MY FAVORITE PARK IN DISNEY WORLD!

MY FAVORITE PARK IN DISNEY WORLD!

One question I’m always asked when helping others plan their Disney World vacations, or just discussing WDW in general, is “What’s your favorite park?”. This is always hard for me to answer, because I love all of the parks, but I do have my favorites!

To start, I never include Magic Kingdom when considering which park is my favorite. Since MK is the flagship park of WDW, of course it takes the cake. If you only have one day on property, I would suggest spending the day in entirety there. Because of this, I literally take it out of consideration because, duh, it’s a given! So when answering this question, I give that mini spiel then consider the remaining parks to decide which is my “favorite”.

After MK, Disney World has three main parks – EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. Aside from that, there are also two water parks on property (Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach) as well as a dining and shopping area, Disney Springs. DS is literally my most favorite place to spend an evening on property, but since it isn’t a “park”, I take that [as well as the water parks] out of the equation.

That leaves EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. Honestly, it’s a hard tie for me between two of the three and whichever I consider my “favorite” depends on my mood. Those two parks are…

EPCOT. When I was younger, I remember EPCOT being my least favorite park on property. It had no appeal to me, and was honestly quite boring. Now that I’m older [and don’t have kids of my own], this park is one in which I find myself wanting to go to quite often. Between the festivals, the ability to drink and snack around the world, and the opportunity to immerse myself in several different cultures, I thoroughly enjoy this park. All Disney parks are for kids of all ages, but I feel that this one more than the other’s is more enjoyable and draws more attention from an adult crowd! If I’m in the mood for a drink or for some exciting snacks, this is the park I head to.

Hollywood Studios. To me, this is just such a fun and exciting park. Right now, it doesn’t appeal too much to too many people due to the lack of attractions and it’s size, but that soon will change when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens. The draw for me to this park, and the reason why it’s considered my favorite is really due to the atmosphere. I love the feeling of being in “old” Hollywood. The shows, attractions, and street performers are all some of my favorite things on all of property! Even before Toy Story Land opened, this was a park I had to go to every visit to WDW. So, if I’m in the mood for a good time filled with entertainment and thrill, I head to HS!

As I mentioned above, Disney Springs is an honorable mention. This is a great place for a date night and for people to head when they want something that is on property but doesn’t scream Disney. DS has a whole different vibe of it’s own, and it’s really a great place to head with your significant other to eat, grab a drink, do some shopping, be entertained and have some fun. From the AMC movie theater to Splitsville bowling alley to the Characters in Flight hot air balloon ride and so much more, it really is a great place for a date night!

And there you have it! My favorite (well, two favorites!) Disney World park! Which park, aside from Magic Kingdom is your favorite? Leave a comment below to let me know!

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DISNEY’S TYPHOON LAGOON WATER PARK: A REVIEW

DISNEY’S TYPHOON LAGOON WATER PARK: A REVIEW

Although I have been to WDW countless times, this past Wednesday was my first visit to a Disney water park. Based on reading comments and reviews of guests who have been to both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks, my fiancé and I decided to head to Typhoon Lagoon.

Typhoon Lagoon is themed tropical, in an area that has just been hit by a strong tropical storm. It is known to be the more family friendly water park of the two options based upon the variety of attractions. Although it has less “thrill” attractions, there are plenty of things to do in the park that would please a guest of any age.

Upon entering the park, you see statues of characters holding surf boards and decor themed to a tropical beach. I was shocked with how much detail was put into the park, and how beautiful they created the scenery. When you first enter and look over the park as a whole, there is greenery that covers where the walking areas and shops are, so all you see is the wave pool, a sanded area, and a mountain with a ship pierced on the top due to the “tropical storm”. Because the greenery is strategically placed, your first view of the park is breathtaking, truly looks like you are overlooking an actual beach, and sets the mood for the park day.

