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Disney Parks After Dark: Miss Tilly at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

posted on March 27th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon has definitely not been one of the sights we’ve featured in this series before. Our water parks close before sundown, which is what makes this photograph so intriguing to me. It’s of Miss Tilly, the shipwrecked boat that serves as the icon at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Doesn’t it look amazing as the sunsets?

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Learning to ‘Hang 10’ at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

posted on August 30th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Have you ever tried surf lessons at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park?

The park offers group surf lessons at the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool, which take place in the morning just before the park opens to regular guests. Each Learn to Surf session includes some training on land first, and then it’s off to the waves.

Check out the video below for a look inside the experience. Looks like fun!

For more information, book online here or call (407) 939-7529.

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Kowabunga Dudes! Disney Channel Stars Check Out the New ‘Teen Beach Movie’ Dance Party

posted on July 3rd, 2013 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


We are having the grooviest time this summer here at the Disney Parks Blog!

Last month, we told you about how things are cooking at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park this summer with the new “Teen Beach Movie” Beach Party.

Well, as if it couldn’t get any more rad, three stars of the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie “Teen Beach Movie” dropped by last Friday to meet fans and check out the new dance party scene. (“Teen Beach Movie,” a modern take on classic beach party movies, premieres July 19 on Disney Channel.)

Actors Garrett Clayton (“Tanner”), Chrissie Fit (“Chee Chee”), and Kent Boyd (“Rascal”), surprised Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon guests with a special “Limited Time Magic-al” moment – getting out on the sand and dancing with the crowd, even teaching some kids a few steps they learned for the movie.

“Teen Beach Movie” Dance Party features a DJ spinning remixes of retro tunes, beach-y-themed games and “biker” and “surfer” hosts to lead guests as they dance, hula hoop, and play other summer games. The trio of actors joined in on the fun during the first show of the morning and wowed guests with their awesome moves.

Garrett, Chrissie, and Kent also caught some waves before Typhoon Lagoon opened for the morning. The water park’s 2.75-million-gallon wave pool provides consistent waves every ninety seconds that can rise up to six feet high. Several mornings each week, Craig Carroll’s Cocoa Beach Surf School teaches guests how to “cut,” “carve” and “hang ten.”

“Teen Beach Movie” Beach Party continues daily at Typhoon Lagoon through September 2, 2013, as part of “Limited Time Magic”. For information on “Teen Beach Movie,” check out disneychannel.com; and for more information about Typhoon Lagoon, head to www.disneyworld.com.

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A Chilly Bucket of Deliciousness at Disney Water Parks

posted on July 1st, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


July is National Ice Cream Month, the perfect excuse for indulging (and maybe sharing) a favorite frozen confection. You can indulge and share the generous Sand Pail ice cream bucket you’ll find at IC Expeditions at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park and Happy Landings and Snack Shack at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park at Walt Disney World Resort.
A Chilly Bucket of Deliciousness at Disney Water Parks

Yes, you probably will be in a bathing suit so that might make it easier to share this extravaganza – chocolate and vanilla soft-serve ice cream topped with crunchy chips of waffles cone, cookie pieces, sprinkles, hot fudge, caramel sauce, strawberry sauce, whipped cream and a cherry. Ask for extra spoons.

When it’s all gone, the bucket and shovel are perfect for building castles in the sand.

Cost is $9.99. The dessert isn’t on the Disney Dining Plan.

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‘Teen Beach Movie’: Beach Party Shakes Up Summer Fun at Typhoon Lagoon at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 21st, 2013 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


‘Teen Beach Movie: Beach Party’ Shakes Up Summer Fun at Typhoon Lagoon at Walt Disney World Resort
As if Disney water parks weren’t fun ENOUGH this summer, starting Monday, June 24, guests of Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park can enjoy a taste of the new Disney Channel Original Movie “Teen Beach Movie” as part of Limited Time Magic.

Running at various times throughout each day through Sept. 1, “Teen Beach Movie”: Dance Party will feature a hip DJ spinning remixes of retro tunes, beach-y-themed games and some really rad “bikers” and “surfers” to party with guests as they dance away the dog days. Taking over part of Typhoon Lagoon’s main beach and wave pool area, guests can participate in relays on the sand, hula hoop spinning, water balloon and beach ball tossing, and the grooviest dance moves this side of Mt. Mayday.

One of two Disney spectacular water parks (Disney’s Blizzard Beach being the other), Typhoon Lagoon ushers (and gushers) in a new generation of water adventures for Walt Disney World Resort guests with the first-ever water coaster thrill ride attraction in Central Florida, Crush ‘n’ Gusher; a 362,000-gallon salt-water coral reef diving environment in which guests can snorkel amidst colorful fish, coral and plant life; and a two-and-one-half-acre wave-making lagoon with surfing-size waves.

“Teen Beach Movie,” a modern take on classic beach party movies, premieres Friday, July 19, on Disney Channel. Starring are Ross Lynch (of Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally” and Hollywood Records’ R5) and Maia Mitchell (ABC Family’s “The Fosters”) as Brady and McKenzie, surfers who take the last wave of summer, one that mysteriously takes them into a classic beach party movie, Wet Side Story. Brady and McKenzie must try to return to present day, but their lives may be changed forever when they inadvertently change the movie’s romantic storyline.

For more information “Teen Beach Movie,” check out DisneyChannel.com/TeenBeachMovie. For more information about Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach water parks, check out disneyworld.com.

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Make a Splash This Summer with Fun-in-the-Sun Merchandise from Disney Parks

posted on June 19th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Make a Splash This Summer with Fun-in-the-Sun Merchandise from Disney Parks

With the return of summer, I’m longing to visit a beach (road trip to Key West, anyone?). Fortunately, with Walt Disney World Resort in my backyard, there are plenty of places for me to cool off. I recently visited Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, one of two Disney Water Parks in Florida, to survey some of the fun beach-themed goods offered at Disney Parks.

