Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018
This location has been slowly going downhill ever since Splash Kingdom took over. My family has gone every summer for the past 20 years, but next year we'll be going somewhere else as we've had enough.
Under the Water Town USA name, water pressure in the Lazy River was much higher and you would get doused by the overhead pipes, now there is hardly anything falling on you. Water pressure has also gone down on all the slides, and without that lubrication people are getting unnecessarily injured with scrapes or even getting cut on the rough edges that more water flow would send you over no problem.
The Wave Pool used to have much stronger waves that came more frequently, and you could go all the way to the end where the ladders are. After Splash Kingdom took over, the waves that do come out are small and the rope has been moving back farther and farther and is now a solid 50+ feet closer than it was. There are still signs saying only strong swimmers can go past it, but lifeguards started throwing fits when I did just that.
Then there's The Cliff, an attraction that is still there where you used to be able to jump from two rocks overhanging a deep pool. You can still swim in the pool now, but cannot climb up and walk around or else lifeguards start shouting at you, and jumping from above is definitely out. Why this attraction is not allowed anymore is beyond me, as we were jumping off when we were 7 if not younger. Why it hasn't just been replaced instead of being a waste of space is also puzzling.
Not far from that in the shallow lagoon area, there used to be monkey rings and everyone would compete trying to get across the water. Now there's nothing. And then there's just general safety, as foam padding has been removed from pillars in the water to expose their surfaces which are pockmarked with holes. Slides also seem to be closed more often with no reason given, lengthening the already-long lines as everyone who just walked up several stories of stairs settles for the few that are open at the time.
This place is just not nearly as fun as it used to be, and even if we have to drive an extra hour or two, we'll be looking for other options starting next year.