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John Howard #301

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:02/22/2013 02:24:54

 On my last visit to wet n wild in Queensland in December with my kids, I had a lot of grief you know why?  For wearing a 5 cm speedos with the logo of a conservative company on the back...EVERYONE was staring at me making me feel like a exotic specie of animal from the zoo;   Wife said it wasn't the speedos but the muscular size of my thighs, I think it's also the fact that sadly something so Australian like a pair of speedos on a guy has become too odd....I stuck to my guns and went to every ride with my two boys wearing the speedos, and talked to everyone I could in the queues to take them out of their comfort zone is just stare at meMy boys felt proud of me, but I agree with you guys , don't wear a thong at a water park, it's not worth.I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw other dads my age trying to conform wearing rash guards with board shorts showing the elasticz of their dirty underwear underneath...Too sad
JM_Runs #302

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:02/22/2013 05:02:26

It seems to me, that since the worst that has happened to anyone is being asked to cover up, the trick is to thong for as long as you can and then when asked be gracious, and cover up with a brief Speedo for the rest of the day.

I don't think you gain anything by making an issue of the unequal enforcement.  You are after all going there to have a fun day.  Don't let the request to cover up spoil your good mood. Just be gracious and say "No Problem". 

I think every guy who goes to a theme park in a thong knows he may be asked to cover up, so the logical ones carry a cover up with them. It might be a very very brief pair of shorts, or a Speedo, or even a Speedo style with a brief Brazil back. You may want to carry a couple of cover up options.

You can be proud of your self for the length of time you were able to thong before being asked to cover up, and you get extra points for using the water slides or being rather visible.

If the worst down side is a later visit from the manager to politely ask you to cover up a bit I can't see a reason not to start out with a thong every time.

I suspect younger men who look good and confident in a thong will be asked to cover up less, or will survive longer before being asked to cover up, than fatter older men.  I also suspect that if you are a good looking young man who is obviously with a group of good looking young women in thongs then you all may survive the day without any busybody interfering. Men with women get a lot more lee way than single men or men with men.

That is life. Live with it. Just carry a cover up and be gracious if asked to cover up. Don't let it spoil your good mood, after all you went to have a good time.

Points for trying, points for each half hour you survive, points for public activities like watersides.  Remember the points and joy is in your mind so they can't take your points away !
eimeo #303

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:02/22/2013 05:08:18

I was asked to cover up last time I was there. Lady lifeguard approached me and said my suit bottom was too small and asked if I had a pair of shorts I could put on .... so it's not just the guys :(
DoreFan #304

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:02/22/2013 06:56:56

I've said it before so I may seem repetitive, but it scares me that the US has become so conservative that people find a speedo like John Howard was wearing has become so unusual that people will stare at it. As I've said before, a "speedo" was considered a  NORMAL swim suit when I was growing up and EVERYBODY wore them to swim in. That is why I will never vacation in the US nor do I have any desire to visit the US. What's next? Will all swimmers be required to wear burkas?  
I'll wear my thongs in countries where it isn't viewed as overly weird. If and when I do wear my speedos, the most conservative I own is a 1" (2.5cm) speedo. 

AlanMartin #305

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:02/22/2013 11:35:06

 eimeo - I suspect it was because you were wearing something rather wonderful, and VERY revealing, i.e. not a regular thong ;)
JM_Runs - absolutely good point: I'm sure a young hot guy will get away with more.And anywhere you go that thongs are acceptable but not the norm, and man with a female both in thongs gets far more leeway - and I even think some people who may normally find a man in one unacceptable are moe comfortable when it is a couple.
eimeo #306

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:02/22/2013 02:18:06


lindros #307

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:02/22/2013 02:53:59

One of these days a woman will sue for the right to be topless in Florida everywhere a man is allowed to be seen without a top, and they likely will win just like in Texas and New York. That would surely put Disney in a quandary, since not only are they a public accommodation as defined under Florida civil rights law but they are also a publicly owned company, so they would have to comply. Of course they could require everyone to wear tops, but that would be stupid. At that point maybe thongs would also become more accepted at the water parks.

I agree with others about not liking the trend in this country. This past summer I've seen girls wear men's dork shorts that go well below the knees along with a rash guard. I think part of this is because our population is getting fatter and fatter with time and more people are wearing conservative swimwear to cover their flaws.

