Our annual Disney passes were coming up for renewal and I asked our daughters if they enjoyed the water parks last year. They almost popped my eardrums as they screamed yes they wanted water parks again this year. Once our passes were renewed we decided to celebrate by heading over to one of those water parks.
We had visited Typhoon Lagoon last year but it had rained for most of the day and we didn’t get to enjoy the full park. So this time we made sure the weather was going to be in our favor and headed in for some fun in the sun…and water.
As we walked in we were greeted by Lagoona Gator. This is always a popular photo spot but a little hint if you visit this later in the day it will be less crowded. Everyone seems to want this picture first thing in the morning.
Here is a bit of an overview of the water park. It’s really beautiful and has plenty of areas with shade or out in the sun if you are looking to work on your tan.
We always prefer a shaded area and were able to find some lounge chairs run under a bunch of large palm trees giving us plenty of cover. Then after we loaded up on sunscreen it was time to check out the wave pool first. The story of this park is that a typhoon wreaked havoc on a pristine tropical paradise. Ships, surfboards and all sorts of other items were all thrown about as the storm hit. All the way in the back of the wave pool is the centerpiece known as Miss Tilly. This was a shrimp boat launched during the storm and impaled atop Mount Mayday.
After spending some time in the wave pool my youngest wanted to check out the kid’s area known as Ketchakiddee Creek. There are plenty of little slides, and water spraying from all different areas.
Eventually, we decided to walk around more of the park and just do some exploring. We found this bridge that takes you back closer towards the Miss Tilly. You also get a bird’s eye view of the lazy river.
This pathway also takes you behind the wave pool giving an interesting perspective of it. As you can see we definitely lucked out with a beautiful day to visit.
Of course, there are also a few places to get food as well as a couple bars. This was my favorite bar and thought the theming of it was really well done.
We did hop in the lazy river a few times. But unfortunately, when the park is busy this can be anything but lazy or relaxing. Sometimes it takes a while to find an available tube to use, and some of the areas get quite bottlenecked with all the tubes crashing into each other.
Our girls were a little too small for the water coasters Crush n’ Gusher but I headed on them and they definitely take water slides to the next level. In most water slides you are just slowly making your way downhill, but in these water coasters, there are jets that actually propelled you uphill a bit before you start coming back down. They really are a lot of fun and hopefully, I can get my girls on them at some point in the future when they are a little bigger.
The main gift shop is called Singapore Sals. It’s located near the entrance/exit to the park and has beach towels, swimming goggles, and even bathing suits if you forgot one. Plus lots of souvenirs and sunscreen if needed.
Towards the left side of the store when you are walking inside is where the penny machine was located.
I was happy to see that the designs were themed for the water park which makes them a little more unique.
Years ago this was a machine I needed to complete my WDW Pressed penny set and I remember trying to write a letter asking if a cast member would be able to press my coins that I had included in the envelope. It took a couple weeks but sure enough, I got the pennies back in the mail with a very nice letter from the staff. They really do go above and beyond for their guests even when you aren’t there visiting. The designs haven’t changed since then, but I went ahead and pressed a new set anyways.
By the late afternoon, we had a full day of swimming, sliding and just enjoying the bright Florida sunshine. Everyone was starting to get a bit tired and cranky so we knew it was time to head home. We did really enjoy this park, and now that we have our newly renewed annual passes we will be back again soon.