Touring Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon (One-Day Itinerary)
Typhoon Lagoon is one of the most popular water parks at Walt Disney World, and for a good reason. With its tropical landscapes, thrilling slides, and relaxing spaces, the park is an excellent place to enjoy a sunny Florida day.
While Typhoon Lagoon isn’t typically as crowded as the theme parks, touring the park can be a bit daunting. But with a little planning and learning your way around, touring becomes a breeze.
This article will provide a suggested one-day touring itinerary for Typhoon Lagoon. Our itinerary will include the best times to tackle popular attractions like Crush ‘n’ Gusher and Miss Adventure Falls.
Additionally, we’ll look at planning a little downtime into your day, handling inclement weather when touring, and overall how to make the most of a full day at Typhoon Lagoon.
Let’s get started.
Typhoon Lagoon Itinerary
Below is a look at our suggested itinerary for touring Typhoon Lagoon.
- Crush ‘N’ Gusher (Ride twice if desired before lines form.)
- Miss Adventure Falls (Ride twice if desired before lines form.)
- Humunga Kowabunga
- Storm Slides
- Cross over the Mountain Trail to access other slides.
- Gangplank Falls
- Mayday Falls
- Keelhaul Falls
- Break for Lunch
- Lazy River (Great place to let lunch digest.)
- Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool for the afternoon (Here, you can rest or go out far and participate.)
- For the last hour, experience an attraction you would like to do again.
Over the years, we’ve visited Typhoon Lagoon many times. We have found that this touring plan allows you to maximize your time in the park and experience all of the attractions.
Often, we tour the park together until lunch. Then, after lunch, we tend to make a loop around the lazy river.
From there, I’m ready to take a long afternoon break at the wave pool. In the meantime, my son likes to do a few slides independently.
So we’ll find a spot at the wave pool. He’ll know where to find me when he’s finished.
How it Works
When visiting Typhoon Lagoon, you’ll want to consider a few things. Those things include how many are in your party, who wants to participate, and who can participate in certain attractions.
You’ll want to consider that some attractions have height requirements and may not be suitable for everyone.
Related: Rides with Height Requirements at Typhoon Lagoon
Additionally, a few areas are geared toward toddlers and younger children. At some point, you’ll want to spend time in these areas if applicable.
To give you an idea of how our Typhoon Lagoon day works, let me walk you through it from start to finish.
We like to arrive at Typhoon Lagoon about 30 minutes before the park opens. That gives us time to park and gather our belongings.
We then enter the park, and our first objective is to rent a locker. However, if we see a character greeting guests with minimal wait, we’ll stop for a quick photo.
Stitch or Lilo greet guests throughout the day at Typhoon Lagoon.
Related: Character Meets at Typhoon Lagoon
After that, we rent a locker to store our valuables. I like to bring a cooler with enough sodas and water, so we don’t have to purchase anything extra.
However, refillable mugs are available for purchase at most dining locations. They are reasonably priced if you don’t mind keeping up with the mug all day.
After this, we throw on our water park shoes and head straight to either Crush ‘n’ Gusher or Miss Adventure Falls. These rides are located on the right-hand side of the park if you are facing the wave pool.
For reference, this touring plan circles the park counter-clockwise. So we won’t skip any attractions or double-back for anything until lunchtime.
Anyway, Miss Adventure Falls and Crush ‘n’ Gusher are located immediately next to each other. They are two of the most popular attractions in the park and often have relatively long lines.
Miss Adventure Falls is also the newest attraction at the park. It’s a family raft ride that is suitable for almost everyone.
Crush ‘n’ Gusher is a water coaster with a height requirement. So if you have little ones in your party, they might have to sit this one out.
We tackle Miss Adventure Falls first and then head straight to Crush ‘n’ Gusher and ride it twice. At that point, if long lines haven’t formed for Miss Adventure Falls, we’ll nearly always ride it again.
These are our favorite rides in the park. Since they are so close together, you can usually get in a couple of rides first thing.
However, if you are at Typhoon Lagoon on a day where long lines are forming quickly, you’ll probably want to ride each of these once and then move on to other attractions.
