Located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon offers the most unique water park experience imaginable. It sports a tropical, storm-ravaged theme with props like shipwrecked vessels, destroyed surfboards, and fishing gear strewn about for an adventure that screams fun. Although younger than its sister site, Blizzard Beach, this park features the world's largest outdoor wave pool and remains the most visited water park in the world.
The centerpiece of the park is a shrimp boat named “Miss Tilly.” She has been impaled upon “Mount Mayday,” which erupts a 50-foot water geyser every half an hour after a warning bell has been sounded. Located behind the surf pool, Mount Mayday also features waterfalls and super slides like Humunga Kowabunga, which plummets riders down five stories as fast as 39 miles per hour.
Hidden behind the dressing rooms is Hideaway Bay, which features a sandy beach area as well as the park's latest attractions. If you would rather float peacefully in the water than speed up your heart rate on the water slides, then check out Castaway Creek. This lazy river of 2,100 feet slowly circles the entire water park, passing through breathtaking rainforests, spectacular waterfalls, mist screens, and even Mount Mayday. If you think lazy rivers aren't exciting, you haven't experienced Castaway Creek.
The most impressive attraction at Typhoon Lagoon is not typical of your local water park. Shark Reef is made up of two unheated saltwater reefs separated by a sunken tanker, where thrill-seekers can snorkel with stingrays, bonnethead sharks, leopard sharks, and tropical fish. If aquatic life isn't your thing and you have small children, take them over to Ketchakiddee Creek, where they can play on small water slides and around playfully-shaped fountains.
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Typhoon Lagoon offers six different food and beverage places, but guests are also welcome to use the two designated picnic areas. Coolers are allowed in the park, but no glass bottles or alcohol. If you're not hungry, hang out by the wave pool with a cold beverage next to “Lagoona Gator,” the park's mascot, who is said to be a relative of Blizzard Beach's mascot, “Ice Gator.” If you break one of your flip flops, head over to the merchandise shop, Singapore Sal's. For a unique souvenir, pick up some authentic pearls at the jewelry shop, North Pearl.
For a one-of-a-kind water park experience, Typhoon Lagoon is a must. Plan this vacation sometime between January and September, as the park is closed for maintenance from October until December of every year. If for some reason you have to come to Disney during that time, Blizzard Beach will still be open and available to you. Even if water parks aren't usually your thing, you will absolutely love this one for its humorous and charming themes, jaw-dropping attractions, and everything you need to keep cool on a hot, Florida day. The next time you're in Disney, check it out!