Typhoon Lagoon - 2011
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It’s been a while since we visited Typhoon Lagoon as a family, and we left it to the very last day of our holiday to visit on our August/September 2011 trip.
The first good thing about Disney water parks is that it is Free parking! We were worried that as we had picked a Saturday, the park would be packed, so we got there just as it opened at 10. 00am. We needn’t have worried, as it was easy to find 4 loungers on the beach area to accommodate us. Miss Tilly, the shrimp boat stranded on Mount Mayday, was there in all it’s glory.
As usual, I and the two boys headed off to try the water rides and the other half took his position on the lounger ready for the onslaught from the sun. There was a lot of cloudy skies early on, but by 11. 00am the sun had burnt off most of these and left everywhere in bright sunlight. The water rides were fab, as we remembered, with the humunger kowabunger ride giving a huge weggie to all of us (ouch) and the storm slides were as much fun as we remembered. These have a very long walk up the steps to the top so it’s quite a relief to twist and turn down to the bottom (hold your nose just before the bottom of the slide, as the water rush is quite painful! ). The Crush and Gusher was great fun – we chose a three seater ring and were launched along this roller-coaster type waterslide. Remember to keep your bottom up as the rings are bottomless and this ride can bring tears to the eyes!
We took the lazy river “castaway creek” back to our area and let dear hubby cool off a little in the wave pool. This surf pool is a fabulous way to keep the kids amused, with a shallow area for the little ones, and deeper water for the swimmers. The 6 foot waves that are generated are amazing and never ceases to bring shrieks from the waiting crowds. The waves alternate with smaller bobbing waves which are also great fun to play in.
There are places to eat in Typhoon Lagoon, but you can also bring your own lunch with you – indeed we saw a lot of people wheeling in huge family-size cool boxes to the water park. We had brought fruit and water – and an old TL free refill beaker which had a Saturday sticker on which STILL worked to get free soda from the various drink stations around the park. You can also just buy the day’s sticker if you don’t have the corresponding days sticker on the cup – this is a much cheaper option than buying a new beaker, and the staff will stick the new day alongside the existing one, so that you have two dates on the beaker, to use in the future.
The boys went off to try some of the other rides and I decided to put my camera to good use and take pics of the water park – the colours are stunning in the sunlight and although the water park had filled up quite substantially since we first arrived, it still didn’t feel too crowded, although the queues for rides had increased a lot. I passed shark reef, where you can snorkel among the fish, rays and baby sharks, or just take in the view through the portholes of the submarine which forms the viewing station of the reef.
The wave pool is the favourite part for our two boys and they would stay in there all day if we let them, but we managed to prize them away with the promise of a meal out.
We would definitely recommend Typhoon Lagoon as a fun day out – to enjoy at it’s best, check opening times and arrive just as the park opens, when queues for water rides are small and loungers are plentiful – then just sit back and chill!
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