I also agree that if you're a guy you will be better off wearing a thong if you have company either from a female companion or a group of people so you blend in better. A single guy alone wearing a thong sends off the "perv" radar to other patrons.

EIMEO:  well that really stinks about your last visit. Was it very recent? I was there Feb 11-12 and they let a whole bunch of South American tour group girls wear their thongs without asking them to cover. Out of curiosity were there any other thongers around on that day? Edit:  saw your picks above ... damn you look great!
AlanMartin #308

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:02/22/2013 08:01:44

 EIMEO - Bodyglove is pretty well known, I'm disappointed they stopped a girl wearing a regular non-see through thong :(Maybe you were just unlucky that day?
stanpuppy #309

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:02/22/2013 09:10:46

Eimeo....i think you just caught them on a bad day.  I have seen photos you have posted on Flickr of you wearing wicked weasels at Water Parks, and you did not have any isses, so I'm sure it was the exception more than the rule.  If you all look at my recent post about our trip to Turks & Caicos, you will note that Latin women were granted much looser status with regard to thong suits than others.  I wrote BEACHES a letter before we left inquiring about thongs and they wrote back saying (essentially) "not at the pool....ok on the beach....dont expect much thong wearing company".   That being said, we observed one latin lady wearing hers (with no cover up) in the kiddy water park and nobody said a word.   Being as Eimeo has an obvious non-american look, I am somewhat surprised this happend.  My observations are that (and please dont take exception to this word) "forigners" are given much more latitude in this capacity than americans, and women far more so than men
mack_back #310

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:02/23/2013 06:48:03

Eimeo...... Believe it is a stereotype in which you fit a profile in many employees mind... Don't want to offend you or believe it was fair to act upon, wearing a thong.... 
In my opinion your a target, in which your appearance may make people think, could she possibly be a prostitute or stripper waiting for her Jon or Jons? Yet this sounds unfair and wrong but you need to think about reality of it all. 

For one thing the water park wants to attract family oriented business, not adults who use a venue for there own sexual benefit and bring that type of seedy crowd. Be it a gay crowd for male cruising, female hookers, drug dealers,  many other unsavory characters which don't benefit there business or customers...  Even though the female employee uses discretion on who they deem may pose a problem and act upon accordingly.... For example if a female mom wearing a thong is small breasted and relatively petite, has a family surrounding her, talking in another language, busy-dizzy arguing with her kids and hubby thus the employee will feel she has enough to worry about, isn't out soliciting strangers, and nobody is complaining, will let her slide wearing the thong saying nothing to her... In any case the employee will feel she will have a hard time translating in english that thongs are not appropriate attire...

Love how they ask us, DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER CLOTHES TO WEAR? As though we came in wearing a thong and only that.. Always wanted to do is when asked that  very question to say to them, i got nylon seamless boyshorts underwear would that suffice?  If they agree i will change into them taking off my thong and jump into the water and step out wet and totally sheer just in front of them to get there reactions seeing is that any better, ha ha....

Where in Eimeo's case she is profiled be it her "tramp stamp" tattoo or her larger cleavage and thong wearing nice body. Many will surmise if you were alone at the water park your occupation maybe a stripper thus not far being a hooker... Think it's not fair or wrong assumption on my part but if you go with stereotyping many do without getting to know someone then that is a conclusion they may come to believe.   Before anyone says i believe that as well answer is no, or are offended what i wrote is false.... It's just what i believe people label others without knowing who they really are.. If the employee deems it necessary will act upon to discourage others to wear thongs for those particular reasons i mentioned. If they are profiling be it a male or female they are only being cautious to the business model they want to run on as family oriented.. 
God knows i get labeled wrongly almost every time wearing the clothes i do... I'm good observer of human body language and traits on how others will perceive me... Knowing this in a particular venue before  i wear certain things there are no problems voiced to me directly, only unhappy or angry individuals expressing there opinions for me to clearly hear and others to listen too but can't do anything about...

As regards for previous post of wearing a speedo type swimsuit and others reacting as your weird or strange.  It is true finding more attitude towards my swimwear being moderate one inch sides and full to three quarter backside coverage as being labeled wearing, string bikini, nearly naked, women swim bottoms or just showing too much or not covered enough....

