|Typhoon Lagoon 1991|
So many families spend valuable time planning their vacations to Walt Disney World, only to fail to look at height restrictions. They build up their trip to their kids and when they arrive, they realize their child is too short to ride the ONE ride they have been excited about.
To keep this from happening to you and your family, know your child’s height(s) and familiarize yourself with the height restrictions below. To make things easier, head to WDWInfo and use their height calculator to plug in your child’s height and get a list of attractions your child is still too short to experience.
- Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm 35″
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 40″
- Space Mountain 44″
- Splash Mountain 40″
- Tomorrowland Speedway 32″ to ride, 52″ to drive
- Stitch’s Great Escape 40″
- Rock N Roller Coaster 48″
- Star Tours 40″
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 40″
- American Idol Experience- must be 14 years or older to compete
- Dinosaur 40″
- Kali River Rapids 38″
- Expedition Everest 44″
- Primeval Whirl 48″
- Summit Plummet 48″
- Chair Lift 32″
- Downhill Double Dipper 48″
- Slush Gusher 48″
- Tike’s Pike- over 48″ must be accompanied by a child
- Crush ‘n’ Gusher 48″
- Humunga Kowabunga 48″
- Surf Lessons- ages 8 and up (additional fee)
- Ketchakiddee Creek- over 48″ must be accompanied by a child!
- Bay Slides- 60 inches or shorter
I’ve often considered taking a trip to Walt Disney World and not entering the parks… at all. The tickets are an expensive part of our vacation and sometimes I just want a small Disney fix! So, here are my top experiences to have outside of the 4 main parks at Walt Disney World- whether you are or aren’t actually visiting those parks during your vacation!
- Typhoon Lagoon and/ or Blizzard Beach. These water parks are excellent for the entire family. Both parks have areas for little ones to play, a lazy river and beach for those who like to lounge, speed slides for those who like thrills and wave pools for the entire family. Each park is home to unique water park experiences: at Typhoon Lagoon you can swim with sharks and at Blizzard Beach you can go down the second fastest and tallest slide in the world!
- Downtown Disney. This is where Disney and shopping collide! You can find almost anything Disney related and in any price range at Downtown Disney. You need to shop here for those hard to shop for friends, those family members who have everything and everyone in between! And there are fantastic restaurants and entertainment options here!
- Monorail Ride and Resorts. We always take a ride on the Monorail while we are at Walt Disney World and 95% of the time, we get off at the Monorail Resorts and look around. We visit the resorts lobby, gift shops and restaurants. We also like to look at the “extras” such as pools, playgrounds, beaches and more!
- Fort Wilderness. There is so much to do here! You can go to a petting zoo, catch a dinner show, eat some home cookin’, watch a free Disney movie, sing with Chip and Dale, ride a carriage and the list goes on. I’d love to rent a camper and actually camp here- especially at Christmas or Halloween when the campers decorate with gusto!
- Boardwalk. The Boardwalk is so much more than just a Deluxe resort. Outside the resort is an actual Boardwalk around Crescent Lake where you can eat, visit an arcade, listen to dueling pianos, dance, see performers, rent bikes, ride boats and enjoy all there is to offer!
- Mini Golf. While it has been a while since I’ve done this (due to my boys being so young) this is a fun thing to do outside the parks! Winter Summerland and Fantasia Gardens are both outstanding mini golf courses. That’s just what they are- mini golf courses complete with sand traps, water hazards, and obstacles just like “real” golf!
- Animal Kingdom Lodge. If you have enough time and have done as much of the things listed above as possible, consider taking a bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge just to look around! The resort is beautiful and during the day you can walk through the Savannah and see animals out and about. At night, you can watch them through night vision binoculars. Check with the front desk to see what else you can experience while you visit!
Besides the water rides in the parks, the splash pads for kids and the typical Florida afternoon shower, there are several ways you can get wet and splash around at Disney Parks!
Everyone must visit one of the two water parks at Walt Disney World: Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach. Both are amazing and very different from one another. At Typhoon Lagoon you can visit the world’s largest surf pool. This is more than a wave pool- you can actually SURF in it! It’s crazy fun! You can also snorkel with sharks, float down the 2,100 feet long Castaway Creek, enjoy the water slides or drop down Humunga Kowabunga. This has a 214 foot long, 51 foot drop! Hold on to your swim trunks!
