Oh.my.goodness. We absolutely, positively had the BEST day at Typhoon Lagoon. It was blazing hot, but overcast and there was seriously nobody there. We walked right on to every single ride, rode every single one at least twice aaaaaannnnd rode some favorites as many as SEVENTEEN times! Crazy, right?!?! The littles were the perfect ages to really be able to enjoy everything and there were only two rides that the baby was too small to do.
Disney legend purports a tycoon wreaking havoc upon the formerly pristine tropical paradise that is now known as Typhoon Lagoon. Boats, fishing gear and beach wear is strewn about and left in the sometimes odd places where the storm flung them. From the “Miss Tilly” shrimp boat precariously perched atop Mount Mayday to the bells of watch sound, the park is done up in the magical way that only Disney can do.
We went in not really knowing much about the park. So, we started at the raft slides and simply worked our way clockwise around the park, hitting every attraction as we got to it. It seemed like a pretty good way to do it.
One of our very very very favorite Disney experiences has to be the Shark Reef. You literally snorkel through cold saltwater with sharks, sting rays and tropical fish swimming below. The baby sat this one out, but John did it three times with Honey and me. Somehow I thought there was a piece of glass separating the sealife from where you actually swim and, just as I’m telling this to John, he hops right in and the cast member says “no, you’re right in there with them but they won’t bother you.” Say whaaaaaat????
While John swam with the sharks, we took turns swimming with the baby in one of the nearby dipping pools. And he was happy as a clam doing just that.
After conquering each and every side, we made our way to the deliciously tropical and relaxing Castaway Creek lazy river.
We were able to run the entire circuit again before it started raining just in time for lunch. We noshed at Typhoon Tilly’s and the littles were delighted with their kid’s meals than came in little beach buckets. Since it was still raining when we finished, we made the most of it by indulging in the craziest beach bucket ice cream sundae I’ve ever laid eyes on from Happy Landings. I know, twist my arm right?!
For the first time ever (but definitely not the last after doing it once), we took about an hour and a half break from the park and little snooze back in the room. When the sun came back out we headed back to Typhoon Lagoon for about three more hours of fun in the sun. We did all the waterslides and the Shark Reef again before settling in on Castaway Creek, exploring Ketchakiddie Creek children’s area and ending our day in the 6-foot waves at Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool. That thing was crazy!
We were super excited to run into our favorite B family again at Typhoon Lagoon! The kids had a great time on the slides!
A few things to note…
- I think it makes sense to just go clockwise around the park to make sure you catch everything.
- Bring your own towels or plan to rent for $2 each. We brought ours and just dropped them on lounge chairs under an umbrella by the Surf Pool as soon as we got there.
- We didn’t have an issue with this, but I hear the pavement gets very hot so we brought water shoes that we then ended up ditching at the chairs.
- Thanks to the new MagicBands, no money or key to the world cards had to be kept up with. It was perfect!! They can go in the water so that wasn’t an issue at all. This saved us from having to rent a locker too, which was nice.
- Do not leave the park without that ice cream pail. Seriously.
After ten to five with a short break in the water, we picked up a pizza at the resort food court and played our Tower of Terror Clue game in the comfort of our PJs.
It was another perfect Disney day and I cannot wait to do it again!! Now I’d love to try Blizzard Beach as well!!