- Nov 20, 2003
On October 11th, we spent the day at Typhoon Lagoon. It was our first time at any Disney water park. My husband and our 8 year old son decided to get into the main pool and soon afterward a giant wave came down. My husband and son were holding hands but the wave threw them both down and my husband actually got separated from our son. They both went under water for a bit. When they came back up, our sons back was full of blood. We rushed him to the first aid office and the nurse, who was very nice, said that it happens a lot here because the bottom of the pool is very rough. There were two huge circular wounds on my sons back, on his spine. I was very upset and scared. The wounds looked horrible. They were very deep. The nurse cleaned the wounds and put a bandage on them. He was nice enough to give us some extra bandages and told us how to take care of the wounds. We really appreciated his help. He was great. However, the wounds were so bad and so painful, our son was having problems getting into the water for the rest of the day. We went and bought him a swim shirt (which was quite expensive) from the gift shop at Typhoon Lagoon in order to try to cover his back to give the wounds some more protection and allow him to try to be able to swim for the rest of day and our vacation. He was able to swim for the rest of our vacation but was in a lot of pain. We had to continuously change his bandages, apply creams to help with the pain and help it heal and we had to give him ibuprofen daily for the pain. The wounds didnt close up and heal until a week after we got back home from Florida. We arrived home on October 25th. We were surprised that there were no warnings about the danger of the wave pool. There are signs telling people that they should hold on to small children etc. but doesnt really explain the dangers in detail plus we didnt think an 8 year old boy is considered a small child. Also, my husband actually was holding his hand and they both got thrown back and separated, getting pushed under water. My husband said that the power of the wave was so strong that even he fell down and lost control. He thought it was extremely dangerous. Either Disney needs to put detailed information on their signs about the actual dangers and possibilty of getting hurt in that pool or they should cut down the power of the wave. We later saw another boy around our son's age with the exact same wounds going in to the first aid office. It's ridiculous. My son now has two big scars on his back. We enjoyed the rest of the park but dont plan on going into that pool again. We actually had a better time at Blizzard Beach.