Plans filed for new Family Raft Ride at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Jun 08, 2016 in "Typhoon Lagoon"

Posted: Wednesday June 8, 2016 9:34am EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has filed plans for a new attraction at its Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.

The new Family Raft Ride is planned to be located near to the Crush 'n' Gusher attraction on unused land.

This image shows the foundation footers, which indicate the likely path of the ride, indicated in yellow. (Thanks to WDWMAGIC Forum member danlb_2000 for the spotting the permit and providing the plans.)

It has been 8 years since Disney last added an attraction to its water parks, and that was Crush n Gusher at Typhoon Lagoon. Construction for that began in October 2004, was officially announced in November 2004, with an opening in March 2005.

The water park wars will soon be heating up in Central Florida, with Universal opening its Volcano Bay water park in 2017.

Disney has not yet made any announcement concerning the project.

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cheezbatApr 08, 2017

I don't see anything wrong with this addition, but I hope they add something a bit more exciting in the future.

AbsimilliardApr 08, 2017

Think about it: at Typhoon Lagoon, the previous addition were the MasterBlaster slides with height restriction. Adding this no height restriction attraction bring balance and gives the park a proper family raft slide, something it had been missing.

cheezbatApr 08, 2017

So every ride built in the Disney waterparks from here on in need to be for families with little kids? It just gives kids something to look forward to as they get older. I get so tired of everything having to be for the kids. When I was a kid there were tons of things at the parks I visited that I couldn't ride, but it just gave me something to look forward to as I got older.

ravenApr 06, 2017

Darn that "family" limitation on their ideas, eh?

AbsimilliardApr 05, 2017

Proslide Cloverleaf rafts usually require a 47-48 inches height restriction due to the shape of the tube and opening size. My tiny niece who was barely 48 inches tall had a hard time on a Tornado slide at the local waterpark. Why do you think Disney went with a prototype slide that use round rafts for Miss Adventure Falls? It was the only way they could get away with no height restriction.

WDWBigEdApr 05, 2017

We just rode this yesterday. Posted 30 minute wait time. Which I think was more around the 18 - 20 minute wait. The ride it self is nice. It feels shorter and more tame compared to Teamboat Springs at BB. They have lights set up around the turns so I need to come see it at night, but the ride it self was missing out of the semi thrill Teamboat Springs gives. Once we went up in our raft we never changed positions. I was always facing forward. At Teamboat Springs we never seem to stay in the same spot we started in. Don't get me wrong this was still a fun ride and was much needed. Personally I don't think I would wait more then 30 for the ride. Now my thoughts go to wondering what they are going to do with the empty space where Shark Reef was.

mergatroidMar 23, 2017


MonorailManMar 23, 2017

Proslide does have some very thrilling rides and a Mammoth Bowl or a Tornado would be awesome in a Disney waterpark, I just don't think that Disney wants those kinds of rides in their waterparks. I think that if they were interested in rides like those, they would've done it already. A funnel slide would be great for Typhoon; theme it like you are in the typhoon and it could be done really well. On the flip side, Disney could also be waiting to see how well Volcano Bay is received, with regards to lack of theming but abundance of thrill rides, and I think that will shape what Disney does with their waterparks in the coming years.

rushtest4echoMar 22, 2017

Yes. And I've never said that the parks theming is awful. That would be idiotic. It's clearly one of, if not, the best themed water park in the US. I was commenting on the specific tower. Though the park isn't nearly finished when I was up on that particular slide tower (and obviously still isn't). The roof and handrailings needed to be installed but I didn't see any opportunity to block the view of the apartments or much in the way of theming the tower itself or the ride beyond the thatched roof. I'm glad that they'll be using a heavy amount of vegetation to block some of the views, but it's going to be difficult on the tallest standalone towers in the park. If we're going to start measuring VB against Disney's offerings (and we should), then I should at least be allowed to say that the placement and lack of theming on that particular tower is really bad. And it is. Oh don't get me wrong, I personally would KILL to get a hydromagnetic mammoth with a bowl element at Typhoon Lagoon. I just don't think that Disney wants stuff like that at Typhoon or Blizzard (or is willing to invest the money needed, either way it doesn't look likely any time soon). I want to be wrong on that notion though! While a slide like that would be awesome at Disney, I think it's better suited for Sea World or obviously Volcano Bay. That one in particular is one of the most violent slides I've ever been on. Something smaller and a bit less extreme but similar to that crazyness would be my ideal next slide for BB or TL! They could go nuts with story/theming on a slide like that too!

csmat99Mar 22, 2017

So you actually walked through VB to base your opinion the theming is awful? Try waiting until the park opens and see for yourself. And Disney hasn't done much of anything with regards to innovation in years. Oh wait the new dumbo addition sure knocked it out of the park. Or the 5 years to build a land in AK.

cheezbatMar 22, 2017

Why wouldn't you want a Proslide Mammoth Bowl ride at a Disney waterpark if it was highly themed? I personally think Disney needs to start looking at those kinds of rides and put their imagineers to the test.

Princess LeiaMar 22, 2017

Oh Action Park. My favorite water park to read about.

rushtest4echoMar 22, 2017

The manly man's water slide.

Goofyque'Mar 21, 2017

LOVE to go upside down!!! Just don't think every attraction needs to. (Although how awesome would "It's a Small World" be?!?)