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:
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.
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