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“Even If We're Land-locked, At Least We have Water World” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Water World

Water World
1800 West 89th Ave, Federal Heights, Federal Heights, CO
303-427-7873
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Owner description: Wet and wild amusements that include wave pools, white water rapids and speed slides located on 64 landscaped acres.
Lakewood, Colorado
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“Even If We're Land-locked, At Least We have Water World”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

This is the major water play park in Denver and it's justifiably popular. Come early, bring a picnic lunch if you like & plenty of sunscreen, and be prepared to stay all day. The kids will sleep well that night.

Visited July 2012
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“Great water park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Look for the specials. There are always coupons. Great for a hot day with kids. Avoid the larger theme park and dedicate yourself to the water park. It's cheaper, plenty to entertain, and makes a perfect day of it.

Visited September 2012
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“How to Carry Tubes and Other Great Tips!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Water World is an excellent water park. I have been going there for many years. The staff is great, the rides are amazing, and having free parking and the option to bring food in is great. Here are a couple tips I have learned that are not the obvious ones on Water World's website.

Table of Contents:
1. Time of Year to Go
2. Food and Beverages
3. Carrying Tubes
4. Lockers
5. When to Arrive/ Riding the Popular Rides
6. Gondola
7. Rental Tubes
8. The Wave
9. Small Children
10. Promotions
11. Lost Children
12. Picking up Babes
13. Single Riders

1. The lines can get long so the best bet is to go early in the year; the earlier the better. May and the first three weeks of June are great. Once the 4th of July weekend comes, everyday after is busy.

2. You can bring your own food and beverages in as long as the beverages are sealed and are not glass containers. Alcohol is not permitted either. If you do want to bring in an unfactory sealed beverage, if you wrap it well in a towel or hide it well in your bag, the bag checkers will probably not find it. Most of the bag checkers are 14/15 year olds who don't check the bags well and some are too shy to say anything anyways. I would not advise bringing alcohol in though because the park does have security and police inside the park at all times and doesn't tolerate drinking at all. You can be kicked out. If you are caught with glass, it will be taken immediately.

There is also a little Ceasar's pizza down the street from Water World. Its a quick 5 minute drive and you can get cheap pizza and soda. They also sometimes run promotions in which you show them your ticket stub and get free crazy beard. Keep the sodas sealed if you bring it into the park!

If you do decide to buy food in the park, the food is reasonably priced for a theme park. The two best places to eat in the park in my opinion is Boardwalk Burrito's and The Grill located near Captain Jack's wave pool. The restaurant at Cove is also a little secret. I personally buy food but bring in my own beverages so it makes the food a good price. Bottled soda is two bucks each.

3. Carrying tubes is probably the biggest complaint about the park. Most rides you have to carry tubes from the bottom to the top. One option is to buy tube valet. As of 2012, the cost of tube valet is $30. You get a wrist band that is good all day. Instead of carrying the tubes, they bring the tubes to the top of the rides for you. However, this only works for three rides (Voyage to Center of the Earth, Storm, and Lost River of the Pharaohs). There only is one other ride however that has a large family size tube however. But a plus to tube valet is that you get to skip the line at the bottom for these rides which can save you over an hour on busy days. The park does sell out of them due to the fact that if too many people bought them, normal riders would take forever to ride.

If you don't want to pay for tube valet, the best way to carry a tube is on your head. If there are two people, stand on opposite sides of the tube. Grab the handles and flip the tube over and up so the tube is on your head and the handles are facing down. Have each person rest their side of the tube on the top of their head while holding the handles for balance. Easy peezy lemon sqeeezy.

If you are alone, it is a little more difficult to do. My skinny girlfriend was able to carry a tube by herself though when I carried a tube for two little girls who were by themselves once. You flip the tube the same way as with two people. You rest the center of the tube on your head. Use your arms to help carry/balance. You can have the tube lay at an angle on your up back too. While it will still be a work out for single moms, it easier than dragging or rolling. Don't drag or roll the tubes, its so much harder.

4. There are lockers at captain jack wave pool, aokees (near thunder bay), and at the Big Top. Don't worry about putting your towels, bags, food, etc in lockers though. Everybody leaves their towels and stuff out without someone watching it. No one will steal it, trust me. Unless you have a towel signed by Micheal Phelps, I would just put my valuables (cell phone, money, keys) in a locker. You can get a small locker for a $1 to open. It will only be a couple bucks for the day if you are smart when you open it.

