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alan
08-07-2009, 08:37 AM
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The 4F Trip Report

Day 06 - 02-Jul - Typhoon Lagoon and Downtown Disney

So we were rained off yesterday at the hotel, and we were rained off the day before that at EPCOT. It seems faintly bizarre that we were going to go to a water park today, but such are the vagaries of planning ahead!

We weren't in any particular rush to get out of the hotel, as the weather was clearing but not yet cleared. Eventually, however, we managed to get ourselves breakfasted (I was becoming rather partial to the strawberry parfaits that the restaurant sold... I noticed that they didn't have a list of the number of calories that they contained!), sorted out and out of our rooms.

The kids were really looking forward to the water park, having had a great time at Aqualand in France the previous year
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2571/3752777563_d17f077d9b_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/atp/3752777563/)

(the spotty things they were wearing were from the Boden catalogue - they were unbelievably practical for water parks - I just wish I had the freedom to wear something similar!)

We got to Typhoon Lagoon and the sun was so strong I seriously thought about buying a rash vest there rather than trusting to the sunscreen. However, I decided to save my money for now, and instead managed to arrange for a picture or two
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3536/3752777881_7fa764da97_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/atp/3752777881/)

As always, the theming is excellent
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3421/3752778225_660c8d1764_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/atp/3752778225/)

We crossed over the Lazy River
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3478/3752778523_7ee4718f4b_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/atp/3752778523/)

and entered the park proper.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3448/3753573768_1b9ce17380_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/atp/3753573768/)

Now for anyone who hasn't been to Typhoon Lagoon, there are a number of slides and attractions, all centred around a large lagoon. A huge tidal wave crashes across that lagoon every so often. So when I was taking this photo, the gentlemanly thing to do would have been to warn Marie and the kids that something huge was about to hit them!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2510/3752779121_a1d5a9f8ac_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/atp/3752779121/)

And if you doubt it, this is what it feels like to be hit by the wave:
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Strangely, it turns out that when you get really far towards the source of the wave, you don't really feel so much force - it's the people who hang back that really get the full force of the wave. Look at this video - the people at the left of the picture, where the wave starts, just swim over it. It's the folk who are in the shallows that get knocked off their feet:
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As you'd expect, the entire lagoon is carefully watched by lifeguards:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2424/3752779635_0d3ce9cf56_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/atp/3752779635/)

So we spent a good three or four hours before going back to the hotel, tired but having had a great time


Photography Note
All of the photographs up to this point today were taken using a Vivitar 5399 camera. This was bought from Asda for just 39.99, which included the camera and a waterproof case for it. Given that a waterproof case for a Canon Ixus would cost over 120 without the camera, this is an amazingly good deal!

The little camera isn't perfect - for example, the inside of the case can suffer from condensation if you open it up in a humid environment, but it's well worth the money and I have had great fun with it. If you can still find it at Asda I would highly recommend it!


When we got back to the hotel, we had a lovely towel animal left for us.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2620/3752775351_afbef968eb_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/atp/3752775351/)

We showered, changed and went to our ADR - the Raglan Road pub. The same place as we ate last night! Not the best of planning, but there were no objections raised either. Tonight, there was a two-piece Irish band (from Manchester) to provide entertainment. They were very good, but so poorly lit that I totally failed to get a decent shot of them!

As well as the band, there was an Irish dancer. When she wasn't dancing, she was the greeter at the front door of the pub. But every so often she was called up to a table that served as a stage, and she danced for a number or two:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2654/3752775683_b96781d496_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/atp/3752775683/)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2505/3753570704_f29fb46ca4_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/atp/3753570704/)

So we ate a lovely meal (though I would advise that you avoid the Bread and Butter pudding... I couldn't work out how to eat that) before going back to the Caribbean Beach Resort for a comparatively early bed.

wickesy
08-07-2009, 09:15 AM
Another great day. The videos aren't showing up though. :confused3

jjk
08-07-2009, 09:56 AM
another fun day, I love typhoon lagoon

irongirlof12
08-07-2009, 11:53 AM
fab relaxing day :thumbsup2 more great photo's

Pinky166
08-08-2009, 04:10 PM
Fab day. :thumbsup2

That camera sounds like a good deal.

suzycute
08-08-2009, 07:13 PM
Another great day!
We haven't been to Typhoon Lagoon recently and have never been to Raglan Road - looks like there are a lot of things to add to our itinerary for September! :thumbsup2

UKDEB
08-09-2009, 03:09 PM
How very dare you diss the bread and butter pudding?! ;)

Your YouTube links haven't worked, but you should be able to inbed them into your posts. If you're not sure how, I can do it for you.

Cyrano
08-10-2009, 05:47 PM
Typoon Lagoon is an excellent way to have a relaxing day. Think I need to check out the camera as our disposable waterproof was not that great.

Another great day. The videos aren't showing up though. :confused3

I typed youtube and the code in google eg youtube 9f9d4CpX9uw and the videos came up :thumbsup2

tennisfan
08-15-2009, 10:52 AM
Glad to see the weather had improved today:goodvibes

cap'njack.
08-19-2009, 09:10 AM
Looks like you had a great time at the waterpark. I've never been to a waterpark at WDW but it's certainly on my 'to do' list for my next trip!