On Wednesday (May 28th) we had the pleasure of trying out the brand new Tsunami Soaker water ride at Six Flag Discover Kindom in Vallejo, CA and let’s just say… we were #soaked. If you follow our social media sites you may have seen our many photos where we used the hashtag #soaked or #tsunamisoaker during this media/VIP only event. We just had to share the fun with you all.
About the ride…
The all-new Tsunami Soaker is the newest addition to the lineup of family thrills, and this wet and wild attraction provides an energetic and engaging experience like no other, drenching riders of all ages.
Tsunami Soaker is like the classic teacup ride but with an exciting twist. You and up to five other passengers will hop into one of the nine round boats sitting on a circular floor atop a pool of water. As the ride begins, the floor will lower into the water until it disappears below, allowing your boat to float and splash around. Your raft will spin in circles while the other boats twist around you, creating a disorienting but fun experience.
Each seat on the boat is armed with a giant water gun so every rider can participate in the action. While your boat rotates around the wet course, you can engage in an adrenaline-pumping water battle, shooting your pistol at other riders as well as innocent bystanders, soaking them with bursts of water. This drenching water attraction will be a great way to cool off on a hot day and enjoy a fun family adventure.
What makes Tsunami Soaker fun and unique?
The fact that you are getting sprayed from all angles and get to spray your fellow riders makes this ride super unique. Picture sitting in a teacup ride filled with water…armed with a water gun – that is the Tsunami Soaker!
How do the water guns work?
The water guns require a little muscle and with a little bit of spinning motion, you are able to drench fellow riders and bystanders. But be careful, some of those bystanders have their own water guns and they will get you. I (Cristen) was a little ambitious at the beginning of the ride and went all out with my drenching technique. I ended up losing my arm strength towards the end of the ride and just sat there getting soaked – which felt great on a hot day!
How do you dry off afterwards?
I was very pleased to see that Six Flags had a giant dryer outside of their water rides like this one. In the picture above is my daughter with my dad who avoided the water but tested out the heater for us. If you are not someone who likes to get soaked on water rides, this ride is definitely not for you.
Doesn’t the Tsunami Soaker waste water during this California drought?
I learned that this nearly 100,000 gallon pool of water is actually recirculated and filtered underneath the ride. Of course, some water will be wasted as it ends up on the riders, ground and bystanders from the water guns. To reduce evaporation, the water is stored underneath the floor of the ride which then fills up the pool once the ride begins. You can see in the photo above that there is no water on the ground before the ride begins and also when the ride ends.
What else does Six Flags Discover Kingdom have to offer?
Six Flags Discover Kingdom has so much to offer kids and adults of all ages. From their fun filled toddler rides and attractions to their thrilling roller coasters, there’s really something for everyone. Being pregnant I couldn’t really go on much as the park suggests against riding the rides. My daughter had a blast on the toddler rides with her grandparents, who also had fun on the roller coasters. I was also pleased to find a huge playground and a few splash pads for kids throughout the park.
We can’t forget the animals…
Discover Kingdom is like a theme park and a zoo all-in-one. Pet the elephants, feed a giraffe, be one with the butterflies and enjoy the adorable marine life. My daughter and I loved the dolphins near the Tsunami Soaker ride.
… and games!
What’s a theme park without games? We found this water race game where everyone is a winner for $5 per person. We went home with a bright pink Superman cape!
Visit https://www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom for ticketing and park information.