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    Computer Science, 1999 - 2006
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Congratulations to the Waterworld California marketing team. It's excellent because people go there in big numbers just to be ripped off. Make no mistake: Everything in this park costs money and they make sure you'll pay. The ticket price is quite hefty $34 pp. at gate plus $25 for each kid smaller than 48" but older than 2. Then you have to pay $10 for parking and, of course, you want a locker for $7-$12 because in a park like that theft is an everyday reality (see below). So a total price of $135 leaves you with the bare necessities for a family of 4. Of course, want a tube? $7 per person. Still, you don't have a spot in the shadow yet, or any drinks or food. Also, you can't bring any, you'll have to buy there. The only way to guarantee a home base to rest in the shadow is to buy a Cabana for $115. Be aware though that while you can use your credit card to pay all these items mentioned, when you are soaking wet and want to buy a Coke (for $4), they won't accept it without an ID. Of course, they won't tell you until after you waited in line or bother to put up a sign. So be sure to take both your ID and your credit card in the water. When asked about this the response is: "This is for your safety -- think about your credit card being stolen". Of course, my credit card being stolen is a phone call and I get a replacement in 2 days, my ID is a trip to the DMV and takes weeks... The truth is that the credit card companies require the extra security because so much stuff gets stolen in this park that they are required to check ID even for a $4 item! So better forget the idea of bringing cash. However, the park can be fun if you prepare it right: Buy a premiere season pass from Costco ($50, includes tube) and go on days where you can bring a friend for free. So you only need to pay for kids. Then, don't bring valuables, pay with a photo debit card and carry essentials in a water proof box. Be sure to bring shoes as the pavement gets very hot and come early to reserve your spot in the rare shadow. Still, prepare to wait in line for about 10-15 minutes for every attraction you go to. Also, don't be too picky about cleanliness: leaves, dead insects, and other bio matter are definitely swimming in these pools. All in all too much hassle and not enough fun for the price. It feels like a ripoff. I won't go again.
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Appeal: GoodFacilities: Poor to fairService: Poor to fair
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
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