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Keeping it Cool in Central Florida

The next time you are bored and sick of the Florida heat, you should consider travelling thirty minutes west of Rollins to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. Disney World theme parks are famous across the world, though many may not know that Disney World also offers two Water Parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Typhoon Lagoon is an awesome water park that everyone should try to experience.

Typhoon Lagoon is nestled near Downtown Disney and offers a number of attractions for guests to enjoy. Typhoon Lagoon features a variety of water slides and water rides, three of which involve sitting in a raft and going down a long slide. These vary in intensity, but all are fun. The mildest slide seems suited best for families and is a large raft where groups ride together, whilst the more exhilarating slides are individual. I would definitely recommend the more intense slides for those who really like water park thrill rides. There are also three slides where you go without a raft, much like a slide at a pool, however much longer and more fun. Whilst not the most exciting ride at Typhoon Lagoon, these slides are a great way to relax and rarely have lines.

Arguably the best ride, however, is the Crush’n Gusher. The Crush’n Gusher is a water rollercoaster, where you sit in a raft and are propelled through a myriad of twists, turns, and drops. There are three different versions of the Crush’n Gusher, and all are fun, but the Pineapple Plunger seems to be the best. The Crush’n Gusher is an amazing experience that really is not found in any other water park.

Typhoon Lagoon also features a Shark Reef, where you can snorkel with real sharks. Yes, you are actually snorkeling with sharks that can swim right up to you. The sharks are harmless, but it is still a really amazing experience. Unforunately, however, you cannot touch the animals or go under the water to snorkel. Instead, you just glide across the pool and watch the fish from above. Still this is definitely an experience to be undertaken. Be warned however, that the water is very cold.

One of the most interesting features of Typhoon Lagoon however is the Wave Pool. An enormous pool sitting in the center of park, the wave pool is exactly that a pool with giant waves. These are not small three feet wave, but enormous waves that crash into the guests. While the wave pool may sound rather drab, the truth is that you can spend hours in the wave pool and still be amazed every time a wave hits you.

Typhoon Lagoon also features a lazy river, which wraps around the park offers a great place to relax. The river moves quite fast, so you can just sit in one of the rafts and float on down the river. If the lines ever get too long, this is a great place to spend some time.

It should be noted, however, that we never experienced long lines even going on a Friday in August. The lines were never above 20 minutes for the rides. Most of the time, the lines were around 5 minutes or less. This is quite good, as it allows you to really experience the park instead of waiting in line all day for an attraction.

Typhoon lagoon tickets are $47.93 for one day. Parking is complimentary. This is a great way to spend a day cooling off in the Florida heat.

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