Summertime fun splashes down at Wild Rivers

Wild Rivers water park has opened for the 2023 season with new slides, new food and beverage options and over 30 ways to cool off this summer.

Wild Rivers water park has opened for the 2023 season with new slides, new food and beverage options and over 30 ways to cool off this summer.

The park began offering multiple tiers for the season passes – Diamond for $249, Gold for $199 and Silver for $149. The Diamond and Gold tiers allow unlimited daily admission, including weekends, and discounts on food, retail and cabanas.

Diamond Pass holders also will have access to the newly introduced Summer Splash Nights. They get to swim and enjoy the waterslides from 8 to 10 p.m. June 16 and 30 and July 14 and 28.

The park now has over 30 rides and attractions. They include Bora Bora Boomerango, a six-person raft down a 25-foot drop and then up a vertical wall. At Shaka Bay, you can ride the waves while floating in a tube or attempt some bodysurfing. You can relax while floating atop a tube or swim in the currents at the Castaway River, which circles around the park.

“We made a big splash with our grand opening last year, but in 2023, we’re expecting to turn that splash into a wave of fun and adventure with more than 100 days of enjoyment.” – Wild Rivers Vice President and General Manager Kevin Kopeny

And a new kid-friendly complex – the new Kontiki Cove – features small slides and shallow pools designed for toddlers and smaller children. The five slides are less steep and shorter than the other ones in the park.

“We made a big splash with our grand opening last year, but in 2023, we’re expecting to turn that splash into a wave of fun and adventure with more than 100 days of enjoyment,” says Wild Rivers Vice President and General Manager Kevin Kopeny.

The park hires nearly 1,000 people during the summer and is one of Orange County’s top youth employers.

Youth ages 6 to 13 can sign up for Camp Wild Rivers Junior Lifeguards, a one-week summer camp. Campers will have fun while learning lifesaving skills, including water safety and basic first aid. Activities include obstacle courses, scavenger hunts and water play.

Visit wildrivers.com for more information.

Wild Rivers offers over 30 rides, including Bora Bora Boomerango, a raft ride that plummets 25 feet down then up a vertical wall.

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