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#DisneyKids: Cool Summer Thrills for Little Guests at the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 20th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


We have shared some details about how Walt Disney World Resort will be the coolest place for an unforgettable family getaway this summer, and as a mom of preschoolers, I was thrilled to see how much there is for my little ones to do! With Olaf as the host for “Coolest Summer Ever,” of course there will be lots of Frozen-inspired fun, but there is also so much more.

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Here are some highlights of just some of the activities that little ones will enjoy:

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From hugs from favorite Disney Jr. characters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and royal meet & greets at Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park, and of course the chance to cozy up to Mickey Mouse and pals at all four theme parks, kids will delight in hanging out with their favorites this summer.

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From June 17 – September 7, little ones’ Frozen dreams will come true at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

  • Where else but the magical “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” can they belt out the lyrics to all of their favorite songs from the film in a room full of other kids?
  • Kids get to feel like they’re part of the show during the daily Frozen procession, where Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and friends parade through the park and greet the citizens of “Hollywoodland.”
  • It’s worth taking a nap in order to stay up for the special Frozen Fireworks, featuring Elsa and Anna, and a dazzling fireworks display set to the music from the film.

Frozen encounters at Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom is a favorite for my family. There is so much to see and do, and now with FastPass+, you can reserve seating to ensure you won’t miss a moment!

Cool Off at Two Water Parks
The two water parks at Walt Disney World Resort are an ideal way for the entire family to chill out this summer.

  • At Disney’s Blizzard Beach, young children will enjoy Tike’s Peak, a play area with kid-sized versions of the attractions including slower-moving, scaled-down thrills for small fries 48 inches and under.
  • Over at Typhoon Lagoon, Ketchakiddee Creek is a play area featuring 10 different aquatic activities just for preschoolers and little kids.
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Giant Sand Castle in the Snow Announces 24-Hour Party, ‘Coolest Summer Ever’ at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 11th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


As you may have seen on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America,” we shared some true Disney magic in winter-weary Boston by creating a warm summer scene, inspired by Olaf’s “In Summer” dream, to officially announce that the “Coolest Summer Ever” is coming to the Walt Disney World Resort. And it all begins with a Disney Parks Blog reader favorite – a 24-hour event at Magic Kingdom Park – during Memorial Day weekend, the traditional kickoff to summer.

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Olaf, who is the official host of our “Coolest Summer Ever,” surprised Bostonians near historic Faneuil Hall with a 20-foot wide beach that included a Cinderella Castle made of sand, beach chairs, beach balls and other reminders of summer fun at Walt Disney World Resort. Check out how it all came together in the video below.

We’re kicking off the summer with an all-night party at the Walt Disney World Resort. Magic Kingdom Park will be open to guests for 24 hours of nonstop fun from 6 a.m.-6 a.m. May 22-23. Guests are invited to dress to show their Disney Side while a selection of favorite attractions, entertainment, merchandise, food and beverages will be on tap all night long to celebrate the start of the “Coolest Summer Ever” at Walt Disney World Resort.

For the “Coolest Summer Ever,” we’re already planning experiences you won’t want to miss. Here’s an early look at some of the highlights:

There’s more to come, so keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog or visit Disneyworld.com/CoolestSummerEver for future details and information.

Also, later this morning, Erin will be sharing a special announcement from Disneyland Resort right here on the blog.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Early Days of Disney Water Parks

posted on July 10th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


It’s summertime. It’s warm. I need to cool off. Should I hang ten at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park or hit the slopes at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park? Decisions, decisions. While I deliberate, here’s a look at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park under construction from March 1989 and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park in December 1994.

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I still can’t decide. If I go to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon I can take a ride on Crush ‘n’ Gusher, while over at Disney’s Blizzard Beach I can slide down the Toboggan Racers.

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This is the toughest decision of the summer for me at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Caption This: Mickey Visits Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

posted on June 30th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Shark Reef at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is home to hundreds of aquatic friends, including bonnethead sharks, stingrays and blue tang fish – and on one day in 1995, one famous Mouse, too.

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Check out this amazing photo, in which Mickey dons snorkel equipment and takes a dip with the fish.

What did Mickey think of such an attraction? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” in our “Comments” section below.

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Celebrate Summer With A Ride Through Crush ‘N’ Gusher at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

posted on June 20th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Tomorrow, Saturday, June 21, is the first official day of summer – and nothing feels quite like summer to me than a trip to a Disney water park.

In honor of tomorrow’s official return to summer fun, check out the video below, which is a ride-through video of one of our most popular water slides – Crush ‘n’ Gusher at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Enjoy!

Will you visit a Disney water park this summer? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Yummy Celebration Planned for Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon June 1 Anniversary

posted on May 30th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Has it really been 25 years since Mount Mayday rose out of the sandy soil at Walt Disney World Resort, creating all-new ways to cool off in the Florida sun, from a lazy river to a reef full of tropical fishes and the crazy Humunga Kowabunga water slide?

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Believe it or not, we’re celebrating on June 1 with a party all day – a DJ on the Clock Tower, a free cupcake (vanilla with blue icing) with the purchase of an adult entrée at Typhoon Tilly’s or Leaning Palms, and the Baybreeze, a specialty beverage with cranberry juice, pineapple juice and vodka just for grown-ups ($3.50). Let’s Go Slurpin’ bar also will feature its own anniversary cocktail, the Blue Hawaiian, only available on June 1.

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Forget dogs and burgers and try the new chicken and waffle sandwich, made with a crispy fried chicken breast topped with peppery arugula, mild Asiago cheese and honey aioli. If you prefer your waffles sweet, try the chocolate chip waffle with fresh fruit sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Both waffles will be available at Lowtide Lou’s and are only on the menu ‘til Aug. 1.

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Also new are two salads getting great reviews from guests. The Shrimp Wrecked Salad at the Snack Shack location features mixed greens, feta cheese, and dried cranberries, cherries and blueberries tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette and topped with strawberries and shrimp. Tropical Chicken Salad at Leaning Palms has mixed greens, Parmesan cheese, cherry tomatoes, dried cranberries, cucumbers, mandarin oranges and grilled chicken with raspberry vinaigrette.

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Throw on your swimsuit and head out for a day of fun!

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Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Turns 25 June 1

posted on May 30th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will mark 25 years of slip-sliding fun this Sunday, June 1.

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The park opened June 1, 1989, to offer the largest wave pool in North America, the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool, plus a bevy of storm-themed water slides and a dedicated Ketchakiddee Creek area for little ones. Crush ‘N’ Gusher, the first water coaster to be built at Walt Disney World Resort, debuted in 2005.

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What I like about this Disney waterpark is that it’s so unique – in addition to water slides and a lazy river, the park offers snorkeling in Shark Reef, a 362,000-gallon salt-water tank that is home to bonnethead sharks, stingrays, and many kinds of fish. It also offers in-park surf lessons (at a separate cost) that allow guests to take on six-foot waves in the park’s Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool. The park is also home to one of my personal favorite treats – the Sand Pail, which offers up chocolate and vanilla ice cream topped with waffle cone chips, cookie bits, sprinkles, hot fudge, caramel, strawberry sauce, whipped cream and a cherry.

What’s your favorite part of Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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#DisneyKids: First Water Slide at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on May 9th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you’ve got a “favorite” Disney water slide, chances are you remember your first splash at one of our water parks – I remember my first slide to this day. Today, we’re continuing our series of different firsts to experience at Disney Parks at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon where there are scaled-down thrills suitable for even tiny tots.

Let us know about a special, memorable or even life changing first trip to Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort in the “Comments” below and then check back for our #DisneyKids series.

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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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