The South's largest water park is located about 20 minutes from downtown in suburban Cobb County, and is open weekends ... More
White Water Atlanta
The South's largest water park is located about 20 minutes from downtown in suburban Cobb County, and is open weekends during May, then daily from June through August. In addition to water slides, wading pools, and all types of aquatic rides, the park offers Friday night "Dive-In Movies," where guests watch first-run movies from inner tubes in the wave pool. Admission is calculated by height. This charge includes free admission to Six Flags' American Adventures park next door.
My family has season passes an I bought the 14.99 refillable cup. We used it one time and I wash it in the dishwasher. OMG- it melted. Well I tried to just exchange it for a new one, and the worker said that they don't just give the cups away, I have to pay 2.99 for a new cup. So this cup cost me 18.00 bucks. I just don't understand why they would make a cup that is to be used over and over all season and not be washed. Oh, that's right they can charge me 3 more dollars.
Otherwise, I like the park. fun for kids. We never eat inside- we tailgate. Food's not very good at all.
My first high school job was at White Water at the age of 15. I absolutely loved it. There were not as many rides as there are now, but you never waited more than 20 minutes to ride anything. There were plenty of rafts at each ride. My family had a season pass for 3 straight years and we all enjoyed it tremendously. Not a complaint from any one of us.
Flash forward to 2011 and the wait times have ballooned to at least an hour. In the name of saving waiting time for the customer, White Water introduced the Fast Pass (cue from Disney). Seems like a wonderful idea until you go to pay for it. $20 for the standard fast pass and $30 for the gold pass. You still have to wait to ride the ride, the pass just allows you to enter the fast pass line at a specified time. After waiting an hour to ride one ride, my husband and two sons decided the fast pass was the only way to be able to ride more than 4 rides in a 7 hour period. Not only do you pay $35 to enter the park, if you choose the fast pass you pay an additional $20 to $30. Now White Water prices are getting close to Disney prices and White Water is just not the same caliber of amusement park as Disney. You must also factor in the cost of parking and paying for a locker. For a family of 4, 7 hours at White Water cost $246. This does not include any snacks, drinks, or float rental.
It is a shame because the rides really are fun, but no ride at White Water is worth the price we paid in money or time.
My suggestion is to increase the number of floats available. Once you got a float, the wait time was minimal.
The positives are the park is highly safety conscious and the rides are exciting. In this case, however, the negatives outweighed the positives.
We live an hour and a half from the park and we will not be returning. A Braves game is even more economical and there is no wait time!
White Water has a really great variety of rides, but only if you don't mind waiting in line for up to an hour. I visited on a Tuesday and was shocked how crowded the park was. I can't imagine how packed it gets on the weekends.
After you pay to get in, pay to park, pay for a locker, pay to hydrate and pay to rent a float for the river... you would wish your money was spent elsewhere!
I would not recommend a trip to White Water to any of my family or friends. There are so many more cheap, fun, active, and interactive attractions in the Atlanta area!
We visited White Water Atlanta recently with several family members. It is a great water park. However, we were very dissapointed that we had to wait in line an hour or more for a 30 second ride. A lot of the rides were not open and they would only have 1 worker per ride at the entry and exit, not to mention we had to wait in line just to get a tube to ride. We have been to other water parks and never waited more than 20 minutes for the main rides. White Water needs to take lessons from other parks about more workers and more tubes. Not to mention the price of admission compared to riding 3 rides from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then a power outage for an hour. Which did help clear out some people and the wait did get better. But with the gulf oil spill and the economy, my family decided to do several smaller trips this summer and this was the most dissappointing one. On a good note, they seem to be very safety conscious and are constantly sweeping the water. There were several people that passed out while waiting in the ridiculously long, hot lines and they were attended to immediately. Of course, they lost their place in line.
First of all, the admission price is reasonable compared to similar amusement parks. Secondly, majority of rides are fun and exciting.
That being said, the wait times are long and in my opinion unnecessary. I went on a Wednesday. The park did not seem overly crowded. Nearly every ride had a wait time of 30-45 minutes. Whitewater needs to improve its through put of riders. They appear to mandate that riders clear the landing pool before sending the next rider. Also rafts are few in number meaning you have to wait for someone to complete their ride and actually hand over the raft to you. You have to first wait in a line to get the raft then wait in a second line to get on the ride.
