REVIEW: H2O Glow Nights at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Returns With New Food and Toy Story 4 Characters
We made our way over to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon recently for a special preview of H2O Glow Nights hosted by the Disney Parks Blog. H2O Glow Nights runs from May 30th through August 24th, 2019.
Glow Nights is themed to Toy Story 4 this year with Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Jessie, and Forky (as an inflatable character, more on this later) making appearances. Some other fun enhancements include: a DJ-hosted dance party on the sandy beaches of the Surf Pool, a tempting array of limited-time food and beverage offerings, and The Wharf—just for adult partygoers, featuring entertainment and a bar with refreshing libations available for purchase.
There’s select merchandise available for sale throughout the park, including a t-shirt, travel tumbler, and LED popcorn bucket.
For this year, all-new food is available throughout Typhoon Lagoon, and we tried a bunch of it. Take a look below and our thoughts on the food.
Western Beef Brisket, Leaning Palms – $12.99
Beef brisket, fingerling potatoes, and baby carrots topped with pico de gallo and micro greens
This was a pretty okay dish, which is basically the general thought on all the food offered at this event. I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt because it was pre-opening night and the cast members were still learning how to plate and prepare all of these dishes. The brisket was fine and the potatoes were also fine. Nothing special here.
Pork Kabob, Leaning Palms – $11.99
Jicama slaw, kumquat preserves, pineapple, and watermelon topped with micro greens
Both the pork and chicken kabob in our opinion was the best-tasting options at H2O Glow Nights. They are big skewers, considering the price, and come with some delicious fruit on the side that will keep you refreshed. Unfortunately, the slaw had no taste to it and was pretty bland.
Chicken Kabob, Leaning Palms – $10.49
Mojo chicken, jicama slaw, kumquat preserves, pineapple, and watermelon topped with micro greens
Again, just like the pork kabob, this is a great-sized skewer for the price, which is even less than the pork one. The slaw once again had no flavor, but you can’t go wrong with some grilled chicken on a stick.
Surf’s Up Chicken Noodle Salad, Leaning Palms – $10.49
Bulgogi chicken, noodle slaw, and lettuce topped with sesame seeds
Cold noodles and hot chicken… if this is something you like than this plate is for you. We were impressed with the chicken, but not with the rest of the plate. Like the slaw included in the kabobs, the noodles were flavorless. On the bright side, this is a great healthy option.
Fish Out of Water, Leaning Palms – $13.49
Baked cod, coconut rice, and baby bok choy topped with lemon butter and micro greens
Flavorless fish and delicious coconut rice is the best way to describe this. The cod, which is usually a delicious fish, had no flavor and was quite bland. The coconut rice, on the other hand, was very unique and different. I may be bias though, because I love coconut!
Bathtub Party Sundae, Happy Landings – $16.00
Vanilla ice cream, confetti cake, whipped cream, and chocolate rubber ducks topped with sprinkles and served in a novelty bathtub dish
This was definitely the winner of H2O Glow Nights! It comes in a bathtub bowl that you can take home with you when you’re done, and some adorable edible rubber ducks. The confetti cake inside was fantastic and topped with loads of sprinkles of all shapes and sizes. We had four people in our party and easily was able to share this with enough to satisfy everyone’s ice cream cravings.
Sprite and green apple popping boba pearls served with a Buzz Lightyear glow clip
It’s Sprite and apple boba… there’s not much else to it other than the Buzz Lightyear glow clip.
The Glowing Unicorn (non-alcoholic), Leaning Palms – $8.99
Violet colada with a glow cube, topped with rainbow whipped cream, edible shimmer glitter, and a twist candy lollipop
A super duper sugary and sweet drink that looks like a unicorn pooped on top of it. The drink itself tastes like a piña colada and it comes with a candy lollipop. For the record, this drink looks NOTHING like what Disney said it would look like and the lollipop is like 2 inches long versus the big one they said would come in it.
Dream Disco Float (Alcoholic), Happy Landings – $9.00
Hard orange soda, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and edible glitter
Ever had an orange soda float? This is very similar, but with a hard orange soda. It was quite delicious and tasted like a dreamsicle. This was a group favorite.
Finally, let’s take a look around Typhoon Lagoon, which had a Toy Story 4-themed celebration going on. Guests even had a chance to “meet” Forky from the upcoming film. Forky was not a walkaround character, but instead was an inflatable character sitting on some planks. At the time we went, Disney PhotoPass was not available for this character.