Day 8 in review

Today was our last non-park day of the trip. We took today off because we were transferring resorts. We decided to resort hop on the last two days, and Disney makes resort hopping super easy!

All we had to do when were all packed up was call bell services! They arrived at our door a few minutes after we called, and collected our luggage! The delivered it to Pop Century Resort for us! When transferring luggage between resorts the delivery could happen between 1 and 5 pm.  Ours came around 4 and in my mind is such a great service that Disney offers!

So in our original plan we were going to head straight from French Quarter to Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon, however I received a text by 9am saying that our room was ready at Pop Century.  We decided to use Uber to transport ourselves to Pop Century, rather than wait and transfer busses etc, plus this allowed us to get settled in our new room a little sooner.

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After we were settled in our new room we did head to Blizzard Beach for a little while.  We hit the lazy river and a few of the slides.  It was a fairly cool day for Orlando (around 78-80 degrees) and very overcast, so Blizzard Beach was not packed at all.  We didn’t say long because we did want to enjoy our day of rest

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We further deviated from our plans by canceling our reservation for Beaches and Cream and picking up a reservation at Kona Cafe.  We essentially did this because we really wanted to go back to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto again!  I am so glad that our plans were flexible and that we were able to make that switch!  We had an amazing meal at Kona and followed by more amazing beverages at Trader Sams, and another souvenir glass!

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Another great day at Disney!

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Disney Water Parks Part II- Typhoon Lagoon

Many apologies for the delay on posting about the second Disney Water Park, life and back to school have taken over!

So last week we talked about the fun of the water parks that Disney has to offer, and we explored Blizzard Beach.  Today we take a more in depth look at Typhoon Lagoon.

Much like Blizzard Beach, Tyhpoon Lagoon has a story.  The story is that there was a pristine tropical paradise that folks could visit, but in 1989 a terrible typhoon came through and wreaked havoc upon the paradise.  There was a lot of damage done and the result was boats, fishing nets, and surfboards strewn about wherever the storm may have left them.   The centerpiece of the water park is the boat “Miss Tilly” that was impaled on the top of “Mount Mayday”.  Every half hour, a geyser of water  erupts from Miss Tilly and rains down upon the park guests.

Typhoon Lagoon

Typhoon Lagoon

Like Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon has tons of slides and attractions to offer its guests.  It is different though in its theming and offerings.  Typhoon Lagoon is home of the worlds largest wave pool.  Wave crash down every 90 seconds with waves reaching 6 feet high.  One other unique offering is the shark reef.  With this experience you can view the sharks from an underground viewing location, or you can even swim with the sharks (at no additional cost!  It’s included in your water park admission price!)

Snorkeling at Shark Reef

Snorkeling at Shark Reef

Disney water parks are not to be missed.  They are perfect for taking a day off from the hustle and bustle of the main four parks, but still can be a thrilling experience!

Map of Typhoon Lagoon

Map of Typhoon Lagoon

 

Disney Water Parks

Alright, so in my Four Parks – One World post, we discussed the four main theme parks that Disney has to offer, but there are also golf courses, spas, a massive sports complex, a shopping district, and 2 water parks.  Today and Monday we will take a look at Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.

Blizzard Beach

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There is no doubt that Disney goes all out whenever it develops a new attraction.  The theming is always incredible, and there is always a story.  The story that accompanies Blizzard Beach goes something like this.  There was a freak snow storm in Florida, so they decided to open Florida’s first ski resort. (Perhaps they had a huge polar vortex like we had in Ohio this year, who knows!) Of course though, with it being Florida and all, the snow didn’t last long.  The developers were ready to walk away and abandon the project when they heard the excited cries of “Ice Gator” racing down the hill on an inner tube (Ice Gator is the parks mascot).  The developers of the ski resort then saw the potential and converted the park into a water park rather than a ski resort.

The park includes many water slides for the whole family, and its biggest attraction is Summit Plummet, which is 120 feet high, and can reach speeds of 60 mph as you race down.  My favorite part is relaxing in the massive lazy river that completely circles the park.

In my mind there is no better way to relax and take a day off from the hustle and bustle of the Disney parks than chilling at the water park!  Just like any of the Disney parks, you can pack a lunch and spend the day.  There are lockers for rent ($10 for the entire day PLUS you get $5 of that back when you return the key!), so I recommend getting a locker.  There are also several quick service locations where you can purchase lunch.  Disney Dining Plan is accepted at the quick service locations.

On hot summer days the parks will fill up quickly, so I recommend going in the morning before the park gets really busy.  Enjoy a few hours in the morning, head back to the resort to clean up, and spend your afternoon and evening at Downtown Disney!