This splashy playground was inspired by an imagined legend: A typhoon hit a resort village many years ago and the storm left the Village in ruins. The locals, however, were resourceful and rebuilt their town as this "wateropolis"
The centerpiece a Typhoon Lagoon is a huge watershed mountain known as Mount Mayday. Perched atop its peak is the Miss Tilly, a marooned shrimp boat originally from Safen Sount, Florida. Miss Tilly's smokestack Erupts every half hour, shooting a 50-foot flume of water into the air.
The surf lagoon is huge: giant slides snake through caves, tamer ones offer twisty journeys, and tiny slides delight small kids. Guests under age 14 must be accompanied by someone over age 14.
- Surf Pool: The main swimming area holds nearly 3 million gallons of water, making it one of the world's largest wave pools.
- Castaway Creek: The "creek" is a 2,100 foot circular river that winds through the park and offers a lazy, relaxing orientation to Typhoon Lagoon.
- Crush 'N' Gusher: This "water coaster" thrill ride is one of a kind. In its daredevils are whisked along a series of flumes and tossed and turned as they weave through an abandoned tropical fruit factory.
- Gangplank Falls, Keelhaul Falls, and Mayday Falls: These white-water rides offer guests a variety of slippery trips, two of them in inner tubes. All of the slides course through caves and waterfalls and past rock work, making the scenery an attraction in itself.
- Humunga Kowabunga: These three speed slides, reported to have been carved into the landscape by the historical earthquake, will send guests zooming through the caverns at speeds of 30 mph. The 214 foot slides each offer a 51 foot drop, and the views from the top is a little scary.
- Ketchakiddee Creek: Open only to those children 48 inches tall or under (and their adult guardians), this area has small rides for pint-size visitors.
- Miss Adventure Falls: A family friendly raft ride near Crush 'n' Gusher, this attraction takes guests on a tour of treasures and artifacts left behind by Captain Mary Oceaneer, an adventurous treasure hunter who became stranded at Typhoon Lagoon after the big storm.
- Storm Slides: The Jib Jammer, Rudder Buster, and Stern Burner body slides send gas zooming down winding slides, in and out of rock formation and caves, and through waterfalls.
- Surfing: Surf clinics are offered on select mornings before the Park opens. (it's challenging, but a hoot if you can get the hang of it).
When to go: Typhoon Lagoon gets very crowded early in the day. Hours very seasonally but the park is generally open from 10 AM to 5 PM with extended hours in the summer months. All of the pools are heated in the winter. Note that this park is usually closed for refurbishment during certain winter months. The park may also close due to bad weather.
How to get there: Bus service begins from Walt Disney World resorts about one hour before the park opens for the day. The buses stop at the park and then at Disney Springs before 10 AM. After 10 AM, resort buses stops at Disney Springs and then Typhoon Lagoon. Buses stop running from the water park about one hour after it closes. Parking is free
Where to Eat: Typhoon Lagoon's two quick service eateries offer a similar fare and outdoor seating. Leaning Palms has burgers, pizzas, salads, and snacks. Typhoon Tilly's (open seasonally) serves fish and chips, wraps, barbecue pork sandwiches, and ice cream. Let's Go Slurppin has frozen drinks and spirits. Guests may bring their own food and drink to enjoy in designated picnic areas. Alcoholic beverages and glass containers may not be brought into the park. Coolers are allowed. All-day Refillable Mugs which may be purchased for about $12, comes with a days worth of soft drink refills.
Beach Shop: Singapore Sal's is set in a ramshackle building left a bit battered by the typhoon. Swimsuits, sunglasses, hats, towels, sunscreen, souvenirs, water shoes, and Typhoon Lagoon Logo products are available.
- one day tickets for adults $65 for *children $59
- Annual Pass $130 for adults and *children
- *children are ages three through nine years of age; under age 3 free.
- Tickets allow for park-hopping, provided both water parks are open on day of admission.
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