Typhoon Lagoon’s Shark Reef Closes — But it’s Not All Bad News
By: Erika Haas
Typhoon Lagoon’s Shark Reef
permanently closed on October 2. The attraction, which has been a part of Typhoon Lagoon since it’s opening in 1989, allows guests to snorkel in a manmade coral reef alongside tropical fish, stingrays, and even sharks.
Typhoon Lagoon is Dad’s favorite water park in the world - Photo by Laurie Sapp
The 362,000 gallon saltwater pool is kept at chilly 68-degrees, just the way the fish like it. It is home to blue tangs (just like Dory), and leopard and bonnethead sharks (don’t worry, they’re not big).
In the middle of the pool lies an overturned sunken tanker. For those that aren’t willing to brave the sharks—or the cold water—there is a viewing area inside the tank where guests can watch the sea life through a porthole.
Typhoon Lagoon may be loosing Shark Reef, but it is also gaining a new attraction, Miss Fortune Falls. Many speculate that Shark Reef is closing due to high maintenance costs, and to make way for the new attraction. Miss Fortune Falls
, scheduled to open in Spring 2017, will be a family raft ride lasting 2 minutes—one of the longest attractions at both Disney water parks.
According to the Disney Park’s Blog, the ride: “…takes guests on a splashing journey through the fabled Captain Mary Oceanear’s past. Legend has it that Captain Oceanear, a treasure-hunting heroine, traveled across the sea collecting unique artifacts before she became stranded at Typhoon Lagoon many years ago by a rogue storm. Aboard treasure rafts, guests will ascend to the top of the attraction before plunging into a white-water adventure where they will be able to spot some of the treasures Captain Oceanear gathered from around the world.”
Construction for Miss Fortune Falls will begin this winter while Typhoon Lagoon is closed for the season. It will take place near the park’s water coaster Crush N’ Gusher.
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