So, what did we think of Water World?
In short: It is fantastic!
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Waves at Water World
Everyone had a fabulous time…
Well, to be clear, this wasn’t Water World’s fault.
The other thing that corresponded with the dates for our Water World Adventure was my foot injury. I’m in the midst of needing to wear a boot to immobilize my foot. My husband and our friends had arranged time off work for our adventure, and moving it around to suit the unpredictable needs of my foot just wouldn’t be feasible.
“Can’t you cheat?” people would say, with a hopeful lilt in their voices.
“No, I can’t,” I’d say, trying not to sound completely defeated. The thought of needing more time in this boot is daunting. I don’t want to risk it.
“Can’t you take the boot off and just do some of the easier rides, or just walk in the water?” they’d say, trying to find any way to make me happy.
“Yes, I can take off the boot,” I said, seeing their eyebrows raise in anticipation. “…but, if I have to bend my foot at all, it won’t work. Even the ‘easy’ attractions are full of jostling and bumping, and I wouldn’t expect anything less from a water park,” I added.
So, I took one for the team.
Just ONCE, I’d like “take one for the team” to mean, “Here, take this duffel bag of unmarked bills. Find something to do with all this cash.”
…but I digress.
We were going with some friends and knew we’d be paying for at least one ticket amongst our group.
Note: I was invited to enjoy Water World during Blogger Week. We were given complimentary full-day passes to Water World and lunch vouchers. I was not paid in any other manner for my review, and I want to be clear: these words are mine, and my view of the experience was not influenced by this fantastic turn of events. As luck would have it, Blogger Week coincided nicely with a trip to the park we were already organizing with some friends. I LOVE it when a plan comes together!
Claire had Robotics Camp in the morning, but the park doesn’t open until 10am anyway. We picked her up at Noon and headed over. When we checked in, I asked about paying for a discounted ticket for someone like me who wouldn’t be riding any of the rides (I hobbled and pointed at my boot) or even getting in the water (again, I pointed to my boot). That’s when I discovered they do offer a “Limited Use Pass” for $27. The regular full-day rate is $41 (I rounded up…it’s technically $40.99. You can get a $5 discount by purchasing tickets online), and the mid-day rate is $25.99 and only available starting at 1:45pm at the ticket counter.
They have a Limited Use Pass. Ask me how I know.
I was so glad to hear they offer such a thing. Again, things were falling into place in the pricing department. That said, sitting it out at such a cool place like Water World was nearly the end of me. My heart ached. We found a shady picnic table by Thunder Bay, and watching the waves roll in (in the middle of Colorado no less!) made me long for the beach, which made me long to go play, too!
This is where I was (up there under the lower blue awning). So close, yet so far.
…but I couldn’t play, and I was very sad.
We pulled out the map, and they talked about their plan of attack.
After lunch, I helped slather everyone up with sunscreen, and away they went.
They were gone for three days.
…no really, they were actually gone for a couple of hours, and I wasn’t expecting that. The park is huge, so running back and forth to the table wasn’t easy, and no one thought to go check on the gimp. When they finally returned, the fact they had no idea so much time had passed just made me laugh.
Because if I didn’t laugh, I’d cry. Maybe going to Water World in my boot wasn’t such a good idea. Now that I got a taste of what it was like, it made me sad.
Saved by Mary-Frances! I made her take my picture for posterity. She’s a fellow blogger, so she readily obliged.
Then I was able to touch base with a friend (at Denver Parent) who was also visiting during Blogger Week. Immediately my foot stopped aching (being left out makes it hurt, apparently), and my mood perked up. Granted, I tried to keep a happy face for the people on the outside of my head, but this was so hard. Everyone was having such a great time, and I was not.
Woe is me.
After my group got back and before going out for another round of water rides, Dad and Claire played in the water with our waterproof camera.
Claire said the Lazy River was her favorite ride.
By the way, seeing all the photos they took makes me smile. It’s so hard to go to a place like this and sit out, so it’s fun to live vicariously through the photos. They had such a good time that I’m glad I went. No, really I am. I kept reminding myself that not all was lost.
What are the benefits to having someone that can sit it out?
- We had no need to rent a locker.
- No one would take our table, and our belongings were safe. People leave their coolers and towels in various locations, but I definitely felt better keeping an eye on our stuff.
- The 8.5-yr old could only handle so many hours of fun. Because I was sitting it out anyway, she could rest while the other adults went for one (or two or three) more rounds. In a typical situation, we’d just have to take turns.
- The people-watching is like none other.
Over all, I was impressed with Water World.
- All of the staff members were polite and courteous.
- The atmosphere was incredibly inviting, exciting, and fun.
- We totally lucked out with the weather, but they do have a Rain Check policy in place if your visit is cut short due to weather.
Claire & I took a break for some Dippin’ Dots. Our favorite!
I was able to post some pictures on Twitter with the hashtag: #blogwaterworld
Water World’s Social Media Info:
Twitter handle: @waterworldco
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/waterworldco
Would I recommend Water World? Absolutely!
For a theme park, it was worth the price of admission. Everyone who went with me absolutely loved it. I will love it even more next time.