Soak City (Kings Island)

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Soak City
Kings Island Soak City logo.png
Location Kings Island, Mason, Ohio, United States
Coordinates 39°20′20″N 84°16′25″W / 39.339°N 84.2736°W / 39.339; -84.2736Coordinates: 39°20′20″N 84°16′25″W / 39.339°N 84.2736°W / 39.339; -84.2736
Owner Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
Opened 1989
Previous names 1989: WaterWorks
2004: Crocodile Dundee's Boomerang Bay
2007: Boomerang Bay
Operating season May through September
Area 35 acres (140,000 m2)[1]
Pools 5 pools
Water slides 30[1] water slides
Children's areas 5[1] children's areas
Website Official website

Soak City is a water park at Kings Island amusement park in Mason, Ohio. Opening in 1989 as WaterWorks, the water park is included with the price of admission to Kings Island. It is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company.

History[edit]

Soak City originally opened in 1989 as a 12-acre (4.9 ha) water park under the name WaterWorks featuring 15 water slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river ride called Action River.[2] WaterWorks was the first themed area to be added to Kings Island since 1976, bringing the total to seven. The cost was roughly $4 million USD.[3]

The water park was expanded in 1997 to 30 acres (12 ha).[4] It was renamed in 2004 to Crocodile Dundee's Boomerang Bay and again in 2007 to just Boomerang Bay. On September 2, 2011, Kings Island announced that a $10 million expansion would take place in the 2011-2012 offseason renovating the current Lazy River ride, adding a larger wave pool, modifying the main entrance, adding more amenities, and changing the name to Soak City.[5]

List of attractions[edit]

Intensity rating[6] (out of 5)
  1 (mild)   2   3   4   5 (extreme)
Name Picture Year Opened Description Intensity
Aruba Tuba 1997 Children's inner tube slide and splash pool located between Kangaroo Lagoon and Wallaby Wharf. Opened as part of Buccaneer Island (1997–2003). Known as Koala Splash (2004–2011) 2
Breakers Bay 1997 36,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) family-friendly wave pool. Known as Surfside Bay (1997–2003), Great Barrier Reef (2004–2011). 4
Castaway Cove 1997 Children's water play area with several water slides. Opened as part of Buccaneer Island (1997–2003). Known as Wallaby Wharf (2004–2011) 1
Coconut Cove 2004 Lagoon-style pool complete with cascading waterfalls and in-water lounging areas. Known as Kookaburra Bay (2004–2011) 1
Lookout Lagoon 1997 A water play area for kids themed as a pirate ship with several water slides and water cannons. Opened as part of Buccaneer Island (1997–2003). Known as Kangaroo Lagoon (2004–2011) 1
Mondo Monsoon Soak City Tazmanian Typhoon.jpg 2004 A four-passenger, raft ride – ProSlide Tornado model – which begins enclosed and ends with a steep drop into an open funnel. Known as Tazmanian Typhoon (2004–2011) 5
Paradise Plunge 1989 Four twisting body slides which descend into a splash pool. Known as The Helix (1989–2003), Down Under Thunder (2004–2011). 4
Pineapple Pipeline 1989 Three fully enclosed body slides. Known as Bonzai Pipeline (1989–2003), Bondi Pipeline (2004–2011). 3
Pipeline Paradise 1997 Artificial wave-surfing environment that provides both curved and straight waves. Known as Wipe-Out Beach (1997–2003). 5
Rendezvous Run Rendezvous Run.jpg 2004 A set of four head-first, racing slides up to 50-foot (15 m) high that are enclosed during the first portion of the ride before sending riders down a series of hills to the finish. Known as Coolangatta Racer (2004–2011) 4
Sand Volleyball 2012 2 full sized Sand Volleyball courts. -
Splash Landing 2004 Family-oriented, multi-level water play area complete with slides, bridges, rope ladders, and a giant dumping bucket. Known as Jackaroo Landing (2004–2011). 2
Splash River 1989 A 0.25-mile (0.40 km) inner tube lazy river ride revamped in 2012 that features raindrop mushrooms, geysers, waterfalls, and areas that allow interaction between riders and spectators. Known as Kings Mills Run (1989–2004), Crocodile Run (2004–2011). 2
Thunder Falls 1989 A pair of classic inner-tube slides. Formerly known as Sidewinder (1989-2003), Sydney Sidewinder (2004–2011) 3
Tidal Wave Bay 2012 42,000-square-foot (3,900 m2) wave pool. 4
Tropical Twister 1989 A pair of fully enclosed body slides made of translucent fiberglass that twist around each other during their descent. Known as Ultra Twister (1989–2003), Awesome Aussie Twister (2004–2011). 4
Zoom Flume 1989 A family raft ride that accommodates up to four riders per raft. Known as Rushing River (1989-), Known as Snowy River Rampage (1990–2011) 4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Compare For Yourself". Kings Island. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Outdoors/Sports". Cincinnati Magazine (Emmis Communications) 22 (8): 31. May 1989. ISSN 0746-8210. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Kings Island Water Park To Open". Wanderlust (Kokomo Tribune). April 3, 1989. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Kings Island History - Timeline". KICentral.com. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Kings Island to expand water park in 2012". WHIO-TV. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Ratings assigned per Kings Island's own system, where "1" is the least intense and "5" is the most. See their "Guest Assistance Guide". Kings Island.  for more specific details.