormers. Three slalom-style mat slides, designed for racing.

Summit Plummet. At 120 feet (37 m) high, this is the second-tallest and second-fastest water slide in the world. Guests who dare will plummet at over 55 mph (89 km/h) straight down an 85-degree angle. Exhilarating, but creates monster wedgies.

Teamboat Springs. A family water slide, with 4- to 6-passenger rafts.

Tike's Peak. A play area for younger children.

Toboggan Racers. Ride a "toboggan" down a slippery, melting slope, racing up to seven other sliders.


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