Sorry Eimeo, not trying to label you into a box, or make criticism about your body, as probably others have  over the years. Sometimes when people see me in bikini swimwear often attention is swayed towards me be it positive or negative. It's not always what we wear but our bodies in them and how people perceive us be it  envy or disgust or just flaunting ourselves....  Eimeo just do what you like and don't stop, or hide the fact your much better looking and less uptight then the female lifeguard talking to you about the thong.  Live with the motto, "If you got it flaunt it" certainly you definitely got it...

Find it curious why a female lifeguard came to you rather then a male asking to have you wear something  other then a thong... Coincidence! I hardly think so, unless your obese women the male lifeguard may come ask for you to put on a potato sack or offer one to cover up... It isn't always a policy of no thonging but discriminatory practice. If your a straight male lifeguard and see attractive female in a thong they won't ask for them to cover up only female who finds it slutty and envious seeing someone looking well built, thus having an excuse to wield there authority... 


eimeo #311

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:02/23/2013 06:55:03

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bbyrne78 #312

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:02/24/2013 12:11:50

I agree with JM. With the worst thing anyone can told to do is to cover up, there is a point about how much outrage one can must because of this.

Having visited Wet'n'Wild Queensland recently, there are a number of places I would rather wear a thong bikini than the aforementioned. Wet'n'Wild Queensland is not a haven for free thinking, educated individuals nor a place where people automatically understand that there is nothing wrong with both men and women wearing thongs.

I can think of a handful of times where I have been told to cover up, the overiding fact on those times was I was either alone or with one other person. I have never been told to cover when I was in a group of people (more than six). For some reason, when I am in group, I have never been told to cover up from police, employees and the like. I guess people are less likely to kick up a fuss when it is two to ten or one to twelve.

Congrats to you JH for sticking to your guns and wearing what you are comfortable in.
mr_exhibitionist #313

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:02/24/2013 12:57:25

 Why would anyone want to wear a thong in a theme park anyways? The ass rashes you get on the slides, just that alone deters me from wearing one.
AlanMartin #314

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:02/24/2013 01:33:06

 EIMEO and Mack_Back - no way!She's a latina looking wife, and the thong bikini looks very much what a latina woman or girl would wear - c'mon, they have seen lots of Latina women and busloads of South American young girls turning up in their thongs - I guess that day there were no bus loads of Brazilians, Argentinians etc.
I think it was just bad luck
The Gabe #315

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:02/25/2013 07:23:34

It was just the staff on that day possibly wanting to cater to someone who had a problem with Eimio's attire. The far-fetched excuse of someone maybe thinking she was a stripper or even a prostitute looking to meet a customer inside a waterpark is nothing short of ludicrous. Why would they choose a location such as that when it would be just as simple for a hooker and and John to meet up at any of the Downtown Disney locations and not have to pony up any extra cash for the rendevous?

OK, now it's question time. It's been a while since I was at Disney in April, over 20 years in fact. What are the crowds like in the middle of the month, 15th, 16th, and 17th?   I might get in a waterpark day for this visit, but I'm not sure yet.
lindros #316

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:02/25/2013 08:16:41

The Disney crowd calendar for those dates rates it a 6 on a scale from 1 (least busy) to 10 (crazy busy).
stanpuppy #317

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:02/25/2013 10:47:46

Thanks Gabe....I was going to comment on the absurdity of the prostitute theory, but couldnt find it within myself to find the words
JM_Runs #318

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:02/26/2013 07:15:36

 I don't think a waterpark is the best place to be with a thong in Europe and in USA.
It is very different in east europe including russia and in south america.
There is a lot of reasons which can explain why a day orlando's waterpark accept thong and other day they don't (it depends on the staff, the numbers of persons in thong, if you are alone in family or with a group, the age of the thonger, the thong and of course if you are a man or a woman).
But, one thing is sure : they don't accept thong beacause they are open minded : they accept thong beacause they have turists group who wear them and they don't want to loose this business.
The waterpark remind me "muslim country" like egypte : they accept thong (in the turist beach) because there is a big business. If they don't accept, the business is lost !

