WHAT'S NEW AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT
Crush 'n' Gusher Opens, Unleashes a Torrent of
Excitement for Water Park Thrill Seekers at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
New 'Water Coaster' Ride Defies Gravity at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- "Flash
flooding" takes on a whole new meaning for Walt Disney World guests when
they experience Crush 'n' Gusher, a new white-knuckle "water coaster"
thrill ride that opened today at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon water park.
Crush 'n' Gusher launched with a splash Tuesday. Local swimmers sloshed
and rode the new attraction as actress Kirsten Storms, formerly of "Days
of Our Lives," emceed.
Walt Disney World guests find themselves immersed in a dense tropical
jungle amid the towering remains -- rusted-out and dilapidated -- of a
fruit exporting plant. The once-landlocked packing plant known as
Tropical Amity now sits on the shores of Hideaway Bay, a body of water
left in the wake of a torrential storm.
The wobbly remains of the wash facility -- what used to be a controlled
environment with fruit flowing gently down to the packing plant -- is now
a turbulent series of gushing water flumes. It is these flumes, spiraling
out of control through twisted and crumbling wash spillways with crushing
force, that redefine "flash flooding" for Typhoon Lagoon guests.
While riding Crush 'n' Gusher, guests are whisked away on inflatable rafts
and immediately begin to experience the up-and-down sensations of a roller
coaster, made possible by utilizing some of today's latest water ride
innovations. Powerful water jets propel guests through cavernous twists
and turns, eventually spitting them out into the tranquil waters of
"We were so excited about offering this state-of-the-art water ride
technology to our guests, that we created three separate ride systems for
them to experience," said Patrick Brennan, lead creative designer for Walt
Disney Imagineering. "In addition to being the only water coaster thrill
ride of its kind in Central Florida, Crush 'n' Gusher is the first-ever
water coaster attraction in North America to offer guests three different
ride experiences at one location."
"Crush 'n' Gusher is a great addition to Disney's Typhoon Lagoon," said
Reggie Williams, vice president of Disney's Wide World of Sports and Water
Parks. "With the thrills and excitement that this water coaster ride
offers, Crush 'n' Gusher is like having our very own E-Ticket attraction."
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, itself the result of a calamity of nature (so the
legend goes), continues to make the best of a bad situation -- in this
case the uncovered structural remains of Tropical Amity. With the newly
discovered water coaster thrill ride of Crush 'n' Gusher in the backyard
jungle of Typhoon Lagoon, guests have one more reason to enjoy this
* Crush 'n' Gusher is the only water roller coaster in North America that
has three unique and separate rides off of one tower.
* Each Crush 'n' Gusher water jet nozzle puts out 1350 gallons per
* The average length of each slide is over 400 feet.
* One slide from Crush 'n' Gusher can fill a standard home-size pool in
about one minute.
* Crush 'n' Gusher can fill up Disney's Typhoon Lagoon wave pool (2.7
million gallons) in about 3 hours.
* If you were to connect the average fire hose to a single Crush 'n'
Gusher jet nozzle, it could shoot water over The Twilight Zone(TM) Tower
of Terror attraction at Disney-MGM Studios.
* Ride height requirement is 48 inches.
Whether bound for a Disney water park or theme park, a new and innovative
Walt Disney World ticket pricing system known as "Magic Your Way" offers
the chance for guests to customize their vacations. The Magic Plus Pack
Option includes entrance to Walt Disney World water parks. For Florida
residents, ticket discounts have been introduced to allow them to maximize
their Disney theme park fun.
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