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Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Turns 25 June 1

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will mark 25 years of slip-sliding fun this Sunday, June 1.


The park opened June 1, 1989, to offer the largest wave pool in North America, the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool, plus a bevy of storm-themed water slides and a dedicated Ketchakiddee Creek area for little ones. Crush ‘N’ Gusher, the first water coaster to be built at Walt Disney World Resort, debuted in 2005.


What I like about this Disney waterpark is that it’s so unique – in addition to water slides and a lazy river, the park offers snorkeling in Shark Reef, a 362,000-gallon salt-water tank that is home to bonnethead sharks, stingrays, and many kinds of fish. It also offers in-park surf lessons (at a separate cost) that allow guests to take on six-foot waves in the park’s Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool. The park is also home to one of my personal favorite treats – the Sand Pail, which offers up chocolate and vanilla ice cream topped with waffle cone chips, cookie bits, sprinkles, hot fudge, caramel, strawberry sauce, whipped cream and a cherry.

What’s your favorite part of Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!


  • Love Typhoon Lagoon. Jennifer do you know if they will be giving special anniversary buttons that day like they did for DHS?

  • My favorite activity at Typhoon Lagoon is the shark reef. Whenever I visit, I always go there. The water is really cold so it makes for a great activity on a hot, summer, Florida day!

    And, when I’m leaving the park, I always pick up a dozen mini donuts – I think they’re also available at Blizzard Beach (?) and they are super delicious!

    • LOVE the mini donuts. 🙂

  • Will there be any 25th anniversary merchandise for this day?

    • There will be special snacks and food items available to celebrate.

  • I’m a sucker for a wave pool, and one you can learn to surf in… it’s imposable to resist!

  • You know you’re going to have a good day when you’re within earshot of Miss Tilly’s whistle. Hearing that sound still takes me back to when the park first opened and we’d spend the day floating on Castaway Creek or body surfing the waves in the big pool.

    • 🙂

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