 
Thongmad #319

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:02/26/2013 10:26:16

'Golf clap' JM - common sense seems to win every time ;)

Get over it people - thonging isn't the norm, and probably never will be. It wasn't the majority when it was in fashion!!!
You will get asked to cover up occasionally, and you will get negative feedback - deal with it...
JM_Runs #320

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:02/26/2013 03:27:16

 Thong ad has a point... Wearing a thong IS NOT the norm. Perhaps in the eyes of thongers but he is correct.
Wear it when you can, be happy.
I thought speedo type swimwear was a big issue... But this thong thing? Oh my! It's unfortunate that even wearing a speedo type swim brief elicits all kinds of conversations and even stares! But a thong?  Good grief. 
It took me a few years even as a competitive swimmer and regular lap swimming in a speedo to feel totally comfortable in a small brief in public. It's not a big deal now but my trials in a thong, even though I think I'm in attractive good shape has been interesting. So I wear a thong selectively because it is not the norm... And neither is my speedo. But board shorts are too freakin not and I only wear them from the car to the beach.

The Gabe #321

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:02/26/2013 07:11:17

Thanks, Lindros. I'll pack small(not thong small) and have some shorts as a backup suit.
eimeo #322

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:04/28/2013 09:52:06

Well, it's official, we were at BB today and the new park maps updated 03/2013 say "no string back or thong swimsuits allowed" and guess what, I didn't see any today at all!
The Gabe #323

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:04/29/2013 02:23:29

Eimeo, that is somewhat disturbing news. I was at TL just a couple weeks beforehand, and did see thongs on a few ladies, but did not have one for myself. I could have been one of the last. I wonder though, how will they handle the guests who show up with thongs not knowing the new policy, especially if they receive a large tourist group from some of the South America countries?

Well, I've still got Wet n' Wild and the hotel pools.
eimeo #324

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:04/29/2013 02:36:50

They were giving people Disney swimsuits apparently, the standard black one with Mickey on it, not sure if they were giving them or selling at a discount, but the only girl I saw with a small suit (was not a thong but not very far) I later saw with one of those Disney bottoms (she had the same top.
Needless to say, I used my last Disney ticket yesterday and I don't think I'll be buying more.
lindros #325

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:04/29/2013 04:17:43

Yes that's disturbing but not surprising. In the winter when the manager asked me to cover he said they were getting a LOT of written complaints about all the thongs in the water parks and that Disney was trying to get back to conservative roots, blah, blah. Like Gabe mentioned, this summer will be the acid test. When the South American tour groups invade the parks by the hundreds in their thongs we'll see how many Disney bikini bottoms they will be giving out, and yes they are free because the manager was ready to give me a pair of shorts if I didn't have something else to cover.

Wet-n-Wild may be worth a try again. The history with them is up until 2009 they were very tolerant of thongs on both women and men. In fact, through 2008 I'm not aware of anyone being asked to cover. Then in 2009 there was an unfortunate incident in the wave pool when a young girl got stripped and molested by a bunch of guys. At that point they started clamping down. Later in 2009 a male forum member was asked to cover by security and then in early 2010 another forum member (also male) was asked to cover by security within minutes of arriving. Since that time there haven't been any reports from WnW, so perhaps several years removed from that incident maybe they will become more thong tolerant once again.
JM_Runs #326

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:04/29/2013 06:09:58

A guess Disney is just responding to requests.  All them men in thongs who when asked to cover up got stroppy and said "Show me the Rule" got their wish.  By writing letters asking that the rule be clarified, because women could thong and so why can't they, have now fixed it so apparently no one can wear a thong.
Still, it seems a good way to score official Disney swimwear, just wear a very small rio back suit !! Normmaly any Disney wear sold on site is very over priced.
stanpuppy #327

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:04/29/2013 08:40:50

Is it really surprising that this happend. Lets face it....most people just dont want to see men in thongs, especially in public places like Disney parks.  We need to accept the fact that we will be confined to certain locations where the morality is conducive to such apparel.  To those who adopt the "I can wear whatever I want, whereever I want" mentality....while technically correct, its just not smart.   You can not beat the system when it comes to issues like this, and we have just witnessed...the system just beat us.   Guys...lets get smart here.   There is a time and a place for thongs.   If the vast majority of people are shocked, put off, laughing, talking behind your back, etc.  it is probably best to just suck it up and cover up.  I wear a thong at Gunnison beach, I dont wear one at Longport beach (upscale, wealthy suburban beach on the Jersey shore).   Why?  Because at Gunnison they are supported, at Longport they are not.  Its that simple.  Why make things hard on yourself?
Grabeach #328

