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Disneyworld, Orlando, Florida

Typhoon Lagoon

When we planned the trip to Florida, I was sure I do not want to go to Disneyworld, for some reasons I was tired of cartoons and I thought that is what Disneyworld is about. But I was wrong, it was much more.

After visiting Kennedy Space Center we found a motel in Kissimmee. This was close to and therefore a good place in order to start early next morning to Disneyworld. After having a usual rich breakfast in Denny’s we were ready and willing for the adventure. When going to Disneyworld at first you need to decide which theme parks to choose because there are so many of those and in each of them you can easily spend a day. We visited two of them - Typhoon Lagoon and MGM Studios.

Typhoon Lagoon is a large water park within the Walt Disney World Resort. The park was opened in June 1989. The theme of the park is the "Disney legend" of a typhoon. Disney legend has it that a furious storm once roared across the sea, hurling surfboards into trees, blowing small boats through roofs and impaling a shrimp boat on a peak of a great volcanic mountain. Left in the typhoon's wake are twisting tides, roaring rapids, wonderful waterways and relaxing rivers. In the theme park Typhoon Lagoon you can navigate nine waterslides and streams or conquering one of the world's largest artificially created waves, Typhoon Lagoon promises the wildest, wonderful and wet water adventure known to everybody.

For me it was a first visit to the water park and it really was a great fun to feel like a child. One of the wildest things was a short waterslide - Humunga Kowabunga - where the speed went up to 30 miles per hour; this really raises your adrenaline.

Another interesting attraction was a wave pool. Here the absolutely huge wave comes for about half and hour then it changes to small choppy waves, which are also fun.

We also snorkeled on Shark Reef, but after real snorkeling in Caribbean Sea the attraction here was a little disappointing. The stood long in the cue and then snorkeled about 100 feet. If you are a diver or snorkeller you should skip this attraction.

Disney-MGM Studios park's theme is Hollywood classic movies and popular TV entertainment. The park consists of five themed areas including Hollywood boulevard, Streets of America, Mickey Avenue, Animation Courtyard and Sunset Boulevard. In Streets of America section we really enjoyed the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, a live-action performance showing how movie stunts are done. The show re-enacted various scenes from Raiders of the Lost Ark movie.

In Sunset Boulevard area three of us enjoyed The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. This is a simulated freefall thrill ride. The ride is themed to resemble the fictional Hollywood Tower Hotel. The storyline of the ride is that on October 31, 1939, the hotel was struck by lightning, transporting an elevator car full of passengers to the Twilight Zone. The exterior of the ride resembles an old hotel with a blackened scorch mark across the front of the facade where the lightning destroyed part of the building. At 199 feet, it is the tallest attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort. A photo picture was taken during the free fall.

At the end of the day we were tired and happy, Walt Disney World was definitely worth of visiting.


i went to florida in september 2005 and i must admit i wasn't really that excited about it. i thought it would be a little childish, how wrong could i be. i absolutely loved it. all the disney parks were fantastic the rides were amazing especially the twilight zone and the rockin rollacosta. universal was out of this world the graphics were sensationaland so realistic and island of adventure was so much fun. i must say the highlight of the holiday was the trip to discovery cove to swim with dolphins as it was a dream of mine since i was a little girl. it was a truely amazing and unforgetable experience worth every penny. ive just booked to go back next year and im counting down the weeks now. (60 weeks 2 days to be exact) absolutely breathtaking holiday loved every minute.