Make a Splash This Summer with Fun-in-the-Sun Merchandise from Disney Parks

Singapore Sal’s is the main merchandise location at Typhoon Lagoon. Inside this shop, you will find an assortment of beach essentials such as towels, bathing suits, shirts, sandals and much more. I particularly liked the brightly colored Mickey Mouse-themed shovels and castle-shaped sand sculpting molds. They would have been nice to use the time I built a sand castle by hand on Castaway Cay while on a Disney cruise.

Make a Splash This Summer with Fun-in-the-Sun Merchandise from Disney Parks

The location also carries underwater, one-time-use cameras; plastic cases to protect identification cards and other things from water; and Coppertone sunscreen (a must while enjoying the outdoors).

Make a Splash This Summer with Fun-in-the-Sun Merchandise from Disney Parks Make a Splash This Summer with Fun-in-the-Sun Merchandise from Disney Parks

Speaking of sun protection, the headwear team recently introduced several new sun hats that utilize a special fabric from Coppertone. These hats offer an Ultraviolet Protection Factor of 50+, and block 98% of UVA and 99% of UVB rays. There are hats for children and adults, and they feature Disney characters like Mickey Mouse or the logos for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.

After spending a few moments outside in the warm Florida sun, I was tempted to change into a bathing suit, rent a Polar Patio at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon (or at Disney’s Blizzard Beach – I’m not picky), and spend a day “working” outside. I’m sure I could call that “work.”

Happy summer!

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Get Swept Away with Caribbean Food, Music at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 22nd, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Guests visiting Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park this summer are in for some Caribbean fun with the additions of new food and music and the return of a popular character meet-and-greet opportunity.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park at Walt Disney World Resort

The Calypso Band Tropicals Perform Caribbean Steel Drum Music at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park at Walt Disney World Resort Disney Characters Lilo and Stitch Available for Meet-and-Greets at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park at Walt Disney World Resort Tropicalamity at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park Offers Chicken Jerk Pita Wraps, Citrus Chicken Salads, Hot Meatball Subs and Cold Italian Subs

The Calypso band Tropicals will perform Caribbean steel drum music at the park each Friday to Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through July 15. Disney characters Lilo and Stitch will also be available for meet-and-greets at the High N’ Dry sundries shop through September 8, and guests looking for summer fare beyond the regular park offerings may also visit Tropicalamity, a temporary food and beverage tent that offers chicken jerk pita wraps, citrus chicken salads, hot meatball subs and cold Italian subs.

Guests staying at a Disney resort can also take advantage of extended hours at both Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park throughout the summer. Check with your Disney resort for extra hour days and times.

Check out these posts for more news from the water parks at Walt Disney World Resort:

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Stars from ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Make It or Break It’ Visit Walt Disney World Resort

posted on April 17th, 2012 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


This past weekend, we were visited by stars from the Emmy Award-winning ABC comedy “Modern Family” and ABC Family’s original drama “Make It or Break It.” Take a peek at a few snapshots from their visit, courtesy of Disney photographer and Disney Parks Blog Author Gene Duncan.

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Actor Nolan Gould (pictured above), who portrays Luke on “Modern Family,” joined his own family at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park for some splash-tastic fun. Before he hit the waves, he took time to pose with Donald Duck (who knows a little bit about water himself).

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Actress, singer and dancer Cassie Scerbo (pictured above), who stars as Olympic hopeful Lauren Tanner on the ABC Family series “Make It or Break It,” visited the parks to celebrate her recent birthday with her family. Cassie wore her own “Happy Birthday” tiara and even painted her nails with Mickey- and Minnie-inspired designs — Minnie Mouse bows on her index fingers and Mickey Mouse heads on her ring fingers. Minnie was quite honored, as you can see in the photo below, when they met at the France Pavilion during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

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PhotoPass Back at Walt Disney World Water Parks, New Location Added

posted on June 21st, 2011 by Kelly Glassburn, Manager of Marketing & Communications, Disney’s PhotoPass Service


PhotoPass is Back at Walt Disney World Resort Water Parks with a New Location Added

Well, summer is officially upon us as evidenced by our skyrocketing temperatures here in Orlando! Which makes it the perfect time for a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort Water Parks.

PhotoPass is Back at Walt Disney World Resort Water Parks with a New Location Added

Whether you are chillin’ at Blizzard Beach or relaxing at Typhoon Lagoon, Disney’s PhotoPass photographers are back in full force to capture your most splash-tastic memories. Check out our newest photo location at Blizzard’s Teamboat Springs. Word has it that there is a hidden Mickey, but I have yet to find it.

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Guests Set a Guinness World Record at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

posted on June 15th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Everyone knows that special memories are made at Disney water parks every day – but what about world records?

Guests at Typhoon Lagoon Participate in the Second-Annual World's Largest Swimming Lesson

Yesterday, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park served as one setting for the second-annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, an international event during which participants across the world head to all kinds of local swimming holes to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson ever conducted.



Guests at Typhoon Lagoon Participate in the Second-Annual World's Largest Swimming Lesson

The event, which was presented by a coalition of the nation’s leading water safety and training organizations, was created as a platform to support public education about water safety and the importance of teaching children to swim.

The inaugural World’s Largest Swimming Lesson took place in 2010, with the record set at nearly 4,000 participants across 34 states, five countries and three continents. This year, more than 900 facilities across the world (including Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park) collectively set a new record by hosting an estimated 30,000 swim lesson participants for the lesson.

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