Walt Disney World boasts many kingdoms throughout its parks that take guests to all four corners of this world, and beyond it to others. But did you know that you can also learn to surf at Disney -- even though the nearest ocean is more than an hour away? Enter the Surf School at Walt Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon.
Typhoon Lagoon is a completely immersive experience, boasting 61 acres of water adventure. The park is home to three zippy speed slides as well as a trio of meandering slides that are perfect for body surfing. Other attractions include family raft rides, like the new Miss Adventure Falls.
And don't miss the Crush ‘n’ Gusher water-coaster, which uses powerful water jets to propel riders up and down and through twisty turns along a splashtastic adventure.
Guests interested in a more leisurely aquatic attraction can while away the day on Castaway Creek, the park’s lazy river, while small fry and their parents can enjoy loads of splashy fun at Kethcakiddee Creek, perfect for children ages 2 to 5.
But the centerpiece of the park, Mt. Mayday, offers the most breathtaking thrills of all. At the peak’s base, you’ll find one of the world’s largest surfing lagoons, covering 190,000 square feet and filled with nearly three million gallons of water. The wave pool boasts alternating cycles of six- and three-foot waves. If you're looking for something a little extra special during your visit to Orlando, you've found it. It’s here that surfing pros and novices alike can take to the waves for an exhilarating adventure.
The park offers two different options under its Surfing Program, the only one of its kind in Orlando. “Hang 10” private sessions for the experienced wave rider offers wave after perfect wave to hone skills. But guests of all skill levels can also participate in “Surf Like a Pro” sessions.
The private lessons, which take place on select early mornings before the park opens to the public, begin with an on-land tutorial by professional surf instructors. Once students are ready, they take to the water in pairs to test what they’ve learned. The small class size – limited to just 10 students – ensures that everyone has the opportunity to practice until perfect in a setting where the perfect wave is a sure bet.
Guests must be at least eight years old to participate and prices begin at $190 per person, which also includes a light continental breakfast and a digital photography package. To learn more and to book your own surfing lessons, call (407)-WDW-PLAY, or (407)-939-7529.