Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park Hosts World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Walt Disney World Resort kicked off the summer with the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson – an annual event designed to promote safe water practices worldwide. As the largest event site in the state, the company hosted more than 650 Florida kids from six nonprofit organizations for the lesson at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and various Walt Disney World Resort hotel pools, empowering students with the skills they need to swim safely.

“Students need access to these critical safety lessons, especially here in Florida where we’re surrounded by water,” said Tajiana Ancora-Brown, Director of External Affairs at Walt Disney World Resort. “Being able to host the largest site in the state means our impact on their lives is huge – whether they were inspired to pursue a career in recreation or pass the lessons along to their friends and family. These are skills and memories that will last them a lifetime!” 

To make the lesson extra special, former Olympic silver medalist Maritza Correia McClendon – the first African American woman to make the US Olympic swim team and set a world record – joined participants for the fun. Swimming and water safety are critical skills for kids, especially here in Florida – something Maritza knows well as she grew up in Florida. She spoke with the kids about her journey with swim safety and emphasized just how important it is to understand from a young age.

Following the lesson, the students put their swimming skills into action and spent the rest of the day enjoying all the magic and watery attractions at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Students also had the opportunity to hang with some of their favorite Disney pals – including Mickey Mouse and Stitch – and even met with our talented Disney lifeguards and the recruiting team to learn about available careers they may one day like to pursue.

Immersive and distinctly Disney experiences like this are part of the Disney Future Storytellers initiative and are designed to leave a lasting impact on these kids as they look to their futures. For more information on Disney’s impact in Florida, visit DisneyFlorida.com.   

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