Water World offers rides that range from steep slippery slides to raft rides down the "Lazy River." The wave pool ... More
Water World offers rides that range from steep slippery slides to raft rides down the "Lazy River." The wave pool is ideal for wading, and Wally World, with geysers and shallow water slides, is a perfect water introduction for young ones. Although an array of food is available here, personal picnics are allowed in the park. Pets, glass, and alcohol are not allowed anywhere within the park premises.
The water rides and the raft rides are fun but trying to get rafts up a hill can difficult and exhausting. Also, since I had no friends that wanted to come with me, I had to go alone. Unfornately at the big raft rides, single riders were barred from riding unless you had a minimum of two people which I thought was a discimination and I was dissapointed. Lucky for me I was able to ask permission with some other people if I could ride with them therefore making it easier for them to carry those heavy rafts up the hill with one extra person helping them out too. As for many people that I have ask permission to ride with, many of them would always say to me that a third friend will be coming to join us so they would not let me join me. I did not like that at all since they did not have three people with them and that that third would be coming will be cutting ahead in line which is also unfair to other guests. Most admusement prohibits saving places in lines for other people since this is considered line jumping. So therefore I was stuck riding on most of their older rides while the newer rides that I was interested in the most such as Journey to the Center of the Earth were reserved for two or more riders only. As for me I was able to ride my favorites once which was still better that none. Also sidewalks can get very hot on summer day so bring shoes with you like I did. After my disappointing day there, I left them a complaint but in a friendly manner before leaving.
This place is massive and loaded with great water attractions. Since Water World is by far the biggest and best water park in a city as large as Denver, it attracts people from all over the metro area and beyond. Therefore it's almost always jam-packed. We waited over an hour for some attractions, and you'll also do a lot of uphill walking -- sometimes carrying a large raft. For an extra charge you can go to a shorter line and have a raft waiting for you at a few attractions.
If you can get past the crowds, long lines, and uphill hiking you'll probably enjoy the place. One thing I couldn't get past was how cold the water is at most all of the attractions. I live in Hawaii and the ocean water here is warmer than this place! One "funnel" ride in particular drops you into a pool that is literally as cold as ice water. On the other hand, the Voyage to the Center of the Earth was one of the coolest and funnest rides I've ever been on at any water or amusement park. There are a lot of other very cool rides as well. The admission price for a place with this much to offer is very reasonable in my opinion, and the ground are very well maintained and beautiful.
The staff is a contradiction of personalities. Some of them were very nice, friendly and helpful. While others acted like they were going out of their way to answer a simple question, and were about as pleasant as cancer.
I grew up in the Denver area and was in grade school when Water World first opened. Back then it had 4 slides and not a single pool. What a difference time makes!
I just got my splash pass for the summer. I love going to Waterworld. I have been going since I was about 6 years old, and it never gets old! There are always new people to see and talk to and the people who work there are so nice. I have lived in Colorado my whole life, and besides the mountains, this is my favorite place to go in the summer. If you are a tourist during the summer, I suggest you go there. You will have an AMAZING time.
Water World is one of my favorite places in Denver. My wife and I go once every year.
Parking is free and picnic lunches are allowed. Check out WW's website for discount tickets. Also, towards the end of the month there are usually rain check tickets available on Craigslist for around $20. You can also get a sundown ticket for 50% off if you go after 2pm.
The raft rides are a lot of fun. If you have small children try to have at least one other adult with you to help carry the raft up the hill.
All rides that require tubes also have free tubes available at the bottom of the ride. Rental tubes are available but its not worth it. The wave pools are the only places in the park where you cannot use the free tubes.
There is enough variety of rides that everyone can find what they are looking for. Check out WW's website for a complete list. My wife isn't a "water lover" but she enjoys it as much as I do.
Obviously swimming suits and sunscreen. Sunglasses are nice but they are also hard to hang onto during some of the rides. Also, I have gone with sandals and without. If the weather is overcast you are better off going barefoot. But if its too hot you can burn the bottom of your feet. The texture of the sidewalk didn't tear up my feet.
The park covers a lot of ground and is built on hills and there are quite a few trees. You get a good workout walking the park. There is a gondola that crosses the park if you get too tired. A lot of the rides utilize the natural geography of the park instead of erecting slides, stairs, etc. This gives park a natural feel instead of feeling like you are in a concrete jungle.
Try to hit the park on slightly overcast days and during the weekdays to avoid crowds. If you eat a late breakfast and wait to eat your lunch at 2pm you can take advantage of shorter lines between noon and 1pm when everyone else is eating. Also at 2pm the sundown rate goes into effect and a new herd of people enter the park.
Well worth the money we paid (approx $23 per ticket) for a full day of fun. I definitely recommend it to all ages. If you are in Denver during the summer this should be a top priority on your to-do list.
If you never need the staff, the park has a lot of fun water slides and has the potential to be quite fun. On my visit this year, I spent the first 2 hours on just getting a map, getting them to fix our lockers and standing in line waiting for 20 minutes for an attraction that didn't have notification at the beginning of the line, that it was for 2 people (I was alone at this time. My companions and I split up to have our own fun). It was 95 degrees and the park was overfilled with people. Every water attraction was loaded with people. Even the wave pool was so crowded that you couldn't get in without running in to someone.
When trying to get a refund I informed them of my experience, the staff was rude and argued with me, they were unhelpful and getting a refund nearly had me calling the police. The park manager was very unhelpful to say the least and compounded the matter. It was a horrible experience. This was my second visit.
My first visit, the prior year wasn't as crowded and I didn't need the staff for anything except at the end of my day when the lady I took there had a seizure and the park staff refused to allow me a wheel chair to wheel her out to the car when the seizure was over. I had to hold her up to help her get down the stairs AND bring my cooler and other things later, leaving them in the park while I went to the car with my friend. She has epilepsy and has seizures and I accompany her so that she can enjoy life more fully. She is independent and doesn't normally need a wheel chair. I just didn't want her to fall as she was recovering and we were exiting the park.
So two visits and both times the management and poorly trained staff made the trip not worth it. I love water parks and have visited them any place I've lived or visited if the opportunity presents itself.
It was a nice place! My family had their family reunion there and it was a blast! It had endless water rides along with water slides! The wave pool was awesome! It shot a huge wave every 10 minutes or so, not sure, but it was a blast! Although, I would highly suggest not going near the filter/vent type things because you can get sucked to those when the wave is released and it hurts! Big time!
It also had awesome water rides. There is one in particlar I remember that had lots of unxpected twists and turns!
It's a great place for family time! It's worth all of the money you spend! But be sure to get there at a good time! It can get really crowded!
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