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Information to Hurricane Lagoon Water Park at Disney World

This information to Hurricane Lagoon helps you propose a go to to Walt Disney World’s finest water park. It options time-saving technique for common slides & raft rides, the place & what to eat, and easy methods to benefit from your day right here. Our evaluate additionally helps you determine if it’s price your restricted trip time & cash within the first place.

Let’s begin with the newest replace, which is that Walt Disney World simply launched the brand new Disney Water Park Seasonal Move, which is basically an AP for water parks. With this, you’ll be able to go to the water parks repeatedly–now by means of Could 24, 2024 for simply $79 plus tax. (So actually, extra like an 8-month go than an annual go!)

In accordance with Walt Disney World: “the Disney Water Park Seasonal Move is legitimate for admission to Disney’s Blizzard Seaside water park OR Disney’s Hurricane Lagoon water park, whichever is open. Disney’s Hurricane Lagoon water park is presently open. Disney’s Blizzard Seaside water park is closed at the moment.”

That brings us to a typical query we’ve been receiving from readers, which is: when will Hurricane Lagoon shut and Blizzard Seaside reopen? Final yr, the changeover occurred in mid-November, proper after the Veterans’ Day vacation weekend within the lull between then and Thanksgiving week. Though there aren’t any rumors to counsel the identical will occur this yr, we’d count on the seasonal changeover to happen round that very same time.

With that, the subsequent query that naturally arises is: when will Hurricane Lagoon reopen in 2024? This yr, Blizzard Seaside closed and Hurricane Lagoon reopened in mid-to-late March, proper after Central Florida colleges had their spring breaks. We’d count on Hurricane Lagoon to reopen proper across the identical time in Spring 2024.

Walt Disney World will possible need Hurricane Lagoon again for the height vacationer season, because it performs host to the favored After Hours occasions. See our Information to H2O Glow After Hours at Disney’s Hurricane Lagoon: Dates, Particulars, Suggestions & Overview. It’s unlikely that these can be converted the Blizzard Seaside, on condition that Walt Disney World has invested within the infrastructure for them at Hurricane Lagoon.

The opposite huge query is whether or not each Blizzard Seaside and Hurricane Lagoon will function concurrently in 2024 for the primary time in 5 years. Actually, we have now no clue. It’s protected to imagine this gained’t occur earlier than Summer time 2024 on the earliest. For one factor, there isn’t sufficient demand till round Memorial Day. For an additional, the above-mentioned ticket deal implies that just one water park or the opposite will function till Could 24, 2024.

Staffing each parks is dear and Walt Disney World did simply tremendous with just one water park even throughout the interval of pent-up demand the final couple of years. It’s doable that Volcano Bay at Common Orlando plus an assortment of motels with bona fide mini water parks have reduce into Walt Disney World’s water park enterprise, and so they not want each.

It’s additionally doable that each Blizzard Seaside and Hurricane Lagoon are viable, particularly with a full assortment of Annual Passes and particular ticket promotions (just like the above!) for Florida residents. That Walt Disney World was working to scale up operations throughout the board, and allocating sources and Forged Members to each water parks simply didn’t make sense given ongoing staffing shortages the previous couple of years, however will sooner or later with the Faculty Program and extra again to regular. My cash is on this, however that also doesn’t imply each Hurricane Lagoon and Blizzard Seaside shall be open on the identical time in Summer time 2024. So keep tuned!

As background, Hurricane Lagoon has water slides, raft rides, a propelled water-coaster, amongst different sights like a lazy river (the place you’ll be able to take a look at all of the lazy folks) and a wave pool. It’s themed as a tropical resort space within the aftermath of an epic storm.

Regardless of having thousands and thousands of holiday makers annually, Walt Disney World’s water parks largely stay a thriller to quite a lot of company since there isn’t a ton of knowledge (relative to the 4 Walt Disney World theme parks) on-line about them, nor are there many pictures. We’ve got a separate Final Information to Blizzard Seaside Water Park.

