Raging Waters

Raging Waters is the name of three water theme parks located in Sacramento, San Dimas, and San Jose, California. They are the largest water parks in the state of California.[] The three parks are owned by Palace Entertainment but each contains different attractions. The three parks are generally closed during the winter months.

There are also parks named Raging Waters in Wildwood, New Jersey, but only the three California Raging Waters parks are owned by Palace Entertainment. Until early 2011, there was also a Raging Waters park in Salt Lake City, Utah, now operating as Seven Peaks Salt Lake.[1]

Raging Waters San Jose

View of Raging Waters San Jose

The Raging Waters San Jose amusement park is located in Lake Cunningham Park in East San Jose, adjacent to Capitol Expressway, Eastridge Mall, Eastridge Transit Center and Reid-Hillview Airport.

Raging Waters Sacramento

Raging Waters Sacramento water park is located at Cal Expo and was formerly known as Six Flags Waterworld.

Raging Waters Los Angeles

A play area for young children at Raging Waters San Dimas

Raging Waters opened June 18, 1983, located in Los Angeles Los Angeles County in the city of San Dimas, near SR 57 between Interstate 10 and Interstate 210. Park officials described it as California's largest water park in 2011.[2]

The park was formerly known as "Raging Waters San Dimas", but as of 2016, official media was using the name "Raging Waters Los Angeles" for this location.[3]

Attractions

"Little Dipper Lagoon", another play area for children, at Raging Waters San Dimas
Aqua Rocket
Aqua Rocket is a coaster-style slide that uses magnetic propulsion to propel a raft up hills.
Amazon Adventure
The Amazon Adventure is a quarter-mile-long, 3-foot-deep (0.9 m), tropical river that runs through a section of the park. Riders sit in rafts as the current pulls them around the river route.
Dark Hole
The Dark Hole is a system of two fiberglass tunnels with a total drop of fifty-two feet. Riders used to sit in a single person raft identical to the ones used in Amazon River, but as of 2016 riders sit in a two-person raft speeding through the total darkness of the long flumes, the first of its kind in the country. Riders travel at a speed of 26 miles per hour.[4]
Dragon's Den
This slide debuted in 2004 and is a two-rider tube ride that sends guests plummeting down a steep 45-foot (14 m) tunnel,[4] circling around a 35-foot (11 m) bowl 9-foot (2.7 m) until they fall though a secret tunnel at the bottom. As of 2016, Dragon's Den is ridden as a single-rider with tubes identical to the ones used in Amazon River. The current record for complete revolutions of the bowl before exiting is six (6) revolutions, held by Mykel Pickens and Marcus Thomas of Victorville, CA.
DropOut
DropOut is a seven-story body slide. Riders plunge at a near free fall, reaching speeds close to 40 miles per hour. Some riders will lift off the slide when coming down.[4]
High Extreme at Raging Waters San Dimas, with dining area visible in foreground
High Extreme
Standing at 10 stories[], High Extreme sends riders through 600-foot (180 m) flumes, reaching speeds of up to thirty-five miles per hour. This ride originally used a toboggan-like raft for single riders; however, for many years thereafter only the two-person raft was used. As of 2006, the head-first toboggans returned and guests could choose between the two. In 2007, use of the double tubes was again discontinued, in favor of the head-first toboggans.
Ragin' Racer
Riders race down the eight-lane slide on head-first toboggan mats similar to those used on High Extreme. At eight lanes and over 200 feet (61 m) long, Ragin' Racer is the largest slide of its type in the country. Going up to 34 miles per hour.[].
Wave Cove
The Wave Cove is one of Raging Water's oldest and most popular attractions[]. It is a million-gallon pool with fan blades at the deep end, producing waves of up to three feet. Riders may be in the pool with or without an inner tube.
FlowRider
FlowRider Debuting in 2007, riders ride on a boogie board on a jet-made continuous wave that moves 36,000 gallons of water per minute. Riders may perform tricks and other stunts at their own discretion. Although similar rides can be found throughout the US, FlowRider is the first of its kind at Raging Waters.
Neptune's Fury
Neptune's Fury is a closed tube ride in which 3 or 4 people sit together. It is dark inside to cause disorientation. This 600-foot-long (180 m) wild ride plunges the raft into total darkness through a 108-inch-diameter (270 cm) tunnel and down a 60-foot (18 m) drop at 30 miles per hour.
Bermuda Triangle
Bermuda Triangle consists of three twisting, turning, downward tunnels that recycle more than 2,500 gallons of water a minute and make riders feel like they have entered the Bermuda Triangle.
Vortex
The Vortex is a four-story tower featuring two enclosed, 270-foot-long spiral body flumes.
Splash Island Adventure
A tropical-themed collection of 75 activities - including four slides, water cannons, web crawl tunnels, spiral cargo nets and swinging bridges. Splash Island's centerpiece is a 1,000-gallon bucket atop a five-story tower that tips hundreds of gallons of water over the whole attraction every few minutes.
Dr. Von Dark's Tunnel of Terror
A slide in which rides experience a 40 feet drop into a dark tunnel. Riders will then drop into a small mini funnel.

In popular culture

  • San Dimas Raging Waters is featured on Baywatch in season 1 episode 15 "Muddy Waters".
  • San Dimas Raging Waters is featured as a fictional water park called Waterloo in the 1989 film Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.
  • The 1991 Nickelodeon kids' game show Wild and Crazy Kids featured an episode shot entirely within the park.
  • Raging Waters is mentioned in the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
  • Raging Waters is mentioned in the 1994 film Little Big League, although it takes place in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota.
  • Raging Waters is always mentioned in The Steve Harvey Show (1996-2002) as being visited by the main characters, although the show takes place in Chicago, Illinois.[]
  • Raging Waters is mentioned in the 2006 film How to Eat Fried Worms, where Woody mentions to Billy that he "threw up at Raging Waters and they had to drain the whole pool".
  • The San Dimas park was used in the production of the 2007 film Norbit. As Rasputia slides down the a slide, she overshoots the base and ends up splashing out all of the water from a nearby pool.
  • Raging Waters is mentioned in the 2008 film Drillbit Taylor, by one of the candidates for the boys' bodyguard.
  • The San Dimas park was the setting of the music video for Justin Bieber's 2012 song "Beauty and a Beat".
  • The San Dimas park is referred to in the episodes "Josh and I Go to Los Angeles" and "When Do I Get to Spend Time with Josh?" of the series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015-present).
  • It was the setting for the S12E02 episode of "Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia "[5] Bird and Max both go down the vortex, with High extreme and Tiki Head from Splash Island Adventure

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