Hulk Hogan stated in an interview that he did not get to keep the Thunder Scarab boat used on screen, but he had one built. Hogan said he made the decision when he was heavily medicated following a surgery.
Production took place at Disney's Hollywood (formerly MGM) Studios near Orlando, where the primary filming location became the Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa at the Walt Disney World Resort. Other filming locations at Walt Disney World included Disney's Old Key West Resort, Fort Wilderness Campground, and EPCOT Center.
Hulk Hogan parted ways with the World Wrestling Federation, in order to film this series. Hulk got his job with World Championship Wrestling as a result of filming Thunder in Paradise in the studio next to WCW's, at Disney World. According to Ric Flair, WCW President Eric Bischoff asked Flair to organize a meeting with Hogan. Flair & Bischoff visited Hulk on location in the swamp area of St. Petersburg, where Hogan was filming a scene for Thunder in Paradise, and held the meeting in Hulk's trailer. When Bischoff told Hogan how much money the Turner organization was willing to pay him to work for WCW, Hulk immediately accepted WCW's offer, and decided he had had enough of the grueling filming schedule for Thunder in Paradise.
Douglas Schwartz said in an interview that Hulk Hogan would often spend his Friday nights at Hooters restaurant, after that week's episode had concluded filming. Thunder in Paradise was one of the first acting gigs of Heidi Mark, who was herself a Hooters girl, prior to her acting career.
Two different hotels were used as filming locations for the Whitaker-owned hotel. While Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa at the Walt Disney World Resort was used for the majority of the series, the Don Cesar Hotel in St. Petersburg was used in the pilot.