My picture threads consist of images I have taken that focus on the architecture, landscape architecture, planning, design, and theming of the facilities highlighted. They may also contain short descriptions and commentary, but will not focus on construction progress or special events or memorabilia or food selections or my traveling companions. Hopefully these threads are a good introduction for those who have not seen these places yet. All killer, no filler!
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon photographed in January 2010:
Conceived as a tropical paradise that has been hit by a tremendous storm, this superbly themed water park features a wonderland of seemingly wrecked buildings and flotsam and jetsam details.
The storm-ravaged nautical landscape is immediately established at the ticket windows and turnstiles.
The park's surfing alligator mascot is just inside the entrance in front of a beach scenario.
The entrance path features a vista of the park's centerpiece before reaching the heart of the park.
After the entrance path, the park opens up to its large circular layout with a cluster of buildings that includes the dressing rooms, lockers, Singapore Sal's (beach merchandise), and several small food and beverage stands with leaning structures. This tour will continue roughly clockwise around the park from this point.
Leaning Palms and Happy Landings Ice Cream:
The park's most memorable building is this window service cafe with a greatly exaggerated sense of precarious existence! Adjacent is the smaller ice cream stand whose roof is pierced by a motor boat and whose deck features motors that squirt water into the waterway below.
The waterway mentioned above is the park's lazy river that makes a 20-minute looping journey around Typhoon Lagoon.
Nearby is this clock tower and setpiece on the shore of the lagoon which is themed to be the surf shack of the park's mascot, Lagoona Gator.
Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool:
The largest water feature of the park is this massive wave pool. Series of breakers emanate from the rickety back wall where waterfall 'leaks' spill into the pool, then race through the walled narrower deeper course before breaking on the shallower wider area that leads to several coves and shallows lined with sandy beaches. All of this is backed by Mount Mayday, the dramatic rocky centerpiece topped by Miss Tilly, a wrecked boat that spouts a water plume every half hour. The backside of the wave-making building can be viewed and features more rocky and rickety theming.
The park's designated children's play area is a concentrated area of fountains and waterfalls with a few small slides and sandcastle-like play elements. Unfortunately it is rather piecemeal and woven together by mineral-encrusted bubbling watercourses and backed by a similarly treated rocky waterfall that appear to be dripping with guano.
Keelhaul, Mayday, and Gangplank Falls:
These three raft or innertube waterslides are adjacent to each other and occupy the left flank of Mount Mayday. Like most of the Disney waterslides, their courses are expertly integrated in the themed rockwork.
Mount Mayday Trail:
The center flank of the hill features a trail up to an overlook below the Miss Tilly ship, reached by a winding rocky pathway and a suspension bridge. Castaway Creek floats through a small tunnel and sunny outdoor stretch at the base.
Humunga Kowabunga and Storm Slides:
The right flank of Mount Mayday features a steep drop tube flume (3 identical courses) and another set of three twisting slides expertly concealed within rockwork and simulated wood flumes.
This is a saltwater snorkel-through aquarium with fish, rays, and sharks. In the center of the reef is a wrecked ship which can be entered for views out of its portholes of the aquarium.
Another window service cafe.
Another view of the lazy river.
Crush 'n' Gusher:
These three waterslides feature uphill propulsion sections and are set within a fictional fruit-packing building and landscape with a roomy lagoon at the splashdown.