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:04/29/2013 10:00:37

Stanpuppy; It's interesting you mention "upscale, wealthy suburban beach" as the place NOT to wear thongs. Here in Sydney, they are the beaches where thongs and topless are more common.
JM; I guess something can be said for wearing thongs/g-strings at places they are virtually never worn eg. in Sydney anyway, at public Olympic pools. If, as at eight of the pools I've been to, there are no problems, then you've had a win. If you are asked to cover up, as at only two pools, nothing has been lost. Incidentally, at those two, a 25mm side brazil back was fine.
lindros #329

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:04/29/2013 10:06:26

Well I'll disagree this was a result of "all those men who wrote letters", although with the timing I could see how it could look this way. Yes I did a lot of complaining on this forum, but I only wrote one email to Disney to which I only received a stock reply "thanking me for my feedback". I'm not aware of any other guys in this forum who sent in complaints. Disney receives thousands & thousands of complaints I can't believe mine would have made it all the way up to the food chain to the point where they would decide to take immediate action and decide to ban all thongs on everyone. And if such letters do cause management to take immediate action then everyone on this forum should email Disney and state that they dislike the rule against thongs at the water parks and you'll take your money elsewhere.

As the manager told me over the winter they were already fielding lots of written complaints about all the thongs at the water parks well before my incident and that the corporate decision to start clamping down was already in motion as Disney wanted to become more conservative again. Moreover, two months prior to my incident Nospam_TN1 reported back in October on the Disney bus ride to the water park that there were "announcements of no exposed buttocks permitted". So clearly the ball was rolling prior to my incident and subsequent complaint. So if anything it was all the women (specifically the South American tour groups) wearing the thongs that caused the rule "change"! Furthermore, the manager pointed that thongs were always prohibited in Disney parks by rule and that even though "inappropriate swimwear" wasn't specifically defined on the park map for BB or TL the prohibition was always on Disney's main web site for general park attire (no g-strings, etc.). Lastly, it remains to be seen whether there will be any actual changes in enforcement. This summer will be the acid test when the tour groups & other foreigners arrive in mass.
JM_Runs #330

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:04/30/2013 12:34:16

Hay, I am not blaming anyone, and you are right, it may be they cow-towed to complaints from the fat men who's wives kept taking a peek.  It just seems ironic that people were asking them to show them a rule, or make them put it in writing, instead of having a plan B and just getting on with the day.
matchingthongs #331

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:04/30/2013 07:50:47

 It's a real shame that this change is happening and they've had to 'make a rule.' If I wanted to go and felt I had to get a minimal swimwear fix then just pack a small brazilian back. Surely that adheres to the rules. You can pull it up for some sunbathing or if you want to have a faster slide and if anybody complains, just pull it down again.If they did this in Europe I'd be very surprised and gutted; I like checking out a nice bottom and I don't think I'm alone (even beyond this forum), it's just that those who approve of thonged bottoms tend to keep quiet about it, whereas the moaners have to feel they can have their small victories.
kohler1977 #332

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:04/30/2013 11:02:54

Not in Florida, does my dilemma happen, I cannot even where a speedo on a certain lake/beach in my local. Always the police officers, come to me , that we are getting complaints, well should I say, put that in writing, I no the police captain, but he never said this to me,
abczyxabczyx #333

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:04/30/2013 03:45:53

 Wear whatever you want, whenever you want.  When they see you wearing it enough times, they get used to it.
lindros #334

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:05/16/2013 10:22:14

Tomorrow (Friday) I'm heading to Wet-n-Wild and will sport a Skinz standard swim thong. Even though t-backs are allowed according to their web site it also says they have a right to ask you to cover. So I figured I'll give it a shot.