After getting deeper into the water park, I ran into a meet and greet with Lilo from Disney’s Lilo and Stitch! I thought this was a very cool thing to have in the water park because it was an unexpected but pleasant surprise. The only other place you can meet Lilo is if you head over to the Polynesian Resort for a character breakfast at Ohana, which makes this meet and greet an important stop in your day. When I was there, Stitch was not out with Lilo, but I know that he frequents the park as well.

The next thing I noticed, before even heading to an attraction, was how big the water park actually is. After finding a beach chair in the sand to set our things and heading into the wave pool for a bit, we decided to go tackle each attraction. The layout of the park is somewhat awkward, but strategically done. Going to the left from the wave pool, you run into the body slides which is the first attraction we went on. From there, the attractions are all within a loop, so you simply exit an attraction, turn left, and you will eventually run into the next one. We loved every attraction that we experienced, and we noticed that each varied in intensity and thrill.

  • Surf Pool. This attraction is a large wave pool. There is a designated area toward the edge for young children to experience the wave pool safely, but goes deeper than 6 feet. When the large waves aren’t being made, there are consistent smaller waves for people to enjoy. However, when the time comes for the large waves, they are no joke! I was standing in about 5 feet of water, and when the water was still my shoulders were above water. However, the waves are very large and powerful, and I was crashed under each time. This is a staple attraction, but I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone who cannot swim or does not like going underwater.
  • Humunga Kowabunga. This attraction is made up of three body slides that start up on the mountain in the middle of the water park (Mount Mayday). This attraction was the most intense that we experienced in the park. You drop 5 stories down in the pitch black, exit the tunnel and get a nice view of the parks and get sprayed before hitting the finish line. Dee and I chose to “race” down the slides, and I won.
  • Storm Slides: Another body slide attraction in Typhoon Lagoon made up of three slides, this attraction is not as intense as Humunga Kowabunga. You are able to “race” on this ride as well, which makes it fun for a group of 2 or more on the ride. These slides aren’t enclosed, and drop 3 stories instead of 5. I would recommend this for people who aren’t into intense thrills.
  • Crush ‘n’ Gusher. A two person attraction, you share an inner-tube with a partner (or, you can ride solo) and embark down one of three large water slides. Disney considers this a “water coaster”, and I can see why. Although shorter than I would have liked it to be, the attraction is perfectly intense for kids and adults to enjoy and has beautiful scenic views.
  • Miss Adventure Falls. An attraction for up to four people, this is a family friendly “water coaster”. It is considered to be the longest attraction in both Disney water parks. This ride doesn’t come off as a thrill ride for me, so it is perfect for younger children that meet the height requirements. It does, however, take you through a few tunnels that are dark even though they use LED lights inside.
  • Castaway Creek. The lazy river attraction in Typhoon Lagoon, it is a calming and relaxing experience. You simply aboard an inner tube and float around the parks. On your journey you go under a few waterfalls, see a couple of ship wrecks from the “tropical storm”, encounter a foggy area, and can find a hidden Mickey. Definitely a must-do attraction at the water park.

There were a few attractions that we did not get experience. Some we chose not to experience because they were for children, and the rest we couldn’t get to due to storms rolling in. Note: both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach are outdoor water parks, so be sure to keep an eye on the weather.

What I was most surprised about and loved was that it wasn’t crowded! There was no more than a 10 minute wait to get on to any attraction, and most of that time was walking up the steps to get to the top of the slides. Especially during such a busy season for the WDW Resort in general, I expected it to be over crowded like most of the parks. This made the experience much more enjoyable as a whole.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this water park. When coming for vacations, my fiancé and I always felt that we would rather spend days in one of the theme parks or at the resort instead of a day at the water park, and I still would agree if I were traveling to the parks and had limited days. However, if you are vacationing on property for a week, or if you live locally, I would completely recommend visiting the water park. I now can’t wait to visit Blizzard Beach!

Below are a few more photos from the day.  Let me know in the comments below – have you visited one of the two Disney Water Parks? What was your experience? Be sure to follow my blog or sign up for e-mail notifications so you’ll know when there is a new post. Thanks for reading!