Typhoon Lagoon, which opened on June 1, 1989, is home to the world's largest outdoor wave pool. The
theme of the park is the "Disney legend" of a typhoon that wreaked havoc upon a formerly pristine tropical
paradise. Ships, fishing gear, and surfboards are strewn about where the storm flung them. The centerpiece
of the park is "Miss Tilly," a shrimp boat impaled upon a mountain named "Mount Mayday" that erupts a 50-foot
(15 m) geyser of water every half hour, right before the bells of the watch sound on Miss Tilly. The parks’
mascot is named “Lagoona Gator” who is related to Blizzard Beach’s mascot Ice Gator.
In 2008, the park hosted approximately 2.06 million guests, making it the most visited water park in the world
Mount Mayday, located behind the surf pool, features “Miss Tilly” as well as many of the park's waterfalls and
Humunga Kowabunga: Three enclosed "speed slide" flumes that hurtle riders downward five stories in
seconds (Height Restriction: 48” or taller).
Storm Slides: Three body slides (Jib Jammer, Stern Burner and Rudder Buster) that send riders from a
height of three stories down twisting, winding channels to a splash pool at the bottom.
Gang Plank Falls: Family raft ride featuring large four-person inner tubes.
Mayday Falls: Tube slide flume with winding "rough rapids" feel.
Keelhaul Falls: Tube slide flume with smoother ride, spiraling down through a water fall and cave.
Forgotten Grotto: A cave walkway through Mt. Mayday
Overlook Pass: A walkway across the slope of Mt. Mayday, with small waterfalls.
Hideaway Bay, formerly “Out of the Way Cay”, is a sandy beach area located behind the dressing rooms. It is in
the most hidden part of the park and features the newest attraction at Typhoon Lagoon.
Crush 'n' Gusher: Water coaster where two to three person rafts are propelled by water jets through hairpin
turns and drop-offs. This attraction includes your choice of the water coaster slide "Banana Blaster", "Coconut
Crusher", or "Pineapple Plunger" (Height Restriction: 48” or taller).
Sandy White Beach: Beach area with lounge chairs as well as a wading pool area adjacent to Crush 'n'
The largest section of the water park houses the feature attraction as well as many shaded, white sandy
beaches to relax and recuperate.
Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool: Wave pool, which alternates on a 90-Minute surf (6 foot high) waves/30-Minute
bobbing waves cycle.
Bay Slides: Beginner slide designed to send toddlers down gentle slopes that end in a secluded corner for
the “Surf Pool” (Height restriction: 60” or under).
Blustery Bay: Zero depth entry tidal pool near the clock tower, adjacent to the “Surf Pool” and is surrounded
by sandy beaches.
Whitecap Cove: Zero depth entry tidal pool near “Surf Doggies”, adjacent to the “Surf Pool” and is
surrounded by sandy beaches.
Learn to Surf: Hosted by “Craig Carroll’s Cocoa Beach Surf School” a two and a half hour surf lesson before
the park opens (additional cost). All needed surf gear provided.
Two saltwater reefs separated by a sunken tanker provide guests with an experience with Caribbean sea
Shark Reef: Hosted by NAUI, snorkel through an unheated, saltwater reef populated with stingrays,
bonnethead, leopard sharks and tropical fish. Snorkels, masks and lifejackets (if needed) provided free of
charge. An adult must accompany children under 10 years of age.
Sunken Tanker: Underwater viewing area of the reefs. Viewing provided through tankers portholes.
S.A.S Adventure: A 30-minute “Surface Air Snorkeling” experience. Using a “pony” tank, a small regulator, and a
buoyancy vest experience the “Shark Reef” in a different way (additional cost). All participants must be at least 5
years of age.
Hammer Head Fred’s Dive Shop: Snorkels, masks, lifejackets and unheated showers provided.
Continuous flowing, 2,100-foot (640 m) "lazy river" that slowly circles the entire park, passing through gentle
waterfalls, lush rainforests, mist screens, and Mount Mayday itself. Riders can float on their own or in inner
tubes provided. Think of this as the "water metro line" for the park: you can get on or off at several "stations" or
"landings" convenient to the various rides. It takes some experience to learn which entrances are most
convenient to the ride you want, but there are large maps at each landing to aid navigation through the river. If
you wish, you can ignore the rest of the park and make a day of floating down the river.
Ketchakiddee Creek: a play area for young children featuring small slides and fountains. There are water
features that spray everywhere including a tugboat and a mixture of whales and seals throughout the play area.
A small sandy beach is also provided (Height restriction: 48” or under).
Leaning Palms: Previously the Placid Palms resort, the main counter service restaurant. Surrounded by
shaded seating areas. Located near the main entrance.
Typhoon Tilly’s: Offers snacks, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Located near the “Shark Reef”.
Happy Landings Ice Cream: Offers ice cream and refreshments. Located in between “Getaway Glenn” and
Let’s Go Slurpin’: Bar located on the beach by the wave pool.
Surf Doggies: Classic car with hot dogs, pretzels and beverages, on the beach by the wave pool.
Like a surfside playground left behind by a "great storm" for modern-day Swiss Family Robinsons, Typhoon
Lagoon -- with its breaking waves, saltwater snorkeling pool and gushing water surges -- ushers in a new
a man-made watershed mountain with eight twisting-and-turning water slides and roaring streams; and
a two-and-one-half-acre wave-making lagoon with 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 include:
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.
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.
Just on the opposite side of the surfing lagoon is Crush 'n' Gusher, a water coaster thrill ride weaving among
the washed-out remains (so the story goes) of a dilapidated fruit packing plant. Three out-of-control wash
spillways with torrents of gushing water propel the most daring of raft riders on an extreme gravity defying
adventure up and down twisting caverns that lead to the tranquil waters of Hideaway Bay.
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.
Available for a day-long rental, Beachcomber Shacks and Polar Patios are premium spaces that put a roof or a
large umbrella over guests’ heads, provide upscale Adirondack seating for relaxation, put beverages to quench
a whole days’ thirsts at guests’ fingertips, and give them a service attendant who does the leg work if they want
to purchase food from the a la carte menu.
Typhoon Lagoon is open daily. Hours vary, with extended hours during summer months. For more information,
guests may call 407/841-4321 or visit Disneyworld.com.