For most people in the Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District, summer begins when Water World opens for the season, which will happen this year on May 26th. Traditionally, the park opens Memorial Day weekend and runs through Labor Day weekend – but always weather permitting. I say that, because in years past, there have been opening days when crews are frantically brushing snow off waterslides the night before the scheduled season opening (Colorado weather…you know what I am talking about!), and being rewarded with 70+ weather the following day. Water World is Colorado’s original all-day-fun, true water park. Visitors have been making summer memories at Water World since its opening in 1979 and the park will be celebrating its 39th season this year. The park is deemed the largest family waterpark in America, sprawling over 70 acres and with more than 50 attractions. The park is also a waterpark industry “darling” because of the fact that it is community- owned and mostly, because it’s just so doggone fun.
Here’s what you can expect this summer: A brand new penguin-themed racing ride is being built as I write this blog. A literal GLACIER is being placed on the site of the old Jet Stream and White Lightening attractions, which had both reached the age of retirement. GLACIER RUN will propel you down a steep hill sliding down at about 25 miles per hour, like a penguin. Oh, and did I say you would be belly-down, on a sled, and sliding face first over some large hills and toward the ocean? (Opps! Forgot that part.) But, hey, don’t worry, you will be gliding down the slide in the company of seven other riders who, at the same time, will be racing you down for bragging rights. It will be a fast-moving attraction that will, theoretically, put about 1200 racers through per hour. Sound fun?
Also, we are expecting to have a few AWESOME events at Water World this year. You won’t want to miss the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on June 21st, Belly Flop Contest on June 28th, Fiesta Day on June 24th, KYGO Concert on July 22nd, and way more!
In addition to building GLACIER RUN, Water World has added more Cabanas, theming features to Lost River of the Pharaohs, Food items, Birthday Shaka Shacks, and Tsunami Pizza Slices and amazing group packages and discounts.
You can stay updated on what’s happening at Water World by going online www.WaterWorldColorado.com and by following us on social media @WaterWorldCO and #WaterWorldCO.