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Typhoon Lagoon

Typhoon Lagoon is a wonderfully themed park. The story is that a wonderful vacation paradise in the South sea islands was hit by a mega storm. The results of that deluge are everywhere...from the shrimp boat, Miss Tilly, perched precariously on "Mount Mayday" to the surf board that was driven halfway through a tree by the high winds. Flotsam and jetsam float down "Castaway Creek" and you can personally become part of that debris by riding the "Storm Slides."

Attractions:

Typhoon Lagoon

This is a very large wave pool. It is mostly intended just for swimming. The lagoon cycles from very large waves (up to six feet high) to bobbing waves (rental inner tubes are permitted in the lagoon during the bobbing waves part of the cycle). Some coves, built in to each side of the lagoon, offer some protection from the waves...in other words, you don't have to deal with the full force of the waves unless you're up to it.

Castaway Creek

Castaway Creek is a meandering stream that floats around the perimeter of Typhoon Lagoon. Inner tubes float in the river (or are stacked by the several entrance/exit stairs) which can be ridden around the circuit. Since there are several places to enter and exit the creek, it can be used as a slow, but pleasant, way to commute from one part of the park to another.

Humonga Kowabunga

Humunga Kowabunga is a six-story speed slide. It's not my favorite, although I have taken the plunge a few times.

Shark Reef

Shark reef is a salt water swim-through attraction in which you can snorkel along and view colorful tropical fish and, as the name suggests, small sharks.  For the folks that don't care to don snorkels, masks, and fins, a walk way through a small shipwreck provides an underwater viewing area.

Storm Slides

I really like the storm slides located to the right of Mt. Mayday. The "Jib Jammer", "Stern Burner", and "Rudder Buster" each have some unique flavor to them (the center one, I can't remember the name, has a short, pitch black tunnel in the middle of the run). Each of them deposit their riders to a common pool at the base. Try them sitting and laying down...but beware, once you lay down, it's pretty tough to get back up.

White Water Tube Rides

These rides, are inner tube rides. "Gangplank Falls", "Mayday Falls", and "Keelhaul Falls" each wind their way down Mt. Mayday. One of the three is a four-person raft ride. The other two "falls" are singles and are pretty wild. It's not at all uncommon for the rider to be dashed against the walls of the path...and deposited into the bottom pool with the inner tube trailing behind (or leading the way).

Ketchakiddie Creek

This children's area is intended for the younger set. It features a few small water slides (very small) and a shallow pool area. I've not spent much time here, but the times we've walked by have shown it to be popular with the littler ones.

Admission:

  • $32.86 for adults, $26.50 for kids 3-9 years old.
  • Lockers cost $3, plus a $2 key deposit. Large lockers cost $5, plus a $2 key deposit.
  • Towels can be rented for $1, and life jackets can be used with a deposit.

 
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