Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
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This is Disney’s first and for me the best of Disney’s three Water Parks.
I have two favourite parts of the park the first being the Storm Slides, three body slides which have you twisting and turning through tunnels, caves and waterfalls. This is brilliant fun. With a little arrangement we were able to use all three at once one for my eldest daughter one of my friend and one for me, we all race down to see who was first into the pool. After experimenting I found the quickest way of getting down, however on one occasion I did not leave enough time and caught the person in front, again I apologize here, but my daughter still does not forgive me and claims she will catch me in January when we are next there.
My other favourite activity within the park is the snorkelling in the Shark Reef, it is the first time I’ll ever snorkel and I had a panic attack, and went down into the viewing area and watch my wife cross several times and looked at the great variety of fish and sharks (friendly nurse sharks) that are in this huge sea water tank and vowed to do it.
On the way home I went to Publix and brought a snorkel and mask, to practice in our swimming pool. This worked superb next time we went to Typhoon Lagoon I went to the Shark Reef and went across the tank again and again, and keep going back, this was so brilliant, seeing the fish swimming around at their different levels, has given me the bug to venture further a field and try it in the sea.
Within the main pool area………a pool edged by sand and palm trees you can almost believe you are on a paradise island, you have regular 6ft high waves which are great you can dive into dive under or just let the wave take you where it wants to take you. The waves are signed by a water shoots from Miss Tilley (a shrimp boat which is perched on Mount Mayday) and accompanied by the ships hooter to signal the waves.
Also in the park there are other attractions including Humunga Kowabunga which drops you 214ft at 30mph great fun both once you done it twice or so comes a bit repetitive. Castaway creek was a relaxing way to see the park especially in the middle of the day when it is so hot, the mist sprays are a great way of cooling down.
There are also three rafts rides within the park as well, Mayday Falls, Keelhaul Falls and Gang Plank Falls which is great because tubes take up to four people down a mock rapid ride.
For our younger two children we went to Ketchakiddee Creek which offers a selection of slides, water sprouts and fun pools for all youngsters under 4ft tall, excellent training for when they get bigger and can go on the more adventurous rides.
We also purchased from Blizzard Beach a large cup, which allowed us free re-fills all day, but the best news is the next time we visited Typhoon Lagoon we paid half price and got free re-fills all day, they have loads of re-fills points through the water parks.
Lockers are provided which can be hired to keep your valuables in, and a great place to store some of the stuff you bring with you. Towels can be hired from the park.
There various places through the park where you can buy food and souvenirs including disposable under water cameras for those great pictures at Shark Reef.
The most important item to remember next to your swimming costume is waterproof sun tan lotion, as you will be in and out the sun and the water all day.
Before you leave for your vacation it is best to check the Disney web-site for the latest information on the water parks as certain parks or attractions might be closed for refurbishment.
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