As much as we love hoppin’ around Walt Disney World’s four main theme parks, we also like to take a relaxing break by chilling out at one of the resort’s two water parks — especially during the hot summer months! 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!
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park 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, including the iconic “Miss Tilly” (a boat that now rests atop Mount Mayday), 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 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. These refurbishments take place each year for a couple winter months, while Blizzard Beach stays open — and vice versa — so at least one water park will always be 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 option allows you to visit all four Disney theme parks and two water parks during your vacation! 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. For more information, learn all about the details of the ticket in our Disney Park Hopper Plus Guide.
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Location, Parking and Transportation
Typhoon Lagoon is located between Disney's Old Key West Resort (as low as $318 a night), Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort (as low as $180 a night) and Disney Springs at 1145 East Buena Vista Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32830.
Parking is complimentary for guests of Disney World’s water parks, but be aware that 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 can reach max capacity in the early afternoon and will 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 prime beach chair seating for your squad!
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Rides and Attractions
At Typhoon Lagoon, you can find an attraction for every frog in the fam, depending on each person’s desired thrill level. Whether it’s floating along a lazy river or rushing down a raft ride, Typhoon Lagoon offers plenty of fun under the sun.
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.
Fly solo or with a pal down the 400-foot tube slides, fittingly named Pineapple Plunger, Coconut Crusher or Banana Blaster.
Zoom 214 feet downhill in the dark at a 60-degree angle for ultimate thrills! Keep an eye out for the surprise ending.
The least intense of Typhoon Lagoon's raft rides, Keelhaul Falls takes you on a smooth slide through caverns and a waterfall, complete with scenic palm trees and boulders.
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.
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.
This trio of winding slides (Jib Jammer, Stern Burner or Rudder Buster) take you gently down three stories and into a waterfall finale.
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.
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
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
During the off-season, some restaurants remain closed due to low demand. But don't worry, there are still plenty of options to choose from!
Tucked away off of Castaway Creek, Happy Landings satisfies all your chilly cravings with floats, sundaes and more.
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.
This little island-bar getaway will give you serious Margaritaville vibes as you order up a Sunshine Margarita, Banana Cabana or Blueberry Lemonade alongside a wide selection of beer and wine.
This snack stop has all of your favorite Disney snacks: stuffed pretzels, Mickey ice cream bars, frozen lemonade and a few quick and easy sandwich options.
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 is a seafood-lovers' paradise, 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
We recommend private seating if you're planning on spending a full day at the park with a larger group or for a special occasion. Otherwise, the regular beach chairs give you plenty of space for you and your family’s stuff. If you're interested in renting out private seating, both of the private seating options below can be reserved by calling (407) 939-7529 or visiting Singapore Sal's upon arrival for same-day availability.
Each reserved shaded area accommodates up to six guests and comes with a few tubular bonuses. You'll be comfortable as can be with cushioned seating, towels, refillable drink mugs and a cooler filled with ice and bottled water. The package also includes a locker for your valuables. Attendants are on hand to take your food orders so you don't ever have to stop relaxin'. Prices fluctuate depending on the season, but over the busy summer months, it can cost up to $363 for a full-day rental.
Getaway Glen Umbrellas
Two reserved loungers, two beach chairs, a table, beach umbrellas and towels offer the perfect set-up for a day of relaxation for up to four guests. Getaway Glen Umbrellas cost about $75 to rent, no matter the time of year.
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 May 30 through Aug. 24, 2019. We've got the full scoop on all you need to know about H2O Glow Nights, or purchase Disney H2O Glow Nights tickets through Undercover Tourist.
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Private 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.
Are you a novice when it comes to hittin' the waves? Find your footing with surf lessons on select days prior to park opening (times may vary by season). 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 Water Park Tips
- Arrive early. If you're driving to the water park, parking spots can fill up quickly on peak summer days. Also, while there are ample beach chairs available, the best spots (especially if your group needs multiple chairs) are available within one hour of park open. If you arrive midday, it may be harder to find a group of chairs together.
- Bring your cheap sunglasses! Leap learned his lesson quickly when he lost his favorite pair on Mayday Falls. You can always buy a $5 pair at a drugstore before your trip or once you get to Orlando. If they fall off amid the fun, no harm, no foul.
- Drink LOTS of water. We cannot emphasize this enough! Nothing can ruin your day like heatstroke. Staying hydrated will keep you hoppin' to go all day.
- If you're planning on spending a full day or two in the water parks, consider buying (or bringing) some water shoes. As dorky as they may look, they're worth it, and you can wear them on most rides (unlike flip-flops, which you'll need to hang onto!). Especially when you might be spending the next day trekking around the theme parks, you've gotta keep those dogs from barkin'!
- Bring your own supplies rather than renting or purchasing on-site. As a family, pack your own towels (even from the hotel!) rather than renting at the park. Sure, it’s more to bring with you, but you’ll save $2 per towel — that can go toward a fun snack instead! Be sure to stock up on other items like sunscreen at your pond's local grocery store and bring 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?
It’s toadally up to you, and really just depends on what you’re bringing. Sometimes Tad wants to pack his fancy camera, in which case, we would definitely rent a locker for safe-keeping. But usually, we only bring sunscreen, our towels and a small wallet of cash, so we don’t see a need for one. Our secret to water park safety success is our AquaVault, which allows us to put our phones, wallet and more into the water-safe pouch that locks onto our beach chair. That said, we come more often than the average frog family, so it’s definitely more of a long-term investment option. If you’re just hoppin’ to the park for a day, a locker would be worth the cost to protect any valuables.
Is there a dress code?
It shouldn’t be a surprise that the water parks require a dress code of family-friendly swimwear. Additionally, swimsuits with buckles, rivets, zippers or exposed metal and other sharp objects cannot be worn on any rides. Jeans (denim) and wetsuits are not allowed on: Bay Slides, Humunga Kowabunga, Ketchakiddee Creek and Storm Slides. For the little tadpoles still in diapers, they need to wear plastic pants or swim diapers in pool areas.
What do we need to bring?
Bring all of your poolside essentials. You should pack towels and sunscreen for the whole family. Even on breezy days, the Orlando sun can be pretty hopping fierce. As aquatic critters, we are huge advocates of bringing your own water bottles to avoid having to spend your green on bottled water. 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, you cannot ride with selfie sticks or complex/dangerous camera-holding devices. You must hold onto 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?
Good news, mommy and daddy frogs! You can bring your own food into Typhoon Lagoon. While the food at Typhoon Lagoon is great, we'd rather splurge on meals at Epcot or Disney Springs. Water park days are a perfect opportunity to save a few bucks on grub. Pack up some PB&Js to enjoy pool-side for an easy meal.
What is a Splash Pack?
The Splash Pack deal includes certain food and drink options, a refillable water mug and a souvenir Disney-themed towel. It costs $44 per person and is only available from March 29 to Aug. 24, 2019. You can only purchase it while inside the park and the deal is only valid that day.
Are you ready to hop on over to Typhoon Lagoon for a day of splashin' fun? 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