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Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
“Legend has it that a furious storm once roared across the sea, hurling surfboards into trees, blowing small boats through roofs & impaling a shrimp boat on a peak of a great volcanic mountain. Left in the typhoon’s wake are twisting tides, roaring rapids, wonderful waterways & relaxing rivers”.
So reads the Disney publicity for Typhoon Lagoon, but what was the reality?
We decided to find out for ourselves! We had bought Disney ‘Park Hopper Plus’ tickets through this site so we were entitled to this day out included. As usual with Disney parks the car park is well organised and in this case parking is included in the admission price.
As one of our party can’t walk too far, we picked up a special all terrain wheelchair at the entrance (ring ahead to organise if this is essential) and the first job was to find some sun loungers. We didn’t find this too difficult as we went to the far end of the park straight away. Next job was to pick up towels – these & lockers & life vests are available for rent. Then we could hold them back no longer, the kids were off!!
There are a variety of ‘must do’s’ at Typhoon Lagoon, among them:
Humunga Kowabunga – a 200ft enclosed water slide, not for the feint hearted! Mayday Falls – great fun riding down the mountain in a giant inner tube for four and when all the activity gets too much Castaway Creek – climb into an inner tube & relax floating around the beautiful park!
But I think everyone’s favourite was the Wave Pool – a huge heated sea with terrific waves every ten minutes! Its up to you how far you go in; the farther in the higher the waves! At the edge it feels like the most luxurious of beaches with the waves lapping at your toes, but go right in & you’re hit by the most exhilarating 6 feet whoppers!
Lunch was typical Disney quick fare – very tasty but not too cheap but it was all we could do to get the kids to stop for a bite to eat & to replace the sun cream (very important with all that water about!)
As we were there in August, it was the stormy season & as predicted the lightning arrived at 3.30pm. The attractions were shut for safety reasons but the staff were brilliant at getting everyone under cover & keeping us entertained with Disney anecdotes. Lots of people left but it was a pity because within the hour everything was open again & with much shorter queues!!
All in all, a great day out! We almost had to drag the kids away, kicking & screaming! For those who like not quite so much activity, the surroundings are, as always with Disney parks, beautifully constructed & well kept. There are lovely walks through the park & shady areas to be had for a quick snooze - Definitely on our list of things to do again!
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