The Surf Pool at Typhoon Lagoon is one of the water park’s coolest features, and also one of its most dangerous (cue overly dramatic music). Actually, the pool is quite safe, it’s just that many guests don’t quite understand it or are not properly prepared for it. That might seem odd. After all, it’s just a wave pool. What’s there to know? You walk out into the Surf Pool, waves happen, you have fun for a while, and then leave. If that’s what you’re thinking, you might have a point…
Then again, this is the blog with a comprehensive Refillable Mug FAQ, so we’ve already demonstrated that we devote too much text to simple topics. Plus, we’ve finally dug out of winter in the Midwest, and I have summer fever so it seemed like a fun topic to cover today. Before we get into the tips, let’s get acquainted with the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool.
For those unfamiliar with it, Typhoon Lagoon’s Surf Pool is one of the largest inland wave pools in the world. It’s approximately 2.5 acres in size with 3 million gallons of water (80,000 gallons are used for each wave). The Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool uses a machine to generate an approximately 6-foot tall wave every 90 seconds, with periods of calm between the waves.
When the wave is released, you can hear the collective shriek of guests in the Surf Pool up to 37 miles away (or on the other side of the park…we’re guestimating as our data here is insufficient). It’s so loud that you’d think Jaws had appeared in the pool, not just a large wave. The Surf Pool features 90 consecutive minutes of these 6-foot waves spaced 90 seconds apart, followed by 30 minutes of bobbing waves and calmer water. From the wave pool, you can see the Miss Tilly’s (the boat stuck atop Mount Mayday) smokestack “erupt” with water every half hour as its foghorn sounds. (more…)