In the event you’ve been on the fence about visiting Hurricane Lagoon however haven’t been capable of finding sufficient data to push you by some means, we’re right here to assist!

Hurricane Lagoon Water Park FAQ

So far as this FAQ goes, it’s not likely a FAQ within the conventional sense of individuals ceaselessly asking us these questions (we hardly ever obtain questions concerning the water parks). It’s extra like a rhetorical system used to convey some fundamental factors as a result of I’m too lazy to jot down flowing prose.

What’s the associated fee?

A single day ticket to Hurricane Lagoon prices roughly $69. Yikes, proper? Effectively, not likely. Anybody who does any quantity of advance planning in all probability isn’t going to be paying that a lot for a go to to Hurricane Lagoon.

One of many cause we suggest shopping for Park Hopper Plus tickets in our Cash-Saving Walt Disney World Ticket Suggestions article is as a result of it’s a low value add-on and makes visiting the water parks low cost. In the event you do this, your solely actual value is when it comes to your finite trip time.

What’s Disney H2O Glow After Hours at Hurricane Lagoon?

Disney H2O Glow After Hours at Disney’s Hurricane Lagoon is a 3-hour, limited-capacity occasion that’s held after the water park closes for the day. The occasion is held at night time, with an early “mix-in” beginning at 6 pm. The gang is considerably smaller than throughout a standard day at Hurricane Lagoon, and it’s way more nice throughout a summer time night than throughout the daytime hours.

H2O Glow After Hours at Hurricane Lagoon Water Park affords distinctive, vibrant décor, high-energy DJ dance events, and unique glow-themed menu choices. Most notably, you’ll be able to take pleasure in unique entry to sights glowing underneath the celebs, with shorter wait instances. Doing Crush ‘n’ Gusher, Miss Journey Falls, and the Storm Slides with ~10 minute wait instances (as has been our expertise at H2O Glow After Hours) is big.

Moreover, you’ll be able to take pleasure in limitless ice cream novelties, popcorn, and choose bottled drinks—all included in the price of this ticketed occasion—out there at carts stationed all through Hurricane Lagoon water park.

How is Hurricane Lagoon themed?

Hurricane Lagoon is the head of Imagineering, one of many final bastions of thematic purity at Walt Disney World. By that, I imply it’s one of many few locations that has stayed true to its authentic inventive imaginative and prescient, and never been diluted over time with flavor-of-the-month characters or mental property. That’s no knock on the different parks–it’s enjoyable to experience Guardians of the Cosmic Rewind or Frozen Ever After in EPCOT, however these sights don’t make excellent sense from a theme or story perspective the place they’re situated.

Against this, Hurricane Lagoon’s storytelling and theme are nonetheless completely intact. Earlier than nature retook the realm throughout an intense storm, there was stress between the thatch-roofed village areas and the luxe Placid Palms vacation spot resort. After the storm, the stark contrasts of the competing man-made areas are less-pronounced, with nature trumping all. Much less abstractly, Hurricane Lagoon is the working aftermath of an intense tropical storm, with sea-stuff scattered all about. Disneyology has a superb synopsis of the backstory right here.

When it comes to execution on its theme, Hurricane Lagoon really delivers. It’s a enjoyable theme riff with visible gags and particulars, and it’s quite a lot of enjoyable to expertise this lived-in “one thing gone improper” atmosphere. The place else are you going to discover a ship-wrecked shrimp boat on the highest of a volcanic mountain that erupts each half hour?! Plus, there’s Lagoona Gator, certainly one of my all-time favourite authentic Disney theme park characters.

What sights are there at Hurricane Lagoon?

Along with its world well-known 3D movement simulators and picket curler coasters (a bit of dry humor for you), Hurricane Lagoon has a number of water slides and raft rides. Really, scratch that half concerning the simulators and coasters–Hurricane Lagoon solely has water rides, identical to each different water park.