Depending on how it goes at WNW I may also head over to Aquatica later on to check things out. There was a report from last week on Tripadvisor that speedos and thongs were observed (even though thongs are supposedly prohibited). There are also a number of reports from prior years on tripadvisor saying "be prepared for 300lb men in speedos and their wives wearing thongs". I won't try to wear a thong here since it's prohibited in the rules, but I am curious to the female thong scene at Aquatica.

So, by tomorrow night I should have a trip report on WNW for sure and possibly Aquatica.


lindros #335

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:05/18/2013 02:23:54

OK, as promised here are my trip reports after spending the day in Orlando. I actually visited three water parks:  first Wet 'n Wild, then Aquatica and last Blizzard Beach.

I was all set to wear a thong at WnW, but the clientèle on this day was not what I was expecting. The swim suits worn were ultra-conservative. On girls I saw one rio and the rest were traditional boring suits. On guys there were two square-cuts and the rest were baggy shorts down to the ankles LOL. I expected to see more foreign tourist types here today being a weekday with the locals at work or in school. Instead I didn't like the vibe here at all so there was no way I was going to sport a thong here legal or not. Sorry, but sometimes you gotta go with the flow.

Just before noon I bugged out of WnW and headed over to Aquatica which is only 4 miles away. This was my first visit here and I was quite surprised to walk through the entry gate and the first three people I saw in the park were teen boys wearing speedos, good start. More to my surprise was that I felt like I had just walked into another country! I'd estimate on this day that 95% of the patrons did not speak English and were from another country (mostly Europe). Moreover, there were a lot of hot, good looking bodies here compared to WnW.

In terms of the swimwear, on women I saw about 6-8 rio/thongs which exposed anywhere from 50-90% of the butt crack. There were also a number of brazilian & traditional rio cuts which show a lot of cheek but fully cover the crack. On guys there were tons of speedos & square cuts, too many to count. In fact, I've never seen that many speedos at one time in a waterpark any time of the year even at the Disney parks in summer. I'd estimate that 25% of the guys were wearing one which is a fairly high percentage. If there was no prohibition in the rules about wearing thongs I would have had no hesitation wearing one here because the "vibe" was very good, nobody would have batted an eye (unlike WnW earlier). Instead I wore my speedo; however I'm kicking myself for not brining my Skinz rio cut which would have worked out great at this park.

For women who want to wear a thong at Aquatica I would say confidently that wouldn't be a problem despite the rule posted on the web site. First, there were women today wearing suits that exposed a significant portion of their butt crack and they weren't told to cover. Second, there have been reports in Tripadvisor where thongs have been observed frequently at the park on different days. Third, they have a sign containing rules & regs at the park and where it mentions swimwear it just says no cutoffs, metal or rivets. So if you're a woman I think Aquatica could be a viable thonging alternative if Disney really tries to crack down on thongs this summer when the tour groups arrive. The only downside to Aquatica is that they don't have the thrilling rides like at the other parks and their wave pool is a bit lame.

After spending a few hours at Aquatica I packed up and headed over to Blizzard Beach which is on the way back home. Unfortunately Blizzard Beach was just as conservative as WnW. I only saw one rio on a woman and one speedo or square cut on a guy other than me, the rest in traditional American boring swimwear. All of this made me wonder why all the Euro's seemed to flock over to Aquatica instead of Blizzard Beach? Was it random luck or something else going on?
nospam_TN1 #336

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:05/24/2013 02:42:25

In it's management of waterparks, as with everything else, I believe Disney will try to do whatever maximizes profits.  This means comparing the ratio of customers who prefer thongs and/or other minimal swimwear to those moralistic types who will complain about such things and demand rules against.  In reality, I don't think their decision, one way or another, will have a significant impact. 

