WHAT IT IS: Typhoon Lagoon is a 61-acre themed water recreation attraction — inspired by the imagined legend of a typhoon, earthquake and volcanic eruption combining to create an inland sea with breaker waves (Typhoon Lagoon) and a towering watershed mountain (Mt. Mayday) atop which is a stranded shrimp boat (the Miss Tilly).
LOCATION: Downtown Disney resort area near Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Downtown Disney West Side on Buena Vista Drive — Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
ACCESS: Vehicle parking lot is located off of Buena Vista Drive and is next to park entrance; buses operated from the Transportation and Ticket Center and most Walt Disney World resort hotels (Magic Kingdom resorts require transfer to Typhoon Lagoon buses at the Transportation and Ticket Center).
OPENED: June 1, 1989
- Typhoon Lagoon: One of the world’s largest surfing lagoons (approximately 109,000 square feet, containing nearly three million gallons of water).
- Mt. Mayday: The centerpiece watershed mountain, featuring . . .
- Three speed slides — Humunga Kowabunga slides zip guests along 214-foot routes at up to 30 miles per hour.
- A trio of curving body Storm Slides — Rudder Buster, Stern Burner and Jib Jammer wind in and out of caves, through waterfalls and between rock formations, sending guests along at up to 20 miles per hour over distances of about 300 feet each.
- Three white-water rafting adventures — Keelhaul Falls, Mayday Falls and Gangplank Falls slide through caves and under waterfalls in inner tubes (Keelhaul Falls and Mayday Falls) or family-size craft (Gangplank Falls).
- Crush ‘n’ Gusher: A water-coaster thrill attraction that takes riders aboard inflatablerafts on a twisting, turning, up-and-down adventure propelled by powerful water jets.
- Ketchakiddee Creek: A separate water playground for children ages 2 to 5 (under four feet tall) and their parents. Features scaled-down versions of many of the water play activities the “big kids” can do, including a pint-sized white-water rafting adventure, an activity pool and S.S. Squirt, an interactive tug boat.
- Shark Reef: A unique 362,000-gallon salt-water coral reef diving environment in which guests can snorkel amidst the colorful fish, coral and plant life of the Caribbean.
- Castaway Creek: Guests hop onto inner tubes for a meandering water tour along a 2,100-foot circular channel that takes them through a misty rain forest, a hidden grotto and a sun-drenching, all with a spectacular view of Typhoon Lagoon and its many activities.
- Leaning Palms and Typhoon Tilly’s (restaurants serving hamburgers, hot dogs, specialty sandwiches, salads and ice cream in waffle cones; beer also is served)
- Let’s Go Slurpin’ (a full-service bar featuring frozen drink specialties and spirits)
- Getaway Glen and Hideaway Bay picnic areas (picnicking is permitted but no alcohol or glass containers can be brought in)
- Happy Landing’s Ice Cream (ice cream and beverages)
- Lowtide Lou’s (snacks, ice cream, beverages, sundries and towels)
- Hot dog carts (hot dogs, chips, snacks and beverages)
- Beachcomber Shacks and Polar Patios (premium shaded rental spaces include towels, locker, drink mugs, Adirondack seating, ice chest stocked with bottled water, service attendant)
- Singapore Sal’s and High ‘n Dry (swimsuits, souvenirs and sundries)
- Locker rooms (dressing rooms, showers, locker rental, towel rental, life jacket rental)
Guests may call 407/824-4321 or visit disneyworld.com