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The Frog Family's Splashin' Guide to Typhoon Lagoon

by Mommy Frog on May 8, 2018 7 Orlando

You know my frog family loves nothing more than to ribbit about Walt Disney World’s four main theme parks, but our Orlando trip isn’t complete without splashing around at one of the resort’s two magnificent water parks. You might have seen our guide to Blizzard Beach. Today, we're charting new waters with our guide to Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Get ready to set sail!

Overview and Hours | Discount Tickets | Parking and Transportation | Rides and Attractions | Kids' Area | Restaurants | H2O Glow Nights | Private Surfing | Private Seating | Tips | FAQ

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park - Entry

Guide to Disney's Typhoon Lagoon - Shipwreck

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Overview and Hours

Legend has it that a gnarly storm ravaged Mount Mayday years ago, creating Typhoon Lagoon. The tropical bay is full of "shipwrecked" items, stray surfboards and more. We love the tropical theming and fun vibes here!

The water is heated during the cooler months, so you can enjoy Typhoon Lagoon's tropical theming most months of the year. The odd cool snap does roll through during the winter months, forcing all of the Orlando water parks to close. Disney's Typhoon Lagoon is open daily for most of the year, except during refurbishments.

Typhoon Lagoon shuts down for a couple of the winter months for refurbishments, while Blizzard Beach remains open —  and vice versa —  so at least one water park is aways open.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Discount Tickets

We've got splashin' good deals for visiting Typhoon Lagoon! We recommend adding the water parks on to your standard Disney park tickets with Park Hopper Plus. This allows you to visit all four Disney theme parks and two water parks during your visit! These tickets truly give you the full Walt Disney World experience and are perfect for the especially hot summer months when a break at Typhoon Lagoon is much needed. We explain all the ins and outs of the ticket in our Disney Park Hopper with Plus Option Guide.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Location, Parking and Transportation

Typhoon Lagoon is located between Disney's Old Key West Resort, Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney Springs at 1145 East Buena Vista Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32830.

Parking is free at both of Disney World’s water parks, but it can fill up quickly during the peak summer season. If you're staying on site at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you can hop on the free bus transportation to and from your hotel and Typhoon Lagoon.

Especially during peak times, Typhoon Lagoon will reach max capacity in the early afternoon and not re-open for entry until later in the day. For this reason and to get a leap on crowds in general, we highly recommend arriving at park opening to get in plenty of ride time when there are the fewest people in the park. Plus you can make sure you snag enough beach chairs for your whole squad!

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Rides and Attractions

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park - Map

There's no shortage of fun and excitement at Typhoon Lagoon, and there is an attraction for every thrill level and desired experience. From a lazy day floating on the river, to a thrilling whitewater journey, Typhoon Lagoon is here to meet your desired pace for the perfect day.

Castaway Creek

There's nothing better than a good lazy river, right? Kick your feet up as you lounge in an inner tube down the scenic creek and soak in the sun.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park - Crush 'n' Gusher

Crush 'n' Gusher

Fly solo or with a pal down the 400-foot tube slides, fittingly named Pineapple Plunger, Coconut Crusher or Banana Blaster.

Gangplank Falls

This four-person inner tube ride is perfect for the whole family, and takes you down a 300-foot slide complete with drenching waterfalls. This is the medium-intensity raft ride at Typhoon Lagoon. Guide to Disney's Typhoon Lagoon - Humunga Kowabunga

Humunga Kowabunga

Zoom 214 ft. downhill in the dark at a 60 degree angle for ultimate thrills! Keep an eye out for the surprise ending.

Keelhaul Falls

The least intense of Typhoon Lagoon's raft rides, Keelhaul Falls takes you on a smooth slide through caverns and a waterfall, complete with palm trees and boulders as the scenery around you.

Mayday Falls

The most intense of Typhoon Lagoon's raft rides, Mayday Falls takes you on a solo inner-tube ride beginning at the top of Mount Mayday.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park - Miss Adventure Falls

Miss Adventure Falls

This family raft ride is by far our favorite attraction at either of Disney's water parks. It's a combination of the fun animatronic, cool props and overall splashin' experience. And we love anything we can all ride together! This one is a must-do.

Storm Slides

This trio of winding slides (Jib Jammer, Stern Burner or Rudder Buster) take you gently down three stories and into a waterfall finale.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park - Surf Pool

Surf Pool

At most water parks, the wave pool is just something to splash in to cool off. At Typhoon Lagoon, it's a whole thrilling experience in itself. During regular hours, the waves are moderate. After hours, they are actually surfable (more on that below).

