Soak City Waterpark

The story of Soak City starts back in 1989 as Kings Island adds a 12 acre water park called Water Works. Water Works included 15 water slides, a lazy river and a Splash Island children’s area. In 1990 Rushing River, a 700-foot family inner-tube raft ride is added to Water Works, expanding it to 15 acres. Sever years later in 1997, Water Works nearly doubles in size to almost 30 acres, including Surfside Bay, a 600,000 gallon wave pool, a sunning area and Buccaneer Island, a new children’s play area. Another small addition in 1998, a body-board surfing attraction called Wipe-Out Beach is added.

Fast forward another five years to 2004, Kings Island introduces Crocodile Dundee`s Boomerang Bay, a new water park resort. Boomerang Bay encompassed all but four slides from the former Water Works. The four new water attraction were called: Tasmanian Typhoon, Coolangatta Racers, Jackeroo Landing and Kookabura Bay.

In 2012 Kings Island’s Boomerang Bay became Soak City. The new name reflects the same branding name of other Cedar Fair parks with waterparks at the time. Along with the rebranding, Kings Island added a second wave pool along with a new parking lot entrance to the water park seen in the concept art above. The last upgrade to Soak City was in 2016 with the addition of Tropical Plunge. Tropical Plunge is a complex of six different water slide experiences towering nearly seven stories into the Kings Island skyline. The addition of Tropical Plunge expand the size of Kings Island’s waterpark to 35 acres.