Sunday, March 1, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Soak up some fun, sun, water on Tsunami Soaker

six flags_water ride_new_1

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom previewed its new ride Wednesday. The Tsunami Soaker will open to the public on Saturday. (Amy Maginnis-Honey/Daily Republic)

By
From page A1 | May 29, 2014 |

VALLEJO — Leave the wet blankets at home, get your feet wet and get soaked to the bones on Tsunami Soaker, a new ride at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

Special guests and the media got a sneak preview of the ride Wednesday. It opens Saturday to the public.

As music with a water theme plays in the background, riders board the tea-cup shaped boats that hold six riders. Each rider has his or her own water cannon, which can fire off a blast of water that can go as far as 15 feet.

There is a designated wet zone, marked with a blue line. Innocent bystanders who cross the line put themselves in water’s way.

The nine boats sit atop a circular floor, which lowers, exposing the water. The boats rotate so opponents are constantly changing and moving.

“It’s really a fun interactive ride,” said Nancy Chan, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom spokeswoman.

Those brave enough to sit down for a soak agreed.

Nicholous Mirgoli, who runs the website www.ThemePark Overload.net, liked the fact that it was easy to aim the cannons to hit people right in the face. The ability to interact with other riders made it even more fun, he said.

“It’s a good workout,” Mirgoli said.

Jane Rogers came off the ride with some smeared mascara after a fierce battle with other boaters as well as the people manning the cannons on the perimeter of the ride.

“It was great,” she said. “It was a refreshing ride.”

Natalie Wallace fought hard alongside her.

“This is a great ride for a hot day,” she said.

Both said they are fans of water rides and expect to ride Tsunami Soaker again.

They also took advantage of the “haystack dryer” outside the ride that can fit up to six people for a quick, stand-up dry job. Heat lamps and wind fans speed up the process, said Tyler Tyschon, facilities lead at the theme park.

Capt. Lee Munro, a native of Britain who serves as the park’s ambassador, touted the Tsunami Soaker as a perfect fit for families.

“And, if mum and dad don’t want to ride, they can blast the kids,” he said. “Or someone else’s kids.”

Riders are encouraged to take selfies and post them using the hashtag #soaked.

Tsunami Soaker joins two other water rides at the Vallejo park:

  • Monsoon Falls, where boaters can plummet down a 60-foot splashy waterfall, straight into a lagoon.
  • White Water Safari, which features round river rafts that hold a dozen people as they are tossed about on a raging downstream flow with unpredictable currents. There are four coin-operated hoses along the river so the folks on shore can take a shot at the people in the rafts.

Tsunami Soaker is right across from Roar. It replaced the Wave Jumper.

It takes about 100,065 gallons of water. Discovery Kingdom recirculates the water that doesn’t end up on riders and guests.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Peace and patience: Quilters gear up for show

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: C1Comments are off for this post

 
School bands compete in Pageantry on Parade

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Calling someone a ‘smoker’ is hilarious

By Brad Stanhope | From Page: A2

Conservancy plans next Quail Ridge Reserve walk

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Police seek suspect in armed robbery

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A3, 1 Comment

 
4-H Presentation Day brings fun, education to Fairfield

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
What you eat can affect your medications

By Marilyn Ranson | From Page: C4

 
Vigil doesn’t pan out amid concerns

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Appointments on tap for Board of Supervisors meet

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A5

 
Tri-City NAACP honors community members at gala event

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
CAASC 18th Annual Chinese New Year and Scholarship Celebration

By Steve Reczkowski | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Rollover in Suisun City

By Aaron Rosenblatt | From Page: A5, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
State schedules ramp closure at freeway project site

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A5

NY, SF town house prices through the roof

By Bud Stevenson | From Page: B7

 
 
Fairfield police log: Feb. 27, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

Suisun City police log: Feb. 27, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

 
Airmen with local ties finish basic training

By Nick DeCicco | From Page: B10

Force draws many from South, middle class

By Tom Philpott | From Page: B10

 
.

US / World

Christie to Calif. Republicans: No rush to pick 2016 nominee

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
US missionary abducted in Nigeria is courageous, friends say

By The Associated Press | From Page: C3

Dress that ‘greatly resembles’ stolen Nyong’o gown found

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Weekend storm drops snow, rain, hail in California

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Churches, synagogues, mosques bear tough New England winter

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Hyundai recalls 263,000 cars due to power-steering problem

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Blind dog rescued after being lost for 2 weeks in the cold

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Details about proposed national monuments in California

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
National monument supporters in California get antsy

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

US drone strike in Yemen kills 3 suspected al-Qaida fighters

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Greece will not seek another bailout, prime minister says

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Attacks kill 37 people in and north of Iraq’s capital

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Nemtsov a possible ‘sacrificial victim,’ investigators say

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

.

Opinion

Sound off for March 1, 2015

By Daily Republic | From Page: A8

 
New school funding plan remains on bumpy path

By Dan Walters | From Page: A8

 
Even Gruber deserves a break sometimes

By Megan Mcardle | From Page: A8

I might just vote for a Democrat next time around

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 4 Comments

 
Aging Fairfield housing agency faltering

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

Editorial Cartoon: March 1, 2015

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
.

Living

Today in History: March 1, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: March 1, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

With numbers falling, Houston-area nuns’ future uncertain

By The Associated Press | From Page: C3

 
Kidney Walk participation helped give me a positive outlook on life

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: C4

Horoscopes: March 1, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: C4

 
.

Entertainment

Take a look – Dr. Seuss has a new book

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

 
Publisher launches line of Warhol e-books

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

Q&A: Opera star Deborah Voigt writes of turbulent life

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2Comments are off for this post

 
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

Review: ‘The Girl on the Train’ has realistic plot

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2Comments are off for this post

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

.

Sports

Phegley hopes his style will catch on in Oakland

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
A year after meeting Tiger, Indian golfer on the rise

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Jeff Gordon takes a final spin at track that meant so much

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Vikings girls looking for first section title

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Local Report: Vaca’s Aquino wins Masters wrestling title

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

 
Safarova beats Azarenka to win the Qatar Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Environmental activists disrupt meeting by Olympic officials

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Hamilton hones Mercedes with fastest time at F1 testing

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Thunder’s Russell Westbrook has surgery on cheekbone

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Anthony Mason, rugged forward of 1990s Knicks, dies at 48

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Warriors center Festus Ezeli suspended for a game

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Reichelt leads Austrian World Cup downhill sweep

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Players’ union head: future spring games in Cuba possible

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Harrington takes 36-hole lead, then more rain in Florida

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Defending champ Federer beats Djokovic to retain Dubai title

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Harvick wins Xfinity race at Atlanta for 3rd year in a row

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Stolen No. 44 NASCAR race car found in suburban Atlanta

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
.

Business

For many in US, cash saved at gas pump is staying in pockets

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
Fruits and vegetables get a star-studded marketing push

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

Historic snows causing headaches for real estate industry

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Nevada casinos keep $953.7 million in winnings in January

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Review: Freedom! These smartwatches leave the phone behind

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
Greek prime minister rules out third bailout

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

Boy, 13, builds Braille printer with Legos, starts company

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9Comments are off for this post

 
Recalls this week: hand trucks, ceiling fans

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

AP Exclusive: Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

By The Associated Press | From Page: B12 | Gallery

 
.

Obituaries

Leah E. Hoffman

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Thomas Browning

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

Jacqueline Mendes

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
John W. Van Wart

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Lester Singer

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Virgil Albert Hanson

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

.

Comics