The Frog Family's Splashin' Guide to Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

by Mommy Frog on May 1, 2019 13 Orlando

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!

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 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 refurbishmentsThese 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 - Mount Mayday

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.

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 feet 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 scenic palm trees and boulders.

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

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!

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 alongside 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, frozen lemonade and 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 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.

Beachcomber Shacks

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

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 (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

Typhoon Lagoon Water Park - Shipwreck

  • 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

Typhoon Lagoon Map

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

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Aug 9, 2019 at 7:02 p.m. Daniel Says...

Excellent article and super helpful! We're planning to rent one of the Getaway Glen umbrellas, and I wanted to know if after you check in do you just occupy whichever umbrella you want, or are they assigned at check in like the cabanas? I'm thinking that the location I want is the area overlooking the lagoon over by the Snack Shack. Would we just be able to walk over there and choose our own umbrella? Thanks!

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Aug 13, 2019 at 12:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniel,

Like the cabanas, the umbrellas do have assigned numbers. If you have a preferred location though, I'd say it couldn't hurt to mention it when you call to make a reservation and see if they can accommodate the request.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 28, 2019 at 1:56 p.m. Jessica Says...

Can you bring your own umbrella or a kid tent to help with the limited amount of shade?

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May 28, 2019 at 2:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

A rain umbrella is permitted, but anything larger than that, including a tent, is not permitted. They are available for rent if you aren't able to find a shady enough spot!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 9, 2019 at 6:50 p.m. Maggie Says...

Hi

I am going to TL with my 5 year old Granddaughter in October. Will I definitely be able to find a seat in the shade. We are from Scotland and would fry if left to the sun all day ???? I have considered renting Cabana but this seems very expensive for two. But day would be ruined if no shade

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May 14, 2019 at 11:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maggie,

We highly recommend you arrive early and/or rent a cabana to guarantee shade. While there is a good amount of it, no doubt many people will be seeking to get those spots too!

Hoppy planning!

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!

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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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