Going with the Flow – Lazy Rivers Part 2 Typhoon Lagoon

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Lazy Rivers Part 2 Typhoon Lagoon.

Being a total wimp as far as water slides and chutes go, I have become somewhat of an expert at lazy rivers. My children can’t wait to slide down near vertical tubes or along crazy flumes at the water parks, but I have to confess that I much prefer the more relaxed form of entertainment – the lazy river.

Whilst Roa’s Rapids at Aquatica is my all time favourite, my next favourite lazy river, Castaway Creek, is at Typhoon Lagoon, and it winds its way round Mt May Day, with marooned little boat, Miss Tilly, perched atop. With its spectacular theming this really is a fantastic water park to visit, and this lazy river is one not to miss.

The lazy river is quite slow, and you can either swim along it or use an inner tube, but from my experience, actually getting into the tubes can be quite amusing. There are several entrances to the lazy river and it is here that you will be able to catch an empty tube as it floats by. At peak times these entrances can get very busy and crowded. The entrances are quite narrow, and there are steps leading down to the flowing water. Getting on a tube, or into it, is a different matter and I always try to have a handy son or daughter around to help me. Of course, the opposite is also true – getting out of the tube when you are lying in it can be quite hilarious, and sometimes a little scary. I remember one time when I was alone and trying to exit the river that I ‘up-ended’ myself and went right under the water, coming up gulping and splashing as I tried to stand upright. Quite embarrassing! Whilst the river can seem quite gentle, try getting out and it can be a whole new ball game! There are double inner tubes available, which is quite nice if you have a younger child, as you can drift around together.

I love the way this 2, 000 ft journey takes you past tropical birds and flowers, palm trees and banana trees, as you drift through cool caves with fountains, under waterfalls and past many of the attractions. There are areas of shade, but again, be careful when you are in full sunshine not to get burnt. The lazy river can get a bit overcrowded, and it can be difficult to get close to where you wish to exit, so plan ahead and try to come over to the right side of the river in good time, before you reach the steps.

Don’t forget to note which entrance you use so that you can make sure you can find the rest of the family – each exit has a name to help you remember.

For my third choice of lazy rivers see Part 3.

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