Disney Water Parks To Introduce Virtual Queues

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Virtual queuing… haven’t we written about this already!? Yup hot on the heels of Universal confirming virtual queuing at Volcano Bay and Race Through New York starring Jimmy Fallon, Disney will also be using the system at Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.


Virtual queuing is an in park system that selects a time for you to ride an attraction, so instead of standing and queuing you return to the attraction at agreed time. This allows you to enjoy the rest of the park while you wait.

Virtual queuing  is different to Disney’s FastPass+ system as you can’t pre-book virtual queues.


We are lead to believe that testing for the virtual system has already begun at both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard beach with Typhoons newest attraction Miss Adventure Falls being one of the rides being used along with Summit Plummet, Slush Gusher and Double Dipper at Blizzard Beach.

Anything that cuts down physical queuing is well received by us. It looks like virtual queuing could be the new buzz item at parks.

Smiles included…



Rename For Typhoon Lagoon’s Latest Ride Plus Art

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In August we reported that Disney had decided on the name for its new ride at Typhoon Lagoon, with all confidence we told you that it would be called Miss Fortune Falls… We were 100% confident! We even had art work of the logo!!!

Fast forward to the new year and its all change, yesterday Disney confirmed that the new family-friendly raft-ride attraction, would now be called Miss Adventure Falls… (See new logo)

missadventurelogoDisney also revealed a few more images of what the attraction will look like and added this description;

Gather your crew and climb aboard for a thrilling, white-water voyage you won’t want to “Miss.”

Just beyond the pineapple fields of Crush ‘n’ Gusher awaits an all-new, family-raft attraction owned by Captain Mary Oceaneer—a sea-faring treasure hunter whose haul was caught in a rogue typhoon… and scattered across this tropical paradise years ago.

From your 4-person raft, feel a rush of excitement with family and friends as an aquatic conveyor belt chutes you into action. Then, hold on tight as you spy precious artifacts collected from all around the globe.

If you’re lucky enough, you may even meet the captain’s old diving partner—an Audio-Animatronic parrot who’s still hunting for treasures at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park to this day!


The ride will have no height limit, so the entire family can get involved, the ride time is said to approx. 2 mins and it will be located just past the existing Crush ‘n’ Gusher attraction.


Miss Adventure Falls is set to open this Spring.

Smiles included…


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Typhoon Lagoon’s Top Attractions 2016

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Typhoon Lagoon is a fabulous water park and your favourite attraction?

Crush ‘n’ Gusher

This 400 foot long wild raft ride will see you visit an abandoned fruit-processing plant where fruit used to be washed before the huge typhoon. Powerful jets will launch you up hills and lead you into sudden dips and hairpins.


There’s 3 “fruit chutes” to choose from and you can go in pairs or brave it alone, there’s the Pineapple Plunger, Coconut Crusher or Banana Blaster.

This is a thrilling water slide with loads of surprises along the way and my tip is to try and keep your balance at the end to see how far you can ‘skim’ across Hideaway Bay! Definitely a good choice for first place.

Second Place: Surf Pool – Who doesn’t love a wave pool? Typhoon Lagoon have gone one up with their waves which reach up to 6 foot!

Third Place: Castaway Creek – Lazy rivers are pretty popular and Castaway Creek does not disappoint. This is a pretty serene experience as you let the current lead you through the mystical river, you can choose to float along using a inner tube or paddle! There’s cool mists, waterfalls and amazing rainforest landscapes throughout the journey.


Fourth Place: Shark Reef – This attraction allows guests the once in a lifetime chance to swim amongst some cool sea-life such as sharks and rays! Sadly this attraction closed in October this year.

Fifth Place: Storm Slides – Choose from one of 3 slides, each one will take you on a different adventure so I would recommend doing all 3 if you get the chance!

