Raging Waters

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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.[citation needed] 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, now operating as Seven Peaks Salt Lake.[1]

Raging Waters San Jose[edit]

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[edit]

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

Raging Waters San Dimas[edit]

A play area for young children at Raging Waters San Dimas.

The Raging Waters San Dimas is located off SR 57 between Interstate 10 and Interstate 210. It is the West Coast's largest water park.[2] Soak City in Buena Park and Hurricane Harbor in Valencia all feature fewer attractions. The Raging Waters San Dimas ranked #3 nationally by the Travel Channel in its Top 10 ranking of US Water Parks.


"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.
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 actually lift off the slide when coming down.
High Extreme at Raging Waters San Dimas, with dining area visible in foreground.
High Extreme
Standing at 10-stories[citation needed], 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.[citation needed].
Dragon's Den
This slide debuted in 2004 and is a two-rider tube ride that sends guests plummeting down a steep 42-foot (13 m) tunnel.[3] 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.
Wave Cove
The Wave Cove is one of Raging Water's oldest and most popular attractions[citation needed]. 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 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 here 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 (180 m)-long wild ride plunges the raft into total darkness through a 108-inch (2,700 mm)-diameter tunnel and down a 60-foot (18 m) drop at 30 miles per hour.
Bermuda Triangle
Bermuda Triangle, which consists of three twisting, turning, downward tunnels that recycle more than 2,500 gallons of water a minute and make you feel like you've entered the Bermuda Triangle.
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

In popular culture[edit]

  • 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, despite the fact it takes place in Minneapolis–Saint Paul.
  • Raging Waters is always mentioned in The Steve Harvey Show (1996–2002) as being visited by the main characters, despite the fact that the show takes place in Chicago, Illinois.[citation needed]
  • 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).


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