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#AskIt Results: Best Disney World Water Park

by on June 28, 2017

Last week, we took a ride on the lazy river of your thoughts and asked “Which Walt Disney World water park is best?” This week the results are in and fairly decisive.

The votes are in!

Blizzard Beach – 39%

Typhoon Lagoon – 61%

The Disney water parks have a lot in common. Both are highly themed with slides and raft rides, kids areas, wave pools, and lazy rivers.

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#AskIt – Best Disney World Water Park

by on June 21, 2017

Maybe it’s because the summer heat is upon us. Maybe it’s because Volcano Bay may not be quite ready for primetime. But I’ve got water parks on the mind today. Disney has two highly themed ones for you to choose from, and they both have their advantages. So which do you prefer?

  • Typhoon Lagoon (64%, 271 Votes)
  • Blizzard Beach (36%, 153 Votes)

Total Voters: 424

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Please let us know your thoughts by voting and in the comments. Feel free to use the comments to wax poetic about River Country too!

Shark Reef Closing at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

by on September 14, 2016

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Shark Reef, a unique experience at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park, will be closed effective October 3, 2016. This move is part of the park’s continued growth and expansion.

Recently Disney announced that it would build a new water attraction called Miss Fortune Falls, a white-water, family-friendly adventure.

Shark Reef allowed Guests to don fins, mask, snorkel and a life vest before snorkeling in the an extremely cold saltwater pool that was home to fish, rays, and very small sharks. Those who didn’t want to swim could still see the fish through a underwater glass viewing window.

The animals currently found in Shark Reef will be relocated to other places around the Walt Disney World Resort.

New Miss Fortune Falls Attraction Announced for Typhoon Lagoon

by on August 3, 2016

Miss Fortune Falls Water Raft Ride

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It had been known for months that Disney was going to be adding a new attraction to their water park, Typhoon Lagoon. We now have details what Guests can expect to experience with this fun-filled family water ride.

Miss Fortune Falls (haha…I love a good pun) will be a family-style raft attraction that takes Guests through the fabled Captain Mary Oceanear’s past. The story goes that Captain Oceanear, a treasure-hunting heroine, traveled across the sea collecting unique artifacts before she became stranded at the water park by a rogue storm.

Once Guests board their treasure rafts, they will journey through Captain Oceaneer’s past before plunging into a white-water adventure. During their ride, Guests will be able to see some of the artifacts that Captain Mary Oceaneer has collected as she adventured around the world.

Miss Fortune Falls will be located near Crush n’ Gusher. Lasting about two minutes, it will be the longest ride for any Disney water park.

The new Typhoon Lagoon attraction will open in the spring of 2017. Stay tuned to the blog for more details!

Disney Grad Nite H2O Coming to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon in 2017

by on May 19, 2016

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Many years ago, Walt Disney World held Grad Nights. During these special evenings, high school seniors would be able to celebrate their graduation with friends and classmates at the Magic Kingdom in a fun evening. The event was ended a few years back, but I bring good news, because beginning in 2017, Disney Grad Nite H2O will be debuting at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon!

The Disney Grad Nite H2O event will occur on select Friday nights in April 2017 and will be themed as a beach party. The evening, which lasts from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. will include Disney characters, a DJ, music, dance parties, and water park fun.

This special ticketed event will be offered on April 7, 21 and 28 for a cost of $55 plus tax, which includes complimentary food and beverage offerings and a commemorative mug. Guests will also have the ability to add-on specially priced one day Walt Disney World Theme Park Ticket for an additional $70 plus tax. The add on theme park ticket will be valid to be used anywhere from April 1 – May 5, 2017.

Do keep in mind that this event is an exclusive in-park celebration for graduating high school seniors, however it is open to eligible graduates across the country. Interested schools will need to register online by visiting Disneygradnite.com to reserve space for Disney Grad Night H2O, as the program requires registration of your group before you can purchase tickets.

Disney Park Strengths and Weaknesses: Typhoon Lagoon

by on January 14, 2016

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Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

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!

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Crush n’ Gusher!

Strengths:

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.

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Fun Facts for Your Next Disney World Vacation

by on April 26, 2015

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Castle Concept Art

Do you crave Disney knowledge? Do you spend way too much time online scanning sites for Disney facts and secrets? Is your bookshelf crammed with Disney Imagineering books and guidebooks? If so, then we’re probably kindred spirits because I’m guilty of all the above! I absolutely love discovering new facts about my favorite place on earth that I can use or see for myself when planning my next Disney World trip. So indulge me, if you will, as I share with you some of my favorite fun facts for your next Disney World Vacation.