We continue toward Humunga Kowabunga and the Storm Slides from this area. Humunga Kowabunga is the large thrill body slide at Typhoon Lagoon.
You won’t get me on this one! Thankfully, there’s a waiting area at the bottom for those who want to sit this one out. And it is fun to see others enjoying the slide while you wait.
Next door to Humunga Kowabunga, there are three Storm Slides. These body slides are gentle and curve their way down the mountain.
I have found that I enjoy the Storm Slides much more than the inner tube slides. While the waterslide is relatively fast, you don’t feel like you’re going to flip out of a tube on the way down.
I don’t know about you, but I get a little frightened when my tube starts making its way up the sides of the slide.
After knocking out a round or two on each slide, we take the Mountain Trail over to the Falls attractions. The Mountain Trail is a lovely, scenic walkway that crosses Mount Mayday.
The trail starts immediately next to Humunga Kowabunga and ends near Gangplank Falls. You’ll cross a rope bridge over the lazy river on your way.
If you prefer not to climb over the mountain, you can always hop in Castaway Creek, the lazy river, and get off at the Falls attractions. There’s also a level walkway in this area, along the inside of the lazy river.
At the end of the Mountain Trail, there are three Falls attractions. Gangplank Falls, a short family raft ride, usually has the longest line.
We will knock it out first and then do Mayday Falls and Keelhaul Falls. Depending on how busy it is, you might elect to ride these slides several times while you are in the area.
Additionally, Ketchakiddee Creek sits on the far side of these three attractions. If you have toddlers or smaller children, this water play area is a great place to take a break.
At this point, we’ve covered all the rides at Typhoon Lagoon. And it’s probably time for lunch.
We’ll usually take the lazy river back around to the front of the park. I’ll get us a drink out of the locker and check our phones. Then, my son will grab us a table while I order food.
I like to pick something up from Typhoon Tilly’s, and then we’ll order him an allergy-friendly meal from Leaning Palms.
Related: Dining Options at Typhoon Lagoon
After lunch, our focus is more on relaxing. First, we’ll do the lazy river full circle, and then I’m off to the wave pool.
Related: Surf Pool at Typhoon Lagoon
It is common during the summer months for a storm to pass through at some point during the afternoon. While this might put a damper on the day, I have found that a quick rain shower improves things tremendously at the park.
When storm clouds appear, many guests leave. I recommend checking the weather to see how long the storm system will last.
There tends to be a 30-minute or so period of rain on most of our visits before the sunshine returns. And the park tends to be pretty empty at that point.
If this occurs during your visit, head straight to any desired attraction when the pools re-open. You can usually ride anything with minimal waits multiple times.
Some of our best experiences at Typhoon Lagoon have been on days when a storm cleared nearly everyone out.
Additionally, you will have good luck touring Typhoon Lagoon later in the day, regardless of the storms. Water parks tend to empty earlier.
So many guests make dinner reservations for Disney Springs or one of the resort restaurants on their water park day. They’ll leave early to go back to their hotels to get ready for dinner.
My suggestion? Don’t do this.
While a water park day can be relaxing, you’re spending the entire day in the sun. And being in the water for an extended time tends to wear most people out.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t go out for dinner. But on our water park days, we’ll go back to our hotel and pick up a counter service meal or order to-go from a restaurant.
Then we’ll enjoy our meal at the resort’s pool and maybe even catch Movies Under the Stars. You probably won’t find us trekking all over Disney Springs after a full day at the water park.
So many people try to pack it all in when they are at Disney. I learned many years ago that I find joy in the little things.
My little thing at Typhoon Lagoon is sitting in a chair at the back of the wave pool. It’s so relaxing to watch the waves as they come and go.
The last thing I would want to do is leave that spot and have to rush to get ready for something else.
Don’t forget you’re on vacation.
Final Thoughts on Touring Typhoon Lagoon
Hopefully, this touring plan gave you a good idea of how to go about touring Typhoon Lagoon. While there’s plenty to do, you can usually experience everything at least once during a day’s visit.
For more information, try our list of articles specific to the park:
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
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In the comments: What are your thoughts on this touring plan for Typhoon Lagoon? Do you have any questions about spending a day at the water park?