Typhoon Lagoon’s Shark Reef to Close Permanently in October

The Shark Reef snorkeling attraction at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will be permanently closing on October 2nd.

The Shark Reef gives guests the opportunity to snorkel through a sunken ship in a saltwater pool, complete with sharks and tropical fish.

There is an underwater observation area is available for those who want to view without getting wet.

The park will be opening Miss Fortune Falls, which is a new family raft ride in another area of the park in 2017.

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort to Discontinue Bus Service to Disney Springs

There will be a number of changes to the bus service for Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort beginning August 29th.

Bus service to Disney Springs is being discontinued, with guests being able to choose to take the Sassagoula River Cruise water taxi from the boat dock, or take the walkway from Congress Park.

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort will also have a new internal bus service.  Starting next week, a dedicated bus will run internally, stopping at the eight bus stops approximately every 20 minutes.

A new route will also run directly from the Congress Park stop to the Typhoon Lagoon water park.

 

New ‘Miss Fortune Falls’ Attraction Coming to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon in March 2017

A brand new attraction called Miss Fortune Falls is coming to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon in spring of 2017!

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

Onboard 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 lengthiest attractions at both Disney Water Parks.

Walt Disney World Planning Typhoon Lagoon Expansion

Walt Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon water park looks to be gearing up for an expansion on 2.28 acres of land just north of the existing park boundaries.

Plans include the “construction of new guest areas, including a water feature. Sidewalks and landscaped areas will be provided for guest access,” according to state records. “The project under consideration is a new family raft ride that is to be located west of the Crush N Gusher ride,” said an engineering document included with the plans.

Typhoon Lagoon Plans

Other details indicate the water ride would include an “elevated flume/track” and be supported by columns. Geographically, the new addition would be located at the northern-most portion of the park, which is currently just backstage operations space.

There’s no clear timeline included with the documents, but it’s possible the attraction would be ready sometime in 2017. This upcoming summer season may be too soon, and the water parks generally begin to pull back on operations as the winter months near.

Disney Grad Nites Returning to Walt Disney World in 2017

Walt Disney World has announced that Grad Nites are returning in 2017 with Disney Grad Nite H2O.

In 2017, Disney Grad Nite H2O will be held at Typhoon Lagoon water park on Friday nights in April. Along with the park’s attractions, the ticketed event will also include characters, DJ’s, dance parties and food & beverages.

Tickets will cost $55 plus tax, and must be booked through a participating school. Registration for schools will soon be available at Disneygradnite.com.

Disney had previously tried hosting Grad Nites outside of the Magic Kingdom, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2009, before returning them to the Magic Kingdom, where they were eventually discontinued  in 2011

Disney and Havaianas Announce Strategic Alliance

Havaianas

Disney and Brazilian flip-flop creators Havaianas have announced a new strategic alliance that will see dedicated Havaianas retail stores open at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort theme parks.

“We are thrilled to have entered into this relationship with the Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort and Disney Vacation Club because they embody instant joy much like Havaianas,” said Marcio Moura, Havaianas’ USA President. “We look forward to creating a harmonious relationship and further expanding opportunities within the Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort and Disney Vacation Club in the coming years.”

The alliance will make Havaianas the official Flip-Flop of Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort, Disney Vacation Club, and later in the fall, Havaianas will become a sponsor of runDisney races.

Disney and Havaianas have worked together over the past four years creating Disney-themed flip-flops.  This new agreement will see dedicated retail stores open inside Disney’s theme parks, including the Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks and Disney California Adventure. In addition, 22 existing stores through the parks will carry the Havaianas flip-flops.

Havaianas also operates a dedicated retail store in The Landing district of Disney Springs.

After-hours Neighborhood Beach Bash coming to Typhoon Lagoon for Disney Vacation Club Members

Typhoon Lagoon

Get ready to rock the Coolest Summer Ever this July and August during the Disney Vacation Club Neighborhood Beach Bash at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park at Walt Disney World! This all-new complimentary event, available exclusively to Disney Vacation Club Members and their Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, will take place this July and August as part of Membership Magic!

Heat up your summer vacation night with after-hours access to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon from 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., with early admission available beginning at 7 p.m. to Members and their Guests, on the following evenings:

– July 23, 2015
– July 28, 2015
– August 4, 2015
– August 11, 2015

Experience select Typhoon Lagoon attractions and many of the park’s fantastic water slides. Rock out to classic beach party tunes from the 60’s inspired Teen Beach Movie and Teen Beach 2, participate in family fun activities like hula-hoop spinning and a limbo contest and enjoy delicious refreshments and treats.

Advanced reservations are required (and non-transferable) to attend and limited to Members staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, up to the number of Guests in their Resort accommodations during event dates. To make reservations, please have your resort reservation number available and call Member Services at (800) 800-9800 on the following dates:

– To book the July 23, 2015 event, please call between July 8 – 16, 2015.
– To book the July 28, 2015 event, please call between July 10 – 21, 2015.
– To book the August 4, 2015 event, please call between July 15 – 28, 2015.
– To book the August 11, 2015 event, please call between July 17 – August 4, 2015.

At least one valid Membership Card will be required to show on the night of the event. Transportation to and from Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will be provided from select Disney Vacation Club Resorts for event attendees beginning at 8:30 p.m. on the night of the events. Please note that Members staying at Walt Disney World Resorts other than the select Disney Vacation Club Resorts are responsible for their own transportation. For more information, please visit the Member Experiences section of DVCMember.com, located under the My DVC Membership tab.

Walt Disney World Announces Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach Winter Refurb Schedule

Blizzard Beach

Walt Disney World has released the dates for the 2015 winter refurbishments of both Walt Disney World water parks.

Blizzard beach will be closing first this year, with its refurbishment beginning on October 25 2015 through to January 2 2016.

Typhoon Lagoon will then close for its refurbishment on January 3 2016, through to March 12 2016.

WDW Testing New Bus Route Between Monorail Resorts and Typhoon Lagoon

Disney Buses

Disney will be testing a new bus route between the Magic Kingdom monorail resort hotels and Typhoon Lagoon next week.

Starting October 12th and lasting through October 25th, the bus route will travel between Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Typhoon Lagoon.

The new route should now provide direct service from Typhoon Lagoon after 2pm. The current routing leaves the monorail resort guests having to transfer back to their hotels via the monorail from Epcot.