Smiles Included,


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Disney Name New Typhoon Lagoon Ride

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Forget theme parks for innovation, at the moment we’re seeing water parks step up and raise the bar… Universal Orlando has set the bar with the news they’ll be opening a brand new water park, Volcano Bay in June 2017 but Disney have also got news of their own.

Back in June we reported that Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon had filed an application with the water authorities to turn an existing back stage area into a new attraction. At that time we weren’t sure exactly what we could expect however last night a bit more information was revealed.

The ride will be called Miss Fortune Falls and will open in the Spring of next year, the park is due to shut from the 25/12/16 until the 11/03/17 for refurbishment.

miss fortune falls

Miss Fortune Falls will be a family-style raft attraction that takes guests on a splashing journey through the fabled Captain Mary Oceaneer’s past. Legend has it that Captain Oceanear, a treasure-hunting heroine, traveled across the sea collecting unique artifacts before she became stranded at Typhoon Lagoon many years ago by a rogue storm.

Aboard treasure rafts, guests will ascend to the top of the attraction before plunging into a white-water adventure where they will be able to spot some of the treasures Captain Oceanear gathered from around the world.

With a ride time of two minutes, Miss Fortune Falls will be among the longest duration of any attractions at both Disney Water Parks.

Obviously I couldn’t write a piece about Typhoon Lagoon without sharing my favourite video of all time….

We’ll of course give you more information when we know it.

Smiles included…


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Disney Looking To Expand Typhoon Lagoon

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Could we be looking at a war of the water parks? We all know that Universal will be unveiling their much anticipated water park Volcano Bay in 2017 but could Disney be looking to combat it with an expansion of their own.

We’re hearing that Disney are looking at expanding an area just behind Typhoon Lagoon approximately 2.28 acres of land, the plans set out state a construction of a new guest area, including a water feature, sidewalks and landscaped area. We’re also hearing they’ll be a new ride…


The new attraction is said to be a family raft ride which will include an elevated flume track, whatever that means and will be located wet of Crush N’ Gusher.

So with Universal and Disney both investing in water parks it seems to be a good time to start getting that beach body… and if you can, could you grab me one too!

Smiles included…


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Which Water Park Should I Visit?

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Orlando boasts some of the most impressive water parks in the World and visiting one of them should be high on your list of things to do; but if you could only visit one which one would it be?

In today’s post we will look at four of Florida’s most impressive water parks and see what they have to offer.

SeaWorld’s Aquatica

Aquatica is SeaWorld’s Orlando water park and is relatively new, opening its doors to the public in 2008.  In its first year it hosted 950,000 guests, making it the fourth-most visited water park in the United States and eighth-most visited in the world.

It offers something for the whole family including a designated children’s area for the young ones but also boasts 36 water slides for the more adventurous.

Top Attraction – Dolphin Plunge – the park’s signature attraction, these two enclosed tube slides pass through a pool containing a pod of Commerson’s dolphins.

What People Say – 

Top choice for water parks in the Orlando area. Had greater expectations for the dolphin slide but the transparent length is too short to really see anything. Plan to arrive early to enjoy shorter lines. The bathroom facilities were very good and functional. Nice to get a hot shower right after your water slides.

Great water park. Arrive early for short wait times. River rapids were awesome

If you go in the off-season (e.g. in the fall or winter) this place is great because all the rides have very short lines for most of the day, and no lines at all for the last hour of the day. Aquatica is open year round as long as the weather is decent (today it was great – high of 82 F in late December). The food isn’t very good – it’s fast food quality but it’s not always fast and sometimes you can be stuck waiting in line 20 minutes for a cheeseburger. But you don’t go to Aquatica for the food. You go there to ride some waterslides, and they have lots of good ones. My favorite is HooRoo Run. My seven year old likes Taumata Racer and wants to ride it over and over again. My three year old is into Kata’s Cove and wants to keep riding the slides there over and over until you drag her away kicking and screaming after she’s ridden them about a hundred times.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach

Opened in 1995 Disney’s Blizzard Beach is based on the “legend” of a freak snow storm hitting Orlando. According to the Legend once the snow had melted the Ski resort that had been built was redundant, just as the resort was about to be bulldozed an Alligator slid down a flume and splached in to the water, so much fun was had that the resort became Disney’s 3rd water park!

