On a recent trip back home to Florida, Shannon and I hit up Typhoon Lagoon. This was a first for her, and oddly only the second visit for myself, with the only other one in 1991. So needless to say, I was anxious to get back and check out the one major installation since the park's opening over twenty years ago.
While the age old debate over which is better will obviously continue (Blizzard Beach vs. Typhoon Lagoon), to me, it shouldn't even be a question. One's not really any better than the other, they're just different. If you're leaning towards thrills, visit BB. If you like some thrills mixed with a more leisurely atmosphere, head to Typhoon Lagoon.
I will say that adding the master blaster slides to TL DOES make a difference though. While they're not the lengthiest slides in the world, all three certainly deliver really fun rides, with plenty of airtime!
Anyway, we arrived about 15 minutes prior to opening (10am), and there were about 20 cars in the lot! Because of this we were able to get almost all of the attractions done, including about 5 runs on Crushin 'n' Gusher, and a fifteen minute picture run around the park before we broke for lunch around one o'clock.
And speaking of that picture run by yours truly, let me just say this. I decided to bring my digital with me to get most of the out-of-the-water shots, and brought one of those disposable waterproof cameras for the in-water shots. With that said, FUJI Film SUCKS. Seriously, I took a Kodak waterproof disposable with me in 1991, and most of those shots came out just as good, if not better than the present day stuff!! So kids, today's lesson....stick with Kodak.
I'll quit yapping, and get on with the pics. If you're debating which park to visit on an upcoming trip, I hope this report helps in some way, shape, or form. Enjoy!
Important note: Even if, like us, you pick a time of the year with minimal crowds, arrive early, and grab a lounge chair on the beach right away if that's your thing. As the park begins to fill up, the beach chairs become a hot commodity.
Prices as of 9-9-10.
It's not always that a Wildcat or a Cane willingly poses with a gator. Cherish this picture.
You can buy an "all day" souvenir mug here for $10.75.
I don't recall how many of these there were throughout the park, so let's just say I remember close to a handful of them scattered around.
And this is how it works. Simple stuff, really.
Here's that view, circa 1991.
And here it is today, in 2010. Little different, no?
A closer look at the park's center point....the massive wave pool, and "Miss Tilly," sitting atop the highest peak.
Honestly, I'm not sure how much these cost.
But here's what they look like.
We rented a large fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo for $15, and upon returning the key, we were offered a choice between a souvenir travel mug, or the $5 deposit refunded. I have enough cups to drink from, thanks.
This is where they bury lost children, with cleverly placed plastic beach toy headstones.
These work pretty well.
*Dislcaimer* To avoid any awkward moments (or ignorant questions), this picture was snapped just as an attendant finished clearing out the space, and confirming to me that NO ONE was in there. Thank you. Disney water parks provide pretty good shower and changing areas.
This is the main gift shop near the entrance to the park, and alongside the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo and dressing room. You purchase your fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo, and return your key in here.
Mini Donuts! I didn't have any, but they sure smelled great.
The most important information on this board is the wave times.
And this clock, which can be seen from much of the park, is a great way to plan your wave pool visits.
As you enter the main portion of the park to your right, this is the first of about 4 areas where you can enter/exit the lazy river.
The Leaning Palms Restaurant. Counter service, with burgers, beer, pizza, etc.
The lazy river passes by some outside seating near the restaurant.
Typhoon Lagoon, can be a little tricky to navigate for the first timer, so there is plenty of signage around the park.
Interactive theming example: the props on the railing can be turned to direct the spray towards passengers on the lazy river.
More theming. And who doesn't love more theming?
And now on to our KidTums portion of the show. ;)
These kiddie tubes were priceless.
A couple of their faces as they reached the rapids section were hilarious!
All in all, I think TL has a pretty good kiddie area.
This is one of two single rider tube slides. Unfortunately, it's also really lame.
This is the longest slide in the park, and definitely a thousand times better than Keelhaul Falls.
I didn't grab many actual slide pictures of these two, so a general queue pic will have to suffice.
Wait, here's a POV of one of them, circa 1991.
A small snack shack located near the tube slides. I think there's a drink refill station here.
You can also buy small bottles of cheap wine here, among other things.
And the last of the tube slides in Gangplank Falls, the family raft ride. This one was probably my favorite of the three slides in this area.