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Kids' Area

While not quite as spacious as Blizzard Beach's kids' area, Typhoon Lagoon still offers an awesome designated area for tadpoles to splash around.

Ketchakiddee Creek

Little ones under four feet tall are welcome to this water wonderland that includes:

  • Side-by-side mini slides
  • A mini inner-tube rapids ride
  • Crawl chutes
  • Animal-shaped fountains
  • A cave with a waterfall
  • Fun animal sculptures

Bay Slides

Separate from the kids' zone are Bay Slides, located conveniently near the wave pool and perfect for your tadpoles to hop on in between sunbathing or wave pool fun. Kiddos under five feet can enjoy these "beginner water slides," miniature versions of the thrilling Storm Slides.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Restaurants

Note that during the off-season, certain restaurants remain closed due to low demand. But don't worry, there's still plenty of options to choose from!

Happy Landings Ice Cream

Tucked away off of Castaway Creek, Happy Landings satisfies all your chilly cravings with floats, sundaes and more.

Typhoon Lagoon - Food

Leaning Palms

Leaning Palms has the largest selection of food at Typhoon Lagoon, from classics like pizza, chicken fingers and hot dogs, to unique meals such as the plantain burger and chicken rice bowl.

Let's Go Slurpin'

This little island-bar getaway will give you serious Margaritaville vibes as you order up a Sunshine Margarita, Banana Cabana or Blueberry Lemonade amongst a wide selection of beer and wine.

Lowtide Lou's

This snack stop has all of your favorite Disney snacks: stuffed pretzels, Mickey ice cream bars and frozen lemonade, alongside a few quick-and-easy sandwich options.

Snack Shack

Snack Shack is our go-to spot at Typhoon Lagoon. Between the Italian Deli Sandwich, Shrimp Wrecked Salad and Chicken Waffle Sandwich, you can't go wrong. You can also find the famous Sand Pail Sundae and alcoholic beverages here. Perfect!

Typhoon Tilly's

Typhoon Tilly's is the go-to spot if you're in the mood for seafood, with the perfect storm of fish and shrimp options, as well as a great beer and wine list. The Shrimp Po Boy is Leap's fave!

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Cabanas and Private Seating

While we've never found private seating to be needed at Typhoon Lagoon, this is a great option if you're planning on spending a full day at the park with a larger group or for a special occasion. Both of the private seating options below can be reserved by calling (407) 939-7529 or asking guest services upon arrival for same-day availability.

Beachcomber Shacks

Each reserved patio area accommodates up to six guests with tons of luxuries included. You'll be comfortable as can be with cushioned seating, towels, refillable drink mugs and a cooler filled with ice and bottled water. We think it's a great perk that these patios include a locker to keep all of your goodies safe. Attendants are on hand to take your food orders so you don't ever have to leave the sun (or shade, whatever you're into!) Prices range from $200 to $400 for a full day, depending on the season.

Getaway Glen Umbrellas

Accommodating up to four guests, two reserved loungers, two beach chairs, a table, beach umbrellas and towels offer the perfect set-up for a day of relaxation. Getaway Glen Umbrellas range from $40 to $60 depending on seasonal demand.

H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon

This summer, Woody, Buzz and Jessie are throwing a party on the beach complete with dancing, party games, character meet-and-greets and access to attractions after hours on select nights from June 21 through Aug. 11. Learn more about H20 Glow Nights and purchase Disney H20 Glow Nights tickets.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Private Surfing

Typhoon Lagoon - Surfing

Private Surf Session

Experienced surfers can take part in a 3-hour session (100 waves broken into sets of 25) for a one-of-a-kind experience shredding in a wave pool like no other. You're free to choose the direction and breaks for an epic paddle-out and tubular ride-in as you enjoy Typhoon Lagoon's gnarliest waves. Want to know more? Check out our guest blog on what it's like to surf Typhoon Lagoon.

