Soak City (Kings Island)
|Location||Kings Island, Mason, Ohio, United States|
|Owner||Cedar Fair Entertainment Company|
|Previous names||1989: WaterWorks
2004: Crocodile Dundee's Boomerang Bay
2007: Boomerang Bay
|Operating season||May through September|
|Area||35 acres (140,000 m2)|
|Water slides||36 water slides|
|Children's areas||5 children's areas|
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.
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. 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.
The water park was expanded in 1997 to 30 acres (12 ha). It was renamed in 2004 to Crocodile Dundee's Boomerang Bay, and again in 2007 to Boomerang Bay dropping Crocodile Dundee from the name. On September 2, 2011, Kings Island announced that the water park would undergo a $10-million expansion, which would include the renovation of the water park's main entrance, a revamp of the existing Lazy River ride, and the construction of additional amenities. A second, larger wave pool was also added, and the water park's name was changed to Soak City for the 2012 season.
List of attractions
|Intensity rating (out of 5)|
|1 (mild) 2 3 4 5 (extreme)|
|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||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||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 Plunge||2016||A multi-slide complex with body and tube slides. It is identical to the installations at other Cedar Fair parks including Kings Dominion, Dorney Park, Carowinds, and Oceans of Fun.||5|
|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|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Soak City (Kings Island).|
- "Compare For Yourself". Kings Island. Archived from the original on 17 January 2011. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
- "Soak City Waterpark". Retrieved 1 July 2016.
- "Outdoors/Sports". Cincinnati Magazine. Emmis Communications. 22 (8): 31. May 1989. ISSN 0746-8210. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
- "Kings Island Water Park To Open". Wanderlust. Kokomo Tribune. April 3, 1989. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
- "Kings Island History — Timeline". KICentral.com. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
- "Kings Island to expand water park in 2012". WHIO-TV. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
- Ratings assigned per Kings Island's own system, where "1" is the least intense and "5" is the most. See "Soak City Guest Assistance Guide" (PDF). for more specific details.