Typhoon Triumph

Trip Start May 20, 2012
Trip End Sep 22, 2012

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Flag of United States  , Florida
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Today we all got a real honest to goodness sleep-in, well, except Kelsey who insisted on going to the gym in the morning. The sun was shining so we figured today would be the best day to hit both of Disney World's water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. And, because neither of them opened until 10AM, we got our sleep-in. The extra time in the morning also meant we got to eat at the resort buffet breakfast, and boy did we eat. At least two plates for each of us meant we'd be well fed and well rested for the first time this week. Everything ran smoothly on the way to Blizzard Beach, so well in fact that we arrived almost a full half hour before the slides opened. Luckily for us, all of the shops had already opened their doors so we rented a locker, stripped down to our swimmers, and applied generous amounts of sunscreen.

A countdown over the park's PA system signalled the start of the day, but we were still a little unprepared and had no idea where we wanted to head first. Collectively we decided to try the family rafting ride Teamboat Springs. You needed at least four people to ride, so we were lumped with a lovely couple from somewhere that wasn't Australia and enjoyed our white-water-ish ride. We stared at the 120 foot drop on the Summit Plummet, and decided to hit the slightly smaller (90 foot high) Slush Gusher. We all got unbelievably bad wedgies and hurt our backs, and by the time the three of us reached the bottom, the line had grown to over half an hour - we wouldn't be heading back up there! Instead we rode the smaller mat waterslides, Snow Stormers and the Toboggan Racers. I used my superior size to speed down long before the ladies. The only slide left was the tube slide, the Downhill Double Dipper, and we rode the 6 second ride with great gusto and more than a little bit of terror. With all of the major slides out of the way, and the line-ups reaching almost an hour for pretty much everything in the park, we just decided to hop on a tube and bob along the slow moving Cross Country Creek ride that circled the entire park. There were a few neat little touches along the way like a little hut with a sneezing resident that shot fountains of water out the chimney onto passersby, and a long cave with freezing cold streams of water dripping from the roof.

It wasn't even lunch time when we decided that Blizzard Beach was done and dusted and we should move on to Disney World's other water park. But Disney World's shuttles almost got in the way of that idea. There was no shuttle from Blizzard Beach to Typhoon Lagoon, so we had to travel back to our resort, wait for another shuttle, board that shuttle, ride through all four stops of our resort, ride to Downtown Disney, drive through both stops there, wait for them to change drivers, and then finally, almost an hour and a half later, arrived at Typhoon Lagoon. We'd all napped on the bus and were almost completely out of energy, so our first stop at the park was one of the restaurants for more nuggets, more salad, and a chilli dog - all up to the sub-par standards of Disney World's budget park restaurants. Then we took a little walk around the park, lined up in the Shark Reef attraction for almost 20 minutes, and then gave up because we figured we can snorkel around nicer coral reefs at home. We wandered around some more, checking out lines, but none of us were in the mood for lines. Instead, we grabbed tubes once more and took a ride on Typhoon Lagoon's peaceful floating ride, Castaway Creek. A full lap around the park was all we needed, and after some time in the massive wave pool (that shoots out 6 foot waves), we decided to just head back to the resort, grab some alcoholic beverages, and relax by the pool.

It was much less of a debacle getting back to the resort - just a single shuttle - and before long we were seated at the foot of an Aztec temple (part of our resort's theme pool) drinking frozen cocktails (and beer). We didn't even make it inside the pool though, the girls did some sunbathing and I ended up passing a few minutes in the arcade before heading back to the room and basking in the air conditioning. We made the mistake of eating at the buffet restaurant's non-buffet dinner, and Kelsey was the only person who didn't instantly regret ordering her meal (because it was a salad). But Caitlyn had the worst nachos of her life, and I had the worst pasta. And it wasn't even as cheap as it should have been! Oh well, hopefully we'll be within reach of a supermarket at our next hotel for Universal Studios - we need good food that isn't fried! Wow, I never thought I'd be the one saying that.

We retired to the room early to watch Toddlers and Tiaras and other mindless TV while preparing to leave our resort very very early tomorrow. Here's hoping the 6:30AM alarm actually wakes us up!
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