Swampy the Gator from ‘Where’s My Water’ Headed to Disney Parks

Swampy at Disney Parks
After topping the iTunes app charts for months, what is Swampy the Gator from the Disney Mobile franchise, ‘Where’s My Water?’ going to do next? He’s going to Walt Disney World, of course! Maybe sneaking in a bath or two first though.

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Disney Water Parks Offer New Entertainment, Dining and Extra Magic Hours in Summer 2012

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

New Entertainment
The relaxing atmosphere at Typhoon Lagoon is enhanced with new sounds of summer. For the first time, Calypso band “Tropicals” brings Caribbean steel drums to Typhoon Lagoon from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Friday through Sunday until July 15. The band can be found near the Crush ‘n’ Gusher water coaster pool area. Returning this year every day 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.

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Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon to Host ‘World’s Largest Swimming Lesson’ Event, June 14

Typhoon Lagoon © Disney EnterprisesGuests visit Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon for thrills like the Crush ‘n’ Gusher water coaster and Gang Plank Falls. This June, they’ll hit the water park’s wave pool to help break a world record and spread an important message about teaching children to swim.

‘We were honored Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park will once again serve as the official headquarters location for a second record-breaking World’s Largest Swimming Lesson,’ said Jean Gallagher, director of water parks for Walt Disney World Resort. ‘At Walt Disney Parks and Resorts we have a strong commitment to water safety and the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson is a reminder to guests of all ages that when they step in the water we want them to have fun and be safety smart at the same time.’

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Photo:Vienna Girardi of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ Makes a Splash at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

Vienna Girardi poses at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon water park at Walt Disney World (Todd Anderson, photographer)Vienna Girardi, one of the stars from the most recent season of the ABC reality series “The Bachelor,” poses July 24, 2010, at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  Girardi, who is from the central Florida area, visited the water park with her family.  (Todd Anderson, photographer)

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WDW Refurb Update: Water Parks Seasonal Closures

The Walt Disney World Resort has confirmed the dates of the seasonal closures for the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks for the 2010-2011 season.

Typhoon Lagoon will be closing first on October 31, 2010 and is scheduled to re-open on January 9, 2011. Keep in mind that — especially as temperatures get cooler — the park may close earlier for its refurb depending on weather conditions.

On January 9, 2011, Blizzard Beach will close for its seasonal refurbishment and is scheduled to re-open on March 20, 2011.

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Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Helps Break Record for World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

World's Largest Swimming Lesson at Disney's Typhoon LagoonMore than 500 guests of all ages at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon at the Walt Disney World Resort joined more than 10,000 participants on four continents for the record-breaking World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on June 3.

Participants at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon also received a free DVD, Disney’s Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart in the Water. In the DVD, Timon and Pumbaa help children learn that fun in the water starts with safety.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines joined Mickey Mouse and Goofy just outside the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool for the official start to the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.

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Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon to Play Host to World’s Largest Swimming Lesson June 3

Noting that drowning is the second cause of unintentional cause of death of children below the age of 15, the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) is aiming to set a Guiness World’s Record tomorrow across four continents with the participation of over 10,000 children.

The headquarters for the event will be the wave pool at Walt Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon water park. Olympic Gold Medalist and WLSL spokesperson Rowdy Gaines will be in attendance along with hundreds of children and their families to participate in the event which will kick off at 9:45 am ET with the record-breaking attempt taking place at 10 am.

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Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach Rental Packages Now Available in Advance

Thanks to a tip from a valued Stitch Kingdom reader, we have learned that full packages that used to require same day rentals on a first-come, first-serve basis are now available in advance.

The package, which consists of: 1 cocktail table; 1 large umbrella; 2 lounge chairs; and 4 towels, may be reserved up to 180 days in advance at a cost of $40 plus tax, payable upon booking. There is a 24-hour cancellation policy and a full refund if the package is canceled by Disney due to inclement weather.

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WDW Refurb Updates: Early Openings, Water Park Closures, Resort Pools, Golf Courses and More

I’ve got a HUGE refurb update here, so bear with me.

At the Magic Kingdom, Crystal Palace will be closed from January 3 through February 13.

At Epcot, Living with the Land is now scheduled to re-open on October 4, which is several weeks earlier than the original date of November 1. Also, the new exhibit in the Japan pavilion (which was the tin toy museum) is now slated to open on October 16.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Boneyard is now scheduled to be closed October 5 through October 18

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WDW Refurb Update: TL & Liberty Belle Extensions, Teacups and Carpets

6 – 12/19.All of Typhoon Lagoon is now showing to be closed throughout December. The Liberty Belle has also been extended until September 26.

New additions to the refurb list include Mad Tea Party from November 3 – 5 and the Magic Carpets of Aladdin from 12/6 – 12/19

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