See, she's enjoying it at this point. We won't mention the scrape she got from my toenail when the raft suddenly, and unexpectedly clipped the wall and sent my foot into her back. Ahh, good times. :(
There's much more to come. Stay tuned!
Last edited by BeemerBoy on Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:21 am.
There is a Water Parks and more option, I think it's $52 to add to your tickets and you get 1 admission per day of your tickets (so a 7 day ticket is good for 7 admissions), the admissions also work for Disney Quest, Wide World of Sports and possibly 1 other thing.
Nice pictures, I have never been to Typhoon Lagoon but it looks better than Blizzard Beach to me.
By the way, it rained for about 10 minutes that day. During the rain shower, I heard countless people say something to the effect of, "Maybe we should leave. Those clouds don't look like they're going anywhere anytime soon."
Hot Tip: those people are foolish. Don't be like them.
Moving right along.....
A look at the wave pool before heading to the other side for the body slides.
From here, you can continue along the lazy river, or.....
....TAKE THE TUNNEL.
Okay, I guess they're both technically tunnels, but, um, yeah.....anyway.
Tunnel (by foot).
Oh yeah, you could also take that bridge. And besides catapult, helicopter, and jetpack, I'm pretty sure that covers all the ways you can get to the other side.
You're not looking at the bridge, are you?
And finally, the other side of the wave pool.
The park has plenty of more "secluded" areas to set up camp besides the main wave pool area.
Looking back at "Miss Tilly," and the location of the park's speed slides.
This is the nearest exit to the body slides area of the park.
The name for the park's top thrill slides.
I'm not sure when the changes were made, but there were originally only two slides, and they were both uncovered, as seen here. (1991)
Somewhere along the line, they switched to three identical enclosed slides. While obviously not as jaw dropping as Summit Plummet at Blizzard Beach, I think they're still rather fun. And look how much the foliage has filled in over the years! I love how lush and tropical this place is.
And 2010. My apologies for the apparent blurriness caused by water over the lens. Or maybe the camera just really does suck that bad?
Next up were the Storm Slides - three traditional body slides.
The queue up to the top had a couple of these nice touches along the way.
As with Humunga Cowabunga, at the top, you get a good view of Miss Tilly.
It also provides a nice view overlooking the wave pool towards the front of the park.
Anyway, back to the slides.
I LOVED this system with the universal traffic light thing. Somehow it actually worked REALLY well. It slightly renewed my faith in human behavior.......briefly anyway.
This was the middle one. It was our favorite of the three.
This picture is there for dramatic effect. Pretend it's the most amazing water slide in the world, and the picture works better. Trust me.
Well, they're no longer cutting edge, but for what it's worth, I think they're still pretty fun.
I much, much, much prefer TL over BB. We had the FL resident 2 Parks after 2 deal, one year. I think we went to BB once, and TL the rest of the time. The kiddie area is far superior at TL, IMO. And I'll never go on Summit Plummet, so Crushin' Gusher FTW!
Christian and Rhiannon LOVED that little tube ride in the kiddie area!
I found typhoon lagoon to be a much more enjoyable day than Blizzard beach. While I like Blizzard Beach's attractions and slides a bit better its such a haul to get to the top of that mountain that for every slide that it feels like you spend the whole day walking (and waiting in line). Plus Typhoon Lagoons monstrous wave pool, and the snorkel exhibit are pretty unique. I think both Disney water parks could use another major slide or 2. My problem with water parks in Orlando (and everywhere else really) is that every time I visit I have one of 2 experiences; on a crowded day your spend your entire day waiting in line (all water slides are relatively low capacity), and on a slow day you you can ride every slide multiple times within about 3 hours and basically conquer the park and be bored the rest of the day. The solution to both problems is more attractions. Wet n Wild is by far my favorite water park in Orlando. I think their collection of slides is far superior, and while it lacks atmosphere and theming, I can ride and re ride their slides all day and not get bored, and they have enough attractions that on a busy day the lines don't get that bad.
Thanks for posting these! I never - ever go to the waterparks in Orlando, and I have absolutely no idea why. LOVED the dramatic effect picture as well. I'm going to have to make it a point to get there next year.
TL is still my favorite water park...and I don't much care for water parks. I think it's the fact that you can find a nice quiet spot and not really even know that you're in a park. I love the snorkel tank as well.
And, that was a lovely shot of the suspension bridge.
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