From an economics standpoint, it doesn't matter how many people merely like thongs or hate them.  People hate waiting in lines, and they complain and write letters about it, but they'll still wait for hours to ride one of Disney's rides.  What matters is how many like thongs enough that they will not go if they are not allowed and how many hate them bad enough that they will boycott so long as thongs are permitted.  I think the numbers in both those camps are but a tiny fraction of the population.  For the majority, the issue simply doesn't matter.
ondefense #337

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:05/24/2013 08:05:26


I was at Typhoon Lagoon on Wednesday, May 22 for the day.  There was no large group of foreign tourists in evidence but there were 5 or 6 ladies in Rio style suits with quite a bit of cheek showing.  The rules on the park map state no strings or thongs so this may become a question of what exactly is a thong.
lindros #338

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:05/24/2013 11:06:40

Yeah, I was at Typhoon Lagoon today (Friday), arrived shortly after 1pm & left at 4pm. The park was very crowded and had to park on the grass outfield. There were about a half-dozen ladies wearing suits that exposed 75-100% of the butt crack. Those suits are bizarre in that they expose a large % of the buttocks but they have a 4-5" waistband giving the illusion that there is material on the back-end; however that material only covers the lower back and not the buttocks. In my opinion if you can see that much butt crack it's a thong. Rio's technically cover most of the butt crack but leave exposed roughly half the buttocks muscles, so management would be hard pressed to argue that these weren't thongs. One of the girls I saw wearing one walked right in front of a security guard and police officer who were standing in front of the wave pool and neither of them said anything. So clearly management is not enforcing these type of thongs ... at least on women.

Before Typhoon Lagoon I visited Aquatica again from about 10am to 1pm. Last week at Aquatica roughly 95% of patrons spoke a foreign language and roughly 1 in 4 guys wore a speedo or square-cut. Today in contrast I'd say it was about 50/50 in terms of Americans vs. foreigners and the speedo count was about 1 in 25. Amazing how much shift there can be from day to day. I think perhaps schools may have let out for the year and that brought about an increase in locals? On the women's side I only saw a couple of thong-style suits that probably only exposed 60-80% of butt crack. There also weren't as many sexy (non-thong) style suits on ladies like last week, again reflective of the increase percentage of Americans in the crowd.
thongman8 #339

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:05/28/2013 01:52:40

 I wonder what Disney will do this summer when they have an influx of South Americans go to the parks and try to wear their thongs and small rios?  I'm guessing that the rule will be bent or outright ignored during the summer invasions!

People can complain all they want about the inequality that a woman can wear a thong at a Disney waterpark but a guy can't.  They can write letters and say that they are mad that they don't allow guys to wear them and to "show us the rule" that says I can't wear one.  Keep in mind that it is private property and they make the rules.  It's not a place where someone can be a rebel and say "you can't stop me from wearing a thong".  You know what, they can.  Because it's their waterpark.

There are those want to fight and complain and make trouble because they feel their being discriminated against. Or they are simply rebels that say "f-you!  I'm wearing what I want and to hell with you!"  Well, guess what.  You've complained enough that no one can do it!  There's no inequality now!!  Thanks!


lindros #340

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:05/28/2013 06:22:34

Thongman:  I think you're a little late to the show with your salutation and haven't been keeping up with this thread. Before any of the discrimination complaints that you are referring to took place on this thread Disney apparently had already started their crackdown on thongs. As noted in post #239 from No_Spam back in October 2012 they were already announcing on the bus rides "no exposed buttocks". When I talked with the manager in December he said that they were getting lots of complaints (hundreds) about all the thongs (especially in regard to girls from the South America tour groups) and that Disney corporate made a decision to return to "family values". I sincerely doubt the one email I wrote to Disney in December complaining about the discrimination (which only generated an automatic "thank you for your feedback" reply) had any meaningful affect compared to the hundreds of complaints they received about women wearing thongs.

Moreover, nobody here is saying or has said in the past "f-you! I'm wearing what I want and to hell with you!" So I don't know where in the world you're getting that from. And if there is equality so that nobody can wear one any more it's more likely the result of the hundreds of girls wearing thongs (specifically the South American tour groups) triggering complaints from other patrons that caused the rule "change" at Disney, rather than one person writing one email complaining about inequality.

Furthermore, you're incorrect about what the water park can and can not do. Disney is a publicly traded company and under Florida law their water park is considered a public accommodation. As a public accommodation they have to abide by Florida's civil rights code (760.08) which means they may not extend a privilege or advantage to any particular race, gender, etc. So they can make their rule prohibiting thongs, but they are not entitled to enforce them unequally. That said, as I've already stated in an earlier post (#298) back in February, I'm done trying to wear a thong at the Disney water parks and will happily wear a speedo and watch the action (though I may still try a thong at Wet-n-Wild someday because of different rules there; however they are not affiliated with Disney).

