Knott's Berry Farm announces Soak City expansion details

Edited: August 17, 2016, 10:05 AM

We knew this was coming, from the tease during the Ghost Town media day press conference in June. From the park's press release:

Orange County’s largest water park will debut two water slide towers featuring exhilarating attractions geared for families and thrill seekers. Shore Break will tower over seven stories and offer six different thrilling water slide experiences. Four of the slides on the 60-foot tall tower will start with guests climbing inside an Aqua-Launch chamber where they will wait anxiously for the floor to drop out from underneath their feet, sending them into a high-speed, almost vertical free fall through a series of flat loops and S-curves in a translucent flume. Shore Break will also feature dueling tube slides that will zip riders through an enchanting series of drops and turns. The height requirements for Shore Break slides are 48 inches. The Wedge slide tower will take the location of the current Pacific Spin and will be an open air family raft ride. Up to six guests at a time will descend down navigating twists and turns and surprise drops. Height requirement for The Wedge is 48 inches or 40 inches when accompanied by a supervising companion. Guests will be able to experience both water slide towers when Knott’s Soak City Water Park opens for the summer season in May 2017.

The expansion project will also include updated shaded seating areas, cabanas and a remodeled Longboard’s Grill to the water park. Construction is set to begin on September 12 and a grand-reopening is scheduled for summer 2017.

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Edited: August 17, 2016, 10:43 AM

Good stuff for a water park that desperately needs more things to do. Right now, my sister and I can easily ride every single slide in the park within the first two hours, then float in the lazy river and wave pool until we get bored. Looks like Shore Break will take up a portion of the parking lot to the north, which was the most obvious direction to expand, since the park is locked in by streets in the other three directions (not to mention the Independence Hall replica nearby). Interesting The Wedge is replacing Pacific Spin -- ProSlide Tornado slides aren't my favorite but it was popular enough.

August 17, 2016, 11:23 AM

I thought they were getting a Python slide? And I didn't see that in the concept art?

August 17, 2016, 12:36 PM

I just rode my first drop box sides yesterday at Dorney and I didn't like it at all. It felt like I was drowning.

August 17, 2016, 12:51 PM

Interesting, it looks like they swapped the constrictor python for a standard family raft slide. Still, this looks like an excellent and much needed addition for Knott's Soak City. The current waterpark isn't bad, but it is more what I would expect to see as an included waterpark vs. a stand-alone one. Hopefully this expansion will change that and make it worth a day by itself.

August 17, 2016, 2:21 PM

I'm going to Cedar Point's announcement for their Soak City expansion tomorrow evening. It will be interesting to see how similar and different it will be compared to the other expansions already completed (at Kings Island) and Knott's (for next year).

Now if they would just tell us what they're going to do with Mean Streak!

August 18, 2016, 8:33 AM

Mean Streak will be a HUGE RMC for 2018. Stuff like Twisted Colossus and Iron Rattler only used part of the structure and only took a few months to build. Texas Giant took over a year and was HUGE.

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