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Disney Parks and Resorts Receive National Awards

FamilyFun magazine, a trusted, go-to source for travel recommendations and family activities for more than 20 years, has recognized Disney Parks and Resorts on both sides of the United States as the very best in family travel for 2013.

Disney Parks Receive National Awards

 Walt Disney World Resort Magic Kingdom Park has been recognized as one of the “Top 10 Overall Favorite Family Destinations” in the U.S. Magic Kingdom Park, EpcotDisney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park were also recognized as part of “Top 10 Amusement Parks” is the country. And, in the same survey, Walt Disney World Resort hotels were named “Number One” in the category of “Top Family Resorts” in the country.

FamilyFun magazine’s 2013 survey recognized vacation destinations, attractions and resorts in six unique categories: Tourist Attractions; Tourist Towns; Nature Escapes; Museums, Zoos & Aquariums; Amusement Parks; and Family Resorts.

In California, the Disneyland Resort was also recognized. Both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks were also named among the “Top 10 Amusement Parks” in the U.S. FamilyFun conducted an extensive nationwide survey of 2,000 parents with children ages 3 to 12, asking them to rate 360 popular destinations on a scale of 1-100. For voting purposes, the country was divided into four geographic regions – West, Midwest, South and Northeast – and respondents provided feedback solely on their regions. High marks were awarded for affordability, accessibility and fun factor.

In addition to the FamilyFun magazine awards, Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge created the first ever tie in the About.com 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards for Favorite Disney Resort Hotel.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Which Disney Parks or Resorts do you think deserved special honors this year?

Swampy’s Walt Disney World Resort Dream Vacation

If you love to play mobile games, like my son and husband do, you’re in for a treat today. Our new pal Swampy, from the free Disney mobile game “Where’s My Water?,” is off to Walt Disney World Resort!

Swampy’s Walt Disney World Resort Dream Vacation

In the game, players help Swampy the Alligator get clean water for a shower by digging tunnels and connecting pipes. But the game just got more exciting: the free version of the app now features a hidden level inspired by Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, featuring a variety of pipes with twists and turns, plus three different choices of two black pipes down which the player can send the water.

Tip: You can access the Typhoon Lagoon level at any time. Just look at the bottom of the collection screen for the inner tube icon and tap it to unlock the secret level inspired by the water park.

To download the app or to find out more about “Where’s My Water,”click here for iOS and here for Android.

Disney’s Water Parks Showcase Entertainment, Eats and More Through Summer 2012

Typhoon Lagoon Packs in New Seasonal Offerings, Both Parks Offer Extra Magic Hours Through Late August

Summer 2012 brings a splash of fun for the whole family at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach water parks, with entertainment, new dining options at Typhoon Lagoon and Extra Magic Hours at both parks.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon -- As summer heats up in Central Florida, water parks of Walt Disney World Resort offer guests the chance to relax and refresh

Entertainment
Now through September 8, characters Lilo and Stitch can be found just outside of the High N’ Dry sundries shop at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon; at Disney’s Blizzard Beach, guests can chill out with Goofy, who can be found roaming the water park.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon -- As summer heats up in Central Florida, water parks of Walt Disney World Resort offer guests the chance to relax and refresh

New Dining Option
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon guests looking for summer fare beyond the normal park offerings may visit Tropicalamity. The new temporary food and beverage tent, located near Crush ‘n’ Gusher water coaster pool area, features a variety of eats, including chicken jerk pita wrap, citrus chicken salad, hot meatball sub and cold Italian sub.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon -- As summer heats up in Central Florida, water parks of Walt Disney World Resort offer guests the chance to relax and refresh

Summer Extra Magic Hours
Guests staying at Walt Disney World resort hotels can take advantage of Extra Magic Hours on select days and times at both Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach through late August.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon -- As summer heats up in Central Florida, water parks of Walt Disney World Resort offer guests the chance to relax and refresh

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

  • Saturday mornings before the park opens, from 8-9 a.m. through August 18.
  • Wednesday mornings before the park opens, from 8-9 a.m. through August 22.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach

  • Tuesday mornings before the park opens, from 8-9 a.m. through August 14.
  • Thursday mornings before the park opens, from 8-9 a.m. through August 23.

