Water World, Colorado
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Thunder Bay wave pool
|Slogan||America's Biggest, America's Best|
|Location||Federal Heights, Colorado, United States|
|Operating season||Late May through labor day (as of 2012)|
Water World is a water park that is part of the Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District and located in Federal Heights, Colorado, roughly 10 miles (16 km) north of downtown Denver, Colorado. The park first opened in 1979 with the first two waterslides in the state of Colorado (The Bonzai Pipeline). Water World is generally open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, but may be closed some school days.
The park occupies 67 acres (27 ha), making it one of America's largest water theme parks. As of the 2012 season, the park has over 49 attractions including a multitude of water slides, a "lazy river" (a circular artificial river with a slow moving current), inflatable tube rides, multi-guest inflatable raft rides, and a water-themed fun house. The park has two wave pools: the older and tamer Captain Jack's Wave Pool, as well as the newer Thunder Bay wave pool.
The park has several unique water attractions. One of the most notable is the "Screamin' Mimi," a ride where guests ride board-type vehicles down a roller coaster like track, reaching speeds of 30 miles per hour (48 km/h) before landing in a pool and bouncing across the water. The "Space Bowl" sends riders down an enclosed body slide before entering an enclosed circular bowl and dropping out into a pool of water. A similar attraction, "Revolution," uses four-person swim rings instead. Also notable is a pitch black swim ring slide, "Storm," which includes lighting and sound effects. "Turbo Racer" opened in 2007 and is a racing slide attraction which features eight side by side lanes and a timed open air finish.
Water World's most famous attraction is a raft water slide that takes place completely inside. It is called "Voyage to the Center of the Earth," in which riders ride in small circular multi-passenger inflatable rafts and travel through an artificial cavern. It is themed to a newly discovered cave that reportedly has creatures from the prehistoric era still inhabiting it. It includes steep downward spirals, sudden drop offs, and various dinosaurs, including an animatronic T. rex encounter at the end of the ride. The ride is unusual for a water park attraction in its thematic emphasis, and in that it can take in excess of 5 minutes to complete, making it one of the longest rides at any water park. Since then, the ride has had two cosmetic upgrades, the most recent in the 2011 season. The Ride has a throughput capacity of over 1,000 guests per hour.
Water World has two wave pools. The first one is Captain Jacks, which is located at the upper end of the park. It uses a repeating engine to create multiple waves on 10 minute cycles. The other is Thunder Bay, a larger pool at the center of the park. Thunder Bay sports a new engine that generates multiple wave types.
The newest area of the park is the Big Top, located adjacent to Turbo Racer. Big Top is family oriented and features attractions for younger children as well as thrill seekers. In 2012, Water World announced the Mile High Flier which is the park's first hydro-magnetic water coaster.
Pop culture reference
Water World was featured on the South Park Episode "Pee!" portrayed as a water park named "Pipi's Waterpark." Many of the water parks rides appeared in the episode under slightly different names, including its most notable attraction "Voyage to the Center of the Earth" (retitled "Journey to the Center of the World").
Incidents and accidents
Captain Jack's Wave Pool
- On July 23, 2009 a 48 year old man was pulled from the pool by lifeguards. He was transported to the hospital but pronounced dead.
- "Top US Waterparks". Travel Channel. Retrieved 2013-07-15.