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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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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.
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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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