As I mentioned in my previous post, I was lucky enough to be invited on a quick weekend trip to Walt Disney World. This trip was packed FULL of experiences and one of which was attending the H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon. Now, let me start this off by saying that I have never been to Typhoon Lagoon. When we come out, we prefer to stay in the 4 core parks and not stray into the water parks. We LOVE water parks, but we are partial to Water Country USA in Virginia, so that is the water park that I will be basing any and all comparisons on!
The H2O Glow nights are described as: “Make waves with Rex, the Dinosaur of Ceremonies, and his Toy Story pals during their biggest glow party yet. It’s a luminous event inspired by the Disney•Pixar Toy Story short film, Partysaurus Rex—one your whole family won’t want to miss! Celebrate an incredible summer and join us for the ultimate glow party at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park—16 select nights from June 21 to August 11, 2018.”
Tickets for this event start at $55 for an adult and $50 per child. We were able to use my annual pass discount to get tickets for $49 each (everyone in our group is considered an adult). The party runs from 8 pm to 11 pm and ticketed guests may enter the park at 7 pm.
When we arrived at about 7:45, we had already done 2 parks on this day and had been up since 5 am. Some of our group was exhausted, so we took a short break before leaving to hit the park. Park entry was a breeze. We got in using the tickets that we had linked to our Magicbands and were immediately sent to a cast member to have our event bands issued. The entire process took almost no time at all and we headed into the park.
Since we arrived so close to party time, that day guests were clearing out leaving us with prime seating spaces. We found 5 chairs on one of the sandy beaches by the blue buoy of the wave pool. Now, I should make it known that I am not a fan of sand. I live on Florida’s panhandle and there is sand everywhere! So, this was a turn off for me. The kids and the other adults in my group loved the sand, so this is just my personal preference. At 8 pm, guests without bands were ushered out of the park and the music started!
For the duration of the evening, we were able to walk on every ride we wanted. Although, the signage wasn’t exactly great for a darker party. Since this was our first time, we weren’t pros at navigating this park and therefore it was difficult to find things. The rides and attractions were wonderful and there were character meet and greets throughout the park. The food offerings were pretty generic for being a special event.
Of course, I don’t have many pictures. I left my phone in my bag and completely forgot to grab the gopro out to take around the park. The pictures I do have are of my son through my waterproof pouch.
After a few trips around the lazy river, we went to eat. The food options were pretty basic. Your typical theme park offerings. The special event food options were pretty basic as well.
After eating, the party was in full swing. There were games played, dance music, and it was overall a fun experience. In terms of the “glow” portion of the party, that was pretty lacking. The only neon lights were around Rex and the main party and if you wanted a small glow bracelet, you had to shell out $2 each! My advice, go to the dollar store and bring your own glow items!
After watching the glow party for a bit, we set out to find some rides! Our favorite was Miss Adventure Falls. With no wait, we walked on several times before heading over to Crush -n- Gusher. Crush -n- Gusher was one of the most exciting water rides I have ever ridden, I highly recommend it for anyone who loves water rides!
After Crush -n- Gusher, we went back to Miss Adventure Falls. Again, no lines whatsoever! We attempted to explore the park to find more rides, but I found the park difficult to navigate. We did find 2 more rides, but they were nowhere as awesome as our first 2. The kids really enjoyed the wave pool and that was like no other wave pool I have ever been to. The single MASSIVE wave was very exciting. I am used to wave pools that are timed and have waves for a few minutes before going to calm waters again. The fact that this wave was so massive that it created a rip current was really cool!
We ended our night by going to Miss Adventure Falls one last time before the park closed. I really do enjoy that ride. Overall, it was worth the value, but I can see it being frustrating for people who aren’t familiar with the park. Walking on the rides was awesome and made it worth it for me. I do wish that the park was a little easier to navigate in the dark, but anyone familiar with the park will have no problems with that.
Definitely arrive early to take advantage of that extra hour and be sure to grab glow items before you arrive. $2 for a generic glow bracelet is crazy in my mind. I feel like if they bring this back for a second year, they should take navigation into consideration and have well lit signage so you can find your way around.
If you would like to see my Facebook Live video that shows some of the dance party, see below. Please be aware, the commentary may not be for everyone and I was actively interacting with friends/followers that were watching live. The opinions in this post are mine and mine alone. They do not reflect the opinions of any other Enchanted Adventure agent or the Company as a whole.