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    The Sunken Wave Machine

    This may be common knowledge to WDW fanatics but I'll post it anyways. There is still a wave machine under the water offshore by the Polynesian Resort that was originally intended to create waves. They were powerful enough to surf on. That power also destroyed the sandy beaches so it had to be turned off permanently.
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    Re: The Sunken Wave Machine

    I think I might have known that but it was burried deep down in my brain. Thanks for posting this!
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    Re: The Sunken Wave Machine

    This is true. Lou mentioned this in his 2009 day-by-day calendar.
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    Re: The Sunken Wave Machine

    that is a really cool little known fact....that would've been a really neat feature if they could've figured out how to make it work. Was it ever used?
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    Re: The Sunken Wave Machine

    I remember them showing the Wave Machine on the Mike Douglas Show. The machine itself was located on a island in Bay Lake opposite the beach at Poly. During the show, they had surfers in Bay Lake showing how it worked. The waves were not that big. They stated they were trying to adjust to get 4-5 foot waves.

    I guess it would not even work now. Can you even swim in the lakes at WDW ? I know at Yacht you can't or you would not wanted with all the algae and water conditions.

    For those of you who are too young to remember Mike Douglas, he was a syndicated talk show host in the 70's and early 80's. In fact, his career began as a singer and Walt hired him to sing as Prince Charming. The Mike Douglas show was the first "Non-Disney Related" show to broadcast from WDW in 1976. Below is an article from the Sarasota Herald Tribune about the show at WDW. I would post the link but I am too new at wdwradio.com to post links. I have 4 more to go though........

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    Re: The Sunken Wave Machine

    I remember hearing of this. It was back in the late 70s, I believe. Way before my time.
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    Re: The Sunken Wave Machine

    I can confirm its exact location. I have a picture of my mom taken back in the 70's or early 80's and you can still see what's left of it behind her. All that was left at that time was a concrete squarish structure on the shore of the island across from the Polynesian. The shot is taken from the poly's old boat dock.

    I just tried to post it but I can't figure it out. It's a jpg, and I shrunk it to 160k. 400x 280. Grrrr...
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    Re: The Sunken Wave Machine

    I never knew this. How cool!


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    Re: The Sunken Wave Machine

    I remember Lou bringing this point up on a show a while back. I think there was a segment (2 hours likely!!) just on the history of the Polynesian resort. It was very interesting.

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    Re: The Sunken Wave Machine

    I'm going to find it while there in a month and take a pic before they completely get rid of it
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    Re: The Sunken Wave Machine

    I had forgotten all about this but I remember hearing about it. Would love to see a picture of what is left of it if anyone has one

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    Re: The Sunken Wave Machine

    Quote Originally Posted by grimgrinning View Post
    I just tried to post it but I can't figure it out. It's a jpg, and I shrunk it to 160k. 400x 280. Grrrr...
    I'd love to see the shot. You can upload it to Photobucket and link it back to post here!

    Found this sonar shot... pretty cool!

    disneylake sunken wave machine side+down+broadbandA by Navico, on Flickr

    Found this shot of the sea wall on the island from Jim Hill:


    So where is the "machine itself" in relation to the seawall on the island? (I'm hatching a plan lol)
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    Re: The Sunken Wave Machine

    could you imagine if one day they just turned it on... would probably scare the pants off alot of guests... and boat operators...
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    Re: The Sunken Wave Machine

    i ran out of time to look for it but yea that would be pretty funny
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