My children 7 and 13 have been begging for a trip to Raging Waters for years, so we decided to go for my daughters birthday in August. We knew ahead of time that we'd have to pay $15 (cash) for parking so we were prepared. We purchased our admission tickets online in advance using coupon codes found online to get a discount and that process was painless. We paid for a locker as soon as we arrived and set out to ride our first water slide. After we'd been waiting in line for about 10 minutes we started to wonder what was going on, why the line wasn't moving, was something wrong? Maybe we should leave and come back later? Come to find out, the line for almost every ride (at least 95%) is about 45-90 minutes! In the heat and sometimes, the sun! Once we got to the front of the line, they required us to take off our water socks which I thought was kind of annoying since the whole reason I purchased water socks for the whole family is because they fit snugly and don't fall off. So now we are all attempting to hold our shoes while holding onto the handles of the tube, while riding the water ride. When lunch time rolled around we started checking out what kind of food the park had to offer. We were fully prepared to pay a pretty penny - it's an amusement park - that's just how it is. But we were so disgusted at the prices that we actually opted to eat ice cream and skip lunch all together. $15 for a Carl's Jr. burger, fries and drink is insane! Seating was hard to come by and seating in the shade was almost impossible but we managed eventually. All of the tables were dirty and covered with trash that no one apparently was willing to throw away. In fact, the entire park was trash filled which I found disconcerting. There were a lot of bees flying around the table areas. I kept telling my kids to ignore them but they were aggressive bees and ignoring wasn't possible, so we ate fast and left. I also noticed that the rides were operated by mostly teenagers. I get that. Great place to work during summer break. But they didn't seem to be all that friendly nor did many of them seem to be too knowledgable of how to organize the lines appropriately. When my daughter and I stood in line for what I thought was a ridiculous amount of time for a kiddie slide (at least 45 minutes) I realized that the operator wasn't appropriately breaking the people into two lines for the two different slides. Instead everyone was just kind of willy nilly jumping around, taking cuts and doing whatever they wanted. After my daughter stood at the front of the line for about 5 minutes, I finally chimed in and asked if she could get on the slide. The operator kind of shrugged me off and said 'ya'. Almost like I was stupid for even asking. We all decided that was our last trip and that Raging Waters wasn't worth all the hoopla. But we are NOT done with water parks all together. We will be trying Hurricane Harbor, Knotts Soak City and possibly others in the future.
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