Five Secrets to Enjoying Water Rides
Best tips to keep cool and comfortable on a hot day
On those hot summer days at the park, take a rejuvenating ride to get soaked from head to toe. Our three water rides—Log Jamboree, Splash Water Falls, and Thunder River—are summertime favorites for the entire family. However, once you get cool and drenched, this advice will help you dry off quickly so you can enjoy the rest of your day.
Log Jamboree will take you on a scenic river cruise, where you’ll drift along the winding course before splashing down the waterfall at the end. On Splash Water Falls, load into the large boat and plunge down a slippery drop as gallons of water splash over your head. And Thunder River lets you experience white water rafting, as your boat twists down the river, encountering unpredictable waterfalls and geysers. Keep these ideas in mind when riding these water attractions:
1. Put your belongings in a plastic bag.
You want to get wet, but you probably don’t want your cell phone, camera, sunglasses, and other personal items to get soaked. Put all loose items in a plastic, waterproof bag so they will stay dry during the trip.
2. Protect yourself with a waterproof jacket.
If you want to cool off but don’t want to be soggy the rest of the day, cover up with a poncho or waterproof jacket before boarding the ride. When you’re done, you can take the jacket off and you’ll remain dry.
3. Ride water rides early in the day or to refresh for the afternoon.
We recommend riding the water rides early in the day, or when you first arrive at the park, so you can stay cool all day long and soak up the sun to dry off as you walk around throughout the day. Another option is to ride after lunch, or during the hottest part of the day, so you can refresh from the heat and rejuvenate for the afternoon.
4. Bring a change of clothes and flip flops.
If it’s taking too long to drip dry, change into dry clothes right away. If you’re wearing tennis shoes, bring an extra pair of socks or flip-flops so your feet don’t slosh around uncomfortably all day. If you need a place to store your extra clothes during the day, rent a locker at Guest Relations.
5. Breeze around rides to dry off.
There’s no faster way to dry off than by racing down Goliath or swinging around SkyScreamer, with the wind blowing past you and air-drying your clothes and hair. Zooming around thrilling rides is another great way to refresh as the cool breeze whips around you.