Surf Lessons

Are you a novice when it comes to hittin' the waves? Find your footing with surf lessons on select days prior to park opening. Whether you're brand new or just looking for tips to improve your skill, Disney's pros will help you through a combination of on-land instruction and in-pool guidance. At $190, surf lessons include digital photography and a light continental breakfast.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Tips

  • Arrive early, especially if you're driving or require multiple beach chairs. The parking lot is on the smaller side and fills up quickly on busy days. While there are ample beach chairs available, the best real estate space (especially for groups of two or more) is available within one hour of park open.
  • Bring your cheapest sunglasses! Leap learned his lesson quickly when he lost his freshest froggy shades on Runoff Rapids. Buy a few $5 pairs of glasses at the drugstore for your underwater adventures.
  • Stay hydrated. This is our most serious piece of advice. Nothing can ruin your day like getting absolutely drained from the sun. Drinking lots of water will keep your energized to enjoy the fun all day.
  • Splurge on some water shoes if you're planning on spending a full day or two in the water parks. As dorky as they may look, they're worth it, and much easier than holding your flip-flops while flying down Crush 'n' Gusher. Especially when you might be spending the next day trekking around Magic Kingdom, you've gotta protect those feet!
  • Bring your own supplies rather than renting or purchasing on-site. As a family, you'll save a hefty buck by bringing your own towels (even from the hotel!) rather than renting. Be sure to stock up on other items like sunscreen at your pond's local grocery store and bringing it with you so you don't have to pay a fortune for on-site convenience.

FAQs for Disney's Typhoon Lagoon

Do we need a locker at Typhoon Lagoon?

That's toadally up to you, and depends on what you have in tow. If we're hauling Tad's fancy camera, we definitely invest in a locker for safe keeping. However, on a normal day where we come equipped with nothing but sunscreen, towels and a small wallet of cash, we typically decide against it. We have never personally had a problem with our items being misplaced at Typhoon Lagoon. Our secret to waterpark safety success is the AquaVault. While I find Disney to be a trustworthy environment, "better safe than sorry" is always my motto. The AquaVault allows you to put your phone, wallet and more into a water-safe pouch that locks onto your beach chair for safe-keeping. We love having our phones on hand to take fun pics at the park, and this tool has saved us tons on not renting a locker!

What do we need to bring?

Bring all of your poolside essentials. Towels and sunscreen for the whole family are an absolute must! Even on breezy days, the Orlando sun is can be pretty hopping fierce. As aquatic critters, we are huge advocates of water bottles. Load 'em up with ice and refill them at the soda stations or water fountains throughout the park.

What can I bring on the rides?

You can bring shoes, sunglasses and sport cameras (like GoPros) but only at your own risk. Like any Disney park, no selfie sticks or complex/dangerous camera-holding devices are allowed. You must hold on to your shoes and glasses throughout the ride, and sometimes this can prove difficult. Be careful and only take what you find necessary.

Can we bring our own food?

YES, MAMA AND PAPA FROGS! This is a huge money-saving tip. We think the food at Typhoon Lagoon is great, but we don't find it quite as necessary to splurge on as say, Epcot. Water park days are a great opportunity to save a few bucks on grub. Pack up some PB&Js to enjoy pool-side for an easy meal.

Are you ready to hop on over to Typhoon Lagoon for a day of fun on the slopes? Get your discounted Typhoon Lagoon tickets now to add some extra aquatic fun to your next Disney trip. Have questions about Typhoon Lagoon? Share them in comments below!

Related: Guide to Disney's Blizzard Beach

Related: Guide to the Disney Park Hopper Plus Ticket

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Nov 28, 2018 at 1:20 a.m. Monica Says...

Is there a crowd calendar for the water parks or can you go any day of the week, any day of the year? We'll be there December 31 - January 5. Thanks!

Nov 28, 2018 at 9:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Monica!

At least ONE Disney waterpark is open 365 days a year ... but Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach take turns getting refurbishments over the winter months. It looks like Typhoon Lagoon will be open during your visit!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 6, 2018 at 8:10 p.m. Monica Says...

Thanks for the quick response! So it sounds like only 1 of the waterparks will be open during the end of December/early January. Does it matter which day I go? I'm wondering if certain days of the week are busier than others. I was looking for a crowd calendar for the specific days that I was going on vacation to be able to determine which day would be the best day to go. Thanks.

Dec 6, 2018 at 3:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Monica!

Yes, only one water park will be open during that time. Crowd levels at the park don't vary much day by day. You shouldn't see too heavy of crowds at any point in December or January. On busier days (like holidays) be sure to arrive early if you need to park, as parking is limited. We would choose the best day based on weather!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 15, 2018 at 5:19 p.m. Terry Says...

The only vacation I was ever on with my daughters was in 1994 and we went to Typhoon Lagoon. We had so much more fun there than DisneyWorld.

May 14, 2018 at 3:53 p.m. sweets Says...

How is the cleanliness factor? Also, love your blog we are leaving in 2 weeks for our trip and your tips have beem aaaaammmaaazzinngg

May 14, 2018 at 5:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Yay, we are always hoppy to help! No worries - Typhoon Lagoon is super clean, well-maintained and enjoyable.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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