Opened in 1989, Typhoon Lagoon was the first water park constructed at Walt Disney World and is still home to the largest outdoor wave pool in the world. The theme of Typhoon Lagoon is that a large typhoon has hit this tropical paradise. Surfboards, boats, fishing gear, and ships are scattered about due to the storm. “Miss Tilly”, a ship that was impaled on a mountain called “Mount Mayday”, is the centerpiece of the park. Every half hour “Mount Mayday” erupts a geyser of water that is 50 feet tall. Humunga Kowabunga is one of the most thrilling rides in a water park anywhere as it sends riders down over five stories at speeds of 55 miles per hour. The park also features rides such as Gang Plank Falls, Mayday Falls, and Keelhaul Falls. In addition to the slides the park has a 2,100 foot lazy river called Castaway Creek that flows throughout the property.
Mount Gushmore at Blizzard Beach
Surf Pool at Typhoon Lagoon
Blizzard Beach, Disney’s 2nd water park, opened in 1995. Legend has it that a freak snow storm hit Florida so a ski resort was being built. Unfortunately, the snow did not last long as it melted, but left behind a large collection of ski jumps that had water running down them. The locals could not let this go to waste so they opened Blizzard Beach, a water park using the ski jumps and chair lifts. Most of the larger slides in the park come from the top of Mount Gushmore, a 90 foot hill located in the park. Summit Plummet is the key attraction at the park is it lets riders fall 120 feet at speeds of 60 miles per hour, making it the 2nd tallest and fasted free fall ride in the world. The mountain is also home to attractions such as Teamboat Springs, Slush Gusher, Downhill Double Dipper, Snow Stormers, and Runoff Rapids. The park also has a large wave pool, Melt Away Bay, as well as a 3,000 foot lazy river known as Cross Country Creek.