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
and now for some pics enjoy
Congo River Rapids.. still rideable
Bomb Bay Blasters best ride in the world, next to swister falls
this is where water walk use to be it was an old school interactive play area
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
wipeout and cobras
a new exit latter
have a seat your server will be with you shortly
Chaos demo, looks like they are selling off the parts
little kid area not gone yet
lazy river trying to get out of the rain, not working too well
midway soon to be gone
i want that gorilla in my backyard
50 bucks to whoever slides down there naked
what used to be the patriot and the bazooka bowls
whats left of the pathway up to Congo river rapids
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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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/
Last edited by robbalvey on Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:38 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.
Last edited by robbalvey on Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:39 am.
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