It’s 82° and sunny in Central Florida – a perfect day to reopen Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park after years of closure due to COVID-19. At roughly 10:02am this morning, the first guests dipped their toes in the iconic wave pool and Water Park Season quickly replaced the holiday season at Walt Disney World.
Blizzard Beach is now closed for its annual refurbishment as Typhoon Lagoon takes over water park duties at the Walt Disney World Resort. Blizzard Beach reopened in March 2021, but it wasn’t until today that there was no longer a “COVID closure” for the water parks.
Typhoon Lagoon is looking great following a multi-month refurbishment.
Typhoon Lagoon was originally scheduled (internally) to reopen in October 2021, but a series of last minute issues would pop up and keep the park closed until 2022 – almost two years to the day since it closed back in 2020 for what was assumed to be an annual refurbishment. Instead, Typhoon Lagoon would miss its late-March reopening due to COVID.
Now, Typhoon Lagoon is open again (at least for today), and we made it out to the water park to check out reopening day!
The day started with some low clouds that eventually gave way to sunny afternoon skies. Operationally, it’s important to note that Typhoon Lagoon (like Blizzard Beach) does not require a Disney Park Pass reservation. Disney has not required a Park Pass reservation for their water parks since Blizzard Beach first reopened in March 2021.
Another operational note is that face masks are only required indoors, and not allowed in the pools. Because it is more difficult to carry a mask with you throughout the day, Disney has complimentary surgical face masks available at the entrance to indoor locations.
Parking is free, and the first guests arrived about 90 minutes before park opening. That said, there were only a few dozen guests by the time the park opened its touchpoints at about 9:30am.
All attractions and eateries were open at some point today, although lower crowds (than summer) caused some locations to close early.
A handful of new offerings were available for reopening day, including the build-your-own dole whip dessert. Over at Snack Shack (next to Typhoon Tilly’s), guests can sample items from a list of all-new frozen dessert bar menu items. Guests can mix and match favorite DOLE Whip flavors including mango, pineapple, lime and raspberry to build your own refreshing treat. Adult guests can even choose to complement their DOLE Whips by adding tequila, coconut rum or dark rum. And make sure to also check out new Moana-inspired DOLE Whip cones, also available at Snack Shack.
When we visited, a few flavors were unavailable as Cast worked to fix the Dole Whip machine. That said, we were able to try the Motunaui Island Twist, a Raspberry Dole Whip with Plantation Dark Rum, and the Habanero Lime Galley Shack Swirl (without mango).
Another new addition was a new, premium category of private cabana called a Premium Plus Beachcomber Shack. The private seating area features seating for up to 6 Guests, and includes a TV, a fan and a refrigerator. Not all Beachcomber Shacks are equipped to be a Premium Plus shack, so make sure that you call for reservations.
Another highlight to the day was seeing Stitch near the wave pool!
The wave pool, always a popular spot, was filled with guests throughout the day.
While certain portions of the reopening certainly struggled on reopening day, Cast Members did a phenomenal job of welcoming guests back to Typhoon Lagoon.
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