About Disney’s Water Parks
Walt Disney World guests visiting Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park escape to a tropical paradise left behind by a storm. Surfboards, fishing gear, boats, including the iconic shrimp boat, Ms. Tilly, once strewn about by a typhoon, add to the ambiance.

Guests visiting Disney’s Blizzard Beach will discover a melting wonderland where a freak snowstorm hit Florida. Icicles, ski gear and steep slopes grace the ski resort landscape, home to some of the most thrilling water rides in the United States.

Get Swept Away with Caribbean Food, Music at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park at Walt Disney World Resort

Guests visiting Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park this summer are in for some Caribbean fun with the additions of new food and music and the return of a popular character meet-and-greet opportunity.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon

The Calypso band Tropicals will perform Caribbean steel drum music at the park each Friday to Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through July 15. Disney characters Lilo and Stitch will also be available for meet-and-greets at the High N’ Dry sundries shop through September 8, and guests looking for summer fare beyond the regular park offerings may also visit Tropicalamity, a temporary food and beverage tent that offers chicken jerk pita wraps, citrus chicken salads, hot meatball subs and cold Italian subs.

Guests staying at a Disney resort can also take advantage of extended hours at both Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park throughout the summer. Check with your Disney resort for extra hour days and times.

The Calypso band Tropicals

 

Surf Lessons at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

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Typhoon Lagoon Surf LessonsUnschooled in the fine art of surfing?

Novices can catch a wave and master the rush of shooting the curls at the Typhoon Lagoon water park in Walt Disney World.

Every 90 seconds, the world’s largest wave machine blasts out walls of surf that can tower up to six feet high. Cocoa Beach Surf School invites guests to learn from professional surfers how to cut, carve and “hang 10.”

The 2.5-hour program is available by reservation for $150 on select mornings prior to regular park hours. Guests (ages 8 and older) can call 1-866-972-6244 for more information.

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Swimmers Across Central Florida Join Disney Guests to Set Guinness Record for World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

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Hundreds of guests at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon on June 14 joined nearly 30,000 participants on six continents to set a record for the world’s largest simultaneous swimming lesson.

Participants at more than 70 locations across Florida took part, including swimmers at the Blanchard Park YMCA in Orlando, Celebration Lakeside Park and the Lakeland Park District’s Simpson Pool.

Olympic gold medalists Rowdy Gaines and Summer Sanders joined Disney characters Lilo and Stitch just outside the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool for the official start to the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. Gaines served as master of ceremonies for the second consecutive year while Sanders spoke on behalf of one of event’s sponsors, Coppertone, about the importance of applying sunscreen before entering the water.

During the 30-minute lesson taking place simultaneously all over the world, guests received instruction on proper swimming strokes, kicks and floating techniques.

“We were honored Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park served as the official headquarters location for a second consecutive record-breaking World’s Largest Swimming Lesson,” said Jean Gallagher, general manager of water parks for Walt Disney World Resort. “The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson is a reminder to guests of all ages that when they enjoy the sunshine and water activities this summer, we want them to be safety smart. Sun protection and swimming lessons ensure that no one gets hurt and extends the fun for everyone.”

Tragically, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintended, injury-related death in children over the age of one. In fact, more than one in four fatal drowning victims is under the age of 14.  Research shows if a child doesn’t learn to swim before the third grade, they likely never will.

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Disney Water Parks Offer an Escape From the Summer Heat

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Blizzard Beach Pool Disney

As summer heats up in Central Florida, water parks of Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida offer guests the chance to relax and refresh. Whether it’s Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon or Disney’s Blizzard Beach, the cooling, splashy fun is nonstop. Guests can beat the heat in myriad ways, whether inner-tubing down a lazy waterway or blasting down a speed slide.

Disney Water park Pool

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