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