The employees seem in no rush to speed things up. Larger rafts that can accomodate 4-5 riders for some rides are also in short supply and take for ever to return to the starting point.
I was recently at Busch Gardens in VA and they know how to maintain high through put. Numbers of rafts seemed far greater then at Whitewater.
Be prepared to wait at Whitewater. In six hours my kids and I managed 8 runs. In my opinion the park is a waste of time (even though the rides are fun especially Dragon's tail, Tornado and cliffhanger). Sad it has to be that way.
Living 30 minutes away, it is the best value for the money.
A private pool pass is 500 a summer, my wife and I got a White Water season pass for 120 (60 each) and parking pass for 30.
There is a great young child play area (my son is 18 months) and loves the sprayer area, you dont have to worry to much about any kind of ecoli since the area has maybe 1/2 unch deep water and everything is sprayers.
DONT BE STUPID:
Hit McDonalds, the Big Chicken, or any other fast food before you get there.
Get a Six Flags Cup if you get a season pass, 36 oz drink that you can refill for 99 cents. Also after you get home WRITE YOUR NAME on it in permanent marker.
Realize that you can easily go to the parking lot with a hand stamp.
Understand even with a Season pass you need to get your hand stamped since you can only show your card 1 time a day for entrance. (Keeps people from sharing season passes). Same with Parking Seaons Passes, you get 1 time a day to park.
Understand someone else can use your SEASON Parking pass. THey just need to bring your card. SO both Parents don't need the Parking pass on thier card.
Bring Only the nessessary items, a car key, a house key both on plastic band that wont break. Your Cup, A Towel to claim your chair. Baby Changing Items in a "recycling based grocery bag" (they are 2 dollars incase they get stolen and every Kroger Target and Publix Sell them.
If you live within 30 mins a season pass is well worth it.
Make a vacaton day out of it . (As a new parent)
Instead of playing in the hot park, or having my wife and I battle my son over trying to find anythign ivil to do in the house all day in the summer.
I:Hung out with my sun and got a tan and played in the water for 3 hours.
My 18 Month Old: Had a blast and was tuckered out at 7 pm :)
Then we went to dinner, Had a nice meal and wine.
Went home and relaxed with a child who a tornado couldnt wake.
It was a vacation at home. No need for passport and I can do it every weekend now with little expense.
Bring electronics that you are not willing to lose. It's a water park, it's asking for trouble and moronic to bring a $700 phone to the park and leave it out alone.
I have been to this park numerous times, while I was a kid mostly when it was just called White Water (Theme Park) and I know that it has only gotten better over the years. I would take my kids and anyone else because it's really a great place during the summer, hard to find a better place in Georgia for fun for the whole family. To the lady who left her kids unattended for 5 minutes and your stuff got stolen, it serves you right. Sounds like to me you are just another sad case of someone trying to get rich quick. I don't know what you wanted the park to do for you, but they are not responsible for your personal property.
It is a nice outing for kids. Lines for most exciting rides are long on weekends. May be worthwhile to rent your own float for the day then you can ride Lazy River and Wave Pool as you desire. Food is pricey, but you can slip food and save or tailgate. My kids didn't want much to eat. I could not find water fountain. Had to buy pricey bottled water, and many locations ran out by mid afternoon. Beware of buying parking and food tickets online in advance. Website claims that there is a discount for parking. Cost for parking online was $10, but I had to pay a $5 fee to print out the ticket. Parking at the gate was $10. So $10 parking cost me $15. And the people at the park are aware of it. Discount drink tickets only get you 50 cents off of a $4 drink and you have to carry the paper ticket around in a water park. Overall-a fun time particularly for younger kids because they can ride rides that have shorter lines. Get discount coupons from Publix. Share food or tailgate. Beware of so-called on-line discounts.
The price to get in was not bad, but when we found out that one coke was $4 and 3 chicken tenders was $9, it left us a little irritated. We were also upset about the fact that they only had 1 side of certain slides open when they had 200 people waiting in line. I let everything go until I saw just about every LIFE GUARD (and I use that term loosely) on their cell phones or flirting with each other. No wonder it took 2 hourse to ride one ride. We live in Atlanta and will never go back.
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