The place: the 61-acre Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park. The setting: a mythical island showing the after effects of a tropical cyclone that demolished buildings and hurled a capsized boat onto Mount Mayday, an active volcano that still erupts every half-hour. When 95-foot Mount Mayday was first built, it held the title for the tallest man-made mountain ever constructed.
The mountain peak is the starting point for 9 water rides. Three speed slides send guests along 214-foot routes at up to 30 miles per hour. A trio of curving Storm Slides wind visitors in and out of caves, under waterfalls and between rock formations at speeds up to 20 miles per hour for almost 300 feet. Three white-water rafting adventures send people on inner tubes sliding through caves and under waterfalls.
Typhoon Lagoon itself is 1 of the world’s largest surfing lagoons, containing nearly 3 million gallons of water. It slowly builds waves quite suitable for surfing for a short period before calming down and repeating the cycle over and over again.
At the 362,000-gallon salt-water Shark Reef, visitors swim freely with schools of colorful tropical fish. The attraction’s water is kept at a chilly 68 degrees for the comfort of the marine life. Mask, fins and snorkel needed for the adventure are included in the park price.
For families and small toddlers, the separate water playground Ketchakiddee Creek is designed for ages 2 to 5 (or under four feet tall) and their parents. It features scaled-down versions of some water activities that bigger kids do, such as a mini white-water rafting adventure, an activity pool and an interactive tug boat.
At Castaway Creek, guests can relax on inner tubes for a slow winding tour through a sunny 2,100-foot circular channel that also winds through a misty rain forest and a hidden grotto.
Out of the water, visitors can dine on burgers, hot dogs, specialty sandwiches, wraps and more at the park’s picnic area. Beer, specialty drinks and spirits also are available.
As are rental lockers for hats, glasses, jewelry and other items that might not survive the water slides.