Finally, your question regarding the South American tour groups this summer is the million dollar question as to whether their rule will be enforced. Guess we'll find out in about 5-6 weeks.
thongman8 #341

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:05/28/2013 09:01:23

 Lindros, I never said you or anyone else said "f-you...".  I was referring to the attitude that people have that say "I don't care about YOUR rules, I live by MY rules!"  We both know that people are like that.  I was not referencing you or anyone else on this board. 

I also wasn't saying that it was you that caused the rule change.  I'm sure there are loads of people complaining about what they see and are worried that their eyes are going to burn out of their heads because they see a ladies behind!!  However, it doesn't help matters that guys complain that they can't themselves wear thongs.  Therefore the inequality. 

And, one more thing, I was saying that some folks are going to have the attitude that "They aren't going to tell me what I can't wear!"  Well, Disney does own the waterpark and yes, they can.  The inequality I was referring to is that ladies can wear thongs and it seems to be accepted, so why can't guys? 

We all know that thongs on guys aren't as accepted as they are on the ladies.  I ask, why do you push the limits of places like Disney knowing that they are not?  Wear a swim brief or even a rio or cheeky style.  All you are doing when you do wear thongs where they aren't accepted is making waves.  When waves get big enough, they can sink the ship. 
thongman8 #342

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:05/28/2013 09:02:16

 BTW, I will be at both TL and BB in late June.  I hope to report that I saw thongs on the ladies when I get back.
lindros #343

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:05/28/2013 11:11:06

Thanks for the reply & clarification. Sorry I get a little touchy on the subject. Even though I've accepted the facts it's still burns on the inside the double-standard, especially since the Typhoon manager is a redneck prick. My next trip to the waterparks will be just after July 4th since that's when the South American tour groups arrive. Look forward to your late June report.
mo_thong #344

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:06/09/2013 03:22:00

Was in Orlando this past week.  At the Disney parks I only saw two other thongs and one cheeky bikini/rio style.  Disappointing.
lindros #345

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:06/10/2013 12:52:35

When you say that you saw "two other thongs" does that mean you wore one? If so I gather you weren't asked to cover?
lindros #346

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:06/27/2013 01:29:57

Here's an encouraging review of Typhoon Lagoon that was reported yesterday on Trip Advisor. Looks like they're not enforcing thongs on the tour groups.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g34515-d107182-r165196891-Typhoon_Lagoon-Orlando_Florida.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT

"One concern - there were large groups of teenagers traveling together, it did appear they were international travelers. But they had thongs galore in these groups and I did not notice anyone dealing with it. “Mommy, why is her bathing suit stuck up her butt?” should not be a question that comes out of my 7 year olds mouth when visiting a Disney water park. Period."


eimeo #347

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:06/27/2013 01:33:19

July 2012
lindros #348

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:06/27/2013 02:14:15

Wooops!! My bad. I just assumed if they wrote the review yesterday that they visited recently. Silly me! Didn't think they'd wait a full year to write a review! Nice catch Eimeo.
eimeo #349

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:06/27/2013 02:22:30

We haven't been back but a friend told us she saw no thongs there so I guess it's being enforced
thonger362 #350

Re:Orlando's waterparks ( Wet-n-Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, etc.)

Date Posted:07/03/2013 11:41:20

good news! we were riding a disney bus on tuesday, changing locations, and the route included a stop at typhoon lagoon, It was rainy and overcast so did not expect to see much. to my surprise waking out ot the entrance was a foriegn tour group and near the front was pink thong in full clear view. the girl was walking with friends to the bus. this was not an oops! she was empty handed, no cloths, towel, nothing!!!    behind her comes the rest of the group and another dark pink thong.   both girls were being social with friends and in no hurrry to walk to the middle/outer parking lot where their tour bus was waiting. the second girl may have had a towel. but if she did it was over her shoulder, making no attempt to cover her thong.  the first girl was smaller in size and my wife felt her suit  might be more of a cheeky, but the second was much fuller sized, still young, and wife commentd "not two way about it that was a thong". basicly your comments are correct, it depends on the group and number of, as to how tight the rule is enforced.
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