Are you a Disney Park critic? I know, it’s hard to be critical of anything Disney (at least I think so), but even I have to admit that I’ve experienced a few things that some parks don’t do as well as others. For today, I’m breaking down the Disney Park Strengths and Weaknesses of not just a theme park, but a water park! Yes, I’m wearing shades and dreaming of the waves as I analyze the Disney Park strengths and weaknesses of Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon.
Typhoon Lagoon first opened to guests in 1989 and is still famous to this day for its Surf Pool, which is the largest in North America and which boasts up to 6-foot waves! In true Disney fashion, Typhoon Lagoon has a theme and a story which is that a tropical typhoon tossed a tropical paradise upside down and left it rather windblown. This is why the buildings lean and the shrimp boat, “Miss Tilly,” is resting precariously on the peak of Mount Mayday!
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon has 11 attractions, ranging from a themed play area for kids to enclosed water slides to Shark Reef where guests can snorkel among stingrays, tropical fish, and sharks!
Let’s start with Typhoon Lagoon’s strengths!
Crush n’ Gusher!
Crush n’ Gusher– This Typhoon Lagoon attraction is Disney’s first and only water coaster! The story behind this coaster is that, before the typhoon, it was once a fruit processing plant and the slides or “chutes” once washed the fruit before it was packaged. There are three different chutes, each with their own ride experience! There’s the Banana Blaster which can have up to two riders, and then the Coconut Crusher and Pineapple Plunger which both can have up to three! This water coaster is a real strength for Typhoon Lagoon in that it provides that thrill factor, plus multiple experiences at one attraction. Note: Guests must be 48 inches to ride.
If you’ve ever felt hunger pangs while trekking through a tropical jungle outpost or while traveling niles and niles and niles down a dangerous river, then you know what it’s like to be a skipper in need of sustenance. Luckily for you, I’ve got just the place for you to visit the next time you’re in need – the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen! The Skipper Canteen is a new table-service restaurant at the Magic Kingdom inspired by (and thematically connected to) the Jungle Cruise attraction. The skippers who traverse the wild leading guided excursions through the jungle have to have a place to eat, right?
One of the biggest victories from my latest trip to Disney World was the fact that we managed to catch the soft opening of the Skipper Canteen, and I’ve got lots to share! As of the writing of this article, advanced reservations are not yet being accepted for the canteen, but it is expected that they should be available in the near future. We learned of the soft opening simply by walking by the restaurant. Skippers were outside letting people know that the Skipper Canteen was open and they were taking walk-ups.
The light in Walt’s apartment window above the Disneyland Fire Dept.
One of the many things I love and appreciate about the Disney Parks is that, while they are constantly evolving and improving, they stay true to their history and even celebrate it; and when I’m at Walt Disney World, I’m always looking for it. Much to my family’s chagrin, I have this inner need to educate them about the history of each attraction we find ourselves waiting in line for or about the individual windows on Main Street, U.S.A., or about the original name of Cinderella’s Royal Table or…well…you get the idea. As you can imagine, this self-pronounced Disney World Historian was beyond thrilled to experience her first trip to the Disneyland Park to finally walk in Walt’s footsteps, a literal treasure trove of Disney History and the original. So stay tuned for A Disney World Historian’s Guide to the Disneyland Park.
Main Street, U.S.A.
There is so much history for the Walt Disney World fan to appreciate on the original Main Street, U.S.A., more than I could ever mention in one article! However, a personal favorite of mine has to be Walt Disney’s Griffith Park Bench found just inside the Opera House. According to Walt, he was sitting on a bench in Griffith Park watching his daughters ride the merry-go-round when he first dreamed up a Disney-themed park where families could have fun together.
The Opera House is also where guests can take in Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, the predecessor to the Hall of Presidents at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Walt originally wanted audio-animatronic American Presidents in a show, but the technology just wasn’t available at the time for such a large-scale show. It was possible, however, when Walt Disney World opened and The Hall of Presidents was somewhat of a fulfillment of Walt’s original vision. Therefore, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is something every Disney World Historian should check out and is sure to create an even greater appreciation for The Hall of Presidents.
Are you a Disney Park critic? I know, it’s hard to be critical of anything Disney (at least I think so), but even I have to admit that I’ve experienced a few things that some parks don’t do as well as others. Of course, there’s also a number of things that each park does very well! Today, I’m breaking down Disney Park Strengths and Weaknesses beginning with a park that has expansions in the works: Hollywood Studios.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios first opened in 1989 and is all about the magic of the movies. If you’re up to date on your Disney news, you know that Hollywood Studios has had quite a year! Several attractions have closed for good while several new other offerings have made their debut. I’m talking about Star Wars Launch Bay, Path of the Jedi, and Club Disney here. The biggest Hollywood Studios news of the year, however, is that the park is gaining a much anticipated Star Wars Land and a Toy Story Land!
Now lets get to the Hollywood Studios strengths and weaknesses, shall we?
Sometimes the smaller experiences at Disney World are the most meaningful. A perfect example is the opportunity to become an Honorary Citizen of the World. It was only after multiple trips to the parks that my family even knew that we could become citizens of Disney World, and then it took a few more trips before we actually got around to taking action.
If you too would like to become a Disney World Honorary Citizen, now is the time! Citizenship happens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which is the most unpredictable Disney World park right now in terms of what experiences will survive from one day to the next. So if you would like a chance to call yourself a citizen of Walt Disney World, I advise venturing over to the Studios’ Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream at your earliest opportunity because you never know how long it will last. Read on for all the details.