As for the water slides, they’re largely tame by comparability to different water parks, however they’re nonetheless enjoyable. Raft rides are largely of the household selection–minimal exhilaration right here, too. When it comes to raft rides, Keelhaul Falls is the tamest of the three, adopted carefully by Gang Plank Falls (family-style, small teams shall be mixed). Mayday Falls is the least tame, but it surely’s nonetheless not too dangerous.

When it comes to physique slides, the Storm Slides are less-intense (the three variations are all kind of the identical depth) and Humunga Kowabunga is extra intense. It’s nonetheless not almost as intense as Summit Plummet at Blizzard Seaside, which is the one attraction at Walt Disney World that really frightens me. Nonetheless, it’s no slouch. For individuals who don’t wish to partake, there’s a viewing space on the base of Humunga Kowabunga.

Hurricane Lagoon’s hottest attraction is a water coaster (Crush ‘N’ Gusher) that’s propelled by means of uphill climbs, steep drops, and sharp turns. It’s not precisely a wild experience, however it’s paying homage to an precise rollercoaster, which is fairly cool. These slides and raft rides, except Crush ‘N’ Gusher, all appear very brief in size.

The most recent attraction is a part of the 2-acre enlargement to Hurricane Lagoon that added the brand new household raft experience, Miss Journey Falls. This opened solely a pair years in the past and continues to be highly regarded. Along with these commonplace sights, Hurricane Lagoon additionally has play areas for youths referred to as Ketchakiddee Cree, a wave pool referred to as the Surf Pool, a wide range of water slides, a ‘mountain’ hike (extra like a stroll, but it surely’s cool), and a lazy river referred to as Castaway Creek.

I don’t intend to say these final two issues as afterthoughts on this part. We spend the overwhelming majority of time at Hurricane Lagoon within the wave pool and lazy river. The lazy river winds across the whole park, is extremely enjoyable, and has quite a lot of visible curiosity alongside the way in which. The wave pool is a type of issues that’s waaaay extra enjoyable than you’d suspect by it. We completely adore it. We’ve got an entire article on the wave pool, so if you happen to’re fascinated with it, try our Hurricane Lagoon Surf Pool Suggestions.

As for the play space for youths, no touch upon that since we don’t have children. I beloved it as a child, however my mother and father even have photos of me taking part in in grocery luggage, so it’s not like my requirements had been too excessive. It appears to be like nice-enough and is well-themed, however appears to skew in the direction of toddlers. I suppose barely older children can do issues just like the lazy river and the (fringe of) the wave pool?

What ought to my technique be for Hurricane Lagoon?

Prime precedence needs to be grabbing lounge chairs within the shade, as there isn’t an abundance of those and their extremely wanted. Following that (and getting a locker, if mandatory), it’s time for raft rides and slides. Fortuitously, the most effective order of sights is mainly lockwise across the mountain. That is certainly not scientifically confirmed, simply my opinion of what works nicely and is environment friendly primarily based upon firsthand expertise.

Begin with the physique slides, adopted by Crush ‘N’ Gusher, adopted by Miss Journey Falls. In any case of that’s out of the way in which, go for optimum leisure and consuming. It’s best to have the ability to do all of this (together with all variations of the Storm Slides, Miss Journey Falls, and Crush ‘N’ Gusher) in concerning the first hour of operation. Don’t be afraid to repeat a experience right here or there whilst you’re nonetheless within the space. It beats coming again later and ready in an extended line.

If you’d like a extra thorough, step-by-step plan for the water park, see our 1-Day Hurricane Lagoon Itinerary.

When is finest to go to Hurricane Lagoon?

The perfect instances of yr to go to are when it’s colder out, however not chilly sufficient to shut the park, or on wet days. Previously, we’ve really helpful water parks as a wet day exercise. Assuming you aren’t going to plan your whole trip round a go to to Hurricane Lagoon (though avoiding summer time months, if doable, is a good normal technique for visiting Walt Disney World), the most effective time to go is definitely very first thing within the morning.