At Blizzard Beach you can fly down Summit Plummet, literally! You can reach speeds up to 60 MPH as you drop 12 stories on a 120 feet slope that is 360 feet long! At Tike’s Peak your little ones can enjoy the water and the entire family can enjoy the Steamboat Springs raft ride. If you enjoy floating and lounging, spend your day in the 3,000 foot long Cross Country Creek.
A very unique way to splash around at WDW is to participate in a park tour at The Seas with Nemo and Friends at Epcot. Here you can interact with dolphins at “Dolphins in Depth,” a 3 hour water experience with 30 minutes spent in a pool with dolphins. Or you can enjoy “Dive Quest” where guests explore the coral reef in the 5.7 million gallon salwater aquarium. You will be able to see more than 6,000 sea creatures and 70 aquatic species.
If spending a day at a water park or participating in a park tour isn’t your thing, or you don’t want to spend the extra money or you don’t have an extra day to do this, just visit your resort pool! Disney has over 152 unique pools at their resorts. These pools are some of the best themed pools I’ve ever seen! The newest pool at WDW is the 360,000 gallon “Big Blue Pool” at Art of Animation that is a Finding Nemo theme. One unique part of this pool is the underwater sound system that lets you hear the characters from the movie as if they are talking to you underwater!
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There are so many fun ways to get wet and cool off at Walt Disney World!! I can think of the following ways:
1) resort pools
2) water parks: Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach
3) water attractions: Splash Mountain, Kali River Rapids
4) splash pads: Downtown Disney and Epcot
5) fountains/ squirting water/ jumping water: Imagination, Aladdin’s Carpets, Fountain of Nations, etc.
6) misting stations: Hollywood Studios and Epcot
7) renting water craft: Downtown Disney and Bay Lake
8) summer rain showers
But, my family rarely experiences any of these options! Since we usually travel in January or February, we tend to stay away from the water. Even though it’s much warmer in Florida than it is at home, we still try to stay dry and not deal with wet clothes and hair!
However, I have experienced almost all of these water options at some point in the past. While I do love the water attractions, they aren’t high on my list. I love the different pools at the resorts, but honestly, I think I’ve only swam in 2! I like to spend my time at the parks rather than the resort pools. So, my #1 place to cool off and get wet at Walt Disney World is at the water parks! And between the two parks, I would choose Typhoon Lagoon as my favorite. While I do miss River Country at Fort Wilderness, Typhoon Lagoon still tops my list.
I love the back story for the park! “According to Disney legend, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon was created by an epic storm. Surfboards were hurled into palm trees and boats were tossed around like toys. The typhoon made the storm-soaked Mount Mayday an ideal source for exhilarating waterslides. Surrounding the mountain, a 56-acre topsy-turvy tropical paradise was formed—full of waterways, rivers, rapids and slides. The park’s famous icon is an ill-fated shrimp boat named Miss Tilly. She found herself swept up by the twisting tides of the fierce typhoon and came to rest on the peak of Mount Mayday. Every half hour, the boat’s whistle blows and the volcano attempts to dislodge the ship, resulting in an enormous geyser of water.” (from disney.go.com)
My favorite attractions are “Castaway Creek”, the lazy river, and the Typhoon Lagoon Wave Pool, which is the largest wave pool in the world! I like this wave pool better than others because the waves are continuous, like ocean waves. You can actually “ride” or surf the waves all the way into shore! You can actually pay additional money to have 2 1/2 hour surfing lessons prior to the park opening! Another unique attraction in this park is the shark reef where you can snorkel with live sharks… leopard and bonnethead sharks- no great whites! 😉
What is your favorite part of Typhoon Lagoon?
The summer months in Central Florida can be extremely HOT! If you have small children, I would consider taking breaks throughout the day to cool off by getting wet! There are so many ways to “get wet” while at WDW.
1. You can always play in the afternoon showers! It seems like there is a “summer shower” almost every afternoon during the summer.
2. Ride a “Water Ride.” There are lots of rides that are in boats on water, but I’m referring to the rides that get you wet: Splash Mountain at the Magic Kingdom and Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom. (Or just stand on the bridge by either of these attractions and see if you can get splashed!)
3. Play in the “water fountain fun” in the parks! Downtown Disney Marketplace offers a great place to splash around in water fountains. At Epcot, you can splash in the fountains between the Fountain of Nations and the World Showcase. You can also play in the “jumping water” outside of Imagination. At Animal Kingdom you can play in fountains near Kali River Rapids and use the elephant squirters to get the riders wet on Kali River! I don’t recall any water features for children at Hollywood Studios or Magic Kingdom. Just remember to pack a towel, a change of dry clothes and even a swim diaper and swim suit!
