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!
It's time to hang loose! Just in time for the spring break season, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park reopened March 20, 2023, after its annual refurbishment. Later this summer, H2O Glow After Hours will make its grand return with limited access to waterslides and DJ dance parties at night, beginning May 20. Tickets are on sale now if you're ready to get your glow on!
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park Overview, Hours and Tickets
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 of winter months, while Blizzard Beach stays open — and vice versa — so at least one water park will always be open.
We've got splashin' good deals for visiting Typhoon Lagoon! We recommend adding the water parks 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. There is also a 1-day water park ticket available, often as low as $60 a person!
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park does not require a Disney Park Pass reservation, so only valid admission is needed.
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 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 jump 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.
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.
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.
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 trio of winding slides (Jib Jammer, Stern Burner or Rudder Buster) takes 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. Listen for the loud siren indicating a wave is beginning. After hours, the waves 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 4 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 between sunbathing or wave pool fun. Kiddos under 5 feet can enjoy these "beginner water slides," miniature versions of the thrilling Storm Slides.
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Dining
During the off-season, some restaurants remain closed due to low demand. Be sure to double-check operating hours, as some places will close several hours before the park does. But don't worry — there are still plenty of options to choose from! Plus there are new menu items coming, such as Pineapple Upside Down Cone at Happy Landings and a Barbeque Chicken and Grilled Pineapple Flatbread at Leaning Palms.
Leaning Palms has the largest selection of food at Typhoon Lagoon, from classics such as pizza, chicken fingers and hot dogs, to unique meals such as the plantain burger and chicken rice bowl.
Tucked away from Castaway Creek and next to Leaning Pams, Happy Landings satisfies all your chilly cravings with floats, sundaes and more.
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.
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.
Located between Humunga Kowabunga slides and Crush 'n' Gusher, Typhoon Tilly's is a seafood lover's 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! Keep in mind that this quick-service restaurant typically closes at 3 p.m., so be sure to plan accordingly.
Snack Shack, located next to Typhoon Tilly's, is where you'll find lots of new DOLE Whip options. Yum! There are two specialty treats inspired by "Moana." The new Motunui Twist serves up some cool lime flavor. The colorful Hei Hei cone makes a triumphant return after being a limited release years ago at Magic Kingdom. The fun design and mix of pineapple and raspberry will make this one a favorite among your crew. You can now order four different flavors of DOLE Whip Soft Serve — pineapple, lime, mango and raspberry — and even order alcoholic options! Best yet, you can mix and match flavors to customize your ultimate DOLE Whip treat!
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.
Getaway Glen Umbrellas
Two reserved loungers, two beach chairs, a table, beach umbrellas and towels offer the perfect setup for a day of relaxation for up to four guests.
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Private Surfing
Private Surf Session
Experienced surfers can take part in a three-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. Bookings are available online or by calling 407-WDW-PLAY.
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. Surf lessons include digital photography and a light continental breakfast.
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park Tips
Our Frog Family's top tips for visiting Typhoon Lagoon:
- 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 opening. 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. Towel rentals are $2 each, though towels are free for resort guests. Sure, it’s more to bring with you, but you can save for a fun snack instead! Be sure to stock up on other items such as sunscreen at your pond's local grocery store and bring it with you so you don't have to pay more for on-site convenience.
- Keep an eye out for fun activities led by cast members. We saw ring toss on our last visit where guests could win cute themed rubber duckies. There is also chalk art and scavenger hunts to help keep the family busy in between water time.
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon FAQs
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 hoppin' 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 poolside for an easy meal. Don't froget to leave the loose ice, dry ice, alcohol or glass behind, as they are not allowed.
Are you ready to hop on over to Typhoon Lagoon for a day of splashin' fun? Get your discount Typhoon Lagoon tickets now to add some extra aquatic fun to your next Disney trip. Have questions about Typhoon Lagoon? Share them in the comments below!
Related: Guide to Disney's Blizzard Beach