Though it was announced last year (and had its name changed a few months later) it has been confirmed that Miss Adventure Falls, the new family-friendly ride at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will be opening in just a few days on March 12th! This is definitely a significant development, as Walt Disney World has unfortunately developed a reputation for neglecting its water parks over the years.
However, even if you haven’t visited Walt Disney World’s water parks in a long time, this new attraction may be worth making a special trip to Typhoon Lagoon for. And here’s why:
1. This new ride will actually have a story
One of the most interesting things that struck us about this attraction when the plans for it first surfaced online was how massive the slide track was. And after it was officially announced, Disney confirmed that Miss Adventure Falls would be the longest water ride ever constructed at the resort, with average ride times hovering around the two-minute mark. And now we know a bit more about why this ride is so long-lasting.
From the moment riders board their raft, guests will experience the story of the fictitious Captain Mary Oceaneer, a treasure-hunting heroine who got stranded at Typhoon Lagoon years ago by a rogue storm. During this story-driven journey through Captain Oceaneer’s past, guests will be able to see unique artifacts that Captain Mary Oceaneer collected on her many treasure hunts around the world as they zoom by on their adventure. And while that may not sound all that interesting at first, fans of obscure animated Disney films may want to keep their eyes peeled because…
2. There’s a connection to the world of Atlantis: The Lost Empire
One of the most under-appreciated films in Disney Animation’s back catalog has to be Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Though Disney had big plans for this film series (even pre-planning an attraction around it in the late 1990s), lackluster box office sales doomed this film to obscurity almost immediately, with most modern Disney fans discovering it much later via home video and the Disney Channel.
However, a new official publicity photo that Disney shared recently confirms that Atlantis: The Lost Empire has not been totally forgotten, as this new ride will have a direct connection to this relatively unknown film.
If you squint your eyes while looking at the image above of Captain Mary Oceaneer’s dive bell, you can see some unfamiliar text written in gold right under the word “Treasures”. And if you’re a big Atlantis: The Lost Empire fan, you’ll immediately recognize those letters as being from the Atlantean alphabet from this film, spelling out the message “I Come in Peace”.
This is certainly a cool little Easter egg for fans of this film, and though it has yet to be confirmed, we’d imagine that this ride will have several other little surprises for longtime Disney fans to check out.