4. Return to your resort and take a dip in the pool! Or better yet, resort hop and try other pools!
5. Spend the day at Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach.
6. Last, for the older, daredevil types, you can rent motorboats, go parasailing, or waterski on Bay Lake!
What am I forgetting? What is your favorite way to cool off with water during the hot summer days at WDW?
This week’s blog hop with Babes in Disneyland is all about Summerime! Thanks to Lisa and to Melissa from Disney on Wheels for hosting the hop! Thanks too for stopping by and remember to go back to the linky and check out the other awesome posts about Summertime and Disney!
I love summer! No school. My birthday. Swimming pools. Cook outs. Baseball. Fire flies. The list goes on and on! When I heard the topic “Summertime,” I immediately thought of the water parks at Walt Disney World- Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon and River Country (RIP). Below you will find a photo and the map of all three parks along with a blurb off the Walt Disney Web site about Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. The info about River Country was taken from wikipedia.
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, one of 2 Water Parks in Walt Disney World Resort, features one of the world’s tallest and fastest free-falling waterslides, as well as slides and rides for the whole family—like a kid-sized, snow-castle fountain play area with scaled-down versions of the more thrilling attractions.
The story behind Disney’s Blizzard Beach begins with a freak snow storm that blanketed Florida. Within the blink of a snowflake-tipped eye, a ski resort sprang up with slalom courses, toboggan slides and iceberg walkways. Then, just as quickly, the weather shifted back to hot. The whole resort started to melt. What to do?
An enterprising alligator saw an opportunity! Clad in a scarf and hat, this Ice Gator slid down the snow-less ski jump, shouting ‘Yahoooo!’ all the way. With a big splash he landed in a pool of melted snow below the mountain. It was at this moment the slushy, slippery slopes became an exhilarating Water Park with a ski theme.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, one of 2 Water Parks in Walt Disney World Resort, features attractions for the whole family—from fast waterslides to a children’s area with pint-sized raft rides. Catch 6-foot waves in the Surf Pool and snorkel Shark Reef—with real sharks!
According to Disney legend, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park was created in the wake of the storm-of-storms. During the meteorological disturbance, surfboards were hurled into palm trees and boats were tossed through thatched roofs of beach houses… and onto mountains.
A hapless shrimp boat, Miss Tilly, journeying from Safen Sound, Florida, found itself swept up by the twisting tides of the fierce typhoon. The storm’s force propelled the boat onto the peak of the volcanic mountain, Mount Mayday.
To this day Miss Tilly, the shrimp boat, still sits—impaled and precariously perched. Every half hour, the boat’s whistle blows and the volcano attempts to dislodge its burden by bursting, causing an enormous geyser of water to shoot skyward.
After the storm swept out to sea, the Disney legend concludes, Mount Mayday became the source for many waterslides. Surrounding the mountain, a 56-acre topsy-turvy tropical paradise was formed—full of waterways, rivers, rapids and slides: a sun-drenched Water Park.
Positioned on the shore of Bay Lake near Discovery Island in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, River Country was part of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground and matched this area in its rustic wilderness theming, replete with rocks and manmade boulders (created by the same man who created Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the Magic Kingdom).
It was described as an “old-fashioned swimming hole”. The original working title before being changed was “Pop’s Willow Grove” and featured a sandy bottom and unique water filtering system using confluent water from adjacent Bay Lake, which was dammed off creating a natural-looking man-made lagoon.
Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach are still in operation today. River Country was closed in 2001 and in 2005, Disney announced that it would be closed permanently. While I love TL and BB, River Country was a classic! It was built in 1976 and rumors I’ve heard surrounding it’s closing have been 1) there was bacteria in Bay Lake that made the swimmers sick and contaminating the water, 2) people lost interest after TL and BB were built, 3) Florida state rules said water park’s water had to be provided by municipal water systems, not natural bodies of water, and 4) the lake water was too hard to heat and guests complained of the water being too cold. I miss River Country. It was “good ole fashion” fun! Simple water slides and water fun. That’s what I love about summer!
Here is the wonderfully dreadful binder- whichever way you view it. I think it’s wonderful, hubby things it’s dreadful! He knows when this binder makes it off the shelf, I’m working on a Walt Disney World trip- even if that trip doesn’t really happen! I keep all our past trip details in this binder along with rates, budgets, park maps, etc. I can revisit these to relive old trips and memories or help with planning a new trip. This way I hopefully won’t forget anything!