Completely unplanned we found ourselves in a Disney water park in January and it was incredible! He made up for the lack of warmth in the park and waited for every ride in the park. In summer I may never go to a water park again … ok, that’s not true, but the off-season has a real charm.
Usually, in the off-season, Disney opened one of the two water parks while the other is under maintenance. The schedule was in the river the week we were in Orlando. The time had come on Friday Typhoon Lagoon That was open and we took the chance to visit this extremely family-friendly water park. Jeff was in the typhoon lagoon 29 years ago, so he enjoyed seeing the famous water features again.
In early January, the forecast for the day was high at 85 degrees. We let the temperatures rise a bit and reached the Typoon Lagoon at 11:00 an hour after opening. The parking lot was basically empty. Parking at the Typhoon Lagoon is free. We bought our tickets upon arrival.
Once through security, we found a place to store our things. When all the rooms are open, it can be difficult to decide where to go. We chose a couple of chairs between the wave pool and the lazy river. This was the perfect place to deposit our things.
There are lockers to rent, but we didn’t bring our valuables with us. (So I don’t have a lot of photos.) If you stayed on the property, you wouldn’t need anything other than your magic ribbon. We only had a credit card and my apple watch. The whole park has WiFi, so my watch worked great! (You can use Apple Pay in all Disney parks.)
The typhoon lagoon keeps its water between 81 and 84 degrees all year round. We found the Lazy River cooler, if not uncomfortable. In the meantime, the pool at Crush n’Gusher Water Coaster was warmer and the children’s pool was really steamy!
At Typhoon Lagoon you can wear life jackets for free. Our little child was the only one who needed one. We put the little one in one to go to the wave pool for the first time, but found that he was fine without him.
The great thing about Typhoon Lagoon with kids is that there are only two slides with height restrictions. Our Big Little (7) could do anything in the park and the Middle (5) and Little (3) gave everything to try! Everyone had a great time.
Water slides & attractions
Visiting Typhoon Lagoon in the off-season meant that we didn’t wait for anything. We drove back to back up the stairs as fast as we could … and there are lots of stairs. On some journeys, you can even stay in your subway and ride again and again when there is no line.
The typhoon lagoon wave pool is the largest in North America. There are 6 foot thresholds and jerky waves starting. There is a schedule for the waves, but there is never a period when nothing is going on. The boys love wave pools and that was no exception. The little one took his first 6 foot swelling at the deep end and was pulled away from us. He laughed at it but would not return to the deep end. The Big and Middle Littles loved diving under the wave when it rushed over them.
The Lazy riverCastaway Creek was my favorite. It is long and quiet and travels through the park. We liked to use it to get around. It was cold, so the kids weren’t thrilled, but after the first shock, they were fine. However, there were a variety of types of swimmers, which was a lot of fun. The theme on the river is excellent and fun even though you get wet. I imagine the lazy river is full in summer!
Katchakidee Creek is great fun children’s section, You have to be under a certain size to play here and this has been strictly enforced. (All three of our boys were below the height limit.) The water here is super warm and shallow. There is a small subway ride just for kids that our Little Little couldn’t get enough of. There are also many small pools and puddles to play in. The two slides in this area were an idiot for us, the children were stuck to it again and again.
Keelhaul Falls and Mayday Falls are single-rider tube slide, The Big and Middle Littles loved these two tube slides. They were a bit bumpy for me, but still pleasant. Gandplank Falls is in the same area and has one family tube that can hold up to four people. For our family of five, we had to split into two tubes.
The five-tier drop body film It’s the ride our kids haven’t even tried. It has a height of 48 ″ and the Big Little was not interested.
The storm slides were a huge win for us, even the Little Little tried it. There are lots of stairs to get back up, but the slides are long and fun. The Middle Little asked to return to them when we made the “last call” at the end of the day.
The shaft slides are smaller body slides only for the little ones that spread out to the side of the wave pool. They loved the medium and the small. They require an adult to be at the end because strong currents from the wave pool occur at the end of the slide.
Misadventure Falls is another family raft trip, but you can take your raft up the mountain. The ride has an animatronic parrot and lots of twists and turns. It’s quick and fun. We drove three times in a row.
I saved the very best ride at the end. The Crush-n-Gusher water coaster was great. All sleds allow double hoses and two allow single riders. It has a size limit of 48 “, so Jeff and I argued over who was allowed to ride the Big Little. The three slides are all slightly different. The Big Little and I both loved the coconut breaker, which has three hills in a row. The Pineapple Plunger is a good first start as it is the tame of the three. Banana blasters tend to end up turning your tube over for a special surprise. Oh man, it was so much fun!
We were unimpressed by the choice of food at the Typhoon Lagoon. We packed a lot for the children, but hoped to get something delicious for us. Food is a normal park fare, but given the great success in the other parks, we were hoping that this would be the case here too.
There are plenty of picnic tables, especially when the park is empty. We only ate on our loungers without much effort.
We had a great time at Typhoon Lagoon. We stayed without problems until the park was closed at 5pm. We hopped out of the water just in time to change in the changing rooms. Showers and hair dryers are available.
I would 100% recommend a winter water park visit to the typhoon lagoon if the temperatures allow it. We were thrilled to be able to jump from attraction to attraction even in milder temperatures without waiting.
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