NEWS: Wild Rivers Water Park to relocate to Temecula

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NEWS: Wild Rivers Water Park to relocate to Temecula

Postby silentabomb » Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:40 am

Sad day for southern California, since 1986 thousands of kids and adults have been able to enjoy a hot summers day at Wildrivers until now 2011. The Irvine Company is destroying the park to build condos and housing which will sit empty for years.

I pretty much grew up at the park, my first visit was in the early 90s I was 6 or 7 and went every summer until I got my first job which was at...well where else Wildrivers!! I was a lifeguard there for 4 seasons from 2000-2004. Needless to say I was pretty sad to see this park go and wish a painful death to who ever let this happen..not really but you know what I mean. The wave pools and half of the mountain rides were completely gone when i took theses

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Congo River Rapids.. still rideable
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Bomb Bay Blasters best ride in the world, next to swister falls
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this is where water walk use to be it was an old school interactive play area
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Surfhill!! an old school mat ride with no handles on the mats that you could fold up and get insane speed and launch off the final drop and crash HARD into the back wall only true vets could do this
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wipeout and cobras
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anyone thirsty??
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a new exit latter
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have a seat your server will be with you shortly
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Chaos demo, looks like they are selling off the parts
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little kid area not gone yet
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lazy river trying to get out of the rain, not working too well
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midway soon to be gone
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i want that gorilla in my backyard
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50 bucks to whoever slides down there naked
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what used to be the patriot and the bazooka bowls
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whats left of the pathway up to Congo river rapids
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sigh
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Re: Wild Rivers Water Park Demolition Pics

Postby silentabomb » Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:48 am

more pics
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more of the kid area
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from the top of Bomb Bay Blasters off to the right is where the wave pools use to be
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cobras
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wipeout
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where wipeouts flush tube use to be
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the start of wipeout
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Bomb Bay Blasters from the top
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and yea..........
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Re: Wild Rivers Water Park Demolition Pics

Postby AyTrane » Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:15 am

Underground water slides? Cool!

Sad to see the place go.

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Re: Wild Rivers Water Park Demolition Pics

Postby SharkTums » Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:18 am

Wow, that's really sad to see it finally bite the dust after being saved so many times.

Bombay blasters was both amazing and terrifying. Crazy that it seems like they're not trying to save or sell much at all! :(

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Re: Wild Rivers Water Park Demolition Pics

Postby XYZ » Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:29 am

It's always sad to see any park going down. In some pictures, it reminds me of SFNO, even though it wasn't demolished.
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Re: Wild Rivers Water Park Demolition Pics

Postby RoCo » Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:30 am

The suck is strong in these pictures... :( Bombay Blasters was indeed the most intense waterpark ride I've ever been on. We called it the "Birth: The Experience" slide. Really liked this park a lot.
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Re: Wild Rivers Water Park Demolition Pics

Postby robinschroder » Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:30 am

There's always something vaguely haunting about abandoned / semi-demolished parks...
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Re: Wild Rivers Water Park Demolition Pics

Postby robbalvey » Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:34 am

I really did like this park a lot, but to be honest, I'm kind of surprised it lasted as long as it did on life support. Bummer to see it go, but it's been threatened to close for at least a half a decade now.... Hopefully at some point they'll end up building a new park. It's what they make mention to on their website: http://www.wildrivers.com/
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Re: Wild Rivers Water Park Demolition Pics

Postby COASTER FREAK 11 » Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:38 am

I was really expecting a lot of the slides to be saved too (and possibly be bought by Knott's). It really looks like they are just trying to clear the land as fast as they can :?r

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Re: Wild Rivers Water Park Demolition Pics

Postby robbalvey » Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:58 am

^ To be honest, though, I don't blame them. I hadn't been to this park since 2004, and a lot of the slides were looking dated even then. I can't imagine there was a single slide newer than 10 years in that park. And when you walk around IAAPA and see all the new and really impressive looking water park technology being introduced, why would a park want something a decade old as their "new" attraction?

It is a bummer to see this park go, though. I think my first visit to it was in 1988.

Bombay Blasters was freaking amazing.
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