Greater than wherever else, we predict it’s vital to reach at Hurricane Lagoon and Blizzard Seaside earlier than they open. It is because you’ll wish to seize seashore chairs in shady areas (that may STAY shady because the solar strikes) and begin hitting the slides earlier than strains kind. The shady spots are all snagged quick, and if you happen to haven’t claimed your chairs inside the first half-hour of the park being open (normally much less), you don’t have any likelihood at certainly one of these spots.

Likewise, strains for water slides aren’t precisely enjoyable (particularly ones that aren’t shaded) and ready in line 15-60 minutes for a 60 second or so slide shouldn’t be anybody’s concept of time. Arriving early, grabbing a great place and getting the slides out of the way in which is the easiest way to make sure a pleasant, enjoyable rest-of-the-day at Hurricane Lagoon–it doesn’t matter what day or time of yr you go to.

We’ve seen “finish of the day” as one other common suggestion for when to go to Hurricane Lagoon. We don’t agree with this. Again when Hurricane Lagoon used to have night Additional Magic Hours, it was good recommendation, however that’s not the case. Now, the water parks grow to be less-busy a few hours earlier than closing, however the shaded spots are nonetheless largely accounted for, and features are nonetheless worse than early within the morning.

Additionally, “late” within the day at a water park continues to be early compared to the opposite parks, so if you happen to go late to Hurricane Lagoon, you’ll nonetheless possible do one thing else earlier than AND after the water park (as an alternative of going within the morning to Hurricane Lagoon and going within the afternoon/night to a different park), and three parks/actions in sooner or later may be inefficient. Plus, the buses to Hurricane Lagoon are best within the morning.

If shade is so vital, is it price it to hire a cabana?

Hurricane Lagoon has a few choices on this regard: Beachcomber Shacks (cabanas) or an umbrella with a lounge chair. The Beachcomber Shack consists of towels, a cooler stocked with ice and bottled water, your individual locker, refillable mugs (for every visitor–as much as 6), and an attendant who will convey you meals, drinks, and so forth. The price for the cabanas begins out within the high-$200 vary and improve to the mid-$300 vary relying upon season. The chairs with umbrellas value round $50 every and embrace towels however not one of the different stuff.

We’ve got not tried different of those choices, so our evaluate of those companies is price about as a lot as you’re paying for it. With that stated, in my view, the $50 umbrella chair is “price it” in completely no conditions. In the event you’re involved with worth, arrive early and snag a seashore chair in a shaded space. Viola, shade all day for FREE! In the event you’re not involved with worth, go all out and get the cabana.

As for the cabana, that is one thing we’d by no means do as a result of it doesn’t appear to supply good worth for cash, however I may see a celebration of round 6 (making it round $50/individual) with cash to blow having fun with the cabana. It could imply not having to scramble for chairs within the shade, having a non-public area, and having somebody are likely to their wants. In the event you don’t have cash to blow and are simply trying to splurge on one thing good, I wouldn’t suggest this being that splurge.

Do a pleasant meal as an alternative. The cabana expertise can nearly solely be replicated by yourself with out spending any cash out of pocket. If the “service” element is that vital, simply bribe your child (or a close-by one?) with a $20 invoice. Once more, although, this “evaluate” is from somebody who hasn’t examined the cabanas (and doubtless gained’t ever).

What about eating places at Hurricane Lagoon?

Hurricane Lagoon has a number of eating places, all of that are counter service. Sadly, the water parks serve largely stereotypical theme park meals, with not a lot in the way in which of attention-grabbing choice. Fortuitously, there are a number of gems among the many largely uninspired menus, and ordering the “proper” gadgets could make eating at Hurricane Lagoon a extremely enjoyable expertise.

Close to every restaurant there’s a visible “park vast menu,” so figuring out the place you wish to eat is fairly easy by consulting these menus. As a normal rule, we suggest avoiding the usual theme park meals.

The 2 issues we extremely suggest at Hurricane Lagoon are literally snacks or desserts: the Mini Donuts and Sand Pail of Delicate Serve. Yow will discover the previous at snack carts across the water park, with the Sand Pail out there at Completely happy Landings Ice Cream. As for the whole lot else, listed below are a few of our particular suggestions to benefit from eating at Hurricane Lagoon!

What else is price figuring out earlier than visiting Hurricane Lagoon?

Our largest suggestion is to convey a waterproof telephone case so you’ll be able to seize enjoyable moments together with your telephone! Lots of people put their telephones in lockers when visiting Hurricane Lagoon, which we predict this can be a big mistake. Household pictures at Hurricane Lagoon are quite a lot of enjoyable (who doesn’t wish to a enjoyable photograph of a wave hitting them within the Surf Pool?!) and the atmosphere is beautiful.

Sure, there are PhotoPass photographers in a number of locations at Hurricane Lagoon, however taking your individual waterproof pouch to your telephone is so a lot better of an choice for getting pictures in additional than simply 2-3 areas.

So far as different issues to convey, towels aren’t free at Hurricane Lagoon, so one other suggestion is to convey your individual. Don’t go for something fancy, simply seize one out of your resort room. After this most up-to-date journey, one thing we’d extremely suggest is high quality water footwear.

We forgot to take our water footwear, and as I sit right here penning this, my ft are nonetheless throbbing from strolling round barefoot on that sizzling pavement. You possibly can put on water footwear on the sights, and your ft don’t get burnt. Win-win! Oh, and the flooring of the restrooms at Hurricane Lagoon are spectacularly gross, so that you’ll undoubtedly need water footwear for these.

Fairly than bringing a refillable mug to the water parks (as we noticed many individuals do), purchase one at the water parks. Your resort refillable mugs gained’t work on the water parks anyway, and though you should buy the reader-sticker to place in your resort mug and use at Hurricane Lagoon, that technique is only some {dollars} cheaper than buying the (larger-sized) water park mug outright. Plus, the water park mug is a neat-looking memento!

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Overview: Is Hurricane Lagoon Water Park Definitely worth the Time & Cash?

Hurricane Lagoon is as near perfection as any of the Walt Disney World parks get. By this I don’t imply that I prefer it greater than the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom; I imply that it has no shortcomings as a water park, whereas the theme parks all have their faults. If that also doesn’t make sense, think about this analogy: Hurricane Lagoon is like the proper cheeseburger, however even an ideal cheeseburger isn’t pretty much as good as an above-average steak–or on this case, above-average theme parks. Make sense?

As a result of it’s “solely” a water park and never a theme park, Hurricane Lagoon usually receives much less consideration from company and followers. That is unlucky, as Hurricane Lagoon has so much to supply each in the way in which of enjoyable sights to take pleasure in and–extra importantly–in beautiful theming that in locations rival a few of Disney’s finest work within the precise theme parks.

I’m much less geared up to touch upon the sights than on the theming, however the slides all appear satisfactory to me. There’s nothing tremendous thrilling such as you’ll discover at Blizzard Seaside, however the slides are enjoyable, and I normally hit every of them earlier than strains begin creating.

They aren’t cool sufficient to justify a ten minute or longer wait in line, so after concerning the first hour Hurricane Lagoon is open, the slides have zero pull for me. Crush ‘N’ Gusher is extra enjoyable for me, however that’s partly as a result of that is as shut as any water park attraction involves precise “attraction” standing. The Tropical Amity (say it shortly…) backstory is sharp and informed all through the queue and surrounding space, and the experience itself is enjoyable, too.

As for theming, Hurricane Lagoon has beautiful consideration to element. I do know many Disney followers love the defunct River Nation, however I feel that’s partly as a result of it’s defunct–and everybody laments what they not have. Having skilled each parks quite a few instances rising up, I’ve all the time thought Hurricane Lagoon ran circles round River Nation, which was smaller and didn’t even strategy Hurricane Lagoon when it comes to thematic execution.

From its signage to its lush panorama to its buildings designed to appear like they’re precariously standing within the wake of a brutal tropical storm, Hurricane Lagoon fires on all cylinders. There are various layers of element at Hurricane Lagoon, however the park by no means will get slowed down in convoluted “story for the sake of story.”

Most of those particulars are chuckle-inducing, and nearly each visible gag or pun works very well. Total, it’s an extremely intelligent park that’s actually rewarding for anybody prepared to wander round it exploring. Couple this exploration with a while within the lazy river and wave pool, and also you’ve nailed my concept of the proper enjoyable day at Walt Disney World.

As for a way Hurricane Lagoon stacks up towards Blizzard Seaside, I favor Hurricane Lagoon to Blizzard Seaside for a number of causes. The most important cause is the theme. Whereas I feel Blizzard Seaside’s theme could be very well-executed, the thought of ski resort melting away as the premise for a water park simply doesn’t have as a lot of a draw for me as a water park.

I benefit from the lush, tropical ambiance of Hurricane Lagoon, which I feel extra carefully matches expectations for a way a soothing, laid again water-based expertise ought to really feel. Once I’m floating across the lazy river or simply sitting on the seashore, Hurricane Lagoon transports me to the kind of place I’d wish to be having fun with when sitting within the solar, and I simply don’t have that very same feeling at Blizzard Seaside. There’s a cause it’s referred to as the “island life” and never the “seashore ski-bum life.”

The second cause is the wave pool. Hurricane Lagoon’s Surf Pool trounces Blizzard Seaside’s predominant pool, Soften Away Bay. Within the immortal phrases of Stacey from the Walt Disney World Prime 7 Should-Dos video (the previous model, when it was so excessive that it was good, campy enjoyable), “this child cranks up a 6-footer each 90 seconds!” Due to this fixed motion, I can spend much more time in Hurricane Lagoon’s predominant pool than I can Blizzard Seaside’s.

Attempting to face up to the wave is partaking, and listening to the “encompass sound” of the communal scream when that wave first wave begins to kind is enjoyable. I can spend over an hour within the Surf Pool earlier than eager to get out. Against this, Blizzard Seaside’s Soften Away Bay has some gentle bobbing waves, however they’re nothing particular. It’s form of like a less-lazy river, besides there aren’t sufficient interior tubes to go round. There are a lot extra comparisons to be made between the 2 parks, however that’s in all probability deserving of a separate publish.


Sarah’s opinion on Hurricane Lagoon is dramatically totally different than mine, however that’s largely as a result of she works in healthcare and has the “burden of data” in relation to any such factor. She fixates a bit on all the unsanitary elements of water parks, and doesn’t look after water parks in any respect. Against this, I’m blissfully unaware of all of those points–I simply take pleasure in having enjoyable on the water parks. With that stated, Sarah does favor Blizzard Seaside to Hurricane Lagoon by only a bit, as she prefers the slides and Teamboat Springs at Blizzard Seaside.

The query I left unresolved within the FAQ was whether or not Hurricane Lagoon is price visiting. Sure, it’s (with about ten-thousand exclamation factors). Even if you happen to’re paying the only day charge (and also you completely shouldn’t be paying that a lot), it’s price it. Coupled with a night at a pleasant restaurant or on the BoardWalk, it’s an effective way to spend a non-park day in your journey.

Even when water parks aren’t your factor, if you happen to love exploring the Disney theme parks for his or her nice consideration to element, you owe it to your self to spend a half-day at Hurricane Lagoon. Having no real interest in water slides or that sort of factor isn’t any excuse for skipping it. Dismissing it as a easy water park is lacking the purpose, as water “rides” aren’t its biggest power. Above all else, it’s a well-designed and detailed Disney theme park. The slides, raft rides, and the whole lot past its brilliantly themed atmosphere is simply icing. Merely put, Hurricane Lagoon is a enjoyable place to hold free!

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Your Ideas…

Do you take pleasure in Hurricane Lagoon? Do you like it or Blizzard Seaside? Do you agree or disagree with our water parks planning recommendation? Any questions we may also help you reply? Listening to your suggestions–even once you disagree with us–is each attention-grabbing to us and useful to different readers, so please share your ideas under within the feedback!

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