In Orlando, Florida, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is a water theme park part of the Walt Disney World Resort, is one of two water parks that operate at the resort, the other being Disney’s Splash Mountain. It is the resort’s second water park, following Disney’s River Country, which closed in November 2001. It is the first to feature a wave pool.
Typhoon Lagoon is the largest and most popular water park in Disney World. A large range of attractions for visitors of all ages includes kiddie rides, swimming and splash areas, and Ketchakiddee Creek, a play area specifically created for young children.
Visitors who want to try their hand at surfing will enjoy the large wave pool, and those who want to learn can enroll in surfing courses. Other attractions include a relaxing journey down the lazy river, whitewater experiences on Miss Adventure Falls, and adrenaline coasters such as Humunga Kowabunga, to name a few examples. In addition, many waterslides around the park are appropriate for different age groups, as well as a sandy beach where children may play while their parents rest.
The park, which first opened its doors on June 1, 1989, is home to one of the largest outdoor wave pools in the world, where visitors may even try their hand at bodysurfing. The park was built and inspired by the “Disney legend” of a hurricane that caused havoc on a tropical paradise that had been previously pure. Storm-tossed ships, fishing gear, and surfboards strewn over the area where the storm-tossed them. Every half hour, shortly before the watch bells ring on it, a geyser of water from a mountain named “Mount Mayday” spews out of a shrimp boat named “Miss Tilly” that impaled on a mountain named “Mount Mayday.” “Lagoona Gator” is the name of the school’s mascot.
In 2016, the park welcomed over 2,277,000 people, ranking it as the world’s second most-visited water park at the time. It is open all year, with an annual maintenance shutdown occurring during the fall or winter months. During the closure, Blizzard Beach, the park’s sibling attraction, will remain open.