Have you visited one of Disney’s water parks? It might be surprising to some, but water parks at Walt Disney World can be among some of the most overlooked experienced for Guests on vacation. Still, both Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon offer immersive experiences with detailed theming of their own that is not to be missed by fans of Disney Parks.
Disney recently confirmed that some areas of Blizzard Beach have been re-themed to include characters from Frozen (2013) and Frozen II (2019). The new details are limited to select sections of the Park, but the change certainly opens the door to whether major re-themes could happen at Disney water parks.
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With the announcement that Blizzard Beach would be reopening with new Frozen features, Disney also announced that Typhoon Lagoon would be closing for its annual refurbishment. At the time of the announcement, no changes were confirmed for Typhoon Lagoon, and all signs point to this downtime being for routine maintenance work as it typically is every year.
However, we can’t ignore the surprise re-theme of some of Blizzard Beach. Just how possible is it that a Typhoon Lagoon re-theme is coming, too?
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If there is one Disney movie that seems to be at the forefront of the company’s mind when it comes to adding new IPs (intellectual property) to the Parks, it’s Moana (2016). Imagery and characters from the film are already set to be featured in the new Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana attraction coming to EPCOT as part of the Park’s historic transformation, and Moana was referenced as one of the “Blue Sky” possibilities for a replacement to DinoLand U.S.A. in Animal Kingdom.
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Moana is also the star of the new “heroes” sequence of Fantasmic! which just returned to the Park and has already been met with outstanding reviews from Cast Member previews. And in the past, we’ve seen the titular character appear for character meet and greets at both the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort for special events. (If you stay at the Resort, you may even find some nods to the film in your hotel room.)
If it comes down to one place at Walt Disney World though where Moana truly belongs, there is certainly an argument for a water park where water itself is central to the character’s journey and storyline. Just as Blizzard Beach offered an easy setting to transition some Frozen theming, the current design of Typhoon Lagoon certainly lends itself to the possibility of becoming Moana’s home, the fictional island of Motunui.
Disney’s official description of Typhoon Lagoon reads:
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park is a tropical oasis at Walt Disney World Resort, featuring waterslides, a surf pool, a lazy river and more.
Of course, we cannot be sure that a re-theme will ever make its way to Typhoon Lagoon without an official announcement from Disney, but with fans pondering the possibility we will be sure to keep you updated of any news of out of the water Parks here on Disney Tips.