Did you know that…

12. Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean are Neighbors? Even though the Magic Kingdom’s Pirates of the Caribbean is in Adventureland and Splash Mountain is in Frontierland, things looks a little different backstage than they do when you’re in the park. When backstage, which means behind the scenes, these two water attractions are located next to each other! The layout of the park from inside is a little deceptive; but since both attractions require high volumes of water, it only makes sense to have them located next door. Pretty cool, right?

Look at the Golions!

Look at the Golions!

11. There’s More Than One Beast at the Beast’s Castle? The Disney Animators used different animals to create the Beast we know from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast film. In fact, the Beast is a mixture of buffalo, lion, wolf, bear, and more! But outside of the Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland, there is another beast that’s also a combo of different animals. It’s a Golion! Guarding either side of the castle doors are two stone beasts that Disney invented just for this area; and as they are a combination of both goats and lions, Imagineers decided to name them Golions! Source: Fun Facts: New Fantasyland

10. The Eiffel Tower at Epcot’s France Pavilion is Historically Accurate? Have you ever paid much attention to the Eiffel Tower at Epcot’s France Pavilion? If so, you may have noticed that the tower looks a little different than those photos you see of the one in France and for a really cool reason. You see, the real Eiffel Tower has changed color since it was first constructed in 1887 due to aging and weathering; but since Epcot’s France Pavilion is meant to represent France as it was in the past, the Eiffel Tower we see is beige, just like how it would’ve been in its early years. Talk about attention to detail! Still not impressed? To be even more historically accurate, Imagineers used the blueprints of the original Eiffel Tower when constructing their own.  Source: AllEars.net

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Summer Gets Hotter With the “Teen Beach 2”: Beach Party at Typhoon Lagoon

by on April 22, 2015

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Are you a fan of Teen Beach Movie? (That’s the one with Troy and Gabriella, right? 😉 ) Well, if you are, then I’m sure you know that the sequel will be airing on The Disney Channel later this summer. So, if you’re excited about of the teen flick part 2, then you’ll need to head to Typhoon Lagoon. You see, in honor of the Coolest Summer Ever, the water park will be introducing the Teen Beach 2: Beach Party for a limited time!

The party will showcase the “bikers” and the “surfers” who will be there to dance, as the DJ on hand spins some great retro tunes. Guests will also be able to participate in games on the main beach area, such as relays, hoola hoop spinning, as well as water balloon and beach ball tosses.

You won’t want to miss out on all the exciting fun–the event only takes place from May 22 through July 5. Guests visiting the water park paradise will surely be transported back to the 1960s with the Teen Beach 2: Beach Party.

(PS: No old fogies….ie…myself….were harmed in the creation of this blog post. Though I do now feel about 100.)

 

 

Disney Savvy Tips for Blizzard Beach

by on April 22, 2015

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In addition to four theme parks, the Walt Disney World Resort also offers two water parks: Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Both of these water parks boast unique themes and, in true Disney fashion, a great story! Blizzard Beach, however, just may have the craziest story in water park history. The legend states that a freak blizzard hit Central Florida and so a ski resort was quickly built; but when the Florida sunshine reappeared, the snow began to melt turning ski runs into water slides and snow drifts into refreshing pools. So instead of a ski resort, we now have Blizzard Beach, a whimsical, wintry water park where you swim among snow drifts and shop for beach towels in ski chalets! So if you’re considering a visit to this popular water park, check out these Disney Savvy Tips for Blizzard Beach to make your day as magical as possible.

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Ultimate Water Park Showdown: Blizzard Beach vs. Typhoon Lagoon

by on April 14, 2015

The iconic Summit Plummet on Mount Gushmore with the sun rising on the horizon

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With summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start planning for a trip to one of the Walt Disney World water parks. Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are both awesome, but Disney fans still love to endlessly debate which is better. No matter where you fall in the debate, I think both parks have their strengths and weaknesses. If you’ve never been to either and want to know which water park is for you, you’re in the right place. I’ll break down the parks into categories and pick which park is better in each category to help you better determine where you should go. Maybe you like fast slides or maybe you just want to float in the lazy river all day. Either way, you’ll hopefully have a better idea of which park is for you after reading.

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