Soak City (Kings Dominion)

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Soak City
Soak City (Kings Dominion) logo.png
Location Kings Dominion, Doswell, Virginia, United States
Coordinates 37°50′10.2″N 77°26′33.3″W / 37.836167°N 77.442583°W / 37.836167; -77.442583Coordinates: 37°50′10.2″N 77°26′33.3″W / 37.836167°N 77.442583°W / 37.836167; -77.442583
Owner Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
Opened 1992
Previous names Hurricane Reef (1992-1998), WaterWorks (1999-2014)
Operating season May — September
Area 20-acre (81,000 m2)
Pools 3 pools
Website Official website

Soak City is a water park owned by Cedar Fair, located at the back of Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia. It is included with the admission to the park.

History[edit]

WaterWorks in 2007, showing the new Tornado.jpg

When it debuted in 1992, it was originally named Hurricane Reef. In 1999, an expansion occurred to the water park and the attractions received new names and park was changed to WaterWorks.

It has two sections, the Northside which was formerly known as Hurricane Reef, and Southside which is the newer section of WaterWorks. The rides that WaterWorks had as Hurricane Reef in the mid-1990s are all located in front of the Rebel Yell roller coaster; the newer rides are behind the Rebel Yell and are accessible by walking under the Rebel Yell on a walkway between Baja Bends and Shoot the Curl.

WaterWorks was also the name of the water parks at Kings Island and Carowinds before they were re-themed as Boomerang Bay.

In 2015, Kings Dominion announced that WaterWorks would be majorly expanded and renamed Soak City, a name which is currently used by various other Cedar Fair parks. The expansion is to include a major new slide complex featuring three unique slides, a new children's area, beach volleyball courts, new and updated bath houses, new dining concepts, and other improvements.[1]

Slides and attractions[edit]

Name Year Opened Description Height Requirement Rating[2]
Aqua Blast 2015 Enclosed tube slide featuring four intense 360-degree loops across 449 feet of slide before being dropped into a splash pool. Part of Hurricane Heights. 5
Baja Bends 1992 A twisting fiberglass water slide which descends into a 42" deep splash pool. Over 48" 4
Big Wave Bay 1999 A 650,000 gallon wave pool, with giant 4-foot waves. Less than 42" must be accompanied by a responsible person. Between 42 & 48" must wear a life jacket 3
FreeStylin' 1992 An inner tube ride in which the guests experience a variety of curves and drops before splashing in a 42" deep splash pool. Over 40", between 40" & 48" must wear a life jacket 3
Lazy Rider 1992 A 1/4-mile lazy river that meanders through waterfalls and geysers. Less than 42" must be accompanied by a responsible person. Between 42 & 48" must wear a life jacket. 2
Lil' Barefoot Beach 2000 A shallow play area for children Under 54" 1
Paradise Plunge 2015 Skybox waterslide wherein riders stand in a capsule and the floor drops out, sending them into a high-speed, almost vertical free fall and through a series of loops and s-curves in a translucent flume. Part of Hurricane Heights. 4
Pipeline Peak 2000 Four totally enclosed slides. Night Slider and Power Plunge are body slides beginning at the top of a 77 feet (23 m) platform. Rip Slide and Turbo Twister are inner tube slides starting from a 45 feet (14 m) platform. Over 48"
Splash Island 2015 An expansive themed splash pad and activity area for children and families. Under 54" 1
Soak City Splash House 1999 A giant water powered play house featuring more than 50 water-filled attractions that parents and kids can enjoy together, including a swinging bridge, water slides and the 40-foot-high bucket that tips a boatload of water every few minutes. Over 48" 4
Thunder Falls 2015 Inner tube slide on which riders are launched down a series of intense drops and turns. Part of Hurricane Heights. 5
Tidal Wave Bay 2007 A wave pool Less than 42" must be accompanied by a responsible person. Between 42 & 48" must wear a life jacket 3
Tornado 2007 A 65 feet (20 m) tall ProSlide Tornado slide. Over 48" 5
Zoom Flume 2007 Four riders at a time climb aboard a circular raft and careen down a curving and tilting flume. Over 42" 4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2015 Soak City Expansion". Kings Dominion. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Ratings assigned per Kings Dominion's own system, where "1" is the least intense and "5" is the most. See "Guest Assistance Guide" (PDF). Kings Dominion.  for more specific details.

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