We’ve had the pleasure of visiting Typhoon Lagoon multiple times during our trips to the Walt Disney World Resort.
We have visited as a young couple, with elderly parents and now with a baby. As such we’ve learnt a lot about what to bring (and what not to bring) to this incredible waterpark.
When it comes to visiting Typhoon Lagoon your exact packing list is likely to depend on a number of factors including; who you’re travelling with, where you’re staying and how long you are wanting to spend at the water park.
As such we’ve tried to cover everything for everyone, so keep in mind that not everything on this list may be applicable to you.
While you can bring a towel of your own to Typhoon Lagoon you can also rent one when you arrive at the theme park for $4.99 each.
If you’re only needing one or two towels during your visit then renting is an affordable way to make a trip to this awesome water park significantly more convenient and stress-free.
That being said, if you’re travelling as a larger family then the cost of renting towels could add up very quickly.
If you forget to bring a towel to Walt Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon but don’t want to rent one you can also buy towels from the on-site store for $30 plus tax.
Depending on how far you’re travelling to get to Typhoon Lagoon and how comfortable your swimming outfit is you may either want to wear it under your clothes or go ahead and pack it to change into once you arrive at the park.
There are a vast number of changing rooms across Typhoon Lagoon which also include showers and lockers for your convenience.
If you happen to forget your swimming costume on your trip to Typhoon Lagoon then there’s no need to divert or turn back since the stores inside the water park sell a range of styles and sizes to suit everyone.
Water shoes are permitted within select areas of Typhoon Lagoon but are restricted on select rides for health and safety reasons.
As such if you’re someone who likes to wear water shoes while at a waterpark they are something you may still want to bring with you on your visit to Typhoon Lagoon.
Florida is known as the sunshine state for good reason, and being that water reflects the sunlight and you’re unlikely to feel the effects of the sun while in the water.
As such it’s essential you protect your skin as much as possible and one of the best ways to do this is with a sunhat.
If you don’t have a sunhat with you on your visit to Typhoon Lagoon you can purchase one from the stores on-site at the water park for around $20 plus tax.
Change Of Clothing
While you’ll obviously be wearing clothes when you arrive at Typhoon Lagoon it’s often a good idea to pack a change in case the set you’re wearing gets wet during your visit.
This is especially a good idea for children or if you’re not staying on-site at a Walt Disney World property and as such have to drive back to a hotel, resort or villa after your day at the waterpark.
Typhoon Lagoon requires all non-swimmers to wear a lifejacket in pools, and on eligible rides within the waterpark.
While Typhoon Lagoon provides lifejackets for both adults and children for free as part of your entry into the park you may want to bring your own from home.
Lifejackets are located at various points across Typhoon Lagoon and rides will specify whether the vests should be worn by everyone or just those under a certain height, weight or ability.
Each ride has a cast member at the entrance who will be more than happy to clarify whether or not you or any member of your party will need a life vest in order to go on the ride.
If you’re travelling with little ones then you’re also going to want to pack some swim nappies.
You can go ahead and bring swim nappies from home on vacation with you, pick them up from the likes of Walmart, Walgreens or Target on your arrival in Orlando or purchase them from Typhoon Lagoon upon your arrival.
Food, Drinks & Snacks
You are allowed to bring food, drinks and snacks with you to Typhoon Lagoon and doing so is a great way to save money. However, there are some restrictions as to what you can bring with you into the park. Most notably, you’re not allowed to bring;
- Hot Food
- Glass Jars / Containers (baby food and medication are exempt)
When deciding what snacks to pack for Disney it’s important to think about the heat and humidity in Florida and how that might impact your food over the course of multiple hours.
A cooler box can be a fantastic way of keeping your food and drink safe from the intense Florida heat. However, only soft-sided boxes without wheels are permitted inside any Walt Disney World theme park.
To enter Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon you are going to need your park tickets.
If you’ve purchased your park tickets to Typhoon Lagoon in advance be sure to bring those with you to gain entry into the park.
Sunscreen is an essential item that you’ll want to pack for your trip to Typhoon Lagoon.
In this case, it’s recommended to pack one that not only has a high UV tolerance but that is also water resistant.
Not only does the sun reflect rays from the water making the UV significantly more intense but you often don’t feel yourself burning since you’re in the water as such it’s important to reapply regularly throughout your day at Typhoon Lagoon.
If you’ve forgotten your sunscreen or have run out during your visit then you can pick up a range of different options from the stores on-site at the water park on your arrival.
Sunglasses not only help protect your eyes from UV light but are also fantastic for being able to see clearly without squinting.
While sunglasses are not permitted on any of the rides at Typhoon Lagoon you can use them in the swimming pools.
Money & Bank Cards
In order to purchase items (food, drinks, snacks, souvenirs) inside Typhoon Lagoon you’re going to need access to some cash or a bank card.
If you want to purchase any alcoholic beverages during your visit to Typhoon Lagoon then you’re going to want to pack your photographic ID.
Much like your money and bank cards, this ID can be safely stored in a locker for an additional cost while you go on any of the rides or swim in any of the pools.
Waterproof Phone Case
If you’re looking to use your phone to take photos and capture incredible memories during your day at Typhoon Lagoon then you’ll want to go ahead and protect it with a waterproof phone case.
Waterproof phone cases can be purchased online, from the likes of Target, Walgreens and Walmart while in Orlando or from one of the stores inside Typhoon Lagoon.
If you don’t wish to use your phone during your visit to Typhoon Lagoon then you can store it in one of the park’s lockers for a fee.
Typhoon Lagoon Restricted Items
While the above covers the items you’ll want to consider bringing with you to Typhoon Lagoon there are some items that are sadly not permitted within the park. This includes;
- Glassware / glass containers (medical supplies are exempt)
- Hardsided cooler bags
- Cooler bags on wheels
- Any kind of seating
- Food that requires heating or refrigeration
- Balls or ball games
- Inflatables, pool noodles or tubes
- Water guns
- Beach umbrellas
- Portable speakers
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🎟️ Where To Buy Tickets for Walt Disney World?
If you’re based in the US or Canada, I recommend Klook for your Walt Disney World tickets.
Klook consistently has the most competitive prices. There’s also a range of different ticket options to suit all budgets and requirements.
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I personally use AttractionTix when purchasing theme park tickets. That’s because AttractionTix consistently has the most competitive prices and incredible customer service.
🏥 Should I Buy Travel Insurance for a Visit to Walt Disney World?
If you’re travelling to Walt Disney World for vacation, then travel insurance is recommended. Basic travel insurance coverage with Safety Wing averages between $5 – $10 per day and offers peace of mind.
However, if a trip to Walt Disney World isn’t part of a vacation. For example, you live locally. Then travel insurance isn’t likely to be necessary.
🚘 Do I Need to Rent a Car for a Visit to Walt Disney World?
You don’t need to rent a car to visit Walt Disney World. Instead, you can take an Uber or Lyft, as the theme park has pick-up and drop-off points.
Parking at Walt Disney World is expensive, so taking an Uber or Lyft can, in some cases, be cheaper.
However, if a trip to Walt Disney World only makes up a portion of your vacation, then you may want to rent a car. I personally use Discover Cars to find the best car rental when visiting the USA.