In 2009, the park hosted approximately 1.89 million guests, ranking it the second-most visited water park in the world.

The park boasts some of the best scenery of any water park including Mount Gushmore where most of the rides begin.

Top Attraction – Summit Plummet is the flagship attraction at 120 feet (36.6 m) tall, and speeds 60 miles per hour (97 km/h). It’s the second tallest and fastest free fall slide in the world.

What people say – 

Leave it to Disney to perfect water fun” say fans of this “relaxing” aquatic playground, where the “well-executed” “blizzard-hits-Florida” theme brings together “the look of ice with the warmth of summer activities”; it’s “spread out enough to not seem too crowded”, so even if it’s a “bit expensive”, it’s still “one of the best ways to stay cool.

Great family day out in the water.

a really fun water park. just don’t try slusher gusher or summit plummet unless you enjoy having your bathing suit wrapped around your neck, having water up your nose, or feeling like you aren’t gonna live to tell about this!

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

Typhoon Lagoon has been on many occasions the most visited water park in the World boasting annual visits of over 2 million people. The “legend” surrounding this water park is based on a Typhoon hitting a tropical Lagoon.

Top Attraction – Crush ‘n’ Gusher the only Water coaster I can think of. One to two person rafts are propelled by water jets through hairpin turns and drop-offs. This attraction includes a choice of the water coaster slide “Banana Blaster”, “Coconut Crusher”, or “Pineapple Plunger”.

What people say – 

You’ll “feel like you’re in the islands” at this “family-friendly” water park where visitors can “stay cool and wet” by snorkeling with sharks, braving “roller-coaster type slides” or taking a dip in the “best wave pool on the planet”; “beautifully landscaped”, “lush” grounds lend a “tropical vibe” and further make it a “relaxing break from the parks

I had the time of my life with one of my best friends there. I’ll never forget that place!

The wave pool is AWESOME! Disney waterparks are fantastic. I also enjoy Blizzard Beach very much. I live in Florida and never get tired of Disney waterparks! BEST IN TOWN!

Universal’s Wet N’ Wild

Funnily enough Wet N’ Wild was founded by SeaWorld creator George Millay in 1977 and is considered the first major water park in the USA.

Although a new kids area is currently being built the park has the reputation of being more suited to the thrill rider and boasts the most amount of dual person rides at any water park.

Top Attraction – Bomb Bay – The ride for all dare devils is right here. Go inside the rocket awaiting unknowingly for the trap door to open that sends you down a 76-foot (23 m), nearly vertical slide to the depths below.

What people say – 

A “perfect escape on a hot day”, this “classic” International Drive water park is “packed full” of “rides for kids of all ages”, plus “killer slides” and “relaxing” “hangout spots” like a wave pool and lazy river; it costs “less than other” nearby places, and a new addition, the sandcastle-themed Blastaway Beach, adds about an acre of additional tot-friendly fun and may help alleviate “crowded” conditionsThis place is awesome! I’ve went in summer 2005-2006. Had a blast! Especially that day was the Puerto Rican Festival. Great live music and food was delicious. I greatly recommend it! Great to enjoy with family. This time I’m going with my young one

We’ve been to all the water parks in the Disney-Universal area and W&W is one of the best! We love the “vintage” feel, enjoy the older and newer attractions, and most of all, some of the food vendors are now offering vegetarian options (the other parks don’t). Just one suggestion – please add more lounging areas…we make sure to come in early enough to get nice seating, but lounge chairs are gone shortly after opening time and you see people fishing for any open space…Keep up the good work.

So there we have it four of the top water parks in Orlando. For me I personally enjoyed Wet N’ Wild the most as I’m a bit of an adrenaline junky.

Which is your favourite?