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10 Things You Don’t Want To Skip in Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

Whether you want to enjoy some water fun or hope to have a relaxing day, a Disney water park is a great place to spend time. There are two water parks in the Walt Disney World Resort – Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach.

You can spend a whole day at one of the Disney water parks. Alternatively, they’re excellent places to visit for half a day after visiting a Disney Park. Visit in the morning before spending the evening at Magic Kingdom Park or EPCOT to see the Disney fireworks. Alternatively, use Early Theme Park Entry at Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom, then retire to a Disney water park in the afternoon.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is worth a visit during a Walt Disney World vacation. The Disney water park is located across the street from Disney Springs. Depending on the Walt Disney World ticket type, you may have entry to the Disney water park included. Here are ten things you don’t want to skip when spending time in the Disney water park.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Entrance
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Float along Castaway Creek

Castaway Creek is a scenic lazy river that encircles Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. Open throughout the day, you can enter the lazy river from five landings that are located around the Disney water park. The 2000-foot-long route is a continuously flowing river where you can leave your troubles behind. Grab an inner tube as you enter Castaway Creek and float along, enjoying cool mists, shady grottos, and waterfalls as you pass by luscious greenery and under rope bridges. You’ll pass through the tunnel carved into Mount Mayday when bobbing along. Spending time along Castaway Creek does wonders for your legs and feet after busy days in the Disney theme parks.

Castaway Creek, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
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Ride the Slides

A day spent at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon can include rides and attractions if you wish. There are two slides to experience around the Disney water park.

The Storm Slides consist of three winding slides that wind around Mount Mayday. Choose from the Jib Jammer, the Stern Burner, or the Rudder Buster. Each water slide ends with a giant waterfall before your ride ends.

Humunga Kowabunga consists of a 5-story drop-down Mount Mayday. Zoom down Mount Mayday in one of three side-by-side body slides. It’s a race to see who will first make it down the 214-foot downhill!

Smaller slides are available for younger Guests to enjoy. The Bay Slides are mini versions of the Storm Slides that enter the wave pool. You will find them just a short walk from Ketchakiddee Creek, which is perfect for younger Guests.

Take a Raft Ride

You can ride the many raft rides at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park for a more comfortable ride than the body slides. The raft rides can be enjoyed as a group and offer longer experiences than the water slides.

Miss Adventure Falls is the largest of the raft rides in Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. It’s a thrilling whitewater voyage that begins with an ascent on an aquatic conveyor belt. As you reach the top, you splash into adventure. Four Guests can fit into each raft. Look out for exotic treasures and precious artifacts as you go down the Typhoon Lagoon ride.

Mayday Falls is a fast and turbulent trip down Mount Mayday. Guests will ride in a single inner tube through caves, under bridges, and past waterfalls in the shadow of Miss Tilly. Will you brave the highest and longest water ride in Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon?

Keelhaul Falls offers a scenic but fast route down Mount Mayday. You will rush along whitewater rapids alongside boulders and palm trees in a single inner tube. Prepare to splash down at the bottom!

Gangplank Falls is a more relaxing ride than Keelhaul Falls and Mayday Falls. Climb into a giant 4-person inner tube, and enjoy a scenic and winding course down the mountain. The 300-foot waterslide guides you through caverns, past waterfalls, and under wooden bridges. Prepare to spin your way down the slide.

Do you like your fruit crushed? The Crush ‘n’ Gusher is a thrilling whitewater coaster offering three fruit chutes. Which is your favorite – the Pineapple Plunger, Coconut Crusher, or Banana Blaster? Guests can ride in pairs or individually. Prepare for a wild ride up and down the slides before skimming across Hideaway Bay to finish.

Surf the Waves

The Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool is the place to catch waves and take a dip to cool off. Throughout the day, 6-foot swells feature in Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon’s signature attraction and North America’s largest wave pool. If you’d rather stay away from the waves, enjoy the smaller waves lap in the zero-entry wave pool. You’ll know when a new set of waves is about to begin as a sonic boom will sound!

Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool
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Take a photo with the giant Hidden Mickey

Make your way up Mount Mayday to find a giant Hidden Mickey made from inner tubes. It’s an excellent spot to take photos when visiting Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. You may even find a Disney PhotoPass Cast Member nearby who can take a picture for you.

Enjoy a Hei Hei Cone

Do you love Hei Hei from Moana (2016)? Then you’ll want to indulge in the Hei Hei Cone, available from the Snack Shack at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. The Disney snack is made from a blue cone, topped with Dole Whip Raspberry and Pineapple Soft-Serve, and finished with two marshmallow eyes and a strawberry lace. It’s as good as it sounds and is the perfect treat to enjoy on a sunny day. The Disney snack is exclusive to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, so you won’t find it anywhere else in the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Sip on a Pina CoLAVA

This is a must-do for adults! If you need a cool beverage to accompany your relaxation on the beach, a Pina CoLAVA is the perfect concoction to enjoy. Served at Let’s Go Slurpin’, the frozen beverage is made with Bacardi Superior Rum, which is blended with Pina Colada Mix and Raspberry Puree. Additional alcoholic beverages are served at Let’s Go Slurpin’ that may take your fancy, but a Pina CoLAVA is always our choice of drink!

Surf in the Disney water park

If there are any surfers in your party, you may consider participating in a surf session in the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool. Open surf sessions take place during the morning and evening. You can enjoy three hours of surfing, filled with 100 waves.

Morning sessions occur between 6:45 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. for $229 per surfer. Evening sessions begin thirty minutes after Park close and cost between $249 and $289 per surfer. Book your surf session on the My Disney Experience App.

Typhoon Lagoon Open Surf Sessions
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Admire the Details

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is a tropical paradise; it’s a beautiful place to walk around and see the sights. Plenty of details around the Disney water park tie in with its backstory. The story goes that a typhoon caused Mound Mayday to erupt, with Miss Tilly, a shrimp boat, getting stuck on top. All Guests can admire the details, even if you don’t plan on riding the raft rides and slides.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
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Relax on the white-sanded beach

Whether you plan on riding the attractions or taking a lazy day, you should find time to relax on a sun lounger or chair on the white-sanded beach. Find a shady spot under a palm tree, or take in the sun’s rays. You can rest your legs while enjoying the view of Mount Mayday and the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool. You can even upgrade your beach experience by renting a Beachcomber Shack.

What are you waiting for? Plan to spend a day at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon during your next Disney vacation.

Victoria Mills

Victoria is a Disney-loving, tea-drinking, Math teacher from Liverpool, England. Her motto is 'work hard, Disney harder'! Having taken part in the Disney College Program back in 2010, Victoria's love and appreciation for Walt Disney World only grew, and it's the place where she feels most herself - it's home!

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