If you're looking for wave action, head to Typhoon Lagoon, with lush tropical landscaping and one of the world's largest wave pools, with surf up to four feet.
According to legend, Typhoon Lagoon was formed by a hurricane, "instead of a certain watery doom, the winds swept them here to Typhoon Lagoon..." This explains the trees that are impaled by surfboards and the location of Miss Tilly , a shrimp boat that is precariously balanced on the top of Mount Mayday.
The main water attraction is the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool, the world's largest wave lagoon. However, there are also numerous slides, raft rides and open places to work on your tan.
One of the more unusual features is the Shark Reef, a snorkeling experience with sharks that is sponsored by NAUI.
You can also take a five-story plunge down the legendary Humunga Kowabunga water slide.
Don't worry about the temperature of the water, special heaters keep the water warm throughout the year.
Crush 'n' Gusher
Three 420-foot-long chutes offer different routes with twists and turns, and water jets propel riders on inflatable rafts uphill in a few cases, simulating the feel of a roller coaster.
Uses water jets pumping 1,350 gallons a minute to propel riders as much as 35 feet uphill in one case.
While riding Crush 'n' Gusher, guests are whisked away on
inflatable rafts and immediately begin to experience the up-and-down
sensations of a roller coaster, made possible by utilizing
some of today's
latest water ride innovations. Powerful water jets propel guests through cavernous twists and turns, eventually spitting them out into the tranquil waters of Hideaway Bay.
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You can also receive free Typhoon Lagoon Tickets with an Orlando timeshare promotion.
By Marie Ospina