Published: August 19, 2007 at 5:37 AM
Four the past five years my family has owned Disney waterpark annual passes. We've been to both of the parks a zillion times.
And while both BB and TL are outstanding attractions, there is no doubt in my mind that Typhoon Lagoon is the better park.
1. Wave Pools. No competition. TL's wave pool is huge. Further the waves come in sets that are perfect for body surfing. the BB pool is nothing but swells. And what's really nice about a wave pool is that when the crowds build you don't have to wait in line to use it. Indeed, one of the most amusing theme park experiences happens when you are standing in the TL wave pool on a busy day. Everytime you hear the "whoosh" indicating another wave is on its way the air is filled with screams of delight from kids (and probably a handful of adults).
2. Crush 'n' Gusher. Orlando's first "water coaster." While I think the enclosed slide at BB's Runoff Rapids is a great ride, C&G noses it out.
3. Atmosphere. The tropical landscaping is beautiful especially along the lazy river. Further TL doesn't seem to have as many steps as BB (see, Summit Plummet and Runoff Rapids). Plus the air does not reek with the smell of chlorine.
BB does have a great family raft ride and Summit Plummet is a great thrill ride. But TL's slides certainly keep pace and the wave pool is so much better.