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BREAKING: Shark Reef at Typhoon Lagoon to Close Soon

With the announcement of Miss Fortune Falls this week, it seemed as though the capacity of Typhoon Lagoon was being increased with a new attraction. Well, it seems the addition is to distract guests from a classic element of the second Disney water park…

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According to management at Typhoon Lagoon, Shark Reef will be closing in September. Shark Reef allows guests to snorkel through an unheated, saltwater reef populated with stingrays, bonnethead sharks, leopard sharks and colorful tropical fish and has been a staple of the park since it opened back in 1989.

Our sources at the water park report it is the rather hefty maintenance and upkeep cost of the exhibit which is why Disney is finally looking to close it. The exhibit has been rumored to close for several years now, but with a new, large investment coming into the park, now seems like the opportune moment for Disney to do so.

No replacement for the Shark Reef attraction has been talked about yet, and of course this is not 100% official until addressed by Walt Disney World.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.

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  • Costs money. Of course it will be cut. Soon will be stores and wave pool and characters selling photos. And a lot of unpicked up trash. Burgers for $20 that aren’t as good as dollar menu at McD. Sad. But true.

  • As a international tourist that has visited many times I feel very disappointed it Disney were to close this experience. It’s a high light and at the moment WDW seem to constantly be cutting back. Cut too much and tourists will just say 18 hours on a plane ? Low currency exchange is it really worth going?

  • Such a step backward. The whole point about Disney Word is that it offers a level of experience no other theme parks in the world can. The extra attention to detail and $ spent to immerse guests. Losing Shark Reef makes Typhoon Lagoon no different to so many other water parks globally. Everytime Disney cuts costs on unique themed experiences, they allow competitors to catch up because they are no longer so far superior

    • Disney Theme Park division is not what it was, or even close to it. They have ZERO interest in being a top theme park or ‘unique experiences” as you mentioned. Their ONLY interest is in sales, profit, advertising their media, and are transparent that they care about efficiency over a guests experience. They haven’t made an attraction that doesn’t have this in mind in years, and are removing anything that doesn’t define that goal. The Disney water parks in general days are numbered. Not enough profit.

      • You’re an idiot. They close a very a small capacity attraction and will replace it with a very NEW cool one, Miss Fortune Falls. I love Disney haters because once you stop coming at WDW, my family and I will enjoy less crowded parks! thank you

  • This makes me so sad. I never in a million years would have thought that this attraction would have been removed. It has ALWAYS been the highlight of our Disney trips and I was hoping to have the same experience with my grandson. Guess we will have to give Discovery Cove a whirl :(