5. If you want to ride the popular rides with no lines, get to the park early! The rides open at 10:00am but the gates are opened at 9:45 to allow guest to get into the park. If you can, buy your tickets ahead of time. This will allow you to enter the park right away instead of waiting in line to buy a ticket. Also apply sunscreen before you enter as well.

Here's the game plan once you are in the park (assuming everyone in your group is 48 inches and wanting to ride the "big" rides). If you can get to the park early, ride the new water coaster "Mile High Flyer" first. But you must be one of the first ones in the park. Everyone goes here first. I personally would recommend skipping the flyer for now unless you get in really early. First is the Revolution (blue and yellow toilet bowl). Go there first even if there is a small line. Ride that bad boy and then head over the Voyage to Center of the Earth. After that ride Storm and then Lost River of the Pharaohs (this one isn't as exciting though). After you get those done, you can pick and choose the rest. While the plan does require walking, its worth it and is the best way to ride the good rides. If you skip the Miler High Flyer, go back to it around 4pm. Make sure you get there before 4:30/5:00 though because the line closes early.

6. If you decide you want to set up camp for at the Big Top (where the Fun House, Mile High Flyer, and Turbo Racer are), you can ride the Gondola (H2O Express). With loading times, it is faster to walk though. But if you have small children who warned, heavy coolers, a guest in a wheel chair or guests who have trouble walking, the Gondola is a good choice. DO NOT depend on the gondola to get back up however. While the Gondola doesn't break down much, it closes if its windy at all. How windy depends on the staff as it is a judgement call. The walk from the Big Top to the entrance is really not bad but some guests do complain when the Gondola is shut down.

7. Unless you want a tube for the wave pools, don't rent one. Every ride that requires a tube provides one and its not worth the extra five bucks to skip the line at the bottom for these rides. But you can ride Zoomerang with a rental tube which is a fun thrill.

8. If you see "The Wave" (surfing ride) and its your first time, don't try it. It may look fun but unless you spend the time to learn, you will fall off in two seconds. Everyone does their first time. The line doesn't move very fast either. If its a slow day and you are determined to learn, ask an experienced rider or the lifeguard how to. They are all super friendly and have good advice. If you are a girl wearing a too piece swimsuit, don't ride. There is a chance your top will fall off when you fall off the board. Either wear a shirt or be comfortable showing your chest to everyone in line.

9. If you have small children, they are height restrictions on many rides. There are kid areas but if you are looking for rides the whole family can enjoy I would recommend Colorado River, Thunder and Cimmarron RIver, and Lost River of the Pharaohs. There are other rides that families can go on but these are the ones that everyone rides in one tube. If you like these rides, also try Voyage to Center of the Earth and Storm. These two rides have family sized tubes but are dark and can be scary for the little ones.

10. Look online for Water World promotions. Father's get in free on Father's day. Also if you have a teenager who attends high school somewhat close to Water World, see if they can find someone who works there. A TON of high schoolers work there, some in every school in the Denver area. Tickets are about half price for employees. Its cheaper to get an employee discount ticket and give the employee a tip than paying for any promotion.

11. If your child becomes lost, remain calm. Look for someone in a read shirt as they all have radios and can send out a page to everyone to look for the child. They are usually found fast. No child has ever been taken at Water World so don't worry.

12. If you are a teenager looking to pick up some hot babes, here is a great way to do it. Works great for 2-3 guys. Buy the tube valet on a busy day. Look for a group of 2-3 girls. The best place is at the thunder bay wave pool. Ask them if they would like to go on a ride with you. Being able to skip the long lines is a great benefit. Also putting 4-6 people in a tube is cramped so you will all sit close together. Best with 4 as with 6, the tubes get really crowded.

13. Some of the big tube rides say no single riders. Unless you are a small child, the staff will let you ride by yourself. Unless you are trying to ride Mile High Flyer or Revolution.

If you found any of these tips helpful, please say so. Thanks!

Visited July 2012
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“The best.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Largest waterpark in the area is lots of fun if you don't mind crowds. My son loved this at 10, 11 yo.

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Newilli, Public Relations Manager at Water World, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Your review is much appreciated! I'm sure your son will continue to love us at 12, 20, 30, 40, 60 ...!
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“buckets of fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

this was tons of fun, an entire day activity, there are so many different slides and rides to go down, you will not be bored or disappointed

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Newilli, Public Relations Manager at Water World, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Thanks for the great review & choosing Water World from your many Colorado outdoor options - hope you can make it back out for our 2013 season!
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