If you are looking for some wild, watery, tropical fun on your next Walt Disney World vacation, look no further then Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon! Located near the new Disney Springs and Disney’s Old Key West Resort, this slice of aquatic paradise hosts an array of water slides, eateries, and water activities sure to please the whole family. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon opened on June 1, 1989 and will be celebrated it’s 27th anniversary this year. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon still welcomes an average of 2.2 million guests yearly, and from personal experience, it is not hard to see why vacationers continue to flock to this lush, picturesque water park. Not only does Typhoon Lagoon host some truly thrilling slides and a massive wave/surf pool, but there are amazing intricate details throughout that support the park’s simple yet fantastical backstory. The quirky story is told on salvaged wooden signs as vacationers enter the water park. Read on to learn the true history of Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and to (maybe) find a few hints to this week’s pop quiz.
“A furious storm once roared cross the sea
Catching ships in its path, helpless to flee
Instead of a certain and watery doom
The wind swept them here to Typhoon Lagoon.”
For as long as anyone could remember, the quaint thatch-roofed village had nestled along the shores of the sparkling lagoon, in the shadows of a great volcanic mountain. Then came the 20th century with its cruise ships, and tourists and the Placid Palm Resort… a special little place for lucky vacationers each year.
The great storm, however, changed everything… a furious, unrelenting typhoon catching a small fleet of ships by surprise, and tossing them about like toy boats for one terrifying hour. But in the storm’s wake was left a remarkable scene.
A surfboard had penetrated completely through a huge tree. A small boat had blown through the roof of one building. A great buoy had crashed through the roof of still another. The Placid Palms Resort was now the Leaning Palms, almost ready to topple over at any moment. A small harbor had been cut off from the sea, trapping an overturned boat and thousands of colorful fish, uh… plus a few sharks along the way.
Nothing, however, topped the sight of the shrimp boat, ‘Miss Tilly’, impaled precariously on the peak of the great volcanic mountain. To this day, the mountain tries vainly to dislodge its unwelcome burden with an enormous geyser of water every half hour.
Well, what nature has done is a little redecorating. The inhabitants were left with the most extraordinary assortment of waterfalls, rapids, pools, surf and all around wetness the world has ever seen. The once sleepy resort had been turned into Typhoon Lagoon.
1. What is the name of the boat at the top of Mount Mayday?
- Miss Milly
- Miss Tilly
- Miss Gilly
2. How many stories do riders drop on the thrilling speed slide Humunga Kowabunga?
- 5 stories
- 10 stories
- 3 stories
3. What are the names of the Crush ‘n’ Gusher’s three water coaster slides?
4. How large, in acres is the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool?
- 4 acres
- 3 acres
- 2.5 acres
5. True of False: The Shark Reef at Typhoon Lagoon is a fresh water coral reef.
6. What is the name of the tug boat located at Ketchakidde Creek?
- Miss Silly
- S.S. Squirt
- S.S. Fun
7. What is the name of the fictional town where Typhoon Lagoon is set?
8. Who is the mascot of Typhoon Lagoon?
If you’re looking to learn more about Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, make sure to check out WDW Radio Show #405 where Lou Mongello talks about it’s history, stories, attractions, and best way to get the most out of your day at the water park!
Erin Stough has always loved Disney, but the magic of the parks truly captured her imagination during a mother-daughter trip in 2001. The fire was ignited and Erin hasn’t looked back! When she isn’t devouring Disney related books, Erin spends time with her wonderful (and patient) husband and super pup Milo.