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Scarborough, England, United Kingdom
November 17, 2011
From journal My Favourite Place in the whole world (so far!)
Oxford, United Kingdom
October 27, 2009
From journal Orlandos other Big Ones!
by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
June 29, 2008
From journal Two Weeks in Orlando
January 14, 2008
July 5, 2005
From journal November Trip to Disney World
Manchester, United Kingdom
May 15, 2005
What is there to do?
There is a really good mix of activities here for all ages.
If you are feeling very brave, then ride the water slides. The Humunga Kowabunga speed slides really do test the bravest adults and children and are absolutely awesome. Tip: Don't ride this straight after lunch and make sure your swim suit is firmly attached to your body! You can reach up to 30 miles an hour on these slides according to lifeguards, and some of the slides are up to 400 feet long and you must be over 4 feet tall to ride.
If you fancy something a little more slow-paced, then grab a rubber tube and float through the 2,000-foot stream, which is breathtaking as you pass through a rain forest. This is very relaxing, but you do have to be careful, as there are always lots of people here, and I knocked heads with people a few times on here!
My favourite thing to do here is the surf pool, where waves up to 6 feet high make it great fun to splash around. It is a massive pool with plenty of lifeguards, and the waves are very small towards the edges, which means that even small children can safely enjoy the wave effect.
If you love fish, then try out shark-reef snorkeling pool. There is always a queue for this, so go first thing or at lunch time when other people are eating. You get fins, a snorkel, and wet suit provided free of charge before a short snorkelling lesson. After that, you are able to snorkel in the pool, but only allowed to go and do what the staff say, so if you are an experienced snorkeller, this may be a bit frustrating for you!
How much does it cost?
It is not very cheap to gain entry to Typhoon Lagoon (about $33 for adults and $27 for children ages 3 to 9). Children younger than 3 get in for no charge. If you have a park hopper ticket, then entry to the three water parks will be included.
If the weather is nice and hot, then the water parks will be very busy, so make sure you get there early. Buses run to Typhoon Lagoon directly from each Disney resort hotel and will begin operating approximately 30 minutes before the park opens.
Eating is a bit of a nightmare here at Typhoon Lagoon as they only have two cafés, which are always extremely busy by lunchtime. If you can, try and eat early, or be prepared to queue for up to 45 minutes for your burger!
From journal Walt Disney World in Florida
February 15, 2005
From journal Great Orlando!!
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
January 27, 2005
This was one of our favorite restful days out during our Disney holiday. In fact, we visited it once a week during our three-week stay.
My wife said she could spend a week just lying on the beautiful beaches, soaking up the sun.
The main pool is lovely, with waves gently breaking the shore most of the time, but then you hear a thumping noise, and the biggest fake wave I have ever seen thunders toward you. In fact, it is so big that you can book surfing lessons before the water park officially opens its doors.
There is a lovely water-play park for the children and water slides to accommodate all standards of bravery! A very leisurely donut water ride circles the outer parameter of the park.
Picturesque snack bars and drinks stations are dotted around. There is also a pool where you can snorkel or dive with sharks and other tropical fish.
Give this place a visit, and you will not be disappointed!
From journal Around Disney World in Florida
July 20, 2004
From journal Walt Disney World Parks
by Emily Marie
Bronx, New York
November 19, 2003
The prices seemed reasonable to me. For $135, they give you access to a surfboard, towels, lessons and two hours worth of surfing.
The instructors run the Cocoa Beach Surf School and have all competed or won various surfing competitions. Two of the instructors were from the U.S. National Surf Team.
The actual instruction took very little time. All they do is show you for a couple of minutes how to paddle out and raise yourself. You take a dry run on dry land and then they tell you to throw your board into the pool and catch a wave. It was more of a trial-and-error learning process. For me, it took a couple of waves to realize just how much time I really had to prepare. At first you feel like rushing through the process, but soon I realized I actually had time to think about the motions as I went through them.
Once you hit the water, you go to the instructor. He hooks you up to the board, makes sure you are in position on the board, and then gives you a push as the wave comes up. They try to get the students to paddle themselves into the waves, but most of the time, they tell the students just to hold onto the rails (sides) of the board as they give the students a push. Once your first wave is over, you paddle out to the second instructor. This guy will try and correct what you've done wrong on your first wave. After you second ride, you get out and wait for your next two waves.
On typical days, the number of waves and students should work out to each student having ten waves per lesson. We had fewer students than they usually have, so we got more waves. It also meant though that at times the students didn't have the time to rest between rides. On my last ride, when a couple more people had dropped out, I didn't have the energy to get up properly.
The instructors were all kind and didn't yell, even though at times I'm sure it seemed we the students weren't getting it.
Surfing is not for those who are going to tire out quickly. The arms seem to get the biggest workout, between paddling out and having to do a push-up to get up. Then walking through the undertow and carrying the board gets to the legs. Despite this, I had a blast and intend to go again.
From journal Just another Disney journal