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Like a surfside playground left behind by a "great storm" for modern-day Swiss Family Robinsons, Typhoon Lagoon -- with its breaking waves and saltwater snorkeling pool -- ushers in a new generation of water adventures for Walt Disney World guests.

Located near Downtown Disney West Side, the 56-acre Typhoon Lagoon includes a man-made watershed mountain with eight twisting-and-turning water slides and roaring streams. A two-and-one-half acre wave-making lagoon features surfing-size waves.

In a Typhoon Lagoon exclusive, guests come face-to-face with all the colorful creatures of the Caribbean when they snorkel in Shark Reef, a saltwater pool presented by NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors). The park also features a water playground for children, sunny beaches and lazy streams surrounding a 95-foot mountain. The water-entertainment area takes its theme from a legend of romance and danger evident with Miss Tilly, the wrecked shrimp boat storm-stranded on the mountain peak.

"Upon entering Typhoon Lagoon, guests find themselves in a ramshackle, tin-roofed island village landscaped with cargo, surfboards and other marine wreckage left by the great storm," said Eric Jacobson, senior vice president of Creative Development for Walt Disney Imagineering.

Towering behind the lagoon is Mt. Mayday, "landscaped" with a number of thrill-and-spill water slides. Topping the mountain is a shipwrecked shrimp boat (Miss Tilly out of Safen Sound, Fla.), left dangling crazily 95 feet in the air by the force of the legendary typhoon.

 Mt. Mayday's Water Attractions 
  • Humunga Kowabunga's three water slides which drop guests down the mountain and through rocky caverns at speeds up to 30 mph.
  • Storm Slides, consisting of three curving body slides called Rudder Buster, Stern Burner and Jib Jammer, take guests past assorted nautical flotsam before depositing them into a pool at the bottom of the mountain.

     Three rafting adventures -- Mayday Falls provides guests with a white-water experience; Keelhaul Falls boasts a triple vortex that literally adds new "twists" to riding the rapids; Gangplank Falls enables families to ride together on three- to five-passenger rafts.

 Other Water Attractions 

In addition to the mountain, with its water-smoothed rock flumes and other rideable waterways, the mythical cataclysm left behind the surfing lagoon -- twice the size of a football field and large enough to encompass an ocean liner. The lagoon also boasts one of the world's largest artificially created waves for body surfing.

Circling the lagoon is Castaway Creek, a meandering, 2,100-foot stream. Guests of all ages hop onto inner tubes for a relaxing tour that takes them through a misty rain forest and a hidden grotto, providing a spectacular view of Typhoon Lagoon and its many activities.

Ketchakiddee Creek is a water playground adjacent to Mt. Mayday. Geysers, fountains, bubblers, slides, three interactive water boats and a pint-sized white-water rafting adventure cater to young children and families.

The aquatic world of the Caribbean comes alive in Shark Reef, a 362,000-gallon saltwater pool where snorkelers swim fin-to-fin with exotic marine life including butterfly fish, French angels, tangs, groupers and even nurse sharks. Other guests have the opportunity to watch snorkelers through the underwater portholes of a wrecked ship in the center of the reef.

Nearby, Hammerhead Fred's Dive Shop provides necessary underwater equipment for Shark Reef, including wet suits, masks and snorkels. Changing areas, lockers, showers and a picnic area are nearby.

Two restaurants, Typhoon Tilly's and Leaning Palms, serve up everything from specialty sandwiches and salads to cookies and ice cream in waffle cones.

Typhoon Lagoon is open daily. Hours vary, with extended hours during summer months.

 
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