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“Waste of a day”

Raging Waters Los Angeles
Ranked #8 of 11 things to do in San Dimas
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Owner description: Raging Waters Los Angeles has a lot to like about this summer! With more rides, slides and attractions than any other water park in California, this 50 acre water adventure is sure to deliver gallons of fun and thrills for the whole family. Featuring cabanas and picnic areas to host your next birthday party, family reunion, or corporate get together, Raging Waters is convenient and hassle free. Surfs Up! Can’t make it to the beach, then grab a board and catch a wave on the Flowrider. Need a little R&R, why not float down the Amazon River or catch a wave in the Wave Pool. Younger guests will never tire of Kids Kingdom and Splash Island. Whether you’re mild or wild or just in between, guests of all ages always have a raging time at Raging Waters, California’s Largest Water Park!Family fun is guaranteed at this 44-acre water park located 30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles.
Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

The Raging Waters website makes the park seem like an amazing and thrilling water park but this is far from the truth. My partner and I were visiting from Australia and found Raging Waters and from the website it looked pretty fun. We travelled over an hour to get there but it was just a waste of a day.

It's apparently California's biggest water park and if that's true then that is sad. The park is very outdated and needs a massive upgrade with bigger and better slides. Slides are old and pretty boring although they're made out to be 'extreme' thrillers.

Obviously there are always waits when attending these parks but it just seemed they were getting everyone through the rides so slowly and lines were barely moving. It seems like they need some sort of new system to keep up with the large attendance and better crowd control. On one of the rides there were 2 lines for the same ride, but no employee standing there to advise anyone so one line ended up way longer than the other line as no one knew the lines were for the same ride.

We were there for about 2 hours and only managed to get on 2 rides due to the lines. And the slides were disappointing so after going on just 2 rides we just left as couldn't justify lining up for another set of boring slides. I have visited other water parks in Australia and even Asia which run circles around this park and are the same price. Not to mention the place is overrun with bees which make sitting down to eat difficult.

So basically don't waste your time with this park. Really wish we didn't waste a day of our holiday here. I usually do not write bad reviews on places unless they are really bad so trust this review!!!

3  Thank monphill
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Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

This place is far too expensive for what it is. $15 for parking. Rubbish Cabanas, miserable staff. Have to come out of the water a lot because people like weeing in it so they have to get everyone out. Lot of money for very little. Not organised properly.

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Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

I read through the bad reviews before going and I still went and had tons of fun. I hadn’t been to Raging Waters since I was a kid and I was excited to go with my boys and their friends. Parents, you need to plan ahead. Have a game plan. We bought discount tickets online. We got there a half hour before they opened. We parked near the front. As soon as we entered the park, we headed to the lounge chairs. I’m glad we did not splurge on the cabanas. They are not worth it. We safely left our towels on 6 lounge chairs for 8 hours. We would meet up back at lounge chairs every couple hours to reapply sunscreen and for lunch. Bring your own water, they don’t seem to be that strict about it. We stored our phones and wallets in a small locker. The longest we waited for a slide was about an hour. The earlier you get there and starting riding slides, the shorter the lines. Did I see some trash on the ground and in random corners when I looked for it? Yes. A few well placed trash cans in the lines would help with that. There were plenty of employees around and I noticed they switched posts often. I don’t think the lifeguards are there to answer questions about season passes and inner tube rental. They’re there to make sure your kid doesn’t drown and to help get you out of an inner tube quickly. For lunch, you can buy a whole pizza. That seems like the best deal and be prepared to wait in line to order it. Raging Waters is what it is. It’s Southern California, you’re going to wait in line for everything. It’s for kids, and teens. Kids don’t notice little things that adults do. Just have fun and stay hydrated. You’re making memories for your kids.

1  Thank Erin C
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Reviewed August 11, 2018

Absolute rip off. Totally took the fun out of a family fun day out. Our family of 6 were on holiday from the UK and the kids, aged 9, 13, 16 and 18 opted for the waterpark over Disneyland as they're a bit older, knew it wouldn't cost as much and didn't want to wait for hours in queues for rides.

It cost us $280 for one-day general admission tickets as family tickets are only available online and there are no differences in prices regardless of age. There is also a $15 car park fee and a $15 dollar locker fee.

We got there at 12pm as we were on holiday so felt no need to get up early and drive there for opening at 10am, we felt that 6 hours should be sufficient. During this time we managed to have lunch and get on 3 slides as queues were at least 45 mins per ride. All of the main rides require floats and the staff worked with very little enthusiasm to move things faster. We asked 3 members of staff throughout the park about closing times, queue times, fast track bands etc and they were all clueless and unhelpful.

After ride two the kids were getting overly frustrated and so we went to the fast track booth figuring we'd just bite the bullet on the expense to ensure the kids had a nice day. For $20 a band you can book to go on rides but all it means is that you don't have to physically stand in the queue you just 'reserve your spot' and you cannot book more than one ride at a time so it's not like you could go off and go on any other rides in the meantime. The premium band was $40 and it operated on the same principle but offered to cut the wait time in half, but at $240 for us all we offered to just buy our kids the bands as it was too expensive and bless them they all refused as they wanted to be together as a family and felt it was a complete waste of money.

It was 38 degrees that day and we saw a young girl faint from having to queue in the heat for so long, By the time we finished queuing for the third ride in the full sun for an hour, filling water bottles from a warm drinking water fountain our kids didn't want to go on anymore of the rides. So we headed over to the overly crowded wave pool, let them splash about there and took them home feeling disappointed that we had wasted a day of our holiday and all that money on what was a truly dreadful experience.

I have to say this is by far the worst waterpark ever. Next year we will stick with Cyprus and the waterpark at Ayia Napa which is fantastic... the rides may not be any groundbreaking hydromagnetic engineering phenomenon, but quite honestly kids just want the thrill of fast slides and getting soaked, not to be stood bone dry and dehydrated.

Don't waste your money here, get to the beach with a boogie board for your thrills.

1  Thank Meandmyminions
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Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

So there are only a few things you come to Raging Waters for. Great water slides!! Awesome Dole ice cream..and good customer service.. well, one of those things were great on this last trip. The water slides!! But not so great, the Dole machine was busted..they said they were working on it. Ya right. So we went to get yogurt at the Jamba juice they have at Raging Waters. Well, line was not so crowded and guess what. Out of yogurt!! lol. So I got a smoothie. 30 mins later. It came out. As I sat there the kids inside were goofing off and using profanity like it was a day off. No supervisor at all. There was a line around the building and nobody cared. They sat in the little room laughing and playing like little poops. I'm never buying anything from Raging Waters again. No changing room?

1  Thank losttrekker
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