Knott's Soak City 2017 Opening Day

Knott's Soak City, Buena Park, CA

Howdy, folks! It's been a relatively warm past several days in Southern California, and to help cool you off, today's update brings us to Knott's Soak City, Orange County's largest water park!  Granted, I think it might also be Orange County's only water park these days, but nonetheless, we have a fun report with some eye candy that might quench your mental thirst.

This past Saturday was opening day for the Knott's Soak City 2017 season, which also made it the first official day of the water park's new 2-acre, 7 slide expansion.  It was a beautiful and hot day--perfect for cooling down at a water park like this.  So lets take a look at what's new at Knott's Soak City and what else is there to explore at this aquatic neighbor across the street from Knott's Berry Farm!

Opening Ceremony

To commemorate Soak City's expansion, the park invited the press groups to partake in a media day Saturday morning before the park officially opened.  Knott's Vice President and General Manager, Jon Storbeck, made some remarks promoting the expansion and giving credit to the designers and workers who made this project come together.  He was then joined by Buena Park Mayor Elizabeth Swift and a couple of city council members, who thanked the park for the economic support it provides the city and presented Storbeck with an honorary plaque celebrating the occasion.

New Attractions

The big news for the season is the 2-acre, 7 slide expansion at the northeast corner of the park.  Gone is the old Pacific Spin tornado water slide.  In are Shore Break--featuring 6 total slides, including 4 Aqua-Launch slides that send riders into a series of enclosed turns and 2 more traditional innertube slides--and The Wedge, a family slide that accommodates up to six guests and takes riders down a series of twists and drops.  A new lawn chair area also allows guests to relax and sunbathe.

Remodeled Longboard's Grill

For 2017, Longboard's Grill has also been refurbished and beautified.  The new interior aesthetic sports a clean, modern look with wood floor and wall panels and exposed ceilings for a somewhat industrial flare.  The fare is typical theme park food--burgers and hot dogs and chicken tenders and the like.  A new outdoor dining area with a fabric shade structure also provides some relief from the sun.

The Rest of Soak City

Of course, there's more to Knott's Soak City than the aforementioned attractions.  For those of you who haven't visited this water park (I count myself among the guilty, though I'm actually not typically a water activities personanyway), here's a look at the other attractions.  Plus, the entire park has been spruced up with new paint and new landscape to really make things shine.  Saturday was a great showcase in the improvements Knott's has invested throughout their water park, and if the crowds were any indication, this should be a successful summer for Soak City!

With this new expansion, Knott's Soak City has established itself as very respectable water park for the Southern California area.  With over two dozen slides, there's plenty to do to last a good part of the day.  The beautification throughout the park has also been pretty wonderful, and I was impressed by how fresh and new most everything looked.  The park has certainly seen its fair share of rougher times in the past, but this TLC has really revived the ambiance.  As the heat turns up, consider a visit to the other side of the Farm and take in the splashy fun that is Knott's Soak City!

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