Opened more than 20 years ago, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon still offers timeless, island-style fun in a highly themed environment. Attractions — including slides, pools and a water coaster — take center stage, but the details make Typhoon Lagoon a truly special place.

The overall brand story is built around a Disney-crafted tale that tells of the lagoon’s creation through the destructive forces of an epic typhoon. Everything is reminiscent of a secluded beach, built by man and wrecked by Mother Nature.

As the legend goes, “Surfboards were hurled into palm trees and boats tossed around like toys. The typhoon made the storm-soaked Mount Mayday an ideal source for exhilarating water slides. Surrounding the mountain, a 56-acre, topsy-turvy tropical paradise was formed—full of waterways, rivers, rapids and slides.”

Miss Tilly, an ill-fated shrimp boat, is the park’s famous icon. Swept up by the twisting tides of the fierce typhoon, she came to rest on the peak of Mount Mayday. Now every half-hour, the boat’s whistle blows and the volcano attempts to dislodge the ship, resulting in an enormous geyser of water. Beyond the attractions and theme elements, everything supports the story and builds on the theme. That includes the deck space; the live snorkeling lagoon, featuring an array of colorful fish; retail options; and unique restaurant choices.