What if a massive storm ripped through a remote area, and in the devastation left behind was a veritable playground of aquatic fun? That little what if is something that comes to life at Typhoon Lagoon, just another Disney offering in the sunshine of Florida.
Typhoon Lagoon can be found just west of Downtown Disney West Side. The park is a 56-acre water adventure that is set up to look as if it is the aftermath of a massive tropical storm. Like everything offered under the Disney theme park label, Typhoon Lagoon offers a little something for everyone to enjoy. All of it is within the theme of a Lagoon and certainly offers patrons the opportunity to cool off on one of those hot Florida days. Disney's Typhoon Lagoon is aquatic fun for the young and the young at heart.
One of the most exclusive offerings of Disney World Typhoon Lagoon is the Shark Reef. Shark Reef is a saltwater pool where guests can snorkel and swim with many of the colorful seal life that may be found in the Caribbean. This Typhoon Lagoon exclusive opportunity is presented and approved by NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors). The pool is a whopping 362,000 gallons and is home to butterfly fish, tangs, groupers, French angels, and yes even nurse sharks. Don't feel like swimming with sharks? Take a stroll around and watch your friends and family swimming through the portholes of a wrecked ship that is in the center of the reef. Shark Reef is certainly a Typhoon Lagoon attraction that the entire family can enjoy.
For some of the younger children, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon offers a water playground. While the children are enjoying that, the adults, worn out from being young at heart, can enjoy the sunny beach and lazy stream. All of these Typhoon Lagoon attractions are centered around a 95 foot tall mountain.
Disney World Typhoon Lagoon shows its theme to all who enter almost immediately. Atop the park's mountain peak is a stranded shrimp boat, Miss Tilly. Legend had it that the Miss Tilly was stranded there by the storm that brought Typhoon Lagoon into existence.
What is a water park without water slides? Not to worry, at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon there are slides aplenty. Behind the Lagoon is Mt. Mayday. The mountain is decorated with several thrilling water slides that spill down the sides of the mountain, all streaming down from the Miss Tilly. The slides of Mt. Mayday take riders down at speeds up to 30 miles per hour, offer whitewater rafting experiences, or even twist them and turn them all over the mountain's slope.
If you get hungry after swimming with sharks, racing down a mountain, or simply keeping up with the kids, then grab a bite to eat. Typhoon Lagoon offers two restaurants, Leaning Palms and Typhoon Tilly's. enjoy a sandwich, salad, or even a quick ice cream treat and you are right back to the task at hand: exploring the wreckage left behind by a massive storm.
Typhoon Lagoon is a Disney offering not to be missed by anyone. There is something for everyone in your party to enjoy and participate in; it is just what you would expect from a Disney theme attraction.