The Typhoon Lagoon Game Plan at Walt Disney World

Typhoon Lagoon
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Walt Disney World is home to two amazing water parks; Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach. The atmosphere at either one is half the fun. At Typhoon Lagoon, the backstory is that a typhoon hit a tropical paradise. There are broken surf boards, damaged ships, and a giant shark’s jaw to add to the feel. While this game plan is for normal park hours, your day can begin even earlier. Surf lessons are held in the wave pool before the park opens for the day. For more information, call 407-WDW-PLAY (407-939-7529).


1. Before You Leave

Your day at Typhoon Lagoon starts before you leave for the park. If you are visiting during the fall or winter months, you might want to make sure that it is open. Each year Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach undergo a massive refurbishment in the cooler months, and one of them might be closed. The other one might also close if the temperature gets cold enough. Assuming that Typhoon Lagoon is open, there is something important that you need to do before you leave for the park. Everyone in your family needs to put on water resistant sunscreen, even if they do not normally burn. It takes a little while for the sunscreen to start working, so it’s a good idea to do it early. Reapply often during the day.

2. First Thing at the Park

It is a good idea to arrive at Typhoon Lagoon early, especially if you are visiting during the hottest months of the year. The water parks can reach capacity on hot days, and you do not want to be turned away. Once you’re there, you might want to rent a locker. It will keep your possessions safe and dry. You can also change into your bathing suit and place your clothes in the locker. If you skipped breakfast, this could be a good time to stop by Mini Donuts. This kiosk sells the treat in packs of four, eight, or 12. Coffee is available as well, or you might want to head to Coffee Hut for a cup of Joffrey’s.

3. Attractions, Part One

Since you arrived early, it’s a good idea to hit the rides before the crowds arrive. A good place to start is Miss Adventure Falls. It’s a whitewater adventure for the whole family, and it will get you soaked. You’ll then want to head to Crush ‘n’ Gusher. That’s a water roller coaster with three slides. Everyone needs to be at least 48 inches to ride.

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4. Attractions, Part Two

If you have little ones in your party, take them over to Ketchakiddee Creek. It’s a water play area designed for the 48 inch and under crowd. There are slides their size, a waterfall, and fountains shaped like animals. Do not, under any circumstance, leave your child alone there. Also, never tell the child to find a lifeguard so that you can go off and ride something (that happens all the time). Your kids are your responsibility. You’ll also want to take the kids to the Bay Slides. These are body slides for kids who are 60 inches or shorter. This will help you to gage how they will react to larger slides when they are tall enough for them.

5. Attractions, Part Three

If there are no little ones in your party, or if one adult has agreed to watch the kids, you should hit the rest of the slides. If you’re a thrill seeker, then try Humunga Kowabunga. It’s a five story drop in the dark. Ride everything else at this time. You need to use the first couple of hours to your advantage.

6. Lunch

By this time you’re probably hungry. Leaning Palms is a good choice for lunch. The menu includes burgers, bowls, salads, sandwiches, and even pizza. Pick up a refillable mug if you didn’t buy one earlier. For one price you can refill it repeatedly throughout the day.

7. Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool

It’s a good thing that you recharged, because you will need your energy for the next step of your game plan. It’s time to hit the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool. It’s the largest wave pool in North America, and there is something a bit different about it. The waves are six feet! Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool is intense. Stay in the shallow end until you get used to it, and don’t go out too deep unless you are a strong swimmer. The Surf Pool is a great place to hang out when the park starts to get busy.

8. Ice Cream

After the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool has worn you out (in a good way), it’s time for ice cream. Possibly the best spot is Happy Landings Ice Cream. Here you will find the Sand Pail. It’s a soft serve sundae that is large enough to share. It comes with plenty of toppings. Your dish is the pail and your spoon is the shovel. If that’s too much for you, Happy Landings sells other sundaes, cones, and ice cream novelties.

9. Castaway Creek

The end of your day at Typhoon Lagoon should be spent relaxing. That is what you can do at Castaway Creek. It’s the lazy river, and it’s 2,000 feet long. You can recharge in an inner tube and enjoy the beautiful view as you drift along. It’s the perfect way to end the day. Except, of course, for the fact that you will need to change and clean out your locker.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.