According to Disney legend, a furious storm ripped through a formerly pristine paradise, transforming the quaint thatch-roofed Placid Palms Resort into the toppling Leaning Palms. The terrifying storm also caught a fleet of ships in its path, leaving some moored in very precarious situations. One small boat blew through the roof of a building. Another, a shrimp boat named Miss Tilly, was impaled upon the peak of a Mount Mayday. Mount Mayday is a volcanic mountain, which to this day tries to dislodge its unwelcome inhabitant by erupting 50-foot water spouts every half hour.
Nature’s redecorating left behind what guests know today as Typhoon Lagoon, a watery wonderland of rapids, pools, waterfalls and more.
Grab an inner tube and enjoy a leisurely cruise along Castaway Creek’s 2,000-foot-long route, which winds all the way around the Lagoon. You can visit Miss Tilly atop Mount Mayday before plummeting 214-feet downhill in one of Humunga Kowabunga’s three enclosed body slides. Enlist some brave friends to jump aboard the Crush ‘n’ Gusher and take a wild ride through an abandoned fruit-processing plant. Spend a day at Typhoon Lagoon.
Or, enjoy some of Typhoon Lagoon’s more unique attractions. Gear up with a mask and snorkel and discover what’s under the sea at Shark Reef, where guests can swim in a 362,000-gallon saltwater tank along with tropical fish, stingrays and even sharks. Register for one of Typhoon Lagoon’s surfing programs and learn how to Hang 10 and surf like a pro in a group or private lesson.