Ok... so a very dear friend of mine was in town this weekend visiting with me which always gives me reason to go out and leave decisions to someone else.
This time, my dear friend chose to go to Typhoon Lagoon today. Considering the forecast called for the temperature to go up to only 67F, with a constant breeze to add a chill to the air... we set out to go to Typhoon Lagoon.
With some reservations about the colder weather today or fearing coming home with pneumonia.. I went along with the plan since I have not been to Typhoid Lagoon (my joking nickname for the park) since before 9/11. It's been that long! Partly because my G-Fan is afraid of water and won't go with me.
Anyways.. unlike Sea World's Aquatica, it's nice being able to pull up into a parking lot and not be charged to park. Upon getting to the ticket booth, I was greeted by a most friendly CM gal. Her demeanor put me in the mood for fun. Bought the tickets and after an initial snafus trying to use my ticket at the turnstyle (same old drama with finger readers that do not work), I was inside Typhoon Lagoon.
Impressions: At first the pools did not seem heated, and I was a bit disappointed. But after a while, the water did seem nice and warm. (Shame on those kids)
The park's grounds seemed well maintained and manicured. The walkways were clean of botanical residue and I felt comfortable walking around barefoot. Yes, TDLFAN does have toes.
Since I had been to Typhoon Lagoon before..albeit long ago, the 2nd main reason besides spending time with my out-of-town friend, was to ride Typhoon's newest ride CrushN'Gusher water coaster. This is the first such type water ride I have ever ridden. Well.. guess what: TDLFAN LOVED IT!! I went on each and every Gusher slide and even went back for seconds. Maybe something about getting a grasping cheap thrill on my buns at the bottom of those drops... hehehe. I dunno. LOL!
The changing facilities were clean and well maintained.
The rides I did were fun, and so was the main tidal wave pool, still thrilling after all these years. The lazy river was lazy alright, and this could be improved, especially since Aquatica has raised the bar with a "rapids" river, for those who like the lazy rivers fast and fun.
Over all, we ended up leaving the park at around 2pm since we had other plans off-Disney, but my few hours there were most enjoyable. In fact, I had forgotten how much fun Typhoon Lagoon really is.
With that^^ said, here are the less than stellar impressions.. First up, the CMs at the gift shop. We encountered two of them, and their demeanor was "blah", especially the one who talked to my friend about something and made no sense, which prompted my friend to go .."what?" I was like "typical.."
We also ate at the park's counter service. The pizza servings were tasty but quite small for the price.
Going back to the old days when Typhoon Lagoon was pretty new, I recall seeing colorful birds here in various areas of the park... birds like cockatoos, parrots, etc.. This time? I saw NONE. Only Lilo and Stitch were out and about greeting guests, a nice touch indeed, but I miss the real live animals. Aquatica has some of that incorporated into their park, compliments of Sea World.
All in all... I had a most enjoyable half day at Typhoon Lagoon and would love to go back again soon. TDLFAN rates a B+ day. Go check it out if you have not.