Remember my previous posts about Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon? I'm sticking with that theme... The first "wave pool" was in the man made lake, Seven Seas Lagoon. Before water was added to Seven Seas Lagoon, a wave machine was installed hoping that images of guests surfing in Seven Seas Lagoon would entice people to vacation at Walt Disney World in the early 70's when it opened. At this time, people came to Florida to visit the beaches and WDW didn't have the traditional beaches like the coastal cities had. In 1971, when the wave machine was first used, it worked very well for the cast members. But by the time guests arrived in October of the same year, the wave machine was already being worked on by engineers. It continued to "work" into 1972.
While there is no definitive answer to why it shut down so quickly, there are three ideas:
- Erosion of the beach at the Polynesian.
- Difficulty for water craft to travel on Seven Seas Lagoon.
- Frequent break downs.
So, next time you are in the Seven Seas Lagoon, see if you can spot any remnants of the wave machine off the coast of the Polynesian on Beachcomber Island.