If you like Disney World and water parks, then Typhoon Lagoon is the place you want to be. Neighboring the nearby Blizzard Beach Water Park (also part of Disney World), Typhoon Lagoon is actually the successor of the two. Typhoon Lagoon does many things right whereas Blizzard Beach does them all wrong. While Blizzard Beach played down the whole ski resort-turned-tropical paradise angle, Typhoon Lagoon adopts the backstory of a typhoon that turned a tropical paradise upside down, flinging surfing gear and fishing supplies all over the place. The end result is an awesome water park that is easy to navigate when compared to the blizzard that is Blizzard Beach.
The entire map of Typhoon Lagoon is really simple and easy to understand, I can sum it up in a few words. Here let me demonstrate for you — Typhoon Lagoon’s enormous wave pool acts as the centerpiece while everything else is situated around it. It’s that simple. No need to take a stupid ski lift up somewhere or work your way around confusing paths up a tall mountain.
Now, onto the attractions. Typhoon Lagoon has plenty of tube and body slides to select from. The three body slides plunge riders three stories down into the water. Mayday Falls is a tube-based slide that places riders in a rough rapids environment whereas Keelhaul Falls is a more tamer version that spans a water fall and a cave.
Family parties will definitely enjoy rides like Gang Plank Falls which is a family rafting ride. Typhoon Lagoon even has their own water-based roller coaster called the Crush ‘n’ Gusher, where two to three people ride in rafts that get propelled by interior water jets, sending them through various drop-offs and hairpin slings. The real star of Typhoon Lagoon, however, is the almighty outdoor wave pool itself that resides in the center of the water park. This is the largest known wave pool in the world and it’s capable of spawning monstrous six foot waves every five minutes or so.
The wave pool in Typhoon Lagoon is literally no joke whatsoever. The minute it begins, it sounds like King Kong taking a big step on the ground. The next thing you know, you’re looking at what looks like a scene out of the disaster film “The Day After Tomorrow” in which New York City gets flooded by a storm surge. I’d advise beginning swimmers not to go any further than three feet in this wave pool unless you really want to get owned by this monster. Overall, Typhoon Lagoon at Disney World in Orlando, Florida definitely deserves to sit among the greatest water parks around, along with Six Flags’ Hurricane Harbor and Great Wolf Lodge.