Yesterday we spent ten hours at Typhoon Lagoon. Yes, you read that correctly…ten hours! As much fun as it was, this is way too long to be at any water park. Our upcoming annual passes for Disney do not include the water parks this time, so we’ve been trying to get in as many visits as possible. This was not an easy decision, we love Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, but soon we’ll have a pool in our backyard and we want to focus on that new experience. Since yesterday was most likely our last time for a while, we decided to tough it out and go for the full day.
We arrived before the 10:00 am opening to get a really good spot in the shade so we could set up camp for the day. We knew we’d need breaks to rest, eat up, and rejuvenate, after all it was going to be a long day. We were prepared with a big lunch and lots of fruit, sunscreen, hats, goggles, and books. It turns out we weren’t the only ones with that idea. When the rope dropped, people with coolers on wheels and strollers stacked high with sand toys, floats and beach bags went dashing down the paths looking to get the best spot. One little guy tripped and the mother kept running, I can’t say that I blamed her. A lot was at stake! A good spot can either make or break a day at the water park.Thankfully, they were no match for Elijah as he sprinted past them and claimed our spot!
We were located in a great area with a lot of shade and were able to relax when needed. I could also watch the kids as they splashed around in Ketchakiddee Creek during my down times, which were a lot more than theirs.
As for the majority of the day, we spent it on the lazy river, oodles of slides, and in the packed wave pool, and then we did it again, and again, and again. We walked, we climbed, and we swam for 10 hours. By the end of the day we were all a little pink, even with all the sunscreen we used, our feet were raw and we were exhausted. Somehow I managed to lose my magic band, and a contact lens. The magic band wasn’t that important, my new one just arrived, but trying to get around with only half my sight was challenging.
Finally the evening sky let us know it was getting time to go, along with the loud announcement that they would be closing soon. We gathered our things, and schlepped to the parking lot, gingerly favoring a sore muscle, a bump here, a scrape there or a tube burn (ouch). Our waterlogged bodies and tender feet fought every arduous step. We had played hard